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It is, in my opinion, kind of impossible  – especially if you’re a first language Afrikaans speaking South African like myself – to visit Knysna and not have Dalene Matthee’s novel, ‘Circles in the Forest’ come to mind. It is just one of those stories where the characters are so real and the setting so vivid, that you’ve walked beneath the ferns of the enchanted forest many […]

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My friend Milton Schorr – who regularly contributes to My blog WITH HIS EPIC STORIES – drove his motorcycle named Richard in the direction of Greyton, South Africa, and had such a moving tale to tell I had to share… Travel writing is usually about saying beautiful things about beautiful places, inspiring the reader to get out and […]

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I’m not quite sure what I would single out as my main reason for considering Rocherpan Nature Reserve, about 15 km north of Veldrift on South Africa’s West Coast, as one of my favourite weekend spots in the Cape. A beach that stretches out for miles certainly plays a huge role (and we all know how […]

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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve originates in, and penetrates to, the depths of my being. Under the custodianship of CapeNature, it reminds me that I travel not to escape life, but to not allow life to escape me. Roughly 30 kilometres south west of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo of South Africa, isolated between the Gouritz River and the Rooiberg, the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, the […]

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It has been a busy year. I collected quite a few new stamps in my passport and discovered some amazing new destinations. As this year comes to a close, I’m doing my annual review and planning 2016. Here, in no particular order, are my personal top 10 experiences shared on the blog this year. (Links […]

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When I stood on the edge of the immense caldera of the Cirque de Mafate, one of the French island of La Reunion’s three volcanic amphitheatres, it was hard to believe that I actually agreed to do this. As far as I could see what looked like million-meter walls encircled the 140 km hiking trails up steep inclines. I already dreamt […]

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There is a piece of Cape Town as far from north as it gets. It’s a wild place, full of mountains, kissed with sea salt and spray. It’s called the Deep South. Recently Milton Schorr visited looking for an eco-holiday, and left a changed man.    The Mountain House perches against a slope of fynbos, looking out […]

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We, a friend, my wife and me, embarked on our long-prepared journey through the world’s second biggest canyon with the firm plan to reach Ai-Ais after four nights and five days of hiking, which seemed feasible with the distances to be covered each day, even if the path leads through rocky terrain and involves several […]

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The Cederberg is world renowned for its diverse, abundant and spectacular San rock art created by the /Xam of the Karoo. /Xam were the original hunter-gatherers, who roamed this harsh and beautiful landscape for thousands of years, and are distant relatives of the Ju/hoansi of the Kalahari. They described themselves as zhu/twasi or ‘true people’ […]

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Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit. ~ Edward Abbey  Imagine spending days, not hours, but days without any contact with the outside world. Imagine not being at the top of the food chain, but several rungs down. Imagine sitting around the campfire keeping guard over your sleeping friends and family in […]

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Down on the beach I listened with half an ear as Clive from Mokkoran Dive Charters gave his safety briefing. Behind him, his large blue duck lay beached on the sand, waiting patiently to take us through the rough waves and into the ocean beyond. Happy we all understood the plan, Clive instructed us to […]

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Wildlife Safari in Sweden Wolves howling in the dead of night was one of the most spine-tingling sounds we’ve ever heard. We were sitting around an open fire in a dark forest, surrounded by towering trees and a canopy of stars, when the howling filled the sky. Wolves are just one of the many animals you […]

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