Tag: Historic Buildings

Debre Damo Church in Ethiopia

My friends Malcolm and Kristina (from the Manda Wilderness Community Trust and Nkwichi Lodge) went to Ethiopia and I didn’t talk to them for over a month. And not because I couldn’t.  I wouldn’t. I’ve…

Bloemhof Karoo Farmhouse

It is almost time for me to drive back to Cape Town and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about it.  I’ve been in Limpopo and Gauteng (the…

A Vergenoegd Day in Stellenbosch

My friend Louise de Waal from Green Girls in Africa visited Vergenoegd Wine Estate in Stellenbosch recently and she was kind enough to share this incredible story of sustainable  farming and using 700 or so…

De Hoop’s Melkkamer Manor House

You know how sometimes you can care with a devotion bordering on obsession? Well, I’ve had a crush on De Hoop Nature Reserve since the first time I saw a photograph of Koppie Alleen’s beach. The…

Matjiesfontein Magic

I don’t think many people can say that they have spent a night alone in one of South Africa’s most haunted hotels, and yet, no lies, I was the only guest at…

9/11 Memorial Museum

Daréll Lourens visits The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York City. It is a space alive with remembrance and renewal, respectively commemorating the six civilians killed in the World…

De Hoop Nature Reserve

Why do I travel? To try and understand the world, to speak to strangers, listen and learn, find stories to tell, to find myself, to feel alive, to breath and be whole,…

Magical Kurisa Moya

If someone had to ask me to choose a single tourism destination that successfully works alongside a holistic ecosystem and the preservation of it, it would be Kurisa Moya on the outskirts…

Tasmania, or the comforting nature of islands

So, this January, for the first time in many years, it wasn’t southern Africa for winter break. Instead, we headed for one of the world’s iconic bucket list destinations: Australia. We were…

Victoria Falls

Last year I wrote a destination guide for an Afrikaans Sunday newspaper on Victoria Falls. After I had tweeted the link, the comments started coming in, few of them positive. The gist…

Castles and Forts of Ghana

The castles and forts of Ghana constitute treasures par excellence, a legacy of the historic past as much to modern Ghana and Africa as to the world at large. Though built on…

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