Tag Archives: Historic Buildings

Debre Damo Paintings
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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 wanted to return to this magical country for years … The Effort of Going to Church A small door opened 10 metres above […]

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Bloemhof Karoo N1 Guesthouse
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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 north of South Africa) since December and I long for the Mother City, my friends and most of all: moving into my first […]

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A VERGENOEGD DAY IN STELLENBOSCH
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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 Indian Runner ducks as natural pest-control. On my way to Stellenbosch, I passed the massively understated Vergenoegd Wine Estate entrance off Baden Powell […]

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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 only thing that might not make this a real crush, is that it has been everything but brief. I fell head over heels in love – online – and dreamt […]

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Lord Milner Hotel Matjiesfontein Architecture
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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 Matjiesfontein’s Lord Milner Hotel, when I stayed there the first time. Driving with a huge freight from Cape Town, severe rain, wind and hail […]

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9/11 memorial fountains
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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 Trade Center bombing of 1993, and 2,507 civilians, 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel, who died on 11th September 2001. The visit takes […]

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Dawn Jorgensen, De Hoop Marinewalk, Whale and Calf (Pic supplied)
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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, to appreciate. To escape the busy, relax and replenish, stop – and contemplate the beauty of the world. Which is exactly why De […]

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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 of Magoesbaskloof. No doubt. Still bathing in the joy of winning Gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards, I find it quite apt […]

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Tasmania Diversity 1
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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 smitten from the very moment we had made the decision and still are now after we returned home to the grey and grisly […]

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VFSL-Aerial shot 1NL
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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 of most of the tweets was that it is better to visit the Zambian side than to support Zimbabwe’s tourism industry. The recent […]

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ElminaCastle_332
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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 West African soil, their authors came from Europe – Portuguese, Dutch, Britons, Brandenburg – Prussians, Danes and Swedes. For several centuries European masters […]

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