Tag Archives: National Parks

Chobe River Safari Elephants Swimming
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My parents never took us on ‘Safari’. They took us to the Wildtuin – our name for the Kruger National Park in my Afrikaans family- at least once a year. I remember how me, my sister and my brother would fight for the window seats. And directly afterwards which window seat … just in case the one side of the car […]

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Death Valley National Park Blog-9
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Earth and Sky The mere mention of Death Valley National Park stirs images of an inhospitable, wretched landscape of nothingness. Truth be told, there is an alluring and astounding variety of natural and cultural features at Death Valley. The curious visitor is confronted with vast sand dunes, a high mountain forest with incredible stone ruins […]

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Rocherpan CapeNature-20
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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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I’ve mentioned countless times that I’m smitten with South Africa’s Overberg – a region east of Cape Town on the far side of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range. Katarina Mancama and I travelled through Gansbaai last year – a prominent area in the Overberg – celebrating this desitination’s recent GOLD for Best Responsible Tourism Destination at the International Responsible Tourism Awards in London.  I finally got round to […]

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Fishriver Canyon and Latern
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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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Flower safari season south africa
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We have seen wildflowers in other parts of the world, but nothing prepared us for the magic of springtime in South Africa. Flowers of all shapes and sizes spread out before my feet, carpeting the landscape in every colour of the rainbow. We followed a flower route from Springbok down to the Western Cape and […]

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Augrabies Ararat Viewpoint
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On our recent road trip to the Northern Cape, we decided to include Augrabies National Park, simply because it is one of those places that you include in an itinerary, if you are in the area anyway. How wrong could I have been, to think that the falls was all this park has to offer? […]

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Saguaro-cacti
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Andrew stops the car and I look out into the wilderness of the desert through the window.  The intricate landscape is practically threatening. All the mesmerizing facts I learned about this place prior to arrival had a mysterious spirit within them and as I step out to feel the sun blazing down on my skin, […]

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giant sequoias.
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Like no other place on Earth, the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park is alive with mystery and wonder. I thought I knew what to expect here, I came for massive trees, but I left with something much, much bigger. The Mariposa Grove, near Yosemite’s South Entrance, contains about 500 mature giant Sequoias. Giant Sequoias […]

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TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Hiking
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There are places that capture your attention the second you lay eyes on them. Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, at the southern tip of South America, is one of those places. But not just for me – in 2013, Torres del Paine (pronounced pie-nee) was voted the 8th Wonder of the World on […]

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