Cape Town – memories, ne

Cape Town, the city where I grew up and spent most of my formative years – to some extent the city has changed beyond recognition, while many features still remain; Table Mountain, of course, the townships and suburbs, University of Cape Town, the friendly people that have a special place in my emotional landscape. We…

Cape Town – jou lekker ding!

Sunday morning, it was time to leave Gauteng and head to Cape Town, the Mother City and the area where I grew up and completed my studies. A short flight, 2 hours, which was surprisingly full, a beautiful day and we landed to blue skies and quite warm. My brother and #LittleNiece came to pick…

Fucking brilliant! The front cover of my travel diary… basically defines my thoughts for the start of an African adventure, leaving behind #FirstWorldProblems, and flying off to enjoy some space, sunshine and wonderful friends and family.  The trip started with a flight from Heathrow, London, to Johannesburg. SAA 237, departure 21:00, though with an African…

Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday: Further travel was via Aurora and Veldrif in the forlorn hope of seeing more spring flowers, but to no avail. However, we did see some blue cranes, with the female not too keen on the advances of a male (headache?). Thursday and Friday were spent catching up with family etc. The Cape was stormy and…

South Africa: Richtersveld & Namaqaland

Spring “vygies”, Namaqaland Coastal Reserve, South Africa Previously…. South Africa: Namibia & Richtersveld Sunday: We left our riverbed campsite to continue south towards the Namibia/South Africa border via a quick refuel and re-stock in the zinc-mining town of Rosh Pina. The Orange river is the border at this point and we crossed over at Sendlingsdrif on a…

South Africa: Namibia & Richtersveld

Die pad ist lang (the road is long, “Namibian” German)  Previously, “Namibia, Week 1″… Wednesday: Tonight I have been watching the sun set behind the hill, hoping that some kudu might provide a nice silhouette, but no luck today. On the animal front, earlier I had spotted some new birds and again heard the fish eagle,…

Namibia – week 1

Several years ago I went in this fantastic trip with my sister and her husband, which I “published” on a different site. So, as I am soon to undertake another southern African adventure, here’s a re-revisit, in several parts. 2013 (I think)… This trip to Namibia and South Africa started from London Heathrow Terminal 5…

A stroll on the South Bank, London

It’s been a few months since I took a leisurely visit to London. I have been hiding in my “cave”, away from the realities of life and the anxiety caused by crowds of people.  Then, earlier this week, Dr Raymond gave me a bit of a butt kicking; I should get my camera out, go somewhere,…

Dorob Nature Reserve; Namibia 2016

We spent a day in the coastal resort of Swakopmund,  where we restocked and got a permit for the Dorob Nature Reserve. Swakopmund is a quaint little town that has somewhat of a colonial Germany flavour (Namibia was a German colony prior to 1914), especially in terms of the architecture and to some extent the…

Windhoek – Swakopmund; Namibia 2016

Sunrise is at around 06:00 and I get out of bed a few minutes earlier in time to see the sun pop over the horizon, for me the most beautiful part of the day, so full of promise. The day brightens up very quickly at these latitudes and within an hour it is warm enough…

Namibia 2016…

The first full day in Namibia was rather relaxed. I walked around the garden taking photographs of the flowers, some beetles and butterflies, then watched an old video (1987) of Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child), based on the book by Dalene Mathee. The evening in Namibia was spent sitting outside at sunset (18:55) chin wagging about…