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FULL THROTTLE

Knysna was and is one of South Africa’s favourite holiday destinations and these days another different attraction iss added to the scene. At first you will think this is all about bikes, but while browsing through the display you will notice there is much more than wheels to this living museum (if you want to call it that).  You will notice the passion, the history and a story behind each bike on display. The Motorcycle Room is Colin Studen’s happy place.   He takes old and new bikes which were heading for the dumpster, regardless make and model, and turn it into a memory (like Copper). It is his happy place and not only filled with his happy memories, but also happy memories of every boy, no matter the age, that visits the room.  When we visited on hubby’s birthday I kept an eye on the expressions of fellow visitors.  It… Read more >

THE OLD TOLL HOUSE, GEORGE

Wondering what to do on a wet or beautiful sunny Saturday morning in George? Take the gravel road up the historic Montagu Pass, –  it is one of the four passes that traverse the Outeniqua mountains – and you will stumble upon the old Toll House.  The gravel road leading up the 8km long pass is signposted from the N12 towards Oudtshoorn.  Starting from the George side and travelling up the incline the first and only building that you will come across on the pass is the stone Toll House. Until the building of Outeniqua pass as we know it today the Montagu pass was the main route between Cape Town and Grahamstown. The Toll House dates back to year 1855.  According to old records the toll was a whopping two pennies per wheel, a penny per draft animal, two pennies for losloop animals, and half a penny for each… Read more >

MEET WALLACE

Wallace is our newly acquired, but already loved 2003 Td5Land Rover.  Not so young in years, but still going strong! Since Wallace arrived in our family there was some minor changes to it.  First of all we had to change the number plates that it does not read “GP” anymore.  Second major thing that needed to be done was to fix the oil leak (of course!).  Then we started to fit some smaller things from our previous vehicles – an awning to one side for some protection against the harsh African sun and the unpredictable rain when we travel.  Wallace’s story starts under the post: The Life of a Landy Wife First things first.  A list of “essentials” was drawn up versus a list of “nice to haves” as our budget is not unlimited at the moment.  Now everyone has a different “essentials” list and a different “nice to have… Read more >

HOW CAN I HELP?

HOW CAN I HELP YOU? Any fellow traveller or travel blogger that needs some assistance on the planning side for an upcoming trip and you do not know where to start? My specialty (and I love doing it) is the pre-planning of a trip, which includes: work out do-able travel distances for a day, fuel needs, find nice camping spots (on the tourist strip as well as off the grid), what to see and do, do some food planning for easy camp meals packing lists Not only have we travelled alone in desolate and remote places in Africa but I can say that I know my own country and parts of Africa pretty well. Do you have questions like: what do I need to pack for your trip?, what are the distances? is there fuel available? where can I get a packing list Please do not feel that you will… Read more >

THE BARE BEAUTY OF THE KAROO

The Karoo with its long dusty roads may seem quite barren and desolate and without life if you visit for the first time, but do not be fooled.  Here you will discover fossils and interesting plants, look closer and you might be surprised at what you see and hear.  Make return trips, in different seasons, and you will experience the Karoo like never before! Heading north or south Graaff Reinet is sort of the resting point and leg stretch for motorists.  It is the heartbeat of the Karoo with blue skies and wide open spaces yet it has a beauty and a charm of its own. Make that trip, even in the middle of the winter, when it is freezing cold and the water stops flowing in the waterpipes because of minus temperatures.  This is a time to dress up nice and warm, muffled against the cold with  beanies, scarves,… Read more >

WINTER WARMER COMPETITION

COMPETITION TIME!!!   🎉🎉🎉WIN WIN WIN WIN🎉🎉🎉 Our Facebook page is turning one year old and to say thank you to all our followers, we are giving away a true TRAVELBUCKET WINTER WARMER HAMPER for 2 to the value of R700! TO ENTER DO THE FOLLOWING: 1. Like our Travelbucket Facebook Page 2. Share the competition post from our Facebook page 3. Tag someone you would share your hamper with **Competition closes on 31 July and winner will be announced via our FB Page on 3 August.** #TravelbucketWinterWarmerHamper #TravelbucketFBBirthday

WHICH ONE? ROOFTOP VERSUS GROUND TENT

It is quite difficult to decide which is best: a rooftop tent or a ground tent. The truth is that both have advantages and disadvantages and there are a few factors that will determine which one will work best for YOU.  So let us have a look at the broader picture. A rooftop tent is the easiest way to sleep off the ground.  You will have to decide why this is important for you and your family.  We as a family prefer to go for a ground tent as we do not want to carry all the weight on Wallace’s roof as it becomes a bit top heavy then.  Top heavy in a Landy spells danger going down slopes – it always feel like Wallace is going to topple over. The pro’s and con’s One of the pro’s of a rooftop tent is it helps when your campsite is uneven… Read more >

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