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A DAY HIKE IN WABOOMSKRAAL

As you approach from Oudtshoorn you will traverse a beautiful valley  surrounded by the Outeniqua mountains where hops are grown.  The name of this valley is Waboomskraal.  It is home to about 75% of South Africa’s hops farms.  There is a lesser known hiking trail called “Doringrivier” that takes you all the way to the Ronbinson Pass, which connects Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, but today we only planned to take a shorter day hike up and over the mountains to a nearby trig beacon.  Just as well, because with my unfit state I will never be able to complete a strenuous hike of 50 kilometres.  Even the hike to the trig beacon is uphill all the time.  (Remember that a trig beacon is normally at the highest point on a mountain!). Reading a description of the hike they mentioned that you can maybe see  klipspringer, grey rhebuck, leopard and also… Read more >

ABOUT SMALL TOWNS AND CHURCHES

Every small town has a certain ambiance when you visit it.    Some of them immediately speak to me and others, well they do not actually speak to me … and I just observe and pass by. However, there are small towns with tons of history dating back hundreds of years.  And then there are churches with unique architecture and some interesting history on the why, what and how it came about.  With its rich history and influences from the Dutch, French and English, who all reigned South Africa at some period in the early years, you can just imagine the different church styles that came about.   Each church structure tells a story.  One can feast on some fascinating stories that at times can be humorous or a bit shocking, this includes that has been set alight by deranged persons and destroyed by fire, and steeples collapsing.  Looking up the history… Read more >

IS IT REALLY NECESSARY?

Lately I am very much leaning towards the “greener” side of things.  When we take a drive with Wallace (for those of you that do not know yet, that is our Landy)  I am more than average noticing plastic pollution on the roadside.  Plastic is sadly killing our planet.  Reading National Geographic a horrific picture popped up about a turtle with a plastic straw embedded in its nose.  This made me ponder on how can we, in our ordinary every day lives, make a significant impact to reduce plastic waste to save our planet. Like a lot of things it starts at home with educating our children from a very young age.  I know we are living in a quick and easy, fast paced life where everything is individually wrapped, etc.  This to me is one of the biggest problems at the moment!  Do we really need all that individual… Read more >

SOUTH AFRICAN BLOG AWARDS 2018: BEST ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG

It is official! Travelbucket was awarded the title of Best Environmental Blog during the 2018 South African Blog Awards! A full list of all the winners and runners-up in all the categories is available here. We are still stunned! We woke up one day, going about our business to save the planet one plastic piece at a time, when suddenly, we were hit by the big surprise of the announcement of the Category Winners and the Runners-up. Not in our wildest dreams could we ever hope to achieve something like this. Blogging is not about winning, it’s about sharing and learning from others. Travelbucket is a true reflection of our everyday adventures as a family. A family who has a passion for nature and it’s wildlife. We appreciate the fauna and flora that we are blessed with. Yes, we do set goals for ourselves. We do have Bucket Lists on… Read more >

KAAIMANSGAT

So what is a “kaaiman”?    Roughly it translates to a crocodile, but this is not what our story is about.  Kaaimansgat is the place where the Swart river and the Kaaimans river join and gently flows to meet the sea under the well photographed Kaaimans train bridge.  Kaaimansgat also has some historic significance as this was one of the few spots where in early years a river crossing with a wagon was possible.   The first recorded crossing was made as early as 1752. Our story is about an eatery snugged on the Kaaimans River on the way to the iconic Dolphin’s Point near Wilderness. We recently discovered this eatery with excellent food and drink, although it is in existence for quite some time as we have noticed all the buzz in the social media of friends hanging out at this space. It was time for a visit.  Tucked away under… Read more >

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN — LET’S PLAY !

A new year with new challenges and new projects on the cards.  LET’S PLAY! I am a proud South African.  Why?  Take the quiz and see why we have such a unique country at the foot of the African continent.    So get the brain juices (without Mr Google at your side!) flowing and going with this interesting quiz about South Africa.  Name two of the four record breaking animals that you will find in South Africa?  South Africa played host to various World Cups – rugby (1995), football (2010), cricket (2013).  Name the only other country in the world that can lay claim to this too The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and the only green canyon in South Africa.  Which scenic route do you need to drive to see it? Can you name the country that is landlocked by South Africa? Located… Read more >

OUDTSHOORN – MORE THAN FEATHERS AND CAVES

CATCH UP ON HISTORY Did you know that the town once had the biggest Jewish (originating from Lithuania) community in South Africa?  About 100 immigrant families arrived in Oudsthoorn between 1881 and 1890, after fleeing persecution in their country, as the town held many business propositions due to the feather boom. In Baron van Reede street, tucked away behind some trees and almost unseen, are a beautiful sandstone synagogue. SWARTBERG CIRCLE ROUTE Take your time and drive over the famous Swartberg Mountains, lying just to the North of Oudtshoorn,  to Prince Albert in the Groot Karoo while marvelling at all the different cliff formations and the Cango valley down below.  Return via the spectacular Meringspoort and De Rust.  Allow a whole morning to complete this route.  You can either have some morning tea or lunch in Prince Albert or you can pack a picnic basket and enjoy it at one… Read more >

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