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MEET WALLACE

Wallace is our newly acquired, but already loved 2003 Tdi Land 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… 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 >

TRAVELBUCKET MEETS TRAVELSTART @ ECMEETUP

It was that time of the year where bloggers from across the Eastern Cape get together to share ideas, exchange business cards, meet the newbies on the block and share experiences.  For the Travelbucket team it was time to travel again, to experience the Eastern Cape and to visit a new venue that has not been visited before – another tick off our list……..it was time for the #ECMeetUp. We’ve been blogging under the radar for a few years now, but we could never understand why our following would not pick up.  For the month’s leading up to the ECMeetUp, we would follow and keep a close eye on the event on social media.  Being a traveling family, we would always choose a solitary life in the wilderness somewhere.  There where we would be alone and make memories for us to remember.  Even though we were sharing our memories with… Read more >

COOKING IN THE BUSH

This surely is my favourite pastime when we are camping in a group – to watch how innovative people can get when preparing a meal with what you have at hand, especially when it is week two of a serious off-road trip.  I myself like to keep things very simple! I prefer to travel as light as possible and keep the kitchen equipment/utensils to the minimum.  Fancy cooking is something that I will attempt when I am at home with all the crockery and cutlery at hand.  After all, this is why we come to the bush – to get back to basics again and appreciate nature.  I can proudly say that I have had a braai in countries like Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and Zambia! When camping there are basically two ways to cook – either with a gas cooker or… Read more >

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