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PROTEAS: TOURING ONE OF THE BIGGEST EXPORTING FARMS

by Inge Triegaardt In July 2018 I managed to grab a few friends and sort of forced them to be my team for an Amazing Race  to raise funds for a 13-year old girl who is attending the South African Indoor Cricket Championships later this year.  We managed to win the Amazing Race and our first prize was a breakfast at Oudebosch Farmstall and a Protea Tour at one of the largest Protea farms in the world. Now, being South African and loving the outdoors, I have a natural love for our national flower and always believed that it is one of the prettiest flowers I have ever seen.  I am still convinced that it is the case, but let me share my experience of going on a Protea Tour and learning all about the harvesting and caring of this beautiful flower.  I have a new appreciation for all the… Read more >

HOW TO ACT AROUND WILD ANIMALS

Your trip is planned and you are about to set off on your overland trip!  Excitement is big and contagious, but on the other end of the scale you are also a bit nervous as you are unsure how to act around wild animals. Let me, as an experienced and seasoned African traveller, give some basic do’s and don’ts when you are out there: Zip up your tent – no matter how hot it is in side, zip up for various reasons. It keeps out bugs, mosquitoes and slithering things like snakes.  A lion will not bother you in your tent.  They do not realise that they can rip open the canvas with a quick stroke of the paw and no, an elephant will not trip over your tent.  Elephants are amazingly gracious when they walk. When you go to bed stow all food (and garbage) either in your tent… Read more >

FULL THROTTLE

Knysna was and is one of South Africa’s favourite holiday destinations and these days another different attraction is 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 the one of a kind model, 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… 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 >

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