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South Africa

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Free Lioness or Hunter's Trophy? UPDATED

Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 | Views [1520]

UPDATE: Sufficient funds were raised & Alexandra flew to South Africa to make a documentary about Serabie's release to a protected wildlife sanctuary there & to raise awareness on the sick 'sport' that is canned hunting. Our heartfelt thanks ... Read more >

Tags: appeals, help, hunters, lioness, lions, serabie, south africa


Destination South Africa

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [761]

All too soon 3 months have passed and I am preparing to leave South Africa later today. Without doubt, this has been the trip of a lifetime and whilst I still have another 9 months of travelling ahead of me, the South Africa part is going to be very ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, backpacking, beaches, fantastic, game viewing, holiday, safari, south africa, volunteer, wildlife


Photos: A Cape Town Garden

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Robben Island Day Trip

Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Cape Town & Stellenbosch

Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Behind the facade - South Africa

Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | Views [783]

Cape Town - the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Southern-most tip of Africa and a climate that, at times, reflects Europe more than it does Africa. Surrounded by mountains and flanked by sandy beaches with sea temperatures that vary ... Read more >

Tags: carjacking, crime, long street backpackers, mandela, politics, rainbow nation, safety, south africa, tip of africa


Cape Town Departure

Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 | Views [568]

The smell of jet fuel invariably brings with it the stirrings of adventure that start somewhere in the midrift region. Rather like the rich aroma of a freshly cooked meal being served to an empty stomach. I have always loved airports, aeroplanes and ... Read more >

Tags: atlantic, bays, cape town, driving, flying, indian ocean, karoo desert, south africa, table mountain


Brief stop in Hermanus Bay

Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | Views [466]

Hermanus, the end of our Baz Bus journey was a brief overnight stop. Having arrived quite late, we had to wait until the morning to explore the town. The sun was out and it wasn’t hard to see why it is such a popular destination for the city folk ... Read more >

Tags: baz bus, dolphins, hermanus bay, travel buddies, weekend visits, whale crier, whales


Wilderness

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [505]

The noise of the ceaseless pounding of the ocean is carried on the cool breeze straight into the large open windows in my room where I am comfortably sat in an armchair, cup of tea nearby, ready to begin my account of Wilderness. We arrived at The ... Read more >

Tags: annies place, baz bus, beach house, journey, ocean, secret cave, south africa, waves, wilderness


The Secret Cave, Wilderness

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | Views [1518]

Having heard tell of a man that lives in a disused railway tunnel not far from here, a group of 5 of us decided that we would take a late afternoon walk to investigate. We walked through the tunnel without expectation and certainly none that would live ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, baz bus, secret cave, wilderness


Knysna

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | Views [668]

And so we arrived in Knysna (pronounced Nyzna). The drizzly rain we had driving here cleared up and the afternoon was dry, although still cloudy. Arriving at Jembjo’s hostel, we put our bags in the dorm and headed out to see the sights. This is ... Read more >

Tags: art, artists, backpacking, baz bus, fishing, harbour, knysna, pick n pay, pledge


Port Elizabeth to Knysna

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013 | Views [749]

Coffee Bay to Port Elizabeth (commonly referred to simply as PE) and 12 hours on Baz Bus to get there! It was a really long journey with the sun relentlessly piercing through the window, and no shades/curtains to prevent it - at times it was unbearably ... Read more >

Tags: african array, baz bus, bbq, braai, hiking, plettenberg bay, plettenberg bay, robberg


Photos: Coast to Coast Part 2

Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

PE to Cape Town
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Coffee Bay

Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 | Views [2233] | Comments [1]

Many petrol stations on the major routes in South Africa are a hive of activity and meeting/drop off points. Baz Bus collected us from Mantis and Moon and dropped us at a station at Mthatha where bags and weary travellers were loaded onto a shuttle taxi ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, baz bus, beach, beach huts, campfire, chill out, coffee bay, coffee shack, transkei


Beach Life at Umzumbe

Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 | Views [579]

Umzumbe is located south of Durban on the Indian Ocean coastline. The beach stretches as far North as the eye can see lapped by the ocean on one side and disappearing into dense foliage on the other. The clear sea is perfect for swimming and surfing ... Read more >

Tags: baby guinness, beach, castle beer, hammocks, hostels, mantis and moon, shark nets, tepee, tree houses, umzumbe


Durban

Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [509] | Comments [1]

Sunny Durban, the main city in Kwazulu-Natal is home to around 4 million people and a multitude of nationalities and for us, a compulsory one night stop. All today’s drop offs were scheduled for South Beach and ours was the first hostel. Driving ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, baz bus, bunny chow, durban, happy hippo, hostels, natal, sharks, ushaka marine, world cup stadium


Photos: Coast to Coast Part 1

Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Northern Drakensberg

Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [633]

Northern Drakensberg to Durban It has been a long day! After breakfast we re-organised our day packs to cover the likely potential rainfall we may meet before we set off on our day trip to the top of the Tugela Falls, some 3,200m above sea level. ... Read more >

Tags: ampitheatre, baz bus, climbing, drakenberg mountains, hiking, hostels, trekking, tugela falls


Pretoria to the Northern Drakensberg

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Views [971]

Today begins my road journey of over 2,000km that will take me from Pretoria to Durban and along the coast to Cape Town.   The 1322 Backpackers hostel in Pretoria was my first taste of hostel life and I arrived yesterday to a warm welcome from ... Read more >

Tags: 2, ampitheatre, backpacking, baz bus, castle beer, cost to coast, drakensberg, hostels, pretoria, tugela falls


Paradoxes

Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | Views [1079] | Comments [2]

Thursday - Zip lining in the Waterberg Mountains and a certificate to prove it! Perhaps it is being back in Africa that has given me a renewed sense of adventure as it’s not something I would normally think of doing, but so glad I did – 10 ... Read more >

Tags: africa, crime, greyhound bus, johannesburg, mandela, midrand, politics, ubuntu, waterberg mountains, zip lining


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