Hiking Towards Mushroom Rock

You might think with all the camping we do, that Gareth and I are real outdoors people. We’re not. In fact, over a normal weekend you’ll most often as not find us either playing on the PC, vegging in front of the TV, or quietly reading a book. Which is probably why we enjoy it […]

Clarens: A Small Town with a Big Reputation

On our second day camping in the Drakensberg mountains in Golden Gate Highlands National Park, we woke up to an overcast sky and decided to head to Clarens for the day. Only a quick twenty minute drive from our campsite, we arrived early enough to still find a good parking spot in this bustling little […]

Camping in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

The last four days of our Easter break this year was spent at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which is the closest bit of the Drakensberg mountains if you’re coming from Gauteng. It’s situated in the Free State and was about five hours’ drive for us, which is really not that far if you […]

Shattered Nerves on the N3

The wet Easter weekend weather let up long enough early Monday morning for us to pitch our muddy tents and set out on the next phase of our holiday. We said our goodbyes to Franco and Lizelle, promising to do this again soon, and programmed the GPS for our next destination: Golden Gate Highlands National […]

Nuts for Cheeky Chipmunks

Coming face to face with one of the Big Five when exploring a game reserve is always exciting, but sometimes it’s even more fun when you encounter the smaller denizens of the wild. The story is almost familiar: while driving around in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve, a car ahead of us has stopped and we […]

Food for a King

Ten o’clock on a Sunday morning, instead of lying in a little later than usual, visitors to the Krugersdorp Game Reserve are already positioned in strategic places within the lion enclosure to get the best view of the animals being fed. The enclosure contains a few smaller camps and one large open field, each area […]

Four Explore Maropeng

The boat ride at Maropeng teaches you about the four elements: wind, water, fire and earth. And because the museum is interactive, part of the fun is to experience these elements – you get wet, you get windblown and then you get dried off with heat. While this is all very entertaining, it doesn’t really […]

Following in the Footsteps of Mrs Ples

As someone who’s not only extremely fond of travelling and seeing the sights, but also interested in archaeology, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that this Easter holiday was my first time visiting the Cradle of Humankind. This World Heritage site is situated less than an hour’s drive from my hometown, Pretoria, so there’s really no […]

Camping in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve

This Easter weekend, Gareth and I, along with our friends Lizelle and Franco, camped inside the Krugersdorp Game Reserve at the Ngonyama Caravan Park. Since our friends only had the long weekend off and didn’t want to travel far, they had suggested we try this site out and I jumped at the chance to finally […]