This account is based on our two visits to the Tanqua Karoo (alternative spellings tend to be used), one in May 2016 and one May 2017. By going in May we avoided the hotter months of the year when temperatures around 40°C must be anticipated. The two visits offered contrasts in that the first was… Continue reading Tankwa National Park
Based on a visit in May 2017. Photos by the author except where otherwise indicated. To some the South African Karoo is an area to be passed through as quickly as possible while driving between the Cape and the population centres in Gauteng and the rest of the northern regions, or to be flown over… Continue reading The South African Karoo and its Farming
[This account was written in 2015 and is the first of a series of travelogues first circulated as emails. Pictures by the author except for the Great Zimbabwe ruins and exterior of the museum.] Mapungubwe is an historic site in the far north of South Africa bordering the Limpopo River, now included in a national… Continue reading Mapungubwe
A number of my local readers are familiar with the 11,595ha Suikerbosrand Reserve, the Afrikaans name meaning ridge of the sugar bushes, where sugar bushes are not the maple syrup yielding trees of North America but rather proteas. This is one of the few places close to the built up areas of Johannesburg where one… Continue reading Suikerbosrand, Judgement Reserved?
Our last trip to South Africa's Kruger National Park was over 20 years ago on a multi-day walking trip accompanied by a ranger and tracker. Since then we, or perhaps more specifically I, have tended to see a ‘normal’ visit to the Kruger as driving round in a mobile cage to be gawked at by… Continue reading Kruger National Park