Hope Crosses Any Terrain

Note: This article originally appeared here on Traveller24.com. To say I was annoyed, would be an understatement. My outbound flight was delayed by three hours, which meant I’d miss some of the opening proceedings of Land Rover’s 70th birthday celebration in Shongweni, near Durban. I was mostly frustrated because I’d be missing the speech by…

Kagga Kamma: A Bucket-list African Experience

As my golf slowly wound her way through the folded ridges of the Cederberg, we very quickly forgot all else that proceeded the trip.  We had travelled from Franschhoek, an equally mountainous terrain, but these rock formations were unlike anything else. In places, slivers of finger-like rock reached up in defiance to the blazing heat,…

The Gondwana Game Reserve Love Story

While the story of Gondwanaland may have centered around the dramatic movements of tectonic plates, the story of Gondwana Game Reserve is a lot more intimate and enchanting. Owner, Mark, met his American wife, Wendy, whilst she was a guest on one of his game drives. At that stage he was the head ranger of…

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Two tears raced each other down opposite ends of my face; and were soon followed by several others hot on their heels. I’m the first to admit that I wear my heart on my sleeve – and sometimes my face happily leaks as a result. This experience, however, simply overwhelmed me. I’d spent the morning…

Aquila Private Game Reserve

It was a Thursday afternoon, and I was told rather desperately: “We’d like to see the Big 5, and leave South Africa on Saturday!” I knew, and my foreign guests knew, that the Kruger National Park was just not going to work. Taking their request seriously, I went to the wisest source of all things…