• My Never-ending South African Visa Journey

    I’ve been waiting to write a South African visa post for nearly a decade. Since 2010 I’ve been granted four long-term South African visas of various types, with many three-month tourist visas…

  • Donkeys in Kameel

    #10SouthAfricanTowns, Part 2: Kameel

    Kameel is the second stop in my  #10SouthAfricanTowns campaign, for which I’m visiting ten small towns across South Africa in 2020. Kameel means “Camel” in Afrikaans. The original farm there is called “Kameel…

  • The Upcycle Shop on Long Road in Greymont

    Upcycle: Giving Junk A Second Chance in Joburg

    As an “influencer” and member of the media, I often receive swag (i.e. free gifts) from events, product launches, travel campaigns, etc. I can’t tell you how many branded bags, water bottles,…

  • Val train tracks at sunset

    #10SouthAfricanTowns, Part 1: Val

    Val is the first stop in my #10SouthAfricanTowns campaign, for which I’m visiting ten small towns across South Africa in 2020. After months of talking about it, my #10SouthAfricanTowns campaign has finally…

  • Top floor of 9 Rose Road, Johannesburg

    The Ruins of Rose Road: Photo Bonanza

    The Ruins of Rose Road The moment I saw the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation announce this tour — even before I read the description — I signed up. I had never heard of…

  • Tswana dancers on Vilakazi Street in Soweto

    Touring Soweto with a South African Blonde

    Last week I did an all-day tour of Soweto with Eenblond Tours. “Eenblond” means “a blonde” in Afrikaans, which makes sense because that’s exactly what Gilda Swanepoel is. Gilda and I are…

  • Travel books at Maps 4 Africa

    Maps 4 Africa: Navigating Africa Without Google

    In today’s Google-powered world, it’s tempting to believe paper maps and guidebooks are obsolete. Who needs hard copies when every piece of information ever collected is contained inside our phones? I’m as…

  • Looking up at the Carlton Hotel and Carlton Centre

    Memories From Joburg’s Carlton Hotel

    The Johannesburg central business district (locals call it the CBD) has experienced tumultuous change over the past 50 years. Nowhere is that change more visible than at the once glitzy, now abandoned…

  • Ostrich sculptures in the Wilds

    Looking Back at 2019. Looking Forward to 2020.

    I don’t normally write year-end wrap-up posts. I’m usually long asleep by midnight on 31 December. I don’t make New Years resolutions or assign much importance to the end of a calendar…