• Meruschka in Turkey

    12 Portraits of Inspiring South African Women

    Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa. South African Women’s Day, which is a public holiday and falls on 9 August, is different from International Women’s Day on 8 March. The…

  • Mob of meerkats in Oudtshoorn

    Monday Morning With a Mob of Meerkats

    Early Monday morning I sat on a camping chair in the desert outside a town called Oudtshoorn, watching a family of meerkats emerge from their burrow as the sun came up. The…

  • 20 Pictures From Walk the Talk 2019

    I’d never really considered signing up for MTN Walk the Talk with 702. Even though I knew this is one of the most iconic events in Johannesburg with 55,000 participants, and even…

  • Ode to Limpopo

    I spent seven days driving 1500 kilometres (about 1000 miles), mostly alone in my very tiny car, through Limpopo. I drove Limpopo — South Africa’s northernmost province — from top to bottom…

  • Slouw coffee trailer in Potchefstroom

    Five Things to Do in Potchefstroom

    The town of Potchefstroom, 120 kilometers southwest of Joburg in North West province, has several claims to fame: Potchefstroom is a very old town by South African standards, founded in 1838 by…

  • Heather in the Swartland at Allesverloren Wine Estate

    8 Magical Moments in the Swartland

    I visited the Swartland — a wine region about an hour northwest of Cape Town — almost two months ago. My visit was mostly about wine, which I wrote about already, but…

  • Bedroom in the deluxe suite at Mhondoro Safari Lodge

    Mhondoro: Ultimate Luxury in the South African Bush

    I have safaried in every possible fashion during my years in Africa. I’ve done low-budget camping trips, high-end tented camps, mid-range SANPark self-drives, river safaris, and walking safaris. You name it, I’ve…

  • The Rand Club, Reinvented

    I last blogged about the Rand Club — one of the oldest, most historic, most colonial buildings in Joburg, founded by Cecil John Rhodes — more than six years ago. I just…