baleni salt

Baleni Sacred Salt

Baleni Cultural Camp

Emelina Mathebula and Maria Mkhari sit serenely at the foot of an ancient Motswiri (leadwood tree), thanking their ancestors for nature’s great gift. Read more

Hendrik’s velletjies

!Xaus Lodge

My love for the Kgalagadi Desert runs deep. Its wide-open spaces, the big skies, the endless rolling red sand dunes, and its plants and animals evolved with the most incredible adaptations to this harsh, arid environment. .Read more.

An Evening of Dance and Pythons

Fundudzi Camp

Light is slowly fading under the canopy of Jackalberry and Wild fig trees at Fundudzi Camp. A small fire is burning, drums are warmed up, and reed mats are placed strategically on the lapa’s dirt floor.Read more.

drakensberg amphitheatre

Conquering the chain ladders

Northern Drakensberg, near Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

The Sentinel Peak Chain Ladder hike in the Drakensberg is probably one of the most renowned and popular walks. Read more

cape point

Cape Point

Cape Town, near Moonglow Guest House

Every single day, hundreds of tour buses stream down the Cape Peninsula and into Cape Point National Park. Read more

Letaba Ranch Walking Safari

Letaba Ranch, Greater Kruger National Park

“Look, can you see the reddish colour of the elephant dung?”, says Azwitevhelwi Mudzunga (aka Andy), while he breaks a big lump of ellie dung in two. Read more

Twananani Textiles

Twananani Textiles

Ribola Art Route, near Nahakwe Lodge

While the sun is streaming through the windows, Florence Ngovheni and her co-worker sit quietly on the floor working on a colourful batik-style zebra design. Read more

Crooks’ Corner


Standing on the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers, looking across to Mozambique and Zimbabwe, I try to conjure up an image of the lawless and fugitives of the early 1900s.Read more.

Jurassic Giants of the Cycad Reserve

Modjadji Nature Reserve, Limpopo

“These Jurassic giants need protection from our South African anti-poaching units”, says Lazarus Mokoena. Read more

Both a Journey and a Destination

Mutale Falls

The track is covered in large stone “ball bearings” slipping and sliding under our tyres, clunking and pounding against metal. Read more

Bearded Vultures

Drakensberg Mountains

I gaze at a defrosting bone from the hide, camera ready and patiently waiting in the VERY fresh morning air at 2,285 m altitude. Read more

Mafefe 4×4 Love

Wolkberg Mountains, Northern Drakensberg

“You see that Merc parked halfway down the ravine?”, shouts Peterson Phasha over the noise of rocks knocking left, right and centre against the metal of our Landrover Defender, “that’s what happens when you try to drive this road in a sedan”. Read more

Glimpses into the Past

Blouberg Cultural Camp

Rock art holds mystery and intrigue through remnants of primitive paintings telling the life stories of hunter-gatherers roaming the plains of Southern Africa. Read more

The Man who Listens to Wood

Nahakwe Lodge

“I collect all the dead wood for my carvings locally and for the bigger pieces I get help from a friend with a bakkie to get it back to my studio”, tells Patrick Manyike.  Read more

Come Closer!

Nahakwe Lodge

“High up in the Magoebaskloof Mountains”, we are told. Driving down a long grit road and one or two more dirt roads through the dark pine plantations, we question the directions once or twice.  Read more

lake fundudzi

Lake Fundudzi

Lake Fundudzi, near Funduzi Camp

“Lake Fundudzi was created by a massive landslide about 20,000 years ago, blocking the flow of the Mutale river and slowly but surely creating this expansive lake” says Nelson Maphaha… Read more

kgalagadi landscape

Returning to Thirstland

!Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Driving through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park gate after a three-year absence, feels like returning to my happy space. Read more

traditional healing

Traditional Healing

Fundudzi Camp

Mokgadi Rasekgokga’s consulting room is a bare breeze block building with one small window and a door. Read more

Sagole baobab

Sagole Baobab

Thohoyandou, near Awelani Lodge

The Sagole Baobab (or Big Tree near Thohoyandou) stands proud with its fat and sturdy trunk and its gnarled branches, so intertwined and entangled that they have become one in places. Read more

Get creative – do Venda pottery

Nahakwe Lodge

Awestruck. No potter’s wheels, no fancy tools, no kiln, and no commercially produced clay. With incredible pottery skills, turning clay into beautiful, authentic, honest, hand-built Venda pots. Read more.

Reading the Cultural Landscape

Nthubu Safari Camp

We can only speculate as to the real reasons of this tragedy, but one theory involves a traditional healer assuring the warriors that they would survive their fall, if they wrapped themselves in ox hide.Read more.

Doorstep Safari

!Xaus Lodge

My morning coffee is a sacred ritual and time for contemplation. Sitting with a steaming mug overlooking the large heart-shaped pan in front of !Xaus Lodge is heavenly. I watch this seemingly desolate and empty landscape with its sparsely vegetated red dunes. These arid environments intrigue me. On closer inspection they never are what they seem. Read more.