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“You’re a travel journalist, what is your favourite spot in South Africa?” I was recently asked this question at a braai. Usually, my favourite spot in SA is the place that I’ve just visited… until I get to explore a new destination. But if pressed, I guess that I would say the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Kwazulu-Natal is in the top five of my list (if not right at the top) of the best travel destinations in South Africa. And yes, I have just returned from Kosi Bay on a trip with Jannie Rykaart of Protea 4×4 (Remove Adventures). Our

With our Isuzu KB350 and Dessert Runner rooftop tent on our self-customised trailer, we tackled our adventure that would take us almost 3 900 kilometres. We left our home in Aliwal-North with only a vague idea of where the direction in which we wanted to go – we did not make any reservations, and did not have any definite plans. About 10 km outside Graaff-Reinett, a thunderstorm hit. We saw this as a test for the rooftop tent, whether the cover is waterproof. By late afternoon we arrived at Beaufort West and decided to stay in the Karoo National Park

Words & pictures by Stuart Reichardt I was driving the back roads around Middleburg and Groblersdal – some of the potholes are large enough to shred a car tire and buckle the rim. But don’t let the bad roads deter you; just drive slowly and with greater care. Back roads are always the most interesting routes to take, offering up some unique photographic opportunities and the chance to meet people off the beaten track. It’s where the hiss of steam locomotives gives way to disused railway stations overrun by creepers and grass; where old farming implements stand stoically rusting in

The Sani Pass is a bucket-list trip for many travellers in South Africa. The famous pass lies in the no-man’s-land between South Africa and Lesotho, close to the KwaZulu-Natal town of Himeville.    The view from the top of the pass never gets old. Nor does the feeling of accomplishment as you look at the gravel road snaking its way up the valley below – the same uneven, rocky road you’ve just conquered. Protea 4×4 Adventures has been offering tours to Sani Pass for almost 10 years, and we believe that one has to visit it in summer and winter to

Words & pictures by RICHARD VAN RYNEVELD One doesn’t have to hit the road for weeks on end and travel thousands of kilometres to enjoy a real bushveld break-away. In a beautiful country like South Africa, there are spectacular destinations just a few hours’ drive from any major city. I flew from Cape Town to O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg, where a JMC Vigus 4×4 single cab bakkie was awaiting me – my tow horse for the next week. My first stop from the airport was the Echo 4×4 factory in Pretoria to pick up a 4-sleeper Kavango off-road caravan. With

The flowers of Namaqualand draw travellers from all over South Africa, as well as overseas. These areas on the West Coast, Cederberg and into Namaqualand receive little rain throughout the year, but after the winter rains, the normally dry landscape explodes with colours as wild flowers such as gousblomme, vygies, nemesias, lachenalias, babiana and ixias start to bloom. The peak flower season is usually late July to August, so if you want to take a trip this year, make sure you start planning as soon as possible. In 2017, South Africa experienced a drought, and the flowers in Namaqualand were

My wife and I collected our Skipper Oyster from Robbie and Jenny Kerkhof at their factory in Park Rynie, KwaZulu-Natal, in December 2017. Words & pictures by Hennie & Antoinette Jordaan It was just in time for our bi-annual family camp on a farm in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape. We spent the first night in Park Rynie, where it rained so much that it was impossible to pitch the tent. During our stay on the farm, my brother in law, Frikkie Potgieter from Bloemfontein, asked whether we would like to join them in March for a trip to the

By Stuart Reichardt The excitement for my trip started long before I got to Bela-Bela, because I knew I was going to be driving the latest entrant into the South African SUV market, the brand new Isuzu mu-X. I had already gotten a taste for this multi-utility crossover earlier in the year during the official launch, so you can imagine how elated I was to get a chance to test it as a tow vehicle… for two whole weeks! The 4×4 model I drove, fitted with Isuzu’s legendary 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, made light work of towing! And I

Last year, we followed Australian couple Uwe Bockmann and Meg Stuart as they travelled through Namibia and Botswana in their EarthCruiser EXP motorhome. Now, we join them back on South African soil, as they travel to the Blyde River Canyon, into the Kruger National Park, through Swaziland, and end their adventure in Port Elizabeth, from where their motorhome will be shipped back to Australia. BACK IN SOUTH AFRICA We crossed the border to SA at Platjan, not far from the Limpopo River Lodge. The officers on both sides were very friendly and efficient. Our plan was to camp at the

I burst into song. One can do this when traveling alone. Even though I still had a few hours’ drive to my destination, the freedom of being on the road always fills me with joy. And when I’m heading to the Groot Karoo north of the Swartberge, it’s impossible not to join in with the music on the radio. By Richard van Ryneveld My singing almost turned to yodelling when I arrived at the first stop of my week-long journey. The EL YOLO OnE Karoo Guest Farm had me attempting a “yooooo deee ouuuu deee ay ditt teee” – from

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