Arriving in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a city with a bad reputation and many people and publications list it in their top ten lists of most dangerous places to go. You only need to head there to get a good idea of just how dangerous people think it is. As soon as we told people we were making our […]

Walking around Soweto

The day after our walking tour of Johannesburg, Claire and I joined Teppo and Victor again, this time heading to Soweto. We all hopped on the minibus and made our way out of central Jo’burg and into Soweto. Once we arrived, we pulled up in a compound inside which was a school and kindergarten. We […]

Lions v Highlanders

Ellis Park, the national rugby stadium of South Africa, is also now known as the Emirates Stadium and is covered in the airline’s branding. It’s also the home stadium of the Lions, the South African rugby champions. Claire and I had managed to get ourselves two tickets to watch the Lions take on a New […]

‘Snorkeling’ in Sodwana Bay

Snorkelling, especially in tropical locations filled with colourful and interesting fish and other varied sealife, can be a wonderfully calming and enjoyable experience. That’s why Claire and I had decided to go snorkelling at Sodwana Bay – one of the world’s best SCUBA diving spots. We had made our way to the beach filled with […]

Whale Watching in St Lucia

When you’re travelling as we have been, for a long time and far away from the comforts of home, it is the simple things that can really make your day. When Claire and I arrived in St Lucia, a few hours down the coast from Sodwana Bay where we’d be spending the next few days, […]

Two hospitals in Port Shepstone

The Drakensberg Mountains are stunning. One of the oldest mountain ranges in Africa, they take your breath away as you see them come shooting up out of the ground into the sky. The Amphitheatre Guesthouse looks directly at the mountain range and it was there that Claire and I stayed for a few nights. During […]

Coffe Bay – Hiking, Jumping and Magic

After leaving Port Shepstone, Claire and I made our way to Coffee Bay. This little coastal town is on the Wild Coast, a piece of South African coastline that is famed for its rugged beauty. And the cliffs and beaches around Coffee Bay most certainly do live up to the expectations. We arrived at The […]

Hogsback – A Beautiful Town in the Mountains

Hogsback is a town up in the Amathole Mountains of the Eastern Cape. The strange name comes from one of two possible theories. The first, and more boring theory, is that the town was named after Captain Hogg – the commander of Fort Michael. The other is that the town takes its name from the […]

Surfer Dudes at Jeffreys Bay

Surfers, I’ve always felt, often are rather cliché. Perhaps this is harsh as not all surfers are. But often, you can tell just by looking at someone, or talking to them about non-surf related things, when someone is a surfer. Now this is not a negative thing at all. It’s merely an observation. After leaving […]

Nature’s Valley

Wild Spirit Backpackers in Nature’s Valley was one of the most delightful little spots we’d visited on our trip. The communal living room was inside a nice wooden cabin with a wood fire and comfy sofas. The doors opened out onto the deck, which had a nice rustic bar and plenty of outside seating space […]

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