8th November 2018 Mrs L

The Great Karoo is a vast, semi-arid desert region spread over the heart of South Africa. It is a sparsely populated area, due to the harsh environment and extreme temperatures. The name, Karoo is derived from the Khoisan word meaning, land of thirst. (This area is also known as the South African outback.) Karoo Topography: Defined by its topography, which is mostly flat, the Karoo spans over more than 40% of South Africa’s landmass. It stretches over the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape. The Karoo landscape is defined by flat top hills and rocky outcrops spread over vast lands, which…

5th September 2018 Mrs L 3Comment

Loxton, Karoo Gem: We head to Loxton mid-morning for an overnight stay. It is a short thirty-minute drive on an open road from Carnavon. There is not another vehicle in sight on this dusty Karoo road. Most people see Loxton through their rear-view mirror as they are passing by en-route to another destination.  The town has gone through a transformation over the past years, after it was flooded and rebuilt, and we were keen to see this picturesque Karoo gem. Loxton Church Loxton hospitality: The first thing we notice as we drive into town is the…

29th August 2018 Mrs L 2Comment

Nieuwoudtville is a small town in the Namakwa district of the Northern Cape, that lies between Vanryhnsdorp and Calvinia. This sleepy town comes to life in August as the spring flowers blossom. Van Rhyns Pass: If you take the scenic route via the R27 to Nieuwoudtville, Van Rhyns Pass is one the attractions to experience before arriving at Nieuwoudtville.  It is listed as one of the top 10 passes in the Northern Cape. This beautifully engineered tarred pass forms part of the R27, located between Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville. It snakes and winds its way over 9 kilometers and climbs 815…

23rd August 2018 Mrs L

Calvinia is a small town in the Karoo and in one of South Africa’s largest provinces, the Northern Cape. It is located at the centre of a cross road area, en-route to various towns and villages, spread out over the Hantam Karoo. The town is surrounded by the beautiful Hantam mountains and dusty Karoo plains. Calvinia town church While there is no hustle and bustle in this town, it has its own unusual appeal. Quaint artistic finds and very friendly locals adds to the appeal of stopping here when exploring the great Karoo. Calvinia’s Large Postbox:…

16th August 2018 Mrs L

Flower season is here! The spring wild flowers are a natural phenomenon that can be seen annually in certain parts of South Africa. This year we decided to drive further north, to see the flowers in all its blooming glory. Flower Season: Flower season starts in July and ends in September. The number of blooming flowers are weather dependant. The amount of rain, wind and temperatures all impact how good the flower season will be. The best time to view them is mid-August to mid-September. The areas up north, is hotter, so the flowers are in full blossom in August,…

7th August 2018 Mrs L

I love visiting the coastal city of Swakopmund. It is located on the western coast of Namibia, about 45 kilometers north of Walvis Bay. It is one of the largest cities in Namibia and is partially surrounded by desert. You will be spoilt for choice in this seaside resort. destination What makes Swakopmund unique is that it you can go from desert to coast in a matter of minutes. The city boasts an array of activities for all ages and interests. Traces of the old Harbour: Swakopmund was the main port in the area during the colonial period. The jetty…

28th July 2018 Mrs L

I stumbled across La Colombe when reading the Eat Out Guide 2018. According to Eat Out, La Colombe is listed as the 7th best restaurant in South Africa. It is also positioned amongst the top restaurants in the world and is known internationally for the quality and innovation of food. Winter Fine Dining: Winter is one of the best times to try out some of the fine dining restaurants in Cape Town. Many of them offer a winter menu, for a reduced price, you can sample some of the finest food in the world.  To celebrate a good friends birthday,…

17th July 2018 Mrs L 2Comment

Other than the vastness and open space, driving in Namibia and road tripping, is part of the appeal for me visiting the country. Namibia is one of my favourite self-drive destinations. I visited Namibia a few times and enjoy the long open road and change of scenery as you drive from one part the country to the next. Muted landscapes General rules for driving in Namibia: They drive on the left side of the road. The speed limit is 120km/hr on tarred roads and 100km/hr on gravel roads. The main roads are a mixture of tar…

6th July 2018 Mrs L

For our stay in the desert, we chose Desert Quiver Camp as our base. Surrounded by rocky outcrops and the Namib desert, it is conveniently located a mere 5 kilometers away from Sesriem Gate. This modern self-catering accommodation located on a private reserve, is a perfect base for exploring Sesriem park and accessing the famous dunes in the oldest desert in the world. From afar Glamping not Camping: Even though it is named Desert Quiver Camp, this is not a camping site. It is more of a glamping experience! It consists of 24 units with private…

20th June 2018 Mrs L

Every year, the Christmas in Winter festival takes place in Tulbagh. This year Christmas comes early once again! If you have not experienced Christmas in Winter in the Western Cape, here are some reasons to visit Tulbagh this weekend. White Christmas: You can experience a ‘white’ Christmas in June. Expect ‘snow’ in difference forms at the various establishments partaking in the festival, like this display at the House of Krone, which was my favourite. House of Krone MCC , Christmas in Winter display Passport: A passport includes a Christmas hat, entrance to 4 museums and access…