Entries from 'South Africa'

a few days on the farm

   From the Fish River Canyon, we drove back towards the Cape and stayed a few nights at a friend’s farm between the Karoo and the Cederberg. It was so nice to see her again, and we had a great time on the farm, hiking in the surrounding mountains, swimming and relaxing in a beautiful…

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Capetown for some nights

When I got a chance to go to beautiful Capetown for some days earlier this week, of course I jumped at the opportunity! Even better, Björn and I got to go there together and spent a fantastic, sunny Sunday exploring the water front and catching up over brunch and dinner with our friend. I stayed…

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summer is back camping trip

This past weekend, we went to Botsalano with a group of friends for a night in the bush. Upon entering the reserve, we saw a group of 14 or so rhinos at the waterhole, including two baby rhinos. Apparently, they also have an issue with poaching in the reserve, so the lady at the gate…

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white gold of the Kalahari

Last week I accompanied a friend to shoot a film about salt. We drove to Upington where we visited the factory and watched the salt being processed and packaged. Then we were shuttled to a large salt pan in the middle of the Kalahari, where we spent the days filming the salt-making process on the…

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quick trip to the big city

Last Sunday we went for a quick trip to Joburg and had lunch at the ever-growing Market on Main. The surrounding streets are becoming more lively as well and we walked around for a bit. I found some pretty cool street art and we had coffee in one of the few über-stylish cafes. It was…

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finally another game drive

Recently we realized that it has been a long time since our last game drive and shortly after that Björn surprised me with a quick weekend getaway to Madikwe, Big Five country. So we drove the short distance across the border and spent a night at the Buffalo Ridge Lodge, where we’d been already twice…

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only in South Africa…

For a quick weekend trip we went across the border to Groot Marico. And even though it is much closer than most places in Botswana, it is a different country indeed. On Saturday, they held a little street market on the main street and we peeped into a couple of local shops and a working…

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rock walls and golden hills

The next day, we decided to try and get a view from the top. Mont-Aux-Sources is one of the highest peaks in the Drakensberg and is a daunting rock tower with steep walls raising to over 3.200m. We got close enough to get an idea of the steep climb leading all the way up to…

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winter hike

We were lucky and got some really nice, clear days in the Drakensberg. So, after saying good morning to our resident ponies, we went to the Royal Natal National Park and hiked around for a couple of hours. The landscape is really beautiful and all the time you see the amazing Amphitheatre towering over the…

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on to the berg

When I came back from Jordan, I went directly from the airport into the car and on to the beautiful Drakensberg region in South Africa. It took us a couple of hours to get there and I was completely exhausted after the long journey, but there were some really amazing moments on the way. Like…

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Weekend in the Waterberg

For the long Easter weekend, we went to the Waterberg area in South Africa with our friends and met my sister and M. on their way back from Mozambique for a couple of quiet days in the bush. The days were filled with extended breakfasts, watching the sun wandering from one end of the porch…

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more from the weekend

While in Joburg, we also went back to the Market on Main on Sunday. It’s really nice to see that it’s been growing a lot ever since we first went there last year.  Having left the house without breakfast, I was very hungry by the time we got there, and so I was really happy…

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summer nights

We spent a fantastic weekend in Pretoria and Joburg, and had a great time at the Jozifest on Saturday. It took place in Newtown, in an old industrial area, and there were bands, DJs, dancing and a great atmosphere with an interesting crowd. Okay, I must admit that I didn’t know any of the acts,…

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Sunset Saturday XXXXIX

I took this picture during our trip to Mozambique and KZN in March last year. We were on our way back to the lodge through endless pineapple fields under this beautifully colored evening sky, and could almost see all the way down to the coast.

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the final nights

After an informal dinner with lots of last-minute strategizing, I returned to the ICC on Friday on what was supposed to be the last day of negotiations. Througout the morning, we camped out in front of the meeting room where Ministers from major countries tried to come up with a deal. It was a day…

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