Vilanculos – Sunny Spot!

Vilanculos, said Jaynee J, is a beautifully sunny spot . . . . with the odd shady person! When she was about to leave Joburg for her paradise in Mocambique; to find another atmospheric cottage to inhabit and love; move into a new town, in a new country; and change the place – Vilanculos, notContinue reading “Vilanculos – Sunny Spot!”

Adventure in Deepest Darkest Zoolooland

I must tell you about a wonderful trip we went on recently (well, back in 2015 actually) to Deepest Darkest Zoolooland. It was actually a rugged and challenging course in which we were required to survive under tricky conditions, with carefully thought-out obstacles and challenges put in our way by the amazing outfit called: whoContinue reading “Adventure in Deepest Darkest Zoolooland”

Philosophy – Going On Safari

Get the BEST 4X4 possible, modify it, take engine spares, take all your own food and water and fuel, fit a winch, fit a snorkel, take hi-lift jacks, a big toolkit, solar power, satellite phone, there must be more . . . be entirely self-sufficient. OR Sommer just take the car you have, buy foodContinue reading “Philosophy – Going On Safari”

Xudum in Okavango

Another trip to the Delta! Aitch and I flew from Maun to Xudum in 2001 when Janet & Duncan were running the show for Landela Safaris. We landed on the nearby bush strip. After a few days in camp they had business in Maun and we accompanied them on the drive out of the DeltaContinue reading “Xudum in Okavango”

Last Maputaland Beach Drive

No more driving on the beach! Our Environment Minister Valli Moosa had at last grasped the nettle and was closing the beaches to hooligans! We approved, and time and research has shown it was the right decision. It has had a positive impact on the ecology of the coastal zone, with a recovery of residentContinue reading “Last Maputaland Beach Drive”

Maputaland Meander

Aitch was impressed: Luxury with Wilderness Safaris at Ndumo, grub and game drives laid on. Aitch had fun with the giraffe’s dong. So where we going next? she asks. “You’ll see”, I say. Hmm, she said, knowingly, raising one eyebrow but saying no more . . .   We were in a magic Isuzu TrooperContinue reading “Maputaland Meander”

A ‘Bhangladeshi’ Christmas

My bad. We arrived at the Mocambique border with Tommy’s passport, birth certificate, Aitch’s death certificate, my application for Tom’s unabridged birth certificate plus the receipt for same. No go. They wanted his unabridged birth certificate itself, or a letter saying we’d applied for it. “But here’s the application and the receipt”, I protested. InContinue reading “A ‘Bhangladeshi’ Christmas”

Good Advice in Kenya

Aitch and I went to Mombasa in 1995 and checked in at a hotel on Diani beach. The next day I walked the crowded streets of Mombasa looking for a cheap hired car. Mombasa is quite a place: While Aitch chilled on the uncrowded beach and pooldeck, no doubt quaffing ginless gin&tonics. She used toContinue reading “Good Advice in Kenya”

Redfoot, the 1979 Land Rover

Aitch knew a doctor in PMB who “did up” Land Rovers. That got me thinking . . . To my amazement my partners Lello, Yoell & Stoute were NOT HUGELY enthusiastic as I twisted their arms to go in as equal shareholders! Even when I told them that, besides the good doctor, it had onlyContinue reading “Redfoot, the 1979 Land Rover”