Introducing Book Review Wednesdays: On Route in South Africa


As of Today I will host a book review on this blog. I am really excited to share all the great books out there with you! If you click here you will be guided to all the bbook review wednesdayook reviews on this site. Our first book will be:

On Route in South Africa

The 3rd revised of this book was published in 2014. When I think about this book I think of my grandfather and road tripping. He got the first edition as a gift and I’ve enjoyed paging through it when I was in high school and dreaming of all the wonderful places South Africa has to offer. Later we bought one for our family and I’ve had this copy on my lap through Meiringspoort, Kuruman, Stellenbosch, Ugie and a flight to Cape Town  just to name a few places. This book always goes into the car right next to the padkos (padkos direclty translates as “food for the road” snacks etc) and the camera. I’m so glad that it is in e book form now but there is just something about a book that’s been read so many times that it’s lost one cover.

As a family we enjoy history and knowing why a place got a certain name. It also keeps you busy in the car because you can choose a route and follow it and there will be something to say about each place on that route.

It has 27 chapters and includes detailed regional maps, incorporating up-to-date place names, and complemented by route directions within the text.

If you don’t have this book already please get yourself a copy and head out to discover South Africa.

Click on the pictures below to find out the prices and where you can buy it.

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On Route in South Africa Printed edition

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Day 29: Reasons why I love South Africa: Jozi


I know I’ve blogged about Johannesburg before. But I really want to showcase how spectacular Jozi looks at night! It shows the contrast of South Africa. The wildlife against the city.

There really is something for everyone!

 

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Day 28: Why I love South Africa: Rugby


As I’ve blogged before rugby is BIG in South Africa. Here are some pictures of my husband and I at a rugby game in 2011. The Western Province against the Lions.

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Day 27: Reasons why I love South Africa: Augrabies


Tha Augrabies Falls is a waterfall in the Northen Cape. It is on the Orange river. The falls are about 60m high and the gorge is about 240m deep and 18km long. The name is derived from the Khoikhoi name “place of big noises”

“The falls have recorded 7,800 cubic metres (280,000 cu ft) of water every second in floods in 1988 (and 6,800 cubic metres (240,000 cu ft) in the floods of 2006).”This is a number which puts international waterfall super-giants such as Niagra Falls to shame (3 to 1, in cubic meters, with Niagra’s 2,400 cubic metres coming in far behind, in fact). It even beats out Niagra’s “all time record of 6,800 cubic metres per second”.

The gallery at the bottom is of the 2011 floods. The a few days before I took these pictures  3 million liters of water a second made it’s way over the waterfall. It is a must see when you visit South Africa.

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Day 26: 31 Reasons why I love South Africa: Ugie


Ugie is in the mountains. It is a wonderful village with a rich history.

There is a place that stole my heart! From the first time I saw her, walked in it’s streets and felt her charm, It is the village of Ugie. In the Eastern Cape. It is a stones throw from Qunu where Madiba was born. It is a loooong drive to get there but if you make the effort you will not be sorry. It snows in winter and the summers are not too hot. In Ugie you have time for afternoon tea and book clubs. Life is slower there along the (mostly) dirt roads. I’ve spent two years of my life there and made life long friends.  Together I’ve known great joy and great sadness but above all I’ve learnt a bit of what life is about. Do yourself a favour and make the effort to go there. It’s not easily found on the map. Find Bloemfontein, then Aliwal North. Keep going until you find Elliot. If you’ve foun Maclear you are too far…go back a few millimeters then you’ll find Ugie. Some guesthouses to Ugie are on the internet. If you struggle to find accommodation contact me as I might just have a number or two of an old friend or two with a great guesthouse. 🙂

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Ugie has it’s own website if you’d like more information.

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Day 25: Reasons why I love South Africa: Rugby and Braaivleis


Day 25: Reasons why I love South Africa: Rugby and Braaivleis

Rugby and Braaivleis go together. Today it is the Currie Cup Final between the Western Province and the Lions.

We are also braaing today and supporting the Western Province. I hope they win. When you visit South Africa you must try to go to a rugby game.

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Day 21: Why I love South Africa: Rhino


My first memories of rhino’s are when I’m about 10 or 11 years old at the Botsalano Game reserve in the North West Province, South Africa.

We were walking in the veldt with game rangers and we had to stay wind up in order for us to go closer to the rhino’s.

A rhino cannot see very well and I think of them as gentle giants.

They are very endangered  because people kill them for their horns.

I hope we can stop them so that future generations can also see them.

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Day 20: Reasons Why I love South Africa: Giraffes


My lovely sister in law loves giraffes and I have written a post about them before. You can find it here. 

You can find giraffes in groups or on their own. Older bulls usually stay on their own.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Day 19: Why I love South Africa: The Animals: Rooibokke/Impala


The impala is a small antelope. You will find plenty of them in game reserves.

Some of these pictures were taken in the early morning and I think they look amazing!

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Day 17: Why I love South Africa: The elephants


An elephant is amazing

Majestic and powerful!

They also have emotions and have been known to “cry”. I love seeing these amazing creatures.

 

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