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

On Route in South Africa E book

 

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 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 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13


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Earlier this year my sister, Karin, brother, Hawie, sister in law, Lindsay and I went to Pilanesberg  Game Reserve. It is close to Sun City in the North West Province.

Lindsay is American and we wanted to introduce her to South Africa.

We stayed in Safari Tents at the Manyane Camp.

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Rooibokke was in the camp with us. We tried to photograph them at night.

The first evening we arrived there there was a storm. We had to braai indoors and eat our potato salad and meat in the tent.IMG_9245 IMG_9241

The next morning Karin and I went for a drive and we saw wildebeest and a jackal.

 

 

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A jackal

 

 

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During our morning drive an elephant came to say hello.

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If an elephant lifts his trunk it’s time to make a plan to get out of his way.

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After that visit from the elephant we were ready for breakfast at our tents. We were busy preparing when other visitors came along. Pumba’s family. In Afrikaans we call them Vlakvarke (Warthog in English)

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Lindsay and Hawie

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We’ve seen so much already and it’s only breakfast on the first day!

To be continued….

 

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Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11


Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

The Kruger National Park is a must see in South Africa. I’ve last visited this park in 2011. I’d like to share some of the pictures that I took on that trip.

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There are many “Rooibokke” in the park.

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Elephant dung

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We saw a lot of elephants

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Koedoe

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Klipspringer

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Rooibok

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Buffalo

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We came across some elephants. This young bull was very interested in our car,

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Elephants crossing the road

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They where very close!

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Elephants can be very dangerous. So please be careful if they come so close and follow the safety instructions of the game reserve where you are.

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Goodbye! See you soon.

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Can you see the elephant….. me neither we only saw him when he moved from behind the bushes.

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We also saw rhino’s which is a privilege as they are very endangered. I hope the poachers will be stopped soon.

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Look at the mud on his body.

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I have many more pictures of my visit but will share it at a later stage, Hope you enjoyed the visit to the Kruger National Park.

 

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Day 1: Wedding

Day 2: Why I love South Africa Day 2: Growing up

Day 3: Why I love South Africa: Heritage Day 3

Day 4: Why I love South Africa: Diversity Day 4

Day 5: Why I love South Africa: The colors Day 5

Day 6: Why I love South Africa: Heritage sites Day 6

Day 7: Why I love South Africa: The open road Day 7

Day 8: Why I love South Africa: The food Day 8

Day 9: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Cape Town Day 9

Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10

Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12

Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13

Day 14: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Eastern Cape Day 14

 

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Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10


Johannesburg..the city of Gold.

I’ve posted about Johannesburg numerous times. To read more please click here. Today I’d like to show you golden pictures of a golden city. Taken by my sister Karin on Northcliff tower.

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31 days

For a full list of posts in this series please click here.

Day 1: Wedding

Day 2: Why I love South Africa Day 2: Growing up

Day 3: Why I love South Africa: Heritage Day 3

Day 4: Why I love South Africa: Diversity Day 4

Day 5: Why I love South Africa: The colors Day 5

Day 6: Why I love South Africa: Heritage sites Day 6

Day 7: Why I love South Africa: The open road Day 7

Day 8: Why I love South Africa: The food Day 8

Day 9: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Cape Town Day 9

Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10

Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12

Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13

Day 14: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Eastern Cape Day 14

 

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If I only had 10 minutes…


10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time!

If I only had ten minutes in Africa

What would I look at

Where will I go?

Cape Town, Gabarone or Accra?

If I only had ten minutes on this earth

I will stay in Africa because of

The wide open spaces

The animals and birds

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1000 views!


1000 views in a bit more than a month! And this is my 70th blog post. 🙂 I am so excited and grateful about this. Thank you to everyone who read my blog and who is part of the journey!

I hope you will visit Africa often.

Tomorrow is the start of my series of 31 reasons why I love South Africa. Please join me on this journey of discovery.

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A giraffe in my heart!


 I took these pictures of a giraffe a few years ago in Namibia (hence the date stamp and blurryness lol) When I looked for something else in my pictures folder I saw these and missed my dear sister in law even more. (I miss my brother also a teeny weeny bit 😉 ). She is American and visited South Africa and just fell in love with giraffes. So whenever we saw one everyone got excited and she took pictures. So this post is for Hawie and Lindsay- a couple of world travelers. They are in Peru at the moment starting Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu for four days.

 

Giraffes have different spots and it is just like fingerprints. An interesting fact is that their necks are too short to reach the ground that is why they have to drink water in such a funny way.