Mozambique is made for long weekends

Mozambique is made for long weekends

Long weekends are made for road trips with friends! There are few better destinations than Mozambique for just such a long weekend. Invite a couple of friends – even if it is only a week before – and you are sure to have a wonderful time. Most days in Mozambique take a similar pattern. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast. Spend a relaxed day on the beach. Relax while enjoying one of the many activities. Have a relaxed dinner of seafood or Portuguese…

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Nieuw Brew

Nieuw Brew

Driving on a gravel road does something to you. It makes me friendlier. I do not know why, but as soon as I turn onto a gravel road every car I pass waves at me. I do the same. I wave at every person. Those in cars. Those that walk. Those on bicycles driving up crazy mountain passes. Those on donkey cars. I wave. I love it. It makes me smile. The greens look greener. The sky more blue. The mountains more stunning. Why…

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West Coast Road Trip

West Coast Road Trip

For years I sat at my desk, dreaming about doing a road trip up, or down the west coast of South Africa. I have been to some towns along the coast before, but this time I did spent a bit more time exploring and a bit less time driving. My desk dream became a reality. Bloubergstrand Sometimes I drive here just to relax. It is close to Cape Town and does have the best views of Table Mountain (so always take a…

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Dubai: The Desert City

Dubai: The Desert City

I was excited to visit United Arab Emirates. It wasn’t in the initial plan with my stopover in Dubai, but when my sister said ‘Why don’t you stay a couple of days?’, I thought that is a brilliant idea, I have a couple of friends staying there anyway. My two hour stopover turned into a weekend. Of the seven Emirates, I would only visit two, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah, with a quick drive through Sharjah. My focus would be on Dubai…

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Darling Brew

Darling Brew

It seems like years ago I had a slow beer for the first time. Mostly because it is years ago. Back then craft beer was in its infancy in South Africa and every time I was in Cape Town, I ended up going to a market in Stellenbosch with my brother in law. There the tradition was to have a slow beer. Today however I am in Darling at Darling Brew to taste all they have to offer and it…

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West Coast Flowers: A Splash of Spring

West Coast Flowers: A Splash of Spring

I remember my sister and I always swam on the first day of spring. No matter what! Early spring it is already warm during the day but the water is actually very cold. Still, every year, we jumped in! After the late winter rain has fallen, the drab landscape of the West Coast in South Africa transform into fields of beautiful colour. The wild flowers appear from the north in Namaqualand all the way to the south in Darling. This…

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Panorama Route is for Wandering

Panorama Route is for Wandering

Driving down Long Tom pass towards Sabie, overlooking pine and eucalyptus plantations my mind wanders. Wanders towards the history of this place. The beauty of this place. I cannot help but to wish instead of beautiful little towns, I was on horse back, riding towards the multiple waterfalls and breathtaking views of the escarpment, untouched by human intervention. Just me with nature, our pure and perfect mother. But us humans did intervene. The Long Tom pass is named after the…

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