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Reasons Why Street Art is Important

In the last couple of years I have come to appreciate street art. I now go out of my way to see street art and even go on street art walking tours if they are offered. There are so many reasons why people love street art and why it is becoming more popular or important for people of all walks of life. Street art is an important part … Continue reading Reasons Why Street Art is Important

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Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life in the Cape since 1666. Lying beneath the imposing silhouette of the iconic Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope is a priceless piece of Cape History. To really get an authentic taste and grasp of the Mother City’s beginnings, this … Continue reading Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope

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5 Reasons Why Nature is good for you

Recent studies show how important feeling part of nature is to our physical and mental health. I have personally found this to be quite true and think that a connection with nature makes us healthier and happier people. I always feel better or rejuvenated after spending some time out in nature. Here are my top 5 reasons why nature is good for you. ( All of … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Nature is good for you

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Pros and Cons of Travelling Solo

Traveling alone can be very daunting for most people and I do agree that it is not the easiest thing to do. I have been traveling solo most of the time and have learnt a couple of things through my travels. You always end up meeting lots of people while traveling alone, and I have often enjoyed a big collection of fun temporary friends throughout … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Travelling Solo

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10 Ways that Traveling has Changed me.

As I look back, I know that packing my life into a suitcase and leaving the safety of my home country was the best decision that I could have possibly made. It was only once I moved away, turned my life into a journey filled with uncertainty, that I grew up in unexpected ways. While traveling alone I faced new challenges and get to know … Continue reading 10 Ways that Traveling has Changed me.

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Becoming the “Local Foreigner” in Japan

To experience the cuisine of the country I love trying out the local places. It is here that you get a true taste of the culture as the dishes are not prepared for tourists or changed according to tourist expectations. While living in Japan I came across this very quaint and small restaurant slash bar in the neighbourhood where I lived. This little place became my … Continue reading Becoming the “Local Foreigner” in Japan

Kirstenbosch, the most beautiful garden in Africa

Kirstenbosch, the most beautiful garden in Africa

If you love gardens then Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden should be top of your list of gardens to visit in Africa. It has a reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. But I imagine that few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch set against the eastern slopes of Cape … Continue reading Kirstenbosch, the most beautiful garden in Africa

Shindzela tented safari lodge,

Wordless Wednesday: Young Rhino

At birth, baby rhinos, which are called calves, are still quite big, at40 to 64 kg. And only 10 minutes after it appears it can already stand upright, a couple of hours later it begins to suck. The rhino calf is born without a horn. Its only protection comes from its mother, who seems to delight in caring for her new addition.  At around 3 years … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Young Rhino

Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Rolling Dung-beetle

The African bush has so much to offer, from huge elephants to tiny dung-beetles. I love that everything in nature works in harmony. Out in the bush there is an ecosystem where everything is inter-dependent on everything else. Consequently there is no wasted time, energy or even dung as everything is connected. One of the interesting facts we learnt was that an elephant eats up … Continue reading Rolling Dung-beetle

Shindzela tented safari lodge,

A Crash of Rhinos

Rhinos are quite skittish and don’t normally stand still when humans are around. Did you know a herd of Rhinos is called a crash? At Shindzella on our Safari we got super close to a whole crash of Rhinos and they didn’t immediately run away. We stood there watching the crash for quite a while. For the most part, rhinoceroses are solitary animals and like to avoid … Continue reading A Crash of Rhinos

Shindzela tented safari lodge

A herd of African buffalo

For our family get together of 2017 we all went to Shindzela for safari. Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp, set within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve and is part of the greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Our experienced guide for our stay was my brother who took us on both our games drives each day. Our game drives were conducted in the early … Continue reading A herd of African buffalo

Giraffes at Shindzela Safari Lodge

Giraffes at Shindzela Safari Lodge

While on my first Safari at Shindzela tented safari lodge within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve I got to see some of the most beautiful animals. Giraffes have always fascinated me and getting to see them up close was amazing!! They such regal looking animals, and moved at a slow and relaxed pace, even though we were just a couple of meters away. It is … Continue reading Giraffes at Shindzela Safari Lodge

The Shlisselburg fortress  in Russia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

I look at these relics from the past and wonder what they’ve been witness to over the years: from horses and buggies, to buses and cars. From trilbies and fedoras, to baseball caps and beanies. They’ve survived decades of sun, wind, rain, storms, and even floods. I love how the typefaces evoke different eras in time, a reminder that there’s beauty to be found in … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Shindzela tented safari lodge

An Elephant Welcome to the Timbavati Reserve

I was lucky enough to go on my first ever Safari during my last holiday. As a family we all went to Shindzela tented safari lodge in South-Africa, where we spent 4 days, seeing some of the most beautiful animals! The Lodge is situated in the Timbavati Reserve which is open to the Kruger National Park. As we arrived at the camp we were met … Continue reading An Elephant Welcome to the Timbavati Reserve

Dassies (rock hyrax)

Things you probably never knew about dassies (rock hyrax)

The rock hyrax is commonly referred to in South African English as the dassie. It is a mammal that is closely related to elephants and manatees (despite huge differences in size and appearance). 1. Rock Hyraxes spends about 95% of it’s time sun-bathing. This is to compensate for their poorly developed thermoregulation. They tend to stay in their burrows until the sun is high in … Continue reading Things you probably never knew about dassies (rock hyrax)

Chimp Eden, home to rescued chimpanzees

Chimp Eden, home to rescued chimpanzees.

Just outside Nelspruit in South-Africa is a chimp sanctuary, an Eden for abused, abandoned and abducted chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute is home to 33 chimps from across central Africa. The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach … Continue reading Chimp Eden, home to rescued chimpanzees.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are such amazing creatures!

These creatures are quite difficult for me to photograph, but this beautiful red dragonfly sat quiet for a while. 1: A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second. (fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to beat them as much to fly.) 2:  A dragonfly is a … Continue reading Dragonflies are such amazing creatures!