Go treasure hunting at Msikaba

Africa far and wide

In the blackness of the hull, over 300 slaves cling to each other in fear as the old Portuguese cargo ship seems to climb and fall off mountains of water. Above, the passengers hide helplessly in their leaky compartment, mothers urging their terrified children not to worry, while praying their last prayer. The crew, malnourished and weak, fight the wind with their sails, still dreaming of a homecoming. But in a moment of devastating clarity, the nose of the ship points towards the lit sky, then back down and towards a mass of rocky land.

Msikaba fisherman

Eastern Cape Birdlife

A small island off Msikaba, only accessible during low tide, is the final resting place of the Sao Bento sailing ship, sunk 463 years ago in April 1554. That night, around 322 survivors clambered upon the battered shore, sinking their hands into the sand of a foreign and wild land. A few days later, they…

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Weekend Greetings from the Toy Dockyard

Life in the Overberg

Alan Raubenheimer is not the youngest but 90+ yrs or not; virtually every day you can find him in his workshop adjacent to his Toy Dockyard along the main road in Napier. It’s where he with painstaking precision makes his toys; mainly using hand tools. Next to his own creations visitors see a plethora of old toys Alan collected during the years.

An impression in 24 pictures:

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Varieties on a theme

Private Gallery Napier

7-3-17-8The Jangle Dangle Earrings are a great success. The design is based on the mathematical calculations of the 12th century Italian scientist Fibonacci. Its fluent line attracts not only the eye but also adds comfort of wearing. The Jangle Dangle is made of South African Sterling Silver and soil/crushed rock particles in a wide variety of colours. The particles are grounded and naturally bonded together with the silver wire. They work as three balanced ‘pendants’ from the ear. If one looks at the final pieces, one will see how delicately, intricately and exquisitely each pendant hangs, individually, from a tiny common point. They are not soldered together; each of the three pendants somehow hangs perfectly in place. And in harmony with its opposite piece on the other ear.

New are the varieties of the ‘Jangle Dangle’ theme. Instead of three just two pendants; one set with the pendants bend to each other and…

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10 Days and 2480 km’s

A good way of discovering South Africa off the beaten track although on the way towards Baviaanskloof I would have made a detour via the Southernmost ferry of the African Continent (Malgas), Witsand and via the other gravel roads towards Albertina instead of taking the whole stretch of the N2. Okay, it would take an extra day but worth doing it the next time Fiona and Dan. BTW love tour travel stories!!! Herman

360 exposure

Dan and I recently completed our longest road trip to date!

We departed early on Saturday morning & headed for Baviaanskloof approximately 630km from home. I made a deal with Dan that en route to Baviaanskloof I would not stop at farmstall’s apart from taking a leg stretch, toilet break or snack stop. I am proud to say that I managed to do just that. The trip was long & almost never ending, but think it was due to the excitement we had for the Leopard Trail that lay ahead, as well as the unknown as to where exactly we were going to be staying that night as the GPS was not picking up the exact location & there was no cellphone signal within the Baviaanskloof region.

After many memorizing long quite roads, passing through major industrial cities of South Africa (George & Mossel Bay), we turned right onto a…

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Centocow; more than just a Mission

Love the off the beaten track in South Africa. It’s a way to discover the real South Africa; a journey that begins >100 kilometer beyond Cape Town.

Africa far and wide

The great thing about living in the Natal Midlands is that we’re in the middle. Just a stone’s throw away from a whole heap of things to do and places to see. Go right and the mountains are only an hour from here, go left  and we’ve got the Indian ocean lapping at our feet! And since moving here, I am fast discovering that I need not even travel that far. There is so much right here.

The beauty about the Southern Natal Midlands is that it’s still a little raw. It’s not a polished pearl like it’s cousin…the Midlands Meander. There are many places of interest here that are only known by word of mouth or haven’t yet had their big moment of fame or that are simply off the beaten track. I quite like that; knowing that not everyone ‘knows,’ that there are still places waiting to be…

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