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South Africa

Traffic circle? Roundabout? I must do what?

South Africans have no idea what do do at a traffic circle (roundabout)!  Most of them treat them as a 4-way stop!  It means that if you do know what to do at them, you dare not do the right… Continue Reading →

Jacarandas in Pretoria in October

Two things which are particularly spectacular in South Africa in October are: Jacarandas in Pretoria; and Whales in the Cape Tim had seen neither before, so this is a bumper year for him.  Not only are we experiencing the Jacarandas… Continue Reading →

Kruger National Park – in pictures

We spent a week in and around the Kruger National Park, South Africa.  And I am a firm believer in ‘a picture is worth a thousand words…. so I will add a few words to these pictures, but most of all,… Continue Reading →

Tumble Downs, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu Natal

Last week we visited Tumble Downs restaurant on the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu Natal to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday.   The setting is stunning – Tumble Downs is located outside Howick on the Curry Post Road, with views over… Continue Reading →

Following Mr Crazy, R103, South Africa

I’d like to share with you our experience of following Mr Crazy on the R103 between Vrede and Warden, in South Africa.  We were on our way down from Pretoria to Greytown, to visit my sister and family.  Unfortunately, there… Continue Reading →

Hazel Food Market, Pretoria

Our weekly Saturday morning highlight is the Hazel Food Market, Pretoria which takes place at the Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlyn.  And luckily for us, it is very close to where we’re living whilst here:  about 20 minutes on foot or… Continue Reading →

Gym South African Style

by Tim Hermolle Pretoria South Africa One of the challenges as I get older is to maintain a reasonable level of fitness. And usually when we return from holiday in South Africa I have to go on diet and start… Continue Reading →

Making Pasta in Pretoria the Italian way

Last weekend we had the most amazing day making pasta in Pretoria, taught by Italians Bruna and Chris, from their Italian Cooking School, La Convivialita.  But I think the best part of all, was that this was not a planned… Continue Reading →

Odd things advertised along Hartebeespoort road

On our way back from the Pilanesberg, we came across the most odd things advertised along Hartebeespoort road (R104).   We had decided not to take the motorway, but instead to take the scenic route which runs through informal rural… Continue Reading →

On safari in the Pilanesberg, South Africa

We had the most fantastic week game viewing (“on safari”) in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria, in South Africa.  It is a small game reserve in the North West province, but still has the big… Continue Reading →

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