South Africa has a brand new country on its doorstep. Well, sort of. To celebrate 50 years of independence in 2018 (and the King’s 50th birthday) Swaziland was renamed the Kingdom of eSwatini. Last year, I visited for a 1000-kilometre weekend break.
With a map of Botswana open in front of us my family and I pore over a long strip of black tar tagged the A3 that stretches across the country from Francistown in the east to the blue puddle of the Okavango Delta in the west. Growing up, my sister Shelby and I were always in charge of navigation, keeping us keenly aware of our route so we knew which dorpies we passed through, which were worth stopping at for homemade rusks and which to skip in favour of an old pass instead.
There's only one national park in the country that exists purely to protect grass.
Defending grass might seem an odd intention, but these tiny treasures are vital to South Africa’s survival.
Ready for a fight, I went on a nine-day trip to catch my first tiger fish with my dad two years ago. As fortune would have it, these freshwater giants live in heavenly places - the rivers of Botswana and Namibia.
My first job at South Africa’s oldest travel magazine, Getaway, was as the Gear Editor. I learnt loads about tech and admired the specs of all travel kit while compiling features on everything from hiking boots to solar panels, tents to blow-up mattresses, cameras to paper maps and more.
That's why the lovely folks at Hi-Tec asked me to check out the new Lady Lizzy 3-in-1 jacket. I took it for a spin in the wintry Drakensberg Mountains.
Did you know that the Okavango Delta is visible from space? Yep. This enormous green mass is one of Africa’s greatest and wildest nature areas.
Recently named a UNESCO world heritage site, the Okavango Delta is an entrancing beauty best appreciated from above. Here's what it's like to see these incredible wetlands from the sky.
Kolmanskop is a famous deserted diamond-mining town, which has slowly been taken over by time and sand, blown in from the Namib Desert. The town now stands empty and is best explored at dawn when the light sparkles off the sand.
The wide open spaces of the sparse Karoo never fail to stir my soul and there's an authentic farm feel of this patch of paradise close to Niewoudtville.