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Grootvadersbosch Trail Run 2015

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Visiting the GVB Conservancy is one of my great pleasures every year. It is a place of undiluted natural grandeur, brimming with ecological treasures ranging from minute restios blooms to gargantuan gorges that conspire to take your breath away. I mean that both literally and figuratively, as the ascents to the hiking hut and out [...]

Tripping the Eselfontein Trails

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If you had to go by the name ‘Eselfontein’, you’d never have a clue as to all the 2WheelStoke awaiting you on the Eselfontein Getaway trails near Ceres. No donkeys, no asses (except the ones on the bikes), but heaps of iron steeds … maybe Deon and Janene Malherbe should change the name to Bergfietsfontein? [...]

iSimangaliso: Four Days in MTB Paradise

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Tamped hippo trails slip-sliding along the pampassy edge of the Western Shores estuary … Back-country bombing the wild and whippy cattle tracks of the Lebombo ranges … Game trail cranking amidst free-ranging rhino, giraffe, elephant and bone-crunching carnivores … Leisure cruising the emerald sand forests of the Eastern Shores section … Jeez bru. Let’s put [...]

Desert Knights – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds on a Desert Ride

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That, my friends, is Dinkum. I do a lot of mountain bike events, rides and stage races around the world, but the #DK Experience comes damn close to the best time I’ve had on an MTB in at least a million years. There is a certain something – I can’t get myself quite so far [...]

The Gorgeousness of Grootvadersbosch

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Snelsetter is one of the historic farmsteads in the greater Grootvadersbosch Conservancy, and it is a place where you are able to truly lose yourself within the embrace of spreading and ancient forests. Like Hogsback, the primeval woodlands here hark back to those days before humans hacked away at every hardwood tree in sight, and [...]

Swaziland 2015 – Mkhaya and Hlane

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I keep getting sucked back into that magical mindspace that is Swaziland. MY previous post covered Mlilwane, the BIG GAME PARKS Wildlife Sanctuary set within the Ezulwini Valley, but there is a lot more to both BGP and ‘The Kingdom’. Mkhaya is a true bush getaway, albeit with an up-market twist, and arguably rates as [...]

Swaziland 2015 – The Many Moods of Mlilwane

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Swaziland. The Kingdom. Land of a Million Smiles. Call it what you will, but this tiny country punches way above it’s weight when it comes to the utter bliss of family tourism. At 200km in length and around 130km wide, it is a pleasure to negotiate, and unlikely many other African destinations, the people seems [...]

Finding the Magic on the Machangulo Peninsula

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Paradise is actually not that far away … Sometimes we think that we need to board multiple planes and traverse to a distant continent in order to find a natural nirvana, where an exotic culture and nature worthy of a National Geographic TV series collide with the best damn food on the planet. Not true. [...]

Cape Fires – March 2015

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I have seen some truly spectacular photographs of the recent fires sweeping through the Cape Peninsula. So far the images I posted were mostly grabbed with my #SONY Xperia, but I did have the cameras on hand a few times – these are some of those photos. I know there has been some polemic and [...]

TransCape MTB Stage Race 2015 – The Final Stage

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Today unarguably marked the end of a fantastic beginning, that is for sure. History was made as the inaugural TransCape MTB Stage Race went into its final day here in the Winelands, with the riders taking on a tortuous route over the rugged Cape Fold ranges along nearly 80km of track all the way to [...]

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