#GKCM Day 1 – Young Guns on the Great River


Another phenomenal edition of the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon played out within the dramatic Northern Cape this past week. Paddlers from all over South Africa came to test themselves against the Orange River at proper water levels, and also against a very solid field. Although most of the athletes this time around were from the [...]

The #SONY A7rII … Cue Amazeballs


Magic. Dark Arts. Pixel Trickery. Slight of Eye … Whatever you’d like to call this brand new #mirrorless beauty from #Sony is fine by me, as long as you accept that it has broken (or re-written) most of the rules on the current Digital Imaging Playing Field. The attached set of images were shot on [...]

Slangkop Tented Camp

Slangkop TC

Now this is what I call a ‘Holiday in your own Backyard’ … We spent a gorgeous night in the tranquil Slangkop Tented Camp, near Kommetjie, to celebrate Kay’s birthday this past weekend, and it is a truly fabulous spot. The tented camp is one of the stops along the Hoerikwaggo Trail, with easy access [...]

A Bakkie, Some Bikes, and Loads of Back Roads

Bakkie, Bike

Some mountain bike routes needed to be mapped for a new book. Maybe a few camping pix had to be taken. And yup, there were a couple of spots that had to be checked out for future articles … But more importantly, there were family members we needed to catch up with, and it was [...]

Grootvadersbosch Trail Run 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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 [...]

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