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 [...]

Swaziland 2015 – The Many Moods of Mlilwane


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


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


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


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 [...]

TransCape MTB Stage Race 2015 – Day 6


Good things are worth waiting for, and Greyton is a case in point. With the additional evening presentations (and all the wine flowing at the Gala Banquet) I sort of missed out on uploading the images for the route section between Greyton and Villiersdorp. Good thing, as it allowed me to vicariously re-live what to [...]

TransCape MTB Stage Race 2015 – Day 5


So, the Saffas eventually took a Stage at the Transcape MTB Stage Race here in their own backyard! It was left to the manne from #Team27 – Martin Lambrecht and Rory Attridge – to step up to the plate, and they did so in fine form today, bagging their win on #Stage5 from Swellendam to [...]

TransCape MTB Stage Race 2015 – Day 4


Four days in, and the Belgian Team Versluys are still hanging on to their lead. The competition are hotting up though, and with the weather cooling down, I’m hoping to see one of the SA teams take a stage off these two amazing athletes. Today was basically mountain biking heaven for stage racers, with constantly [...]

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