Road Trip around Spain & Portugal

Road Trip around Spain & Portugal

Posted on: 20th October 2017| By: Marielle

Back Road Tours sometimes strays beyond the boundaries of the Southern African continent to explore ‘wish list’ places across the seas. And that’s what happened this year with the Iberian Peninsula ꟷ a hire car collected in Madrid, a month to play with, and a 3,500-kilometre road trip, to be exact. Spain? Love, love, love….
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Face-off: Okavango Panhandle vs. the Delta

Face-off: Okavango Panhandle vs. the Delta

Posted on: 10th June 2017| By: Marielle

Is the Okavango Delta on the upper rungs of your bucket-list ladder? The catch, though, is that accommodation comes at a premium and for Southern African visitors, particularly, it’s becoming prohibitively expensive. Well … serendipitously we’ve recently discovered that the Panhandle ꟷ the long straight passage of the Kavango River before it fragments into the…
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Houseboat on The Caprivi

Houseboat on The Caprivi

Posted on: 28th March 2017| By: Marielle

Well, actually, these days The Caprivi is called, prosaically, The Zambezi Region. The name ‘Caprivi’ has far too many colonialist hangovers. And as we know, colonialism now is a really dirty word. The term ‘Caprivi’ was once part of the long title belonging to the German Chancellor holding office in the 1890s ꟷ General Count…
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Kenton on Sea, pure magic

Kenton on Sea, pure magic

Posted on: 28th February 2017| By: Marielle

I admit it. I’ve woken up a bit late to the lure of the Eastern Cape’s gorgeous beaches. Where I consider Kenton my latest best-kept secret, for years now half of South Africa has trekked up the coast every summer holiday. Well, never too late to find these great sweeps of sand so pure it…
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Sleepy Britstown Revolution

Sleepy Britstown Revolution

Posted on: 16th February 2017| By: Marielle

When so many of our small country towns are being buried in mediocrity through unemployment and lack of opportunity, certain individuals living in Britstown are setting an example with inspiring entrepreneurship. This small Northern Cape town generally didn’t have much going for it except for the farmers who raised merino sheep in the surrounding Upper…
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The Appeal of Mokala NP

The Appeal of Mokala NP

Posted on: 20th January 2017| By: Marielle

Mokala, named after the park’s camel-thorn trees, is a complete surprise. It’s just south-west of Kimberley, in the middle of the country, but it’s all chilli-pepper-red soils and mustard-yellow grasses. The park has a wild Kalahari-style feel about it, with 40-degree swelter in summer and glowering indigo cumulus on rainstormy afternoons. We have been several…
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Sani Pass in Winter 2016

Sani Pass in Winter 2016

Posted on: 15th December 2016| By: Marielle

Aah … the mystique of Sani. All its challenges … will you make it before the threat of tar spoils forever the adventure of its bumpy rocky road, S-bends tight as an Elizabethan ruff, or climbs so vertical they’d challenge even a klipspringer? Will you face the threat of rain or snow, making it treacherous…
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Mapungubwe, lots to do and see

Mapungubwe, lots to do and see

Posted on: 19th November 2016| By: Marielle

A hill kingdom heritage tour, the Tshugulu Eco Route or Kanniedood and Khongoni 4×4 trails, Tree Canopy Boardwalk, River Confluence Lookout … there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy in this national park for a few days. It’s a place of two great rivers fusing to flow as one; where different cultures…
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Namibia – Wild Horses of Garub

Namibia – Wild Horses of Garub

Posted on: 8th November 2016| By: Marielle

There is a certain mystique to animals that once were tamed but now have returned to the wild, to survive in an uncertain, changing world of heat and dust and pitiful rainfall. Southern Namibia’s feral horses are such a breed. Ranging within a 20km area near Aus, just east of the southern tip of the…
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Bastervoetpad – the real story

Bastervoetpad – the real story

Posted on: 31st October 2016| By: Marielle

We recently did a huge off-road circle around South Africa … and a highlight was the Bastervoetpad (August 2016, surrounded by snow-dusted peaks) in the Eastern Cape’s Drakensberg foothills. Oh, my, what an adventure! Slipping and sliding in slushy mud; rattling and shaking across ditches and washaways; grinding over loose stones and rocks; sliding down…
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