Zeitz MOCAA : Africa finds its voice

Zeitz MOCAA : Africa finds its voice

Posted on: 31st March 2018| By: Marielle

It took 39 curators to research, commission and put together the collection of art on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, known better as Zeitz MOCAA, in Cape Town’s Silo District at the V&A Waterfront. And what a diversity the art entails. Rich, saturated photography; paintings and posters; multi-textured hangings; sculptures in imaginative…
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Why visit Kimberley’s Big Hole?

Why visit Kimberley’s Big Hole?

Posted on: 27th February 2018| By: Marielle

Look, I’m not going to give you the gushing tourism prose about the attractions of Kimberley as a city. Back Road Tours is about Truth and Authenticity. The real experience. So, I’m sorry … Kimberley is a dump. There. I’ve said it. But if, as a traveller, you just happen to be passing through, what…
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From Malgas Pont to De Hoop

From Malgas Pont to De Hoop

Posted on: 5th February 2018| By: Marielle

The name De Hoop was not inspired, as you would think, by the Cape of Good Hope further along south. Believe it or not, it was named after a stud farm called Hope where Spanish, or Andalusian, horses were bred. The farm was eventually bought by the Cape Administration to create a conservation area. And…
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Hanover, Hippos & Heritage

Hanover, Hippos & Heritage

Posted on: 1st February 2018| By: Marielle

Just imagine … after more than two centuries of having been blitzed out of the Karoo by the likes of explorer Robert Jacob Gordon and Governer Joachim van Plettenberg, hippo snouts can be detected rising and submerging in the waters of the Seekoei River. This is happening on a farm, about to become an official…
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Gamkaberg, Anysberg, Grootvadersbosch … say what?!

Gamkaberg, Anysberg, Grootvadersbosch … say what?!

Posted on: 12th December 2017| By: Marielle

Three nature reserves, reasonably close together, and all with tongue-twister names … Gamkaberg, Anysberg, Grootvadersbosch. Lion, anise, grandfather … that’s how the foreign-sounding bits translate from Khoi, Afrikaans and Dutch. When you mention these places to anyone, most look at you with head cocked and ask: “Really? Where are they?” Um, the Little Karoo and…
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Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) at Low Water

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) at Low Water

Posted on: 31st October 2017| By: Marielle

It’s a real tussle, isn’t it? Should you visit the Falls during high-water season (April/May) when the bongo-drum thunder penetrates to your bones but the spray is so drenching you can see absolutely nothing? Or should you be there in September when water still tumbles over but a lot of the gorge is dry ꟷ…
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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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