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Favourite Snaps from the Road

Favourite Snaps from the Road

Who: L U C I E, L A C H L A N, and B O W W O W.

Their occupations: Gypsy, Slick Suit in Finance, Dog

The trip: Crossing Africa by 4×4, helping communities through trade.

We’ve cut our teeth on over 25,000km of dirt roads across Southern Africa with our dog, Bow Wow, sourcing wonderful, handmade treasures… Think Summer of Love! Here are our highlights so far…


Condos in the Sky on our way to Namibia

Condos in the Sky on our way to Namibia

On a South African highway, we passed hundreds of Communal Weaver bird nests on top of electricity pylons. We likened these to condos in the sky.


Journey to Zimbabwe (Photo Diary)

Journey to Zimbabwe (Photo Diary)

After a break in Cape Town and with only 4 days left on Lucie’s South African visa, it was a case of pedal to the metal, past the boerewors curtain and all the way through Afrikaans country until we reached the Zimbabwe border.


South African TARDIS, Kruger Park

South African TARDIS, Kruger Park

From here to Patternity, Kruger Park

From here to Patternity, Kruger Park

Kimberley (Photo Diary)

Kimberley (Photo Diary)

From battle fields to diamond fields, Kimberley and its surrounding area is drenched in history. We stayed with a wildlife vet at Magersfontein Farm where the British suffered their greatest losses during the Boer War and explored Kimberley’s preserved ‘New Rush’ streets. With so many fortunes made and lost in this historic area, Back to Africa’s Sable Project at Mokala National Park is proving to be another success for the history books.


Raising Flags & Vuvuzelas in Durban by Bow Wow

Raising Flags & Vuvuzelas in Durban by Bow Wow

We catch soccer fever and make more furry friends in balmy Durban. I pass my state vet inspection without even a solitary flea. Lachlan is forced to carry me through a throng of amused football supporters but we are rewarded with a view of the staggering Moses Mandhiba stadium. We enter Swaziland to begin the most important phase of our quest.


Johannesburg (Photo Diary)

Johannesburg (Photo Diary)

From Mozambique, we headed back in to South Africa and with new visas, we picked up Bow Wow and headed for Johannesburg. Here we found out more about South Africa’s history by going to Constitution Hill, the site where thousands of political prisoners including Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela were once detained for opposing the apartheid regime. The former prison is now home to the Constitutional Court which protects human rights and embodies South Africa’s new culture of democracy. We also visited the Cradle of Humankind where some of the oldest hominid fossils have been and still are being discovered.


Kruger Park (Photo Diary)

Kruger Park (Photo Diary)

It’s 4:59am at the Kruger Park, the camp gates are about to open and we just can’t wait. Dawn breaks over the savanna and clasping tin cups of hot coffee and marmalade rusks we head for the Lion highway. What delights await us?


How to Glamp

How to Glamp

South Africans sure have taught us a thing or two about glamping; satelite dishes, standard lamps and even a parrot in a cage are regular features at campsites. We met this lovely couple in Richard’s Bay and they invited us into their cosy abode for home made muffins.


Lanikai (Heavenly Ocean)

Lanikai (Heavenly Ocean)

We met four year old, Lanikai, at J Bay Super Tubes beach, South Africa. Her name means ‘heavenly ocean’ in Hawaiin and she put this natty ensemble together herself.


Journey to Swaziland via Durban (Photo Diary)

Journey to Swaziland via Durban (Photo Diary)

We catch soccer fever and make more furry friends in balmy Durban. I pass my state vet inspection without even a solitary flea. Lachlan is forced to carry me through a throng of amused football supporters but we are rewarded with a view of the staggering Moses Mandhiba stadium. We enter Swaziland to begin the most important phase of our quest.


To the Wild Coast and Beyond

To the Wild Coast and Beyond

Lachlan does the World’s highest bungy jump and Bow Wow joins a crew of salty surf mutts at J Bay which leads to a chance encounter with rock star scientist Brian Cox. We spend a few luxurious nights with Lucie’s relatives stocking up on biltong and gaining invaluable advice for the trip ahead. Humbled by the Wild Coast we can feel the bittersweet beauty of Africa’s extremes already getting under our skin and touching our hearts.


Growing Up on the Road by Bow Wow

Growing Up on the Road by Bow Wow

We finally hit the road and I learn of my important role on our journey. I meet many weird and wonderful creatures including a demented cockerel, truly terrifying ostriches, insomniac long horned cows, acrobatic monkeys, mountain ponies and donkeys, ice rats and a cheeky jackal who liked the look of my Hill’s dog food! I make some great new friends and sadly lose one too. No one said that growing up on the road was going to be easy.


Getting our Kicks on Route 62

Getting our Kicks on Route 62

We finally left, as ready as we would ever be, on May the 23rd with only two weeks to get to Lesotho and renew our visas! Following the infamous Route 62, we stayed in quirky Montagu, had a drink at the incongruous Ronnie’s Sex Shop, attempted to ride an ostrich and squeezed through a labyrinth of tiny gaps deep underground at the Cango Caves.


Journey to the Wild Coast & Beyond (Photo Diary)

Journey to the Wild Coast & Beyond (Photo Diary)

Lachlan does the World’s highest bungy jump and Bow Wow joins a crew of salty surf mutts at J Bay which leads to a chance encounter with rock star scientist Brian Cox. We spend a few luxurious nights with Lucie’s relatives stocking up on biltong and gaining invaluable advice for the trip ahead. Humbled by the Wild Coast we can feel the bittersweet beauty of Africa’s extremes already getting under our skin and touching our hearts.


Getting our Kicks on Route 62 (Photo Diary)

Getting our Kicks on Route 62 (Photo Diary)

We finally left, as ready as we would ever be, on May the 23rd with only two weeks to get to Lesotho and renew our visas! Following the infamous Route 62, we stayed in quirky Montagu, had a drink at the incongruous Ronnie’s Sex Shop, attempted to ride an ostrich and squeezed through a labyrinth of tiny gaps deep underground at the Cango Caves.


Return of the Quagga

Return of the Quagga

We were fortunate enough to join Hamish Currie, the director of Back to Africa (and a German film crew!), in the capture and relocation of two Quaggas, a zebra-like animal that was hunted to extinction. They were distinguishable by their stripes which were on the front half of their bodies only and they had a basic brownish colour at the rear. These incredible creatures are being brought back from extinction through a careful re-breeding programme.


African Beats at the Waterfront, Cape Town

African Beats at the Waterfront, Cape Town

Reflecting Mirrors in Woodstock, Cape Town

Reflecting Mirrors in Woodstock, Cape Town

Balancing Act, Camps Bay

Balancing Act, Camps Bay

Plettenberg Bay Perspectives

Plettenberg Bay Perspectives

Fishing for Compliments, Otter Trail

Fishing for Compliments, Otter Trail

Bambi Visits, Otter Trail

Bambi Visits, Otter Trail

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