Category: Travels

  • Wow! Durban’s ICC impresses

    We’re planning a detour in our Limpopo travels to visit Durban’s ICC for Indaba — Africa’s biggest travel show.  So I wrote to the ICC asking for help with shade parking for a wolf in a bakkie. I have never had such a fast, positive and helpful reply.  Nicolette Elia’s answer suggested alternatives, mentioned concerns…

  • Superlatives in a superlative setting

    I went to sleep to a chorus of frogs worthy of an orchestra.  The lake at Bramasole Guest House in Magoebaskloof lay across the lawn from my bedroom, while the other side looked into an ancient indigenous forest.  The trees are like none I have ever seen with names like Forest Cabbage Tree (Cussonia sphaerocephala)…

  • Of feet, fairies and a fantastic house

    Magoebaskloof has a mystical charm about it and it has attracted free-spirited and eccentric people for 100 years who value the nature of their surroundings. One of these is Colleen Ballenden, whose family has lived on their property in idyllic surroundings for a century.  When Robin McIntosh of Intersect Architects and Bramasole Guest House discovered…

  • What’s in a name? Limpopo’s regional maps

    Around 2002, Northern Province changed its name to Limpopo Province, and with that went a whole slough of name changes.  Regions were changed and towns renamed. Now trying to understand all this on the internet becomes even more confusing.  The Limpopo Tourism website has no map of the regions so a Google search shows the…

  • More than accommodation – hospitality at its best

    TZANEEN COUNTRY LODGE is an oasis run with impeccable warmth and precision. You can either use it as a base to explore Mopani’s varied attractions — it’s only 45 minutes from the Kruger National Park and the second biggest Baobab tree in SA, 30 minutes to Magoebaskloof, not to mention nearby elephant rides, etc, etc…

  • Mr Tzaneen Country Lodge

    SCHULTZ IS A STAR among the many stars at Tzaneen Country Lodge.  He is, says Adri Kruger, “Mr Tzaneen Country Lodge” and he looks after everything when she and Faan go away. Many returning guests ask if he is available when they make a new booking and ask if he can look after them.  In…

  • Route 71 to Tzaneen – a different world

    [mappress] If you’re coming from Johannesburg, the road to Tzaneen takes you past the outskirts of Polokwane, Limpopo’s capital, and then east. Surprisingly, it’s a proper dual carriageway with a wide median down the middle — not something I’ve seen very often around here – probably because I avoid toll roads because I they show…

  • Next stop – Mopani

    Setting off to explore Tzaneen and the Mopani region in Limpopo.

  • Letting your brain breathe

    Michael Lutzeyer, from award-winning Grootbos private nature reserve near Gansbaai and member of SA Tourism’s board, boasts how Grootbos lets your brain to breath with its views that extend to the horizon, taking in the lighthouses at Danger Point, Hangklip and Cape Point. Well, brain-breathing views are commonplace in the Waterberg and driving there is…

  • The Waterberg – blessed by wonderful people too

    Charles’ daughter, Juliet Calcott, who’s writing a book on the family, asked us “Why is it that everybody just loves Charles?  Why are his farm tours so popular?”   We found the answer in the Horizon Horseback (where son Rupert is a partner) promotional DVD… “The bush way of life has a country warmth about it…