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More Etosha moments – the stampede of the Zebras

More Etosha moments – the stampede of the Zebras

After a good raining season, the animals of Etosha thrive. In 2018 we had a remarkable experience at a pan near Okendeka on the west side of the Etosha Pan. In full flight through the mud The rains filled the pan – normally you do not find water there. When we were...

Giraffes and more than 50 days into lockdown

Giraffes and more than 50 days into lockdown

If it was not for Covid-19 and the lockdown in South Africa, Fredo and Janey would have been in Namutoni in Etosha in Namibia. Etosha is one of our favourite places on this earth and the special times we have spent there is something we will never forget. We have been...

Some thoughts on six weeks of lockdown

Some thoughts on six weeks of lockdown

We are now some six weeks into our national lockdown. It is all no becoming a bit difficult and we do not know when – if ever – we will live a normal life again. From a safety point of view we are probably in the best possible place. We are sitting on the bank of the...

Sharon Fruit provides light moments in Etosha

Sharon Fruit provides light moments in Etosha

This time of the year it is Sharon Fruit time in South Africa. During the season and the marketing of the fruit Fredo always handle the Sharon Fruit Facebook site and this has taken us to some great places. Two years ago - in order to see what Namibians think of...

We need to be patient with our lockdown!

We need to be patient with our lockdown!

Will we sit inside for a bit longer? This is the decision the South African government will have to make fairly soon about the present lockdown to combat the spread of Covid-19. Tomorrow we will be on day 14 of 21 days. The nerves are sometime frail - and the quiet...

How short is one year?

How short is one year?

April last year seems to be almost an eternity away. Here we are, sitting in our own little spots under lock down and we can only think where we were last year. On this day last year Janey and I had just arrived in...

The eight day vibes at Riverside during the lock down

The eight day vibes at Riverside during the lock down

After eight days of our lock down in South Africa we are sort of getting used to the new life. We say ‘new life’ because at this point we do not know how long this will continue. We know that confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now reached well more than a thousand. Here...

We are getting used to quieter times at the Goukou River

We are getting used to quieter times at the Goukou River

So much have been written about the unprecedented times we are living in. Here on the banks of the Goukou River on South Africa’s Southern Cape Coast it is no different – an eerie sort of quietness has settled around us. Almost like the build-up of summer thunder...

Memories of special moment at pan in Etosha

Memories of special moment at pan in Etosha

Since our first day time in Etosha Fredo and Janey have always been sold on this beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Southern Africa. We are not, however, happy with this beautiful place being over-crowded by visitors at certain times of the year – especially from Europe...

Chester and James will always hold special memories for us

Chester and James will always hold special memories for us

The fact that Chester Williams and James Small, star wings of our 1995 World Cup winning rugby team, are no longer with us has greatly saddened Fredo. No-one who lived through those days will ever forget those days – the stately Nelson Mandela presiding over this...

Old Jan Huppelbeen finds peace

Old Jan Huppelbeen finds peace

Old Jan Huppelbeen’s spirit has become legendary at Riverside on the banks of the Goukou River near Stilbaai. Old Jan lived there many moons ago, before other people even dreamt of settling there. When he died, his spirit was left in a state of distress – the pain of...

What happens after next week in South Africa?

What happens after next week in South Africa?

South Africans go to the polls next week in perhaps the most important election since 1994. While nationally politicians are bombarding South African voters with their election messages, it is really very quiet in the Southern Cape. At Stilbaai (which means a ‘quiet...

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