Author: Louise De Waal



Meet the Oudtshoorn Meerkat Mob

Meerkats

Just outside the town of Oudtshoorn you can have one of the most unusual and relaxed safari experiences I have ever encountered. The normal start before sunrise with a quick coffee, but instead of getting into a safari vehicle, you walk across the Klein Karoo landscape prepared with a camping chair! A short distance along, you set up camp […]

The Secret Seven of South Africa’s Winter Season

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Most people read the word winter and conjure up pictures of snow, ice skating, and frost, which is great if you like wintersports, but for most of us these images are not what we like to associate our summer holidays with. Yet winter in South Africa and holidays are not a contradiction in terms. There are some […]

It’s grey and wallowing in the Indian Ocean

Elephant at Nuarro 1

At Nuarro Lodge on the coast of Mozambique at Baixo Do Pinda, you expect to find whales(from June to November) and dolphins (all year round) frolicking in the bay. Last week however they had the most amazing sighting, when an elephant was playing, washing, and wallowing in the bay right in front of the lodge! They are not sure where […]

Southern Right Whales – The Great Comeback

Southern-Right Whale

  Figures recently released from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have revealed that 2011 was yet another fantastic year for the Southern Right Whales that visit the country each winter. It appears that the population continues to increase at a rate of about 6.8% a year, very close to the biological maximum, with mature […]

West Coast Flower Extravaganza

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As the mild Cape winter comes to a close in August-September, pockets of spring flowers start to emerge alongside roadside verges. If you have planned your trip to arrive in the city at this time, you have a chance of seeing the brilliant purples, yellows, and reds of the hardy daisy species that start to […]

Thank You Madiba

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“Thank you Madiba” is what I like to say, but these are the most inadequate words to show my gratitude to one of the most extraordinarily humble, forgiving, compassionate, and loving human beings I have known in my lifetime. He relentlessly fought for the freedom of millions from the Apartheid system in South Africa, lost […]