Discovering Pilanesberg National Park

The car in front of us was stopped next to a huge acacia thorn bush. Behind them, we looked impatiently at each other. What could they possibly be looking at when parked next to a bush? The question answered itself not two seconds later, when a gigantic horned head swung out in front of the…

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Travel Inspiration: Sossusvlei in Photos

The last few posts have been pretty wordy,  so let’s let the pictures say their thousand words. Pin it!

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Is Namibia for me? 

One of the questions I frequently get asked by friends or family when I get back from a trip is, “Would I like it?” Most times it’s a fairly easy answer, “Sure, it’s not that different from [home]”. Maybe you, like me, don’t have a great idea of what Namibia is, beyond a vague connection to…

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Visiting the Dunes at Sossusvlei

“Tim, I give you permission to drive up to 100 km/ph. If anyone stops you, they’ll see you’re with the big boss of the park.” We were on what must be the nicest tar road in Namibia. In front of us, the heat warped the perspective of the road. On either side, flat yellow ground…

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Tips for Driving in Namibia

Experiencing Namibia by car is an epic adventure—and pretty much the only way to truly experience it. The country is vast and abandoned; while flying over the landscapes is also beautiful, part of the fun is taking in every different element. The crumbling, shifting gravel roads. The dry air pouring in from an open window.…

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Self-Drive Namibia: The Route

“What made you think of Namibia for a vacation?” Tim asked. It was the moment I was flipping through a National Geographic and saw this photo. Something about it deeply appealed to me—the wild emptiness, the strange and beautiful animal. And I found Namibia to be exactly the same as the photo: an abandoned, primitive, and…

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Riding the Waves for Change

Well, I survived my first surf lesson in the waters of Cape Town. Given the hype about sharks and the abundance of terrifying Youtube videos, I assumed the surfing itself would be the most notable part of the day’s experience. To my surprise, it was our instructor, Apish, who turned out to be the center…

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Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in Cape Town

“Is that…raw chicken? On the windshield?” We peered closer. It was the first day of 2018, we’d just come downstairs in search of breakfast and the beach, and it was, indeed, a piece of raw chicken wing between the windshield and the wiper. “Must have been one hell of a weird and wild party,” we…

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Discovering the Great Karoo

The Great Karoo—one of South Africa’s 20+ National Parks (and a fine name for an up-and-coming magician)—is located in the middle of what looks like an illustration from one of my brother’s dinosaur encyclopedias. To reach it, we had to drive 7 hours through absolute nothingness, beneath a sky the blazing blue of a neon…

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Christmas at Tava Lingwe

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white…” Merry and bright were for certain, but we’d traded a white Christmas in bitterly cold Germany for the equatorial climes of South Africa. We arrived Christmas morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport, where the silver trees bedecked in orange and blue…

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