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Dirty Shoes

Dirty Shoes

He pinches the end of his cigarette and puts the butt in his pocket. He’d sooner drop garbage on his living room floor than leave it here. The carbide canister slapping against my thigh is an insistent reminder of his respect for the mountain. Calcium carbide produces acetylene gas when mixed with water; the flame “burns clean”. [Read More]

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Table Mountain: Terror Edition

Table Mountain: Terror Edition

It’s 3pm and we have been up since 6am in order to make it to Boulders Bay and back in time for lunch (which was delightful – I recommend the chicken salad at Table Thirteen, 78 Victoria Junction, Cape Town).  [Read More]

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Buffoonery at Boulders Bay

Buffoonery at Boulders Bay

I don’t know when the penguin obsession began but after missing them in Argentina (Buenos Aires is too far north), I am determined to see them while I am on the Western Cape. And I don’t mean those benumbed beasts  [Read More]

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Shark Fever

Shark Fever

As if the lions, holdups, puff adders and giant cockroaches weren’t enough, Craig and I decide to go shark cage diving. The shuttle picks us up at 6am and we drive 2 hours to Gansbaai. When we arrive the driver  [Read More]

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Additional photos: Addo Elephant National Park

Additional photos: Addo Elephant National Park

I was less than 3 metres away from a lion for  at least 21 seconds: While this loads, check out some stills. Click on a thumbnail for a closer look:

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park

“Did you know that… it is home to the unique flightless dung beetle?” I think the brochure for the Addo Elephant National Park is trying a little too hard. The unique flightless dung beetle? Really? Me, Craig and David head  [Read More]

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Hogsback

Hogsback

Craig has to visit a colleague at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, about 1.5 hours away from East London. I come along for the ride. The university is famous because it is the place where a young Nelson  [Read More]

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DANGER: African Tick Bite Fever

DANGER: African Tick Bite Fever

8:30am I was supposed to ride along with the Loaves and Fishes team this morning but could not get out of bed because of a blinding headache and nausea. Migraine? I have them very rarely – the most recent around  [Read More]

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Cape Town, yes; Evan, no

Remember Evan? Well he’s dead to me. No, not really. How could you hate this face? But unfortunately he is unable to drive the Garden Route with me, so I have made a new plan. On October 9 I am  [Read More]

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Horseback riding at Cintsa

Horseback riding at Cintsa

On the way back from Kei Mouth, we stop in Cintsa to go horseback riding. We are three in a group of eight, and when the owner Penny shows up, she matches us each with our horse. Craig will ride  [Read More]

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