There are lots of reasons to visit the Karoo town of Willowmore. But if you want to have a great lunch or tea, browse some antiques and objects d’art, and also buy some deli products to take home with you – all in the same place –you’d best head for Sophie’s Choice on the main drag.
So there we were, slumming it in the local caravan park in a small Karoo dorpie, getting bitten by mosquitoes that left welts the size of saucers. But we cleaned ourselves up and joined the civilised set at The Willow Historical Guest House. It was like instant time travel – with none of the drawbacks.
If you’re anything like me, reading a book about wildlife is a poor second to getting out into one of Africa’s game parks and seeing it for yourself. But there are times when that’s not possible, so here are 5 suggestions for books about wildlife that will keep you entertained until you can get your next Kruger, Etosha or Chobe ‘fix’.
You’ve travelled well when your most valuable souvenirs are the stories you can’t wait to share. Here are 6 of my favourite African travel books, in no particular order, in case you’re looking for something enjoyable to read over the holidays.
Travel magazines are fond of producing Top 10 or Top 5 lists of this or that. Following a journey from Middelburg in Mpumalanga to Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal along the N2, here’s my list of the top 5 worst towns and roads in South Africa. It wasn’t even a challenge.
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I'm an independent travel writer and book editor with a passion for Africa - anything from African travel, people, safari and wildlife to adventure, heritage, road-tripping and slow travel. I'm happiest in the middle of nowhere, meeting the locals, trying something new, or simply watching the grass grow.
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