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November blog

November blog

We last connected from Nieu-Bethesda, whilst cycling the Sneeuberg Trail. It would be fair to say that the Rupert family have transformed the old Drodsty Hotel in Graaf Reinet, along with assisting in maintaining the charm of one of South Africa’s oldest towns. ...
Reflections on an awesome October

Reflections on an awesome October

It seems almost surreal to be writing a blog from Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo, where I find myself Guest of Great Karoo Cycling, riding the Sneeuberg Trail with 14 other cyclists. Steppes Travel invited me to be part of their travel festival at the Royal Geographical...
Springtime reflections

Springtime reflections

Mid-September finds much of our country still pitifully dry and desperate for rain. Whilst Bell-Pottinger dominates local news, thoughts are with those in the Caribbean and America whose homes are flooded, and those in war-torn regions in the Middle East. A recent...
September beckons

September beckons

After the disappointment with pre-paid seats on Virgin to London last month, they have kindly refunded us. A recent trip to Cape Town confirmed just how serious the drought is in the Western Cape. Looking down on completely dry dams from high is pitiful, and their...
Winter is officially almost over

Winter is officially almost over

After our incredible tour to England in July, we suffered the disappointment of finding our pre-paid for seats taken on the Virgin flight. With the flight absolutely full, there was no option but to accept other seats. Virgin have since promised us a refund. It has...
July surprises

July surprises

With much of South Africa still gripped by crippling drought, a friend sent me photos of large trout at Graaf Reinet desperately swimming up irrigation canals, their reservoirs dry. Our trip to Thanda Game Reserve confirming their trucking in ALL water, for lodges,...