South Africa

South Africa: fast forward Africa…

  In the last days of our African odyssey, traveling through the pretty countryside of the Free State, getting lost in a hostile downtown Johannesburg , visiting the capital Pretoria and finally a large diamond mine, I am struck by how South Africa encapsulates all that is working – and all that is wrong in(…)

South Africa: welcome to the “village”

  We return to South Africa, our decompression chamber before heading back to Asia. And what better place to clear our system of the excess hydrogen accumulated during our deep dive in the Dark Continent than the small town of Clarens, in the Eastern Free State. Clarens seems to live in an enchanted bubble, far(…)

South Africa: Purple elephants

  Something remarkable happened today, on our way to Springbok, a small farming town 550km north of Cape Town where we planned to stop for the night on our way to Namibia. As we  put some miles between us and Cape Town on our long drive north along the N7, the vehicles on the road(…)

South Africa: once upon a time, a small village in the Karoo…

  Prince Albert is a typical small village in the Karoo, the vast semi-arid wilderness which covers once third of South Africa. First settled in 1762 by Dutch “voortrekkers”, it is a small green oasis in an isolated valley surrounded by a harsh semi-desertic landscape and accessed by a hair raising mountain road, the Swartberg Pass.(…)

South Africa: exclusively for classic car nuts

  About 10km out of Franschhoek, in the heart of a large wine estate, l’Ormelins, lies Africa’s best kept secret: with an almost anonymous entrance, quite deserted, Johann Rupert’s priceless collection of classic cars is exhibited in four large Dutch-style buildings among the vineyards, surrounded by mountains which look so crisps and clear in the(…)