Reflections on Africa

Well, the dream is over and the adventure is nothing but a memory. I'm back home in Australia, it's about nine degrees, and I can't help wishing that I was still exploring strange lands on the other side of the world. My two months travelling through the Dark Continent have come and gone, and the … Continue reading Reflections on Africa

Spotting a leopard

Since the dawn of time, it has been written in the stars that I will achieve something great, and that is seeing all of the Big Five game animals. I crossed three of them - the African lion, African elephant, and Cape buffalo - off my list in Addo, and sighted a black rhino during … Continue reading Spotting a leopard

On the trail of the Big Five

Horror movies are massively popular in South Africa (what better way to get your mind off the everyday atrocities of murder and rape than by watching a film filled with murder and rape?), so it's not surprising they named their biggest and best national park after world famous scary movie icon Freddy Krueger. Nah, just … Continue reading On the trail of the Big Five

The One Man Backpackers Hostel

I've stayed in some fucking great backpacker hostels over the years. A good hostel is the perfect place to get pissed, meet some cool people, and maybe cop a handy off a Dutch chick when everyone else in the dorm has gone to sleep (or is listening intently and masturbating silently). The hostel I stayed … Continue reading The One Man Backpackers Hostel

Lesotho is remote, oh!

Lesotho is known for three things. 1) Being the highest country in the world, with every scrap of land above 1400 metres. 2) Having the highest rate of AIDS on the planet, with around 45 per cent of the locals suffering from the nasty disease. 3) Being the only nation to have a name that … Continue reading Lesotho is remote, oh!

Hog Wild! Hogsback is the best place you’ve never heard of!

I've been told that Hogsback draws people to it, that the mountain has a soul and personality of its own, and that certainly seems to be the case. A South African girl I met told me to come to this tiny village in the Eastern Cape hills, and I'm so glad I followed her advice. … Continue reading Hog Wild! Hogsback is the best place you’ve never heard of!

Everyone loves pineapples!

What's big, spiky, and welcomes thousands of visitors a year? No, not your mum's bush, I'm talking about the Big Pineapple. I mean the one in Bathurst, South Africa, because it's the biggest Big Pineapple on the planet. Yes, bigger than Queensland's much-loved Big Pineapple, and that's hard to admit as an Aussie, because we … Continue reading Everyone loves pineapples!

Doring: not boring!

After yesterday's epic journey into the African savanna, complete with a near-death experience with a rampaging elephant, I woke up this morning with a hunger for more animals. So I headed to the shop to get a meat pie. But after that, I headed to one of Addo, South Africa's, most popular hiking tracks - … Continue reading Doring: not boring!

Elephants, lions, warthogs and… what the hell is that?

There are some days I'll remember for the rest of my life, such as the Raiders winning the '94 Grand Final, and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to add today to that list. I dodged wild elephants and lions in the splendid Addo Elephant National Park, just north of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, … Continue reading Elephants, lions, warthogs and… what the hell is that?