Tag Archives: South Africa

Kitchen Boy

Jenny Hobbs’ Kitchen Boy is the story of JJ Kitching –World War II hero and rugby legend, Durban celebrity, and family man. The book is set on the day of his funeral.  It’s a grand affair in the Durban Cathedral, … Continue reading

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Napoleon Bones

If you’ve ever loved a dog, particularly a rescue brak of dubious parentage, you simply must read Napoleon Bones by Jenny Hobbs.  The title character is a street-wise and super smart police dog, part golden retriever, part ridgeback, part SPCA … Continue reading

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iSimangaliso World Heritage Park

Visit Kwa-Zulu Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park out-of-season, and have paradise all to yourself.  You’ll find few other visitors, mild sunny days, and an abundance of wild animals scattered across wide open spaces. We stayed in St Lucia, a tiny town … Continue reading

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Mountains and Milk Tart

Joburg gets awfully chilly in winter. When the mornings get frosty, it’s a good idea to go somewhere else, at least for a little while.  This time last year, we found our way to Prince Albert, a pretty little village … Continue reading

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A slice of heaven in the Cederburg

For a little slice of heaven, head to Petersfield Farm on the edge of the Cederburg.  It’s a working citrus farm, perched on a mountainside, with a distant view of Citrusdal in the valley far below.  There are four cottages … Continue reading

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A walk on the wild side

South Africa’s Wild Coast stretches from Port Edward in the north to East London in the south.  It’s an area of sparsely inhabited coastal cliffs and forest, where rivers end in waterfalls that crash directly into the ocean, and cows … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rian Malan’s ‘My Traitor’s Heart’

My Traitor’s Heart lays bare the anxiety and fear created by ‘otherness.’ Malan wrestles with the primitive instinct that categorises people into ‘us’ and ‘them.’ He finds himself, defined by his race, ethnicity and name, on the wrong side in … Continue reading

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