Lockdown luxuries

Focussing on what I have Olive Pigeon (used to be called the Rameron Pigeon) I woke up yesterday morning – day 16 of South Africa’s, what is now, 5 week lockdown due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and I was greeted by a large flock of Olive Pigeons in the […]

Braving the weather

Guiding around the weather Having been at home for the past three days, I decided it was time to go out and see what else would be braving the weather. We have had nearly a week’s worth of rain in the area now and, waking up this morning morning, I […]

The Groot River wander

Groot isn’t just a walking, talking tree from the Guardians of the galaxy. It is also an Afrikaans word that means big or large. The Groot River Trail, situated in Nature’s Valley, is one of the easiest walks in my area, and most people of any shape, size and age […]

Going on a river adventure

The River Adventure trail on Brackenburn Walking the River Adventure trail on Brackenburn Private Nature reserve is always a wonderful experience; so much to see and incredible scenery to take in. With this being one of my exclusive trails, you are also guaranteed peace and quiet for the whole route. […]

River Pools extravaganza

Your exclusive peek into a gorgeous world Brackenburn Private Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful places along the whole of the Garden Route. What makes the walking trails on this property so special is that they are totally exclusive and unique. I am privileged to be the only […]

Seeing what you don’t see

A guide always makes a difference Paying for a guide to take you on a hiking trail can seem to be nothing more than an added expense, especially if that trail is freely available to the public in any case. If you have never had a guided experience, you are […]

The beach, but no forest

Hiking trails along the Garden Route With a good chance of rain coming in again this weekend; I decided, waking up on Saturday, that I needed to get out and check the river heights before it set in. There wasn’t much predicted, but we have already had quite a bit […]

Salt River wonders

When I lived in the UK, my friends and family would think me odd, well, odder than usual. I worked as a zookeeper and, on my days off, I used to visit not only other zoos, but often my own. For one thing, we always got in for free (all […]

Crab Spiders and other gorgeous critters

With spring in the air, I have been thoroughly enjoying all the extra bird activity around my home, and especially been enjoying the daily Speckled Mousebird activity (one of my favourite birds). The Fynbos biome here creates a wonderful habitat for insects, and there are always fascinating ones to see. […]