Uncle Boet in Malmesbury

* random oldie reposted * updated * After the 1983 Berg River Canoe Marathon ended in Velddrif, we stopped in at Boet & Anna Swanepoel’s smallholding outside Malmesbury, about 50km north of Cape Town. Boet was Dad’s older brother. Mom and Sheila had seconded me on the race, driving my Cortina to each of theContinue reading “Uncle Boet in Malmesbury”

Durbs in 1962

We went to Durban around this time and stayed in the Impala Holiday Flats, self-catering. Free Staters on the loose in Durbs-by-the-Sea! We probably drove down in OHS 154, a beige Morris Isis – or in OHS 155, a pale blue VW 1200 Beetle, along the narrow national road between Joburg and Durban. I rememberContinue reading “Durbs in 1962”

Platberg’s Flat Rock Pass

The eastern-most pass up Harrismith’s Platberg is the fabled Donkey Pass. We called it Flat Rock Pass. Mountain Passes South Africa says it’s the sixth highest above sea level, and the second steepest pass in South Africa. The road traverses a nature reserve and you need a permit to drive up. The steep parts – with sectionsContinue reading “Platberg’s Flat Rock Pass”

Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains

All above are internet pictures. These next I took on a visit in 1973 with fellow exchange students and my Apache host brothers. From left: Dayne Swanda, Kent Swanda, Helen Worswick from Marandellas, Zimbabwe, Jenny Carter from Bromley, Zimbabwe, Jonathan Kneebone from Australia, Evelyn Woodhouse from Durban, South Africa and Robbie Swanda. Bison, elk andContinue reading “Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains”

Grand Canyon Safe – for a while longer

As the Colorado River coming down from the high Rockies in Colorado state carves a deep canyon through the Arizona desert, it is met by the Little Colorado, coming from dryer country in Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico – bottom right in the picture. Approaching the confluence, the Little Colorado River carves an extremelyContinue reading “Grand Canyon Safe – for a while longer”

Botswana Safari with Larry

Hey, let’s go on a safari! Great friend Larry Wingert is out from the USA and we hop on a flight to Maun in Botswana. It’s 1985 and we’re bachelors on the loose with time and money! From Maun we fly into the Delta (Tjou Island camp) in a Cessna 206. After many beers andContinue reading “Botswana Safari with Larry”

John Weston, Aviation and Motorhome Pioneer

The original source of info for this post was on https://deoudehuize.blogspot.co.za/ – do go and look, they are doing wonderful heritage conservation things in Harrismith! And they have a cool old car! Maximilian John Ludwick Weston was a South African aeronautical engineer, pioneer aviator, farmer and soldier – and mystery man. He was probably bornContinue reading “John Weston, Aviation and Motorhome Pioneer”

Lake St Lucia and Dukandlovu

Dukandlovu rustic camp was underutilised. Parks Board wanted to increase its use and were looking for new ideas. It was a walk-in or cycle-in rustic camp and they were reluctant to open it up to drive-in access, so wanted to try other ideas first. Rustic, but splendid, it’s a four hut, eight bed camp withContinue reading “Lake St Lucia and Dukandlovu”

Hance in the Grand Canyon

Hance Rapid at Mile 76.5 stands sentinel at the Colorado river’s entry into the Granite Gorge. The river drops 30 feet as it passes through a natural constriction formed by the Red Canyon. The dark dike cutting through the red Hakatai Shale is one of the most photographed features in the Canyon. I found outContinue reading “Hance in the Grand Canyon”

Lee’s Ferry across the Colorado River

Lee’s Ferry on the right bank of the Colorado River, just above the mouth of the Paria River, at an elevation of 3,170 feet asl is the site of the start for most river trips through the Grand Canyon. Originally called Lonely Dell by Mormon church-man with 19 wives and 67 children John D Lee,Continue reading “Lee’s Ferry across the Colorado River”