Leopard Blog

The Gorilla Issue

The ultimate wildlife experience, Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.  Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is one of the most treasured wildlife experiences of my life. Earlier this month, after a briefing at park headquarters, a short drive to the entrance of the park and a vigorous hike through dense bush,

The Heartland Issue

The Eastern Cape, a journey into my 333 year family history in South Africa.  Last month we took a family holiday to the Eastern Cape. We had planned it at the beginning of last year, and wanted it to include some time relaxing at the beach and some time exploring the Karoo heartland. It unexpectedly

Goodbye 2020

Let the old year end and the New Year begin with the warmest of aspirations.  As this year comes to a close, and I reflect on the year that was, or more accurately, the year that wasn’t, I find that I have very little to say. In my newsletters through lockdown, I shared my thoughts

The Welwitschia Issue

An ancient and truly remarkable plant. Welwitschia mirabilis is endemic to the Namib Desert, one of the world’s oldest and driest deserts. The plant has only two strap like leaves which grow throughout its lifetime. These leaves split and fray in the wind and heat, making it seem as though the plant has multiple leaves.

The Health and Safety Issue

South Africa is ready to welcome visitors again. The South African government’s “risk adjusted strategy” has meant that we had no idea when international travel would be allowed again, since it was all dependent on the number of new infections per day and the available capacity of our hospitals. And so, it was with great

The Birdwatching Issue

Of Shoebills, wetlands and walking safaris. In 2000, I briefly joined my parents as an employee on their overland safaris in Southern Africa. My father had started his company in 1992 and with it, he wanted to take people into the wilderness areas of Africa. The company had evolved by 2000 into a specialist birdwatching

The Escape Issue

Where can we go to feel like we are in another world? I, like so many of you, have been confined to the place in which I live for the last few months. There is nothing that makes me dream of travel more than being told I cannot do so. To use this time productively and

The Lockdown Issue Part 2

A selection of resources to help you discover South Africa while staying at home, Part 2.  I hope that wherever in the world you are, you are healthy – mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. Here in South Africa we are in “Stage 4” lockdown which has meant a few restrictions on movement have been raised.  Our president has

The Lockdown Issue

A selection of resources to help you discover South Africa while staying at home.  I hope you, my dear blog readers, are healthy and well, and adjusting to whatever restrictions have been placed on you. Here in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are not allowed out of our homes except for emergencies and grocery shopping. At

The Family Issue

The ideal family holiday destination.  When I think back to my childhood, my happiest memories are days spent together on family holidays. My favourite were our camping holidays in Zimbabwe and the Drakensberg. What about you?  Now, as a parent myself, travel and holidays are something I take great pleasure in sharing with my children and husband.

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