Leopard Blog

The Namaqualand Issue

Namaqualand, a place of desolation and magic.  The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated of South Africa’s provinces. The arid climate and huge driving distances mean few visitors venture this far afield. On a recent trip to the area I discovered it is a place where the inhospitable climate is contrary to

The Mapungubwe Issue

Mapungubwe, a place of cultural and geographic significance, and incredible scenic beauty.  I recently took a trip to the northernmost part of South Africa.  Mapungubwe National Park is located at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. From the lookout deck in South Africa you can see where the two rivers meet and you can peer

The Podcast Issue

In South Africa, our diversity is our greatest asset.  Nowhere else on the continent can you visit world class vineyards, go on safari, and encounter penguins in the beautiful city of Cape Town in the same holiday. Our diversity also extends into our food, art & culture, and people.  In the first season of the

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

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