Around Joburg: An Outing to Rietvlei Nature Reserve

lilac breasted roller in South Africa

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located right next to Pretoria within easy reach for anyone living in Gauteng. It's lake is a popular windsurfing spot, something you normally wouldn't think of doing on the Highveld. It's also a popular bird watcher's destination, and it has a lion enclosure. It may not live up to the big South African game reserves but makes for a nice day trip.


A Great Way to Explore Johannesburg

When you're new to Johannesburg, it's great to have a good to-do list to start out with that tells you about all the exciting things you can do in the sprawling city you now call home, so that you can dive right in and get to know it. Joburg teems with exciting happenings at any given time, and the sooner you start, the more you'll fall in love with this young and vibrant city.


Perfect Day Trip to Pretoria with Kids

In a country where you can drive right up to a lion in the wild and watch him eat an antelope, or where you have to be careful an elephant doesn't sit down on your car, you might think going to a regular old zoo isn't all that exciting. However, the Pretoria Zoo, also known as The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, is supposed to be well worth the visit.


Safari Lite: Cradle Nature Walk

cradle nature reserve

Our destination was Cradle Nature Reserve. Joburgers might know it's there, but I had never heard of it, even though it wasn't much more than half an hour from our house. The thing is, there is a lot of stuff out there. What's known as the Cradle of Humankind is brimming with hotels, inns, restaurants, B&Bs, and small safari parks, all set in the most picturesque landscape you can imagine.


Best View in Joburg

Ever since moving here I’ve been on a quest to find the best view of Joburg. Not only because I want to see the nice view, but because I’ve really been kinda wanting a cool header for my blog. Johannesburg has a beautiful skyline, but the trouble is, most places from where you can possibly ... 


Graffiti in Johannesburg

What I love most about living in South Africa is that it has taught me, more than any other place I’ve ever lived, to step out of my comfort zone.

You might not believe this, but I’m really not all that adventurous. I love to hang out in my suburban bubble. I most love the days when I don’t ... 


Just Another Outing in Joburg

It’s official: Noisette and I are utter snobs. As recently confirmed on an outing we embarked on right here in Joburg.

This is how it happened: I often feel slightly guilty about my inclination to happily stay at home on weekends, so when an opportunity presented itself to go to Soweto for an ... 


Back to the Cradle

Noisette, the kids, and our World-Cup-ready car; can’t believe this was almost 2 years ago!

I’ve been wanting to tell you about the Cradle of Humankind for ages. Considering that we visited it for the first time in early 2010, almost two years ago. The cradle of our South Africa adventure, if you will.

It was May of 2010 when we set off for one of our first outings in South Africa, ...