This has been a pretty good year for road tripping – first, exploring the West Coast with Guillaume in June, then going to Addo with Mom in August and now, in just 3 sleeps’ time, I’ll be heading off on an epic adventure up north with Open Africa.
Forming part of the #WeOpenAfrica campaign, this 5-day trip will take us from Johannesburg to Limpopo and back again, with some magical stops along the way.
While the whole itinerary has me doing little happy dances, there are five things I’m especially excited about:
One night in Joburg
Over the past few years, I’ve heard so much about the Maboneng precinct and all the cool things happening there, so I’m really excited to see it for myself during a city walk/pub crawl. I think it’s going to be especially interesting in the light of the work we’ve been busy with at Cape Town Partnership – looking at how Joburg is doing urban placemaking and what our two cities can learn from each other. And how cool is this? We’re going to be staying at Once in Joburg!
Birdwatching in a forest of ancient trees
Can I… can I just do this forever? Because it sounds pretty much like a perfect life to me! So, we’ll be joining David Letsoalo, South Africa’s top local bird guide, for a stroll through a lush Magoebaskloof forest and even get to see a Champion Tree, the 2000-year-old Cabbage Tree.
Making a traditional clay pot
We’ll be joining the women of Mukondeni Village for a lesson in creating practical and decorative clay pots. The importance of making things with your own two hands has been on my mind a lot lately, so I’m really looking forward to feeling the squishy clay between my fingers and molding it into something for my home.
Sleeping under the stars in a hammock
I kind of feel like I need to pinch myself about this one… on our very last night in Limpopo we’ll be overnighting at… wait for it… Stargaze Hammock Camp. The name says it all.
My travel companions
Finally, during these five days, I’ll get to travel with some of the coolest kids on South Africa’s blogging/social media block.
Mike Eloff (Life of Mike)
Carlinn Meyer (Campsbay Girl)
Anna-Belle Durant (She said)
Kyle Mijlof (@mijlof on Instagram)