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Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo is an enormous flat pan sandwiched between the rocky Cederberg range to the west and the Roggeveldberg to the east and stretching from Ceres in the south to Calvinia in the north. It is the driest land in all of South Africa, with summer temperatures regularly soaring into the 40’s. But the […]

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Namaqualand and Tankwa Karoo: A cloudy day

A cloudy day in Namaqualand is a bad one for going to see the flowers. No sun means that the flowers do not open properly, and you don’t see the carpets of colours that you do on a sunny day. But there are some advantages to a cloudy day. The light is less intense and […]

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The Namaqualand National Park

A guest post by Karl-Heinz for Notes from Africa The previous post in this series is The Clanwilliam Flower Show. The Tuesday, 28 August was a glorious sunny day and we went off to visit the Namaqualand National Park. As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly along the winding roads of the […]

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Namaqualand and the Tankwa Karoo: The Clanwilliam Flower Show

I want to welcome Karl-Heinz Niemand, a new guest blogger to Notes from Africa. Karl-Heinz and his wife Sonette love going on camping trips to some of the more remote areas around Southern Africa. As it has been years since I’ve been to Namaqualand to see the Spring flowers, I was very happy when Karl-Heinz […]

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GPS Roulette: “Danger” is my middle name

A guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa GPS devices are amazing tools, but should not be trusted implicitly if used as a travelling aid. A healthy dose of common sense is still required when using this modern marvel, which has become such a big part of everyday life. Somebody I know tells the […]

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Fantasy, Reality, Dreams – Part II

A guest post by Skadhu from Microfishing In The World Pool. Did you miss Fantasy, Reality, Dreams – Part I ? To recap, Skadhu started discussing in her first post the assumptions which are made about gaming and gamers including: Gaming is bad for you because you’re always sitting at a computer. Gamers are dangerously […]

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Fantasy, Reality, Dreams – Part I

A guest post by Skadhu from Microfishing In The World Pool After I commented on her post talking about her experience with video/online gaming, Lisa very kindly asked if I’d be interested in writing a guest post about computer games and fantasy vs reality, or maybe games vs reading, or maybe… well, games and gaming […]

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Postcards from Australia: Sydney via Notes from Africa | Photoblog

The photographs in this post were taken on a recent trip I did to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the […]

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Befriending Mr. Sandman

A guest post by Lu from The Unwitting Traveller for Notes from Africa Firstly, I’d like to thank Lisa for inviting me to guest blog here on Notes from Africa. I consider it to be a huge compliment to be putting forth words to be read by Lisa’s audience – so I hope I don’t […]

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News from the forest

Jos Badenhorst started his story in the post If you go down to the woods today. Here’s an update . . . Guest Post for Notes from Africa by Jos Badenhorst I got a photo of “Bambi” yesterday for the first time since 12 September 2011. It is not a very good pic because the […]

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