South Africa

The kids of Masiphumelele

Masiphumelele is a township near Cape Town that is home to more than 45,000 people. Unemployment is strife and living conditions are poor but the kids, with their big smiles, boundless energy, enthusiasm and curiosity, are a beacon of hope.


The kids of Masiphumelele

Words of wisdom on the wall of the library.

Words of wisdom and hope on the wall of the library.

Inside the Masiphumelele library.

Inside the Masiphumelele library.

Melvin @traveldudes poses with the kids.

Melvin @traveldudes poses with the kids at the library.

The kids at the creche sang and danced for us.

The kids at the creche sang and danced for us.

Cycling around the township and speaking with the locals, I learned about the efforts of the government, in partnership with non-profits and residents to alleviate poverty in this community. New housing and schools are being built, sewage is being improved, and the library, where kids come to play, read and take classes in English and computers, is a busy place. Wherever we went, we were surrounded by kids who jumped on our bikes and chatted excitedly with us – their enthusiasm and joy was infectious. The bike tour through the township, organised by AWOL tours, was an inspiring lesson in empowerment and grit, an experience that truly humbled me.


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Friday, September 6th, 2013 Africa No Comments

The penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is a small stretch of fine, white sand surrounded by boulders near Simon’s Town, a 30-minute drive from Cape Town. The beach, with its white sand and bright turquoise water, is absolutely stunning, but what makes this beach so unique is its colony of African penguins. These endangered penguins call the beach home and are a famous attraction in the area.

Read the accompanying post: “A Spectacular Drive Around the Cape Peninsula“.




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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 Africa No Comments

Sunset in Cape Town

I took this photo from the top of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town as the sun was setting, casting a bright yellow glow on Table Mountain. The hotel sure has amazing 360 degree views of the city, Table Mountain and Table Bay.


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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 Africa No Comments

Seal steals fish at Hout Bay

I was at the Hout Bay waterfront near Cape Town on a walking tour with Andulela when I saw a group of fishermen unload their catch of the day. As I stepped up to take a closer look, a large seal jumped out of the water and ‘stole’ one of the fish lying on the dock. The resulting mayhem was a hilarious sight.


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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 Africa 1 Comment

San rock art in South Africa

South Africa has one of the largest collections of rock art in the world with close to 20,000 sites scattered throughout various provinces. The rock art was painted on cave walls or mountain slopes by the San Bushmen and depict scenes of wanderers, hunters and animals as well as tribal rituals. The largest collection of San rock sites, dating from thousands of years ago, can be found in the Drakensberg region. Smaller sites can also be found in the Cederberg region (where the pictures below were taken) just north of Cape Town.

Read the accompanying post: “Cederberg: mountain passes, safaris & San rock art“.



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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 Africa 1 Comment




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