Category Archives: South Africa

Besides having one of the best climates in the world, Jozi has much to offer …

Wow! what is it with Jozi at the moment? So much positive press from all sorts of different quarters. From no 1 cycle route, to an up-and-coming art hub to a new spin on the level of violence – Joburg is being praised and flaunted as an interesting and vibrant city.  Although Joburg will always […]

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For a great travel experience take the train from Joburg to Cape Town

We have had a number of guests who travel by rail either from Cape Town or down to Cape town. A recent guest wrote a review about the Shosholoza Premier Classe on Tripadvisor: She writes of booking through an excellent 3rd party site: which is good to know because so often it is […]

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Seeing South Africa by train

Guests from Australia who stayed recently at Liz at Lancaster had been around South Africa on the Shongololo Express.  Shongololo is a colloquial South African word for a millipede.  These creatures have hard segmented exteriors and coil themselves into a spiral when threatened – hence their name which comes from the Zulu ukusongo meaning ‘roll […]

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More on South Africa’s ’12th official language’

A couple of years back I wrote a blog about using minibus taxis to get around Joburg and the kind of local knowledge that is required to do so.  See .  I included an image of the cover of Susan Woolf’s book of taxi signs published in 2007.   For nine years Woolf has been […]

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An iconic sculpture of an iconic man

  I have had the privilege of knowing Marco Cianfanelli since he was a Fine Arts and Art History student at Wits many years back and have followed his career with great interest. I was of course well aware of his monumental sculpture of Mandela constructed at the site of Mandela’s capture near Howick on that […]

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