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Uncategorized By On April 1, 2019

3 lessons I learned from traveling with Homeschoolers

We had the privilege of traveling Southern Africa with two inspirational Home-school families. Their love for Geography, different communities, and the world’s natural wonders inspired me to rethink my global citizenship and how I embrace the future. Here are a few lessons I learned from them: 1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know.” Dr. Seuss….

National Travel By On April 1, 2019

Bethulie Concentration Camp Museum

Our visit to the Bethulie Concentration Camp Museum, filled us with respect for the resilience of the human spirit as well as a deep sadness for the unnecessary consequences the war had on this piece of land and its people. May we never live to see such atrocities. Bethulie is a small sheep and cattle farming town in the Freestate….

National Travel By On April 1, 2019

Do you know how the sparrows landed on the 1c coin?

Do you know how the sparrows landed on the 1c coin? It is such a heart warming and inspiring story all the way from Bethulie in the Freestate. Anette Marais, an inhabitant of the Bethulie Concentration Camp, was praying fervently for a sign to strengthen war-stricken Boer women in the con­cen­tra­tion camp out­side Bethulie. The next day she opened her…

International Travel By On August 7, 2018

10 things an overland trip through Africa is NOT (and 20 things it most certainly is).

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Alexander Pope   It is a fact that unfulfilled or unrealistic expectations are the mother of all disillusionment.   We meticulously planned and saved up for our bucket list overland trip through East Africa. I can still remember the nights beside a crackling fire with wine in hand…

International Travel By On June 27, 2018

The elusive Room 27 at Planet Baobab, Botswana

Mariska Ford (December 2013)   “Makgadikgadi? I asked what was out there, and they said ‘Nothing-only idiots go there.’ I thought fine, that’s the place for me.” Jack Bousfield, 1963   It was indeed this quote by the famous hunter, adventurer and safari operator, Jack Bousfield that convinced us to plan the most memorable breakaway imaginable.   A Saturday in…

International Travel By On June 27, 2018

Silent witnesses of time in Botswana

Mariska Ford (December 2013)   Our journey began when my new romantic companion asked me to join him on an overland safari. I was in love and extremely excited about my first visit to Botswana. We met up with the rest of our convoy and began our epic journey through this spectacular country. We visited Nata, Kasane, Chobe, Savuti and…