Our Amazing South African Road TripPublished: 2. August 2018
After two tough travel days from America filled with unexpected hurdles and metaphorical bumps in the road (we wouldn’t hit the literal bumps in the road until we reached R343) we arrived at Happy Campers headquarters, ready to begin the first leg of the trip.
We loaded up our Happy 1 and Happy 3 vans with our luggage, making sure to stock up on groceries donated to the Free Zone by previous campers (we lucked out and inherited a bottle of Pimms AND a bottle of Pinot Grigio). Then we hit the road...
Why visiting South Africa in Winter is a great ideaPublished: 19. June 2018
Winter has arrived in full force across the landscape of South Africa. Even the Western Cape is in the swing of things with rising dam levels due to the 'normal rainy season' that we've currently experiencing. It seems a distant memory when warnings of disaster with no rainfall for Cape Town was splashed across local and international media. However, just because it's Winter doesn't mean that nothing's going on. Don't believe me? Check this out:
The Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape? You decidePublished: 11. June 2018
Making a list of anything is difficult enough, however to rank or sort that list is almost impossible due to the subjectivity of it all. However, why not create a list without a ranking or scorecard? So in effect you'd have a list of places to see before you die......or maybe something a little less dramatic than that. So without further ado, here's a few camping sites which we would recommend for the Western Cape:
AfrikaBurn for Beginners (Part 2)Published: 19. April 2018
This year's event of AfrikaBurn takes place over a week, from 23-29 April in the Tankwa. This year's theme is 'Working Title' where the word 'work' forms part of a collaborative effort to survive & thrive at Afrika Burn.
What is different about the festival, is that you choose what temporary life you want to live for the duration of the festival, and then you're urged to make this a permanent choice of living your life, after the festival has ended. You are urged to share your experiences not only with festival goers, but with the outside world as well. Quite profound really.
AfrikaBurn for Beginners (Part 1)Published: 5. April 2018
'It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.' - Chuck Palahniuk
In a sense, AfrikaBurn is about setting aside every day life and to live freely. The festival's website takes it a step further:
"AfrikaBurn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship"
Why Cape Town's water crisis is under ControlPublished: 6. March 2018
"The first major city to run out of water !"
"Anarchy will rule when the water runs out !"
"Local government powerless to avoid DAY ZERO !"
These are only a few of the local & international news headlines in reference to Cape Town's water shortage.
Reasons to rent a campervan in South AfricaPublished: 11. January 2018
Do you need to drive a four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle in order to fully explore South Africa?
Are the roads & options so limited that only Land Cruisers, Nissan Patrols, Toyota Hilux’s, etc. will do?
And what about travellers who are on a strict budget?
I believe the best way to explore our beautiful country is with a campervan. Here’s why:
Happy Campers South Africa LaunchPublished: 10. November 2017
After more than 2 years planning, we finally opened our offices at Paardevlei in Somerset West on Saturday, 4th November. To top it all we had our first Happy 1 rental go out on the same day !
Here are a few of the pictures from the day:
Collaboration with Stephanus Rabie (Photographer)Published: 23. October 2017
We teamed up with photographer extraordinaire, Stephanus Rabie who took our Happy 1 campervan for a long weekend to the Swartberg mountains in the Western Cape province. We asked Stephanus to try and capture the essence of travelling in South Africa, and how the magnificence of the landscape, can create memories (and photos!) that last a lifetime.
Did he succeed in capturing the essence of travel? You decide.
10 Top Awesome things to do in Cape TownPublished: 29. September 2017
'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life' Samuel Johnson
I think if Samuel Johnson had visited South Africa, he would've substituted the word 'London' and replaced it with 'Cape Town'. For a traveler to 'experience' the Mother City in only a few days, will take a herculean effort!
However, life is way too short to not give it a go! Let's say that time is not on your side & we would need to distill the places of interest into the 10 top things to do, what would these be?
So without any further ado, here is my list: