The incomparable Richtersveld...the place where I first fell in love with wilderness. This is South Africa's wildest terrain, and some of the most beautiful and unforgiving. My multi-page feature in Getaway attempts to describe the indescribable magic of the Richtersveld.
My fourth Year in the Wild article for Leisure Wheels Magazine, with a great cover photograph, on the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park, another of my favourite wild places in South Africa. Published in the April 2012 issue.
As part of a feature on African trees, Wild Magazine published a little article of mine (on the Richtersveld's iconic Quiver Trees) as well as one of my photos of the mysterious and endangered Cedar trees in the Cederberg Wilderness Area.
During my initial research for Year in the Wild, I was commissioned by Wild Magazine to photograph and write about two botanists doing excellent work on trees in both the Richtersveld and Kruger National Parks. Elsabe Swart has been studying and documenting the mysterious Quiver Trees (or Kokerbome) in the desert mountains of the Richtersveld, while Michelle van der Bank is one of South Africa's leading tree expert, and has conducted ground-breaking genetic testing of trees in the Kruger
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The Richtersveld didn't want to let me and Gareth go. On our last morning here, we left at 5am, and tackled the Helskloof Pass in full moonlight. It took us 6 hours to do 60kms, but as always, it was worth it! It's a truly spectacular, rugged area of the Richtersveld, and our Ford Everest and Conqueror Conquest 4x4 trailer handled it really well, but we did go SO slowly. There really is no way you could rush it...
I'm never good at saying goodbye to the people I love...and I don't think I'm
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Yesterday and today, we're on the banks of the Orange River at my favourite campsite in the Richtersveld, called De Hoop. And I can understand why it's called that. After a long, hot drive through some of the driest and starkest parts of the Richtersveld, this campsite on the river would restore the hope of anyone who has a parched throat, and a hot, sweaty body. I've been here before, once by myself for a week in the middle of summer, when I didn't see anyone...and again, I'm reminded why
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