Monday, March 24, 2014

Fascinating tribal art in South Africa's Northern Cape. And a great Travelife to South Africa coming up soon.

At the private villa of the Oppenheimer family of De Beers fame & fortune
in Northern Cape, South Africa


I've been thinking a lot about my three previous trips to South Africa in the last 18 months, because my fourth trip is coming up sooner rather than later, in my never-endingly eventful Travelife.

It's a pretty long way to go, for four times in 18 months, but I'm really psyched to go.

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A TRAVELIFE TO SOUTH AFRICA

A large group of Travelife Magazine readers and friends are joining me in South Africa this May.

It's going to be one fantastic trip that'll have a little bit of everything I've liked and loved in the past three trips.


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So you might say it's a Travelife with the best of everything.

SOME OF THE BEST MUSEUMS IN SOUTH AFRICA



On my first trip to South Africa, I'd gone to the two major museums in Johannesburg. The Travel Companion had been in charge of the day-to-day itinerary, and he'd chosen to visit these two museums.

These, of course, must be included in the trip.

Museums are not exactly everyone's cup of tea, but these two well-organized museums were incredibly enjoyable and interesting.

MY FAVORITE MUSEUM SO FAR



On this last trip, I discovered an off-the-radar museum that made a huge impression on me.

It was beautiful and spiritual and we had the whole place to ourselves. I couldn't imagine why so few people knew about this.

LOTS OF SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES



Then I also discovered a couple of great weekend markets and crafts markets that I personally can't wait to visit again.

These places not only have rare and interesting finds for sale, but they also give a great taste of local life.

So of course, these are going into the itinerary as well.



THE WILD NORTHERN CAPE

Meanwhile, my second trip to South Africa was mainly spent in the very much untrodden Northern Cape region, which has spectacular scenery and very nice people.

I made so many friends in Northern Cape -- and in the Western Cape over three trips, for that matter -- that visiting South Africa is just a little bit like coming home.

Paintings by the San bushmen

CAN'T WAIT TO DO A SAFARI 
ON A QUAD BIKE

I'm looking forward to getting on a quad bike again and just whizzing through the wilderness amidst the giraffe and the roan.

And I'm so glad that some of our Travelife readers and friends will be able to share this very special experience.

Paintings by the San bushmen

Quad bikes are available everywhere in the world, of course.

However, not too many quad bike places offer the chance to drive through thousands of hectares of wilderness amidst zebra and other wildlife.

LOVELY TRIBAL ART

Paintings by the San bushmen

Finally, I thought I'd post photos of some of the lovely art created by the San tribesmen of South Africa.

There's a place in the Northern Cape where you can see some of the oldest cave art in the region and have a look at the contemporary paintings of the San bushmen as well.

Paintings by the San bushmen

These paintings are so colorful and almost childlike.

And it was such an enjoyable afternoon, hiking through the bushes and then seeing all these artworks afterwards, on just another wonderful day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife. 




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