Maggie in Africa An overlanding travel blog about a Land Rover Defender named Maggie

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Exploring the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia, in pictures

Heading north from Fish River Canyon is one of southern Namibia’s main tourist attractions: the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop: a mining town swallowed by desert A few km inland from the coastal town of Luderitz is the former diamond mining town, abandoned 50 years ago to be swallowed by the Namib desert. In the...

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Border Crossing: South Africa to Namibia

Like many overland border crossings in Southern Africa, crossing the border from South Africa to Namibia was no problem at all. Minimal hassle, and no paperwork or corruption. Which border crossing to choose? There are 9 overland border crossings between South Africa and Namibia.However, practically speaking there are only 6. The Oranjemund / Alexander...

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A visit to Addo Elephant Park, in pictures

After leaving the amazing Wild Coast, and stopping in Port Elizabeth to partake in some 4×4 training, Noel and I headed to the Addo Elephant Park. We’ve met a few fellow travellers and South Africans who told us that Addo is one of South Africa’s best wildlife parks, so we were...

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How to cook crayfish on the braai

After spending months on an overland journey, cooking food on the braai (the Afrikaans word for barbeque or cooking on the fire) can become repetitive. With ingredients limited to meat, meat and more meat, it was long overdue for Lulu and I to try cooking something a bit more exciting. While...

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Take a wild drive down the Wild Coast

After leaving Lesotho, Maggie and team headed for the Wild Coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. This region stretches along the N2 motorway, from the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north, to East London in the south. This area is the homeland of the Xhosa people, and was where Nelson Mandela was born...

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Four awesome mountain passes in Lesotho

Lesotho is called the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ for a reason – the country is home to some of the highest and most stunning mountain passes in Africa. We recently visited Lesotho and had the pleasure of driving some of these passes, many of which are unavoidable when accessing tourist destinations. Tips for those attempting...