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

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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...

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    Border Crossing: South Africa to Lesotho (and back)

    Like many overland border crossings in Southern Africa, crossing from South Africa to Lesotho and back again was no problem at all. Minimal hassle, and no paperwork or corruption. Which border crossing to choose? There are 13 overland border crossings between South Africa and Lesotho. Which one to choose will depend on where you’re going...

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    Overlanding Lesotho: a week in the Mountain Kingdom

    After leaving the Drakensberg mountains, we headed for the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. One of Africa’s most mountainous countries, Lesotho does not fail to disappoint the overland traveller. We found the country to be an absolute joy to overland – with some of the highest mountain passes in Africa, including the aptly named ‘God...

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    Four amazing, community-run places to visit in Swaziland

    Our followers know that responsible tourism is essential to our travelling and overlanding philosophy. And the primary way that we travel responsibly is by making sure that our activities benefit local communities as directly as possible, and that we patronise community-run initiatives. During our recent visit to Swaziland, we were pleasantly surprised...

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    The southern Drakensberg mountains, in pictures

    We recently spent a week in the gorgeous uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The park is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s two UN World Heritage Sites, along with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, due to its stunning natural beauty, wildlife diversity, and concentration of San rock paintings (the largest in the world!). Basing ourselves in the Underberg...

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    From Kosi Bay to St Lucia: Driving the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

    After leaving Swaziland, we drove Maggie south to explore KwaZulu Natal, the Elephant Coast and the iSamangaliso Wetland Park. iSimangaliso means ‘Place of Wonder’ in Zulu, and the Park, which is South Africa’s first natural UN World Heritage Site, easily lives up to its name. With about 280km (174 miles) of unspoilt, sparsely-populated coastline,...

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    Modifying our Land Rover: Part 2 in Pretoria, South Africa

    Before we left to start our overland journey, we needed to find a place to give Maggie a good mechanical tune-up and to replace some of her outdated equipment. After many years of travelling Africa, Maggie needed some basic work done to the differentials and suspension, among other things. After...

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    Our week-long road trip through Swaziland

    Last week, Noel and I left South Africa for the small, landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland. One of Africa’s smallest countries by area, Swaziland nevertheless packs a big punch. Some call Swaziland ‘hassle-free Africa’, and we couldn’t agree more. The country has a well-developed road network and numerous well-maintained campsites, which...