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

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    A panoramic drive through the Mpumalanga lowveld

    Just a three hour drive east from Pretoria and Johannesburg lies one of South Africa’s most stunningly beautiful regions – the Mpumalanga (pronounced: Mmm-poo-ma-lan-ga) lowveld. ‘Lowveld? But it looks so high!”, you might be thinking. Although upwards of 2,000 metres high in many places, the region is called a lowveld (‘low bush’ in Afrikaans)...

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    How to enjoy a week (or two) in Pretoria, South Africa

    Pretoria – nicknamed the ‘Jacaranda city’ for the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the streets of the city – is not often considered one of South Africa’s ‘must-see’ urban destinations, especially in comparison with Cape Town or Johannesburg. But the city has a mix of historical, outdoor and cultural experiences...

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    Places to see in South Africa: our bucket list

    For the last two weeks, Noel and I have been waiting patiently in Pretoria for mechanics and overland outfitters to finish with Maggie. And while we’ve been waiting, we’ve been researching the route we’d like to take through South Africa, mostly with the help and advice of friendly locals we’re staying with...

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    Things to do in Gaborone, Botswana

    Gaborone – Botswana’s sleepy capital city of only 200,000 residents – may not be high on everyone’s travel bucket list. But ‘Gabs’, as it’s affectionately known by locals, makes for a convenient stop-over while travelling to points north (Maun, Kasane, etc), or south (South Africa and Johanesburg), so many overlanders and tourists...

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    How to be a responsible overlander

    Responsible tourism is essential to our travelling and overlanding philosophy. Not only do we want to have a great time visiting some of Africa’s most beautiful places, but we also want to make sure that we’re not hurting local communities or the environment along the way. And, wherever possible, we strive...