Hi there,

So here at Wanderlust Leather we obviously believe in a good amount of wandering. Sometimes it’s good to explore the great unknown and sometimes local is amazing too.  If you are not one of our South African readers this the ideal opportunity for you to see what is up in this beautiful country.

Grab your vellies put on a bow tie (cause why the hell not?) be sure to pack your camera and hit the road Jack or Evelyn, or Steve, or Goodwill, just go!

So without any further ado, here are a few recommended spots to discover:

Mpumalanga: The Blyde River Canyon

This is a personal favourite of the Wanderlust Leather founder and creator.  If you like open spaces, fresh air and breathtaking scenery this is where you would want to go.  Come back inspired and happy, cause that’s what nature does.

For more information on planning your endeavour, go here.

The perfect pair for this trip would be The Mario or The Selcouth.

Limpopo: Magoebaskloof

Be a tree hugger.  Go see some Baobabs and be humbled to walk this earth.  They are majestic and definitely worth a trip.  You can also enjoy some lekker Amarula Cream Liqueur and see how it’s made.  You’re welcome.  To be enjoyed in your Bens or Doras.

For more information, go here

KwaZulu Natal:  Red Desert Nature Conserve in Port Edward

Now this one might seem strange as Natal is usually known for its summer beaches and lush green sugar plantations.  However, it is also home to the world’s smallest desert.  Say what? We really do live in a diverse and interesting country.  Go check it out, take some great photos on the red dunes and enjoy a tiny but       wondrous piece of nature. Get some info

 

 

 

Eastern Cape: The oldest mailbox in South Africa

Okay, so this province has a variety of really great things to see and do, for example, Whale Watching, Surfing, Bungee jumping, The National Mountain Zebra park (they’re like horses, except cooler because they wear pyjamas all the time), Hogsback Labyrinth and much much more.  Go and do all of those things and see all of those places. Click here to read some more. 

Then go and mail a letter from the oldest mailbox in South Africa.  Be the romantic that you are in your dapper Wanderlust Vellies and send that declaration of love, appreciation or gratitude the old school way.  

Freestate: Rosendal

You know what they say, there is only one state and that’s the Freestate, perhaps go see it to believe it.  Go visit this gem, situated on the edge of the Witteberg.  Take your tools because you will find something to draw, photograph, paint or write home about.

If you just want to go hang out and soak the magic in, you can visit the Rosa Restaurant and Theatre or the Kos-Huis.  If you are always on a treasure hunt for new collectables you will love Turksvy Trading, guaranteed to find something special in this store.  Put on your party shoes (your Rues or Bens) and head over to Die Stoor for some music, movies and fun. You can also go hiking and do a variety of adventure outdoorsy stuff.  

For all the information you might need to visit the town’s very own website.

Western Cape: Visit Babylonstoren

Seeing that spring is here, we thought it best to direct you to this amazeballs garden in the Western Cape.  On this lovely piece of land, you will also find restaurants, a wedding venue, accommodation and of course a wine cellar. Can you say ChenIN my face please, or I need MerLOT of that so I can do the ChardonNAY-NAY.   More info here.

You can make a booking for a garden tour, yes it’s that big that you will need a tour guide.  Take a notepad and get some inspiration to make your tamaties grow.  Keep your eye on their website for workshop dates, if you want to get all serious about gardening and making things grow, do it, it’s nice and relaxing and it will make you happy.  Your Wallys and Selcouths are sure to love the outing.

 

Northern Cape: Stargazing at Sterland and SALT Observatory

Starry Starry night. Pack your Fernwehs and funky socks (you will need about 2 pairs at a time.)  It ranges from cold to “I can’t even feel my nose” cold in Sutherland but be sure not to miss this town filled with wonder and whimsical nights.  You will see few things as beautiful as an African night sky.  Join the star gazing sessions at Sterland and see the Milky Way like never before. Read more.  

While you are in the area visit the SALT (South African Large Telescope), you can go during the day to see the telescope and find out more about the South African Astronomical Observatory.  Alternatively opt for a two hour night time tour to see those sparkles from up close.  Now you can tell BAE you love her to the moon and back and make it relevant, looking all dapper in your Marios of course. For more SALT click here

Gauteng: Maropeng Visitor Centre / Cradle of Humankind

Take a walk to the past and even further back (in your Verkenners) at Maropeng. You might think that this is an odd place to choose out of all the hip and happening stuff that Gauteng has to offer, but this place is kind of special in its own right.  When last did you go on a field trip anyway?  A LOT of effort was put into the very creative and interactive exhibition that will educate you a little along the way. You can head to the Sterkfontein caves for exploring before or after your trip to the centre. Also, do your part for South African tourism and keep places like these alive.  It’s your heritage bro.

Check it out here.

North West Province: Botsalano Game Reserve

Last but not least. Help save the white rhinos while on safari.  What better place to wear a pair of Wanderlust Vellies than in the field.  So bring your Verkenners, Bens, Doras, Marios, Selcouths, Wallys or Rues out on an adventure.  This Game Reserve is home to many wonderful wild animals that you can admire and is also one of the oldest volcanic craters in the world, pretty cool right?

The WWF (not the wrestling people the World Wildlife Fund) is assisting the North-West Parks and Tourism Board with wildlife conservation.  So the 40 bucks you pay to enter the park will in return make sure that the place will still be there in the future to care for the White Rhinos that grazes their grasslands.  Show your kid and their kids what an African unicorn looks like. The accommodation on site is nothing fancy but being in the wild is fancy enough.

Watch this video and learn more.

What are you waiting for? Go out, explore, marvel and don’t be afraid to learn. We are observers of the moment we call life. We are part of what we choose. Make it a good one.

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Mpumalanga: The Blyde River Canyon

This is a personal favourite of the Wanderlust Leather founder and creator.

If you like open spaces, fresh air and breathtaking scenery this is where you would want to go.  Come back inspired and happy, cause that’s what nature does.

For more information on planning your endeavour, go here.

The perfect pair for this trip would be The Mario or The Selcouth.