The story of Pretoriuskop

The Kruger National Park is a favourite with local as well as international tourists. Kruger lovers Anton and Natasha Schutte discuss their favourite rest camps every month. In this edition, they look at the colourful history of the oldest rest camp in the park, Pretoriuskop.

A pass steeped in history with splendid views

The rich and sometimes violent history associated with Robbers Pass in Mpumalanga takes us back to the pioneering days of the gold prospectors – of stagecoaches, highwaymen, robberies, drunken brawls, murders and mayhem. Trygve Roberts of Mountain Passes South Africa explores.

Tigers for Africa

The Free State is probably the last place on earth you would associate with Bengal tigers, but a ground-breaking conservation project on the banks of the Vanderkloof Dam in Philippolis is helping to save the world’s most powerful cat. Mary Willemse jumps in the Ford Everest Sport and sets off to explore this enchanting, distinctly different destination.

Reach for the skies

Lesotho did not gain the name “the mountain kingdom” for nothing. Nearly two-thirds of the country consists of mountains with peaks ranging from 2 200 to 3 000 metres high. That means passes galore. Trygve Roberts of Mountain Passes South Africa explores one of his favourites, the Moteng Pass.

Hooked on a feeling…

Regular readers will by now be familiar with Bush Run and the antics of the enthusiastic guys and girls who form part of this group of Land Rover fanatics. So, when they invited us to tag along on a weekend away in the mountains just outside Lydenburg, Anton and Mary Willemse jumped at the opportunity to meet this crazy bunch.

Surrender to the beauty

A mere stone’s throw from the ‘Jewel of the Eastern Free State’ – the picturesque Clarens in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains – the Surrender Hill Pass ensures a scenic drive. Trygve Roberts of Mountain Passes South Africa explores.

The stuff of dreams

The Kruger National Park is scattered with many hidden gems. Many of these have only recently opened up to the public, but there are others that are often lost to the regular Kruger visitors. Anton Willemse Snr was fortunate enough to be invited to explore one such hidden gem, just north of the Luvuvhu River, and he did it in one of the jewels in Toyota’s crown… the Land Cruiser Prado VX-L.

Boys will be boys!

Sometimes, a man must leave the city’s hustle and bustle behind, gather a few mates and head out on an adventure. Henry Jonker and a few good friends – calling themselves the Kamp Kommando – try to fit a boys’ weekend into their busy schedules whenever possible.