Trip Notes

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Let­ter from the Ed­i­tor

It was dur­ing our visit to N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary in Namibia when the link with our pre­vi­ous odyssey to Botswana in Mit­subishi’s new Pajero Sport (also fea­tured in this edi­tion) was re­vealed …

Mar­lice van Vu­uren, co-founder of N/a’an ku sê, pro­vided the clues which ex­posed con­nec­tion be­tween these two des­ti­na­tions. Hav­ing grown up with the San peo­ple – and now also run­ning a clinic for them at Epukiro in eastern Namibia – she pos­sesses a good un­der­stand­ing of their his­tory and cul­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the San com­mu­nity at D’kar – the small vil­lage we vis­ited in Botswana – is mostly from the Naro and Dcui San, but mem­bers from the !Xun (!Kung) and Khwe also live in their midst, dis­placed by the on­set of the An­golan war when they were ban­ished from Namibia for not sid­ing with the South African se­cu­rity forces.

And, while all these San group­ings have a com­mon her­itage and shared cus­toms, they are now spread all over south­ern Africa – most still liv­ing in pre­car­i­ous cir­cum­stances in a state of mi­ think, we learnt all this while set­ting out to do a mini-dakar jour­ney and a road trip to meet a chee­tah!

In keep­ing with the her­itage theme, we fur­ther un­cov­ered some of the his­tory of our coun­try when we par­tic­i­pated in an Isuzu tour in the Eastern Cape; not only to com­mem­o­rate the 80-year old her­itage of the man­u­fac­turer, but also to cel­e­brate the Xhosa cul­ture and its her­itage.

We also joined the Braai Tour, a road trip along the Gar­den Route to­wards Port El­iz­a­beth to pro­mote Na­tional Braai Day, while Jim Freeman pur­sued an­other tra­di­tional favourite by vis­it­ing the so-called Brandy Route – all in the name of her­itage, of course …

For those more in­ter­na­tion­ally minded, we un­der­took a trip from Burghausen in Ger­many to Bled in Slove­nia with Hyundai’s lat­est Prius­fighter, the Ioniq. While we prob­a­bly will not see this hy­brid in South Africa any­time soon, it is in­ter­est­ing to see how fru­gal it can be on a Euro­pean road trip.

Amid our trav­els for this edi­tion, we stopped in Pa­ter­nos­ter, the jewel of the West Coast, took a BMW X1 to Bain­skloof Pass, in­ves­ti­gated how up­mar­ket tented camps can re­ally be, and eval­u­ated some new rub­ber from Gen­eral Tire specif­i­cally aimed at the 4x4 and leisure ve­hi­cle mar­ket.

So, join us on our her­itage jour­neys to all parts of our beau­ti­ful coun­try, and feel free to share your own her­itage mem­o­ries with us. Who knows? Your pho­to­graph might just win you some great prizes …

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