Jacques Marais

16 03, 2024

Trails: Tranquilitas Adventure Farm

By |2024-03-16T21:05:18+02:00March 16th, 2024|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: Tranquilitas Adventure Farm

Tranquilitas Adventure Farm, in Mpumalanga, is Total Tranquilo writes Jacques Marais. Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais The Buzz: Yup. The town of Waterval Boven is known as Emgwenya these days, and if you translate this into English, you get ‘Place of the Crocodile’. Right. This does sound slightly ominous, but luckily the trails surrounding this [...]

29 01, 2024

Trails: Hantamland Heartland!

By |2024-01-29T13:55:35+02:00January 29th, 2024|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: Hantamland Heartland!

The Karoo and mountain biking is a match made in heaven, and none more so than on those truly extra-terrestrial - Hantamland - plains surrounding Calvinia. Endless roads, farm tracks and trippy footpaths mean you have proper exploration riding to look forward to …  Words and images: Jacques Marais Hantamland Local Buzz: Calvinism used to [...]

15 11, 2023

Trails: Exploring The Home of the Whale Trail by MTB

By |2023-11-15T15:16:44+02:00November 15th, 2023|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: Exploring The Home of the Whale Trail by MTB

De Hoop Nature Reserve is best known for its incredible land-based whale watching and the famous Whale Trail multi-day hike. But did you know you can explore this magnificent Cape Nature Reserve's trails by bike too? Check out the De Hoop MTB Trails in this month's MTB Routes feature.  Words and Images by Jacques Marais [...]

3 10, 2023

Trails: Viswater Mountain Bike Route

By |2023-10-03T19:52:02+02:00October 3rd, 2023|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: Viswater Mountain Bike Route

You’re up for an authentic slice of West Coast living if ever you decide to travel up to the Namaqua West Coast. Doringbaai and Strandfontein are just two of the picturesque fishing villages you’ll discover here along the ‘bossieveld-see’ plains unfolding along the the Olifants River valley. And there's mountain biking on offer too, along [...]

9 06, 2023

Trails: Tar Road Cruising Through Cape Point Nature Reserve

By |2023-06-09T11:22:27+02:00June 9th, 2023|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: Tar Road Cruising Through Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Point National Park is one of South Africa's most visited nature reserves. It is also a great place to visit by bike, with easy rides, along a network of tarred roads, providing a selection of meandering routes through the most southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. Copy and images: Jacques Marais Local Buzz: Cape [...]

28 09, 2020

With You for the Long Drive…

By |2020-09-28T16:15:04+02:00September 28th, 2020|Epic Trips|Comments Off on With You for the Long Drive…

“This is our BEYOND LOCKDOWN Story: 9000km, nine diverse provinces, a dozen ecosystems, hundreds of handshakes and hugs, and a thousand smiles … this is exactly what ‘With You for the Long Run’ is all about." The ‘Rainbow Nation’. This is how the irrepressible Archbishop Desmond Tutu often referred to South Africa, and with good [...]

31 07, 2020

Beyond Lockdown: The ‘Drive’ to Save SA Tourism

By |2020-07-31T14:55:09+02:00July 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Beyond Lockdown: The ‘Drive’ to Save SA Tourism

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you” – Anonymous Four months of enforced lockdown is a long time, but there at last seems to be light at the end of the COVID tunnel. Good news is that our BEYOND EXPEDITIONS team – consisting of adventurer Peter van Kets and photo-journalist Jacques Marais – [...]

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