When you’re a full-time photographer, you don’t get to enjoy the benefits of “free time”, “off days” or “weekends”… Your clients’ off days are your work days and when you’ve got a moment to spare, you try to catch up on editing, marketing or general PR. It gets pretty hectic sometimes. But complaining about our job is the last thing we will do… We love every minute of it! Not only do we get to meet the most amazing and interesting people (people who often end up as friends), but we get so much joy out of doing what we do best …Telling stories.
Sean and I decided that we needed to get away and see our beautiful country many years ago, but things happen and plans change, yet we’ve never let go of our dream of going on a wild road trip around SA. Being mid winter, July proved to be the best time for us to break away from the chaos and hit the road. More than simply enjoying some time away alone, we thought that it could be a great idea to involve our readers in our journey and document our travels in such a way that everyone could experience it with us! So here goes…
We started our road trip in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, a town that surprised us with its quaintness. Although we got there after dark, we managed to drag ourselves out of bed and explored the small, sweet town in the early misty morning. What we did not know, was that the SA Epilepsy Center was right in the middle of town and it was so great to see how much the town supports this community. Wheelchair bound locals where riding past us on the main road!
After a solid breakfast we hit the road towards Sabie, passing though the breath-taking Longtom Pass. I am by no means a landscape photographer, but we simple had to stop for some panoramas! Our cottage for the next few days is right outside town and down river from the Rietfontein waterfall, so we took a short but intense hike up to see it. We could only hear the water as we hiked up the mountain, but as we got near the top, the woods opened up and the gorgeous waterfall was right before us!
We ended our evening with a cozy fire, friendly doggies and a great braai, right next to the stream. We look forward to sharing the rest of our journey with you and we hope that you follow along to more amazing and exotic places around our gorgeous country!
Ilse and Sean
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