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After 100 days on the road, I am back!!!!

  • August 1, 2016

April 15th 2016, I embarked on an epic journey through the one and only incredible South Africa. My journey focused on the South African landscape and photographing it in a unique way, excluding the old time favorites like let’s say, Table Mountain and Golden Gate. I am pleased to announce that it was a success. The magnitude of the success will be determined after the book has been published, but I am feeling very positive. The journey has never been about making money. It was about getting in touch with this country, learning new things about myself, the odd story for the campfire and improving...

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The Drakensberg Hike

  • July 1, 2016

I would describe myself as a very cautious adventure junkie. I would always weigh up the possible risks and over dramatize it in my head and then weigh up the rewards, which usually starts and ends with “I might get a good picture.” Wednesday, 29 June 2016, a day I will most probably never forget. A day where I weighed up my options and made some questionable decisions.   June is a pretty cold month in sunny South Africa, and the Drakensberg is known for being extremely cold at this time of year. So I thought it good to go and sleep in the mountains. Surely I’ll make it? I’ve...

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Why I write

  • June 27, 2016

I have never considered myself being a writer, not to mention being a good writer. If you think this cliché is going to run it’s full circle, it’s not. I still do not consider myself a good writer. Here are my top three writing struggles:   1.) I am not English. Afrikaans is my home language and until the age of 18, I rarely spoke any English as I went to Afrikaans schools all my life. Yes, I watched movies and yes I understood it, but there is a big difference in communicating and learning in a language as apposed to sucking up what the tele has to offer. Things changed in university,...

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The Drakensberg

  • June 27, 2016

I am beyond excited for my next few days in the Drakensberg area. And below is one of the very good reasons. Adding to this, the mountain range is extremely photogenic. I am ending this trip off with a bang. Southern Drakensberg, Underberg, ©Dirk Moggee 2016

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What makes a place AMAZING!

  • June 26, 2016

In my 71 days on the road, I have constantly been searching for great places. Places that consists of the following things:   Safety: Crime is an issue in South Africa and can make your life very uncomfortable, and I’m not even mentioning violent crimes. It would be quite unpleasant if my cellphone or laptop were to be stolen. A safe area is a place I would visit over and over again until proved wrong.   People: It is not difficult to see when someone is welcoming, genuine and polite. I should add that every town has its good and bad characters, but when you meet 5 people...

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Kindness Overload

  • May 30, 2016

Who are these people? What did I do to deserve this? Why are they being sooo damn nice? I’m often overwhelmed. Completely bowled over by kindness; genuine kindness, not the fake type. People are inviting me into their homes. Giving me food, conversation and even doing my washing!!! I have a total of 5 shirts in use and a tiny bag. When the bag is full, I start missioning to get my washing done. Not once have I asked anyone to do my washing, but most of the times before my mission start, someone approaches me and offers to do my washing for me. In 45 days, I have done my own washing four...

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100 day Trip update: Day 25-41 Summarized

  • May 30, 2016

Routine is a wonderful thing. It’s comfortable and people find their safety in their routines. Routines however go hand in hand with comfort zones. Comfort zones as I’ve mentioned to a lot of people before, are dangerous places. You end up settling and not moving forward. I’m afraid for a large chunk of my trip, since after day 21, I’ve been comfort zoning. I go to easy places, safe places. I’m not getting up at stupid times anymore for images. It took me a while to realize this and I’m actively trying to change it and turn my comfort zone into a challenge again. It’s strange to think...

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100 day Trip update: Day 12-24 Summarized

  • May 8, 2016

I think I’ve taken on a traveler’s lifestyle. I don’t overthink anything anymore, in fact I hardly think. I’m in a routine of finding beauty, photographing it and moving on to the next place. It’s a really easy routine! My camp is usually set up within 5minutes of parking and I seldom wonder what to have for dinner or lunch. I rarely eat more than two meals a day and I never go to bed hungry. Am I spoilt back home with 3 meals? Do I need 3 meals a day? I now eat when I’m hungry, and that’s it.   Over the past couple of days I have become a bit lazy with my writing but I also...

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100 day Trip Update- The Breakdown

  • April 29, 2016

So on day 12, I had a mini breakdown… Having stayed with friends for four days before, I experienced extreme luxury and was spoilt with great conversation. From that, I went into complete solitude. No cellphone reception, no people around me, barely any roads. I didn’t even stay at camp terrains. I literally set up camp at the side of the road. This made me quite venerable and very aware of my surroundings, for pretty much 24hours a day. I barely closed an eye.   I would describe myself as a cautious person. Weighing up risks carefully before taking them on. In this case I weighed...

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100 day Trip Update: Day 5-11 Summarized

  • April 26, 2016

I think the word of the trip so far is “WOW”. I am seeing the most incredible places and experiencing them in all their glory.   On day 6, I slept on a very remote farm in the Karroo where God literally brought me to my knees. I witnessed an incredible lightning storm passing through. Making me feel so small. I got some pretty awesome photos but the emotional attachment is so much bigger to that night than any image could ever reflect.   I’ve been slacking on my writing for a bit as I’ve been staying with friends for four nights in a row- two being spent in the ‘Kouebokkeveld’...

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