I wrote my first travel guide, Southern Africa on a Budget, way back in the previous century. I chucked my huge, clunky, 1.5-kg, film-using SLR into a backpack, added a cute little laptop with a â€“ wait for it â€“ 20MB hard drive (yes, the whole hard drive), and hitched and bussed all over southern Africa. Then I did the Engen Guide to Adventure Travel, which I updated as theÂ Getaway Adventure Guide after Engen decided basketball was the next big thing. I also did a few chapters of Fodorâ€™s for a few editions, and contributed a chapter or two to lots of other books, most of which are â€“ like the first three â€“ out of print.
More recently, I did seven chapters in Road tripping South Africa, co-authoredÂ Coffee Culture,Â and researched and wrote a really fun book on farm stalls.Â And then I watched every episode of the SABC2 travel programme Mooiloop, and turned it into a book. A tad challenging but quite fun. I then explored Cape Town and the Western Cape – and produced what the publishers have modestly described as the Ultimate guide to food, wine and adventure.Â Â In 2017, I spent a month in the Kruger National Park – oh what a hardship – and updated and expanded the Visitors Guide, and then I explored all the interesting places in and around Joburg & Pretoria to test-drive the concept of doing Staycation guides in South Africa – but we are a car culture, so I included one-tank-cations as well. Not sure if that’s a word, but it works for me.