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Features on where to go road tripping, what to pack, what’s required for your Mozambique trip, safety tips and more.

  • South African road trips 5 week series

    In this week’s episode of the South African road trips 5 week series, we look at Cape Town to Oudtshoorn and back, week 5 #Roadtripping Be sure to come past Randburg Midas for all your camping, fishing and outdoor lifestyle needs. Karoo cruise (Cape Town to Oudtshoorn and back, 850km/528mi) From Cape Town, this circuit swishes between the Cape Winelands’ vine-clad mountains to the Great Karoo, the northern section of the semi-arid plateau. Step into the past at surreal Matjiesfontein (pronounced ‘mikeys-fontein’), a beautifully preserved 19th-century railway village, and ‘tour’ its single street on a vintage London bus. After covering more of the dry Karoo (its name is a Khoe-San word meaning ‘land of thirst’), take a well-earned break in Prince Albert. A typically refined Karoo village, Prince Albert has plenty of galleries to wander through before you cross the Swartberg mountains on the Swartberg or Meiringspoort Pass, both feats of engineering. Across the mountains in the more fertile Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn was an ostrich boom town; you can still see the Victorian mansions of the ‘feather barons’. Route 62, touted as the world’s longest wine route, leads back towards Cape Town via the Breede River Valley’s fruit farms and mountain vistas. Montagu makes a convenient stop off, its art deco architecture, gourmet restaurants and walking trails overlooked by the Langeberg Range. Source: www.lonelyplanet.com

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  • An amazing Potjie

    Nothing tastes more South Africa than an amazing Potjie #NutsandBolts4Breakfast A Potjie is a perfect weekend meal. It can be made in the morning while you socialise with friends or tackle some DIY projects around the house. Here is a recipes for an awesome Lamb Potjie Potjie Pot No: 3 Serves: 6 Ingredients Cooking oil to brown meat 8 neck of lamb slices, 15 mm thick 8 lamb knuckles, 15 mm thick 8 pork knuckles, 15 mm thick 8 small onions 10 ml salt Meat stock 8 carrots, each cut into 3 pieces 3 large potatoes, cubed 24 young green beans, halved 6 baby marrows, each cut into 3 pieces 250 g button mushrooms 2 large onions, finely chopped 6 large ripe tomatoes, skinned and diced 2 – 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 – 3 drops Tabasco sauce 15 ml soy sauce 15 ml Worcestershire sauce Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 stalk celery, cut into 5 mm pieces Coarsely chopped fresh parsley Method Heat a little oil in the potjie, add pieces of neck and brown on all sides. Remove cooked pieces. Repeat this with the lamb and pork knuckles, placing the lamb in a circle around the neck, then the pork knuckles around the outside edge. Place whole small onions on top and sprinkle with salt. Pour in hot meat stock to almost cover meat. Arrange vegetables on top in layers: carrots, potatoes, lastly green beans. Cover with lid and allow to simmer. As soon as the potato is almost soft, arrange a layer of baby marrow and then a layer of mushrooms on top. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Braise onion and tomato in smaller potjie. Add remaining ingredients, except parsley. Simmer for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Source: www.potjiekosworld.com

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  • South African road trips Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay

    In this week’s episode of the South African road trips 5 week series, we look at Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay week 3 #Roadtripping Be sure to come past Randburg Midas for all your camping, fishing and outdoor lifestyle needs. South Africa is perfect for jumping in the car and hitting the tarmac. It’s easy to navigate, with tempting freeways leading out of the cities, and it packs a bulging lunch box of scenery – from snowy mountains to sandy beaches. With African villages and picturesque settler towns for resting your steed, you’ll never tire of the road on these trips. Go west (Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay, 240km/150mi) From Cape Town, head north along the west coast, which remains a local secret despite appealing spots such as Paternoster (www.paternoster.co.za). This whitewashed fishing village, on a peninsula north of Langebaan Lagoon (www.langebaaninfo.co.za), has long been known for its kreef (crayfish). In recent years, new restaurants and galleries have added a dollop of sophistication to the coastal hideaway. Source: www.lonelyplanet.com

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  • Sunflowers and mountains

    In this week’s episode of the South African road trips 5 week series, we look at Bloemfontein to Durban, Sunflowers and mountains (Bloemfontein to Durban, 670km/416mi) #Roadtripping This mission through farmlands and foothills in the heart of South Africa begins on the freeway from Bloemfontein, the Free State capital, to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. JRR Tolkien was born in Bloem, but Jack Kerouac will more readily come to mind as you zip through endless sunflower fields; the blue sky is immense, the tractors are rusty and the pastoral flatlands contrast with the mountains ahead. From Ladybrand, with its sandstone buildings surrounded by jagged peaks, the route winds along the Lesotho border and through the Free State’s Eastern Highlands. This is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives, passing snow-covered peaks in winter, amber foliage in autumn and relaxed country villages all year round. Overlooked by the Maluti Mountains, arty Clarens is a picturesque pit stop; some 20 galleries crowd for space on the town’s main street and grassy square, alongside boutiques, restaurants and a brewery. Nearby, antelope run alongside the road in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, famous for its sandstone outcroppings and spectacular sunsets. If you don’t fancy camping or hiking, drivable roads head high into the hills above the park’s shimmering grasslands. Leave a few days to travel from here to Durban on the coast, and meander through one of Africa’s greatest ranges, the Drakensberg. The peak-studded Royal Natal National Park is nearby, with plenty of walking trails – including a chain ladder up the 8km/5mi-long curtain of rock, the Amphitheatre. Source: www.lonelyplanet.com

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  • Congratulations to our winners!

    The winner of our Facebook competition is Zothani Latha. The winners for the Midas web site entries are as follows: Midas Tool Kits: Lindokuhle Zono Midas Liquid Gold: Aldine Marcus Midas Batteries:Anthony de Jager Winners will be contacted by a Midas representative shortly!

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