Posts by Bongani
Of renosterveld and rhinos
What do you get when you throw half-a-dozen kids in a VW mini bus, and take them to a national park that has a beach, mushy wetlands and fields of renosterveld? You get a day of fun and lots of photos for the family slide show. You give a boy an extraordinary 12th birthday party for him, his friends and siblings. And you get a reminder of how precious our environment is. By Bongani Mgayi
A birthday at West Coast National Park
I knew I had to find a special treat for my son’s 12th birthday. Luckily, a trip to West Coast National Park made it easy to earn parenting points. By Bongani Mgayi
Kids put Agulhas to the test
Wide open spaces and the freedom to explore are things that get children really excited. So when my wife and I made the trip to Agulhas National Park with our five kids, we knew we would have fun.
Something about the African sun
In a management meeting today a wise professor and distinguished scholar observed how the UK was becoming a dreary and sombre place to be. This, my colleague, credited to the UK economy not recovering as quickly as its citizens expect. So, the people’s faces are getting longer and the frowns deeper.
A different swimming experience
My kids invited all their cousins to come over for the holidays. Our house was full and there were children everywhere. My children are excellent marketers and they sometimes over-indulge their audience with their recount of our family exploits.
The benefits of our parks
Our home turned into a version of an Adventure of the Lost World this week. The small people were up on their toes for two to three days. A lizard was in town. We always get visits from the common house geckos, which by now have lost their wow-factor, but never before a real-life lizard.
The deceptive lure of the city
From where I am standing right now, Table Mountain is a winner. If not for its peace-stimulating-abilities, then definitely for its aesthetic presence.
Some parks are more equal than others
My road-trip with my girls through the Eastern Cape turned into an adventure. The two cutesy-girls proudly flaunted the banner of girl-power with their piercing laughter, regular requests of me to take photos of them and their obsessive talk about their hair.
A visit to the rural Eastern Cape highlights the importance of stewardship in guiding human use of our land.
Bedazzled in the Bush
This September school holidays there’s no time to waste. The traditionally 10-days holiday, is now 5-working days sandwiched between two weekends. If, like me, you will be driving to your destination, then there is no time to waste lumbering on the road. Solution: visit your friendly neighbourhood park.