Dirty roads and dusty fields

From Nieuwoudtville to Clanwilliam via the Pakhuis and Botterberg passes. Dirty roads and dusty fields: Words and photos: Ann Gadd Dirty roads and dusty fields was originally published in Country Life Magazine In taking the dirt road from Niewoudtville to Clanwilliam, Ann Gadd discovers that it’s more about the journey than the destination.   “Dirty roads Read More


Best Beaches in South Africa

Best Beaches in South Africa: One of Kenton’s beautiful beaches. Photo: Ann Gadd I’ve traveled to over 400 beaches around the coast of South Africa, photographing and doing research for the book Life’s a Beach. As a result, from the ghost town of Alexander Bay along the coast to Sodwana Bay, we stuck as much Read More

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South African place names with Khoi origins.

You //#!name it! South African place names with Khoi origins. Ann Gadd discovers some common place names that are Khoi in origin and reveals their meanings.  Photos and words: Ann Gadd South African place names with Khoi origins. I just love South Africa! Where else in the world would you find names like Tannies, Read More

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Turtle Rescue

Ann Gadd sticks her neck out and heads to the Two Oceans Aquarium. Here she finds out more about the Turtle Rescue Program and meets an extraordinary young woman. I’m lying flat-out on a small deck above a huge water tank, camera poised, watching something amazing happening. Beneath me are Talitha Noble and Sandy. Talitha Read More

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Back from the Burn

Driving back from AfrikaBurn through the Skitterykloof, Katbakkies, Gydo, and R303 passes Image Ann Gadd Back from the Burn (AfrikaBurn) The red dust hangs heavy in the Tankwa air. Long after each car has passed there’s a telling suspended trail. It’s everywhere – in the car seats, hair, throat, camera bag, and a fine film Read More

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Have the Great Whites Gone?

Have the Great Whites Gone? I investigate the disappearance of the great white sharks from False Bay and along the coast. Adapted from the article that appeared in Country Life magazine. Words: Ann Gadd Photos: Ann Gadd, Dr Sara Andreotti, Elsa Hoffman and Shark Spotters Have the Great Whites Gone? Years ago, my gran aged Read More

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Africa Exposed – painting

Ann Gadd – Africa Exposed – painting Africa Exposed – painting. During COVID lockdown I wanted to make the gift of time count. I decided to do what I’d been wanting to do for some time—explore a new art direction. With little interference from the outside world, it seemed an ideal time—a gift really. I Read More

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Diamonds and Dust –

Port Nolloth revisited Diamonds and Dust: Ann Gadd takes a walk on the wild side to Port Nolloth and McDougall’s Bay to discover the best of the west First published in Country Life magazine as Get Jolly in Port Nolly Photos and words: Ann Gadd Diamonds and Dust: The rich orange of the earth alters Read More

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Sylvester the Badgering Badger

Sylvester the Badgering Badger: From an article in Country Life magazine Photos and Words: Ann Gadd. Badger images: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve Ann Gadd badgers veterinarian and urban wildlife specialist Dr Dorothy Breed to find out more about honey badgers, and in particular, the one that took itself on a seaside holiday to Melkbos. Something strange Read More