Ch6: Polokwane to Marakele

By Vicky · Published May. 30th, 2021 · Updated Sep. 5th, 2022

This post shows photos from the first chapter of my book, Chasing Ostriches, available now to purchase on Amazon*.

From Polokwane to Marakele we visited the following places:

Polokwane ⇾ Blouberg NR ⇾ Mapungubwe ⇾ Marakele

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Huge baobab in Blouberg Nature Reserve


Mapungubwe, South Africa
Mapungubwe, South Africa
Limpopo River and Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe, South Africa
Limpopo River and Zimbabwe
Camping at Mapesu Game Reserve , South Africa
Camping at Mapesu Game Reserve
Road between Mapungubwe and Marakele, South Africa
Road between Mapungubwe and Marakele


Impala and mountains, Marakele, South Africa
Mountains, Marakele, South Africa
Woodland Kingfisher, Marakele, South Africa
Woodland Kingfisher
Injured rhino, Marakele, South Africa
Injured white rhino
Mountains, Marakele, South Africa
Views from Kransberg
Elephants by water, Marakele, South Africa

About the Book

Ever since I learnt that people drive around Africa in 4x4s, sleeping in rooftop tents for months at a time, I dreamed of joining them. My obsession became reality in January 2020, when together with my boyfriend I bought a 20-year-old dark blue Land Rover Defender. She’s called Nyala. After a few test weekends to check out the car, we were ready to go.
Coronavirus struck. Borders closed, hard lockdown began. Our plans to spend six months overlanding through southern Africa were put on hold. Fast-forward six months, and we were ready to go again.
Chasing Ostriches chronicles this journey of exploration through South Africa. We roamed the backroads and national parks in our trusty (and not so trusty at times) Defender. We climbed misty mountains, camped in empty deserts, sunbathed on tropical beaches, and saw wildlife galore under the hot African sky.
I came back with dirty clothes, an even dirtier car, and memories to last a lifetime. I hope my book will help you do the same. 

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