Things have been a bit quiet on this blog for quite some time…

Life has happened, with no time to squash in some quality travel time! Since leaving South Korea for good, we settled in back home in South Africa, catching up lost time with good friends and the family. We bought a car and a house at the ocean, and are busying ourselves with various projects.

Did I mention that we’re also parents now?! During our last few months in South Korea, M gave birth to two beautiful girls. What a game changer! Life will never be the same again – in a good way (although some days you want to say otherwise)… The twins are walking/running around everywhere now, and you just can’t believe how fast they’re growing.

M has started a small business selling all kinds of baby accessories (Lienkerbel), and I have completed a course in Cape Town to now be acknowledged as a registered South African Tourist Guide. So, if any of you would like to experience the beauty of Cape Town and surrounds, don’t hesitate to get in contact! Have a look at my website to see what you can experience: http://www.makusouthafricatours.co.za

So that’s a long overdue update on what the Backpacklocals have been up to. Till next time – CHEERS!


Backpacklocals team just got bigger!


Travel Film: Vacation Vibes in South Africa

Went back home in August during our summer vacation here in South Korea. It was such a nice reprieve from the humidity at that time!

It was also the first time testing out our new camera – the Panasonic Lumix G7. Still have to get used to editing in 4K, but the quality is awesome!

It was only a short visit, but so worth it. We surely live in an amazingly beautiful country!

Afrikaans Words We Love to Use

We sometimes find ourselves in a conversation with our English friends (we’re Afrikaans South Africans) and many times we have to explain the usage of some local words like “lekker”, “ja-nee” or “braai”.

For those not in the know, South Africa has 11 official languages, of which Afrikaans is one of them.

Here’s a fun little explanation of all the “lekker”Afrikaans words we often use to express ourselves!

Have a look and comment below if you have heard any of these words before.

♥M Continue reading

Tietiesbaai – where I go to relax…

Seeing that it’s still holiday time in S.A., I’m sitting today and reminiscing about a place that’s very dear to me. That place is Tietiesbaai on the west coast. I’ve gone camping there at the end of each year in the vacation time (Decembers) with my family for as long as I can remember.

DSC05172It’s not a place for everybody though; there is no convenience store (you have to drive a bit), there’s no club, no lights, no recreational facilities and no grass (also, only some spots have cellphone reception). You pitch your tent on a rather sandy and dusty lot and you have to walk a bit to get to the bathrooms. Did I mention there is no electricity? BUT I LOVE IT! Exactly for all the above mentioned reasons. The ocean and surrounding nature is your playground and entertainment. You go diving for crayfish, you go out spearfishing, you try and catch fish from the rocks, you paddle-ski or just go for a stroll along the winding roads next to the ocean. Continue reading