Tim Charody

Shebeen jam session

Feeling a little boozy after a session down at the local Shebeen (township bar). It goes without saying we were the only non-Africans in there. It also goes without saying that I would end up in a rather large round of ‘castle’ long-necks with an extremely friendly and welcoming group of merry locals, and it was also not unexpected that we would all end up a little boozed dancing around the unlicensed tin-shed bar to the groovy sound of South African reggae god, the late Mr Lucky Dube.

What was definitely unexpected however, was to be invited into a house party on the way home! There must have been 50 people crammed into one tiny little township house all laughing and dancing!

Being an Aussie was definitely a big hit with the locals. Such a warm and welcoming place, townships definitely aren’t the big bad monsters they are often portrayed to be!

Definitely coming back here.

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen jam session

Feeling a little boozy after a session down at the local Shebeen (township bar). It goes without saying we were the only non-Africans in there. It also goes without saying that I would end up in a rather large round of ‘castle’ long-necks with an extremely friendly and welcoming group of merry locals, and it was also not unexpected that we would all end up a little boozed dancing around the unlicensed tin-shed bar to the groovy sound of South African reggae god, the late Mr Lucky Dube.

What was definitely unexpected however, was to be invited into a house party on the way home! There must have been 50 people crammed into one tiny little township house all laughing and dancing!

Being an Aussie was definitely a big hit with the locals. Such a warm and welcoming place, townships definitely aren’t the big bad monsters they are often portrayed to be!

Definitely coming back here.

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Shebeen Jam Session

Close Encounters at Knysna Elephant Park

Believe it or not, elephants are surprisingly good flat-mates…and I love that I know this fact from first-hand experience!

Last night I stayed at Knysna Elephant Park and my room was literally next-door to the elephant’s cushy nightly accommodation.

Waking up and having my morning cuppa with the elephants before riding off into the breathtaking sunrise on the back of one of them, was simply amazing!

Definitely a highlight!

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Close Encounters at Knysna Elephant Park

Believe it or not, elephants are surprisingly good flat-mates…and I love that I know this fact from first-hand experience!

Last night I stayed at Knysna Elephant Park and my room was literally next-door to the elephant’s cushy nightly accommodation.

Waking up and having my morning cuppa with the elephants before riding off into the breathtaking sunrise on the back of one of them, was simply amazing!

Definitely a highlight!

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

Definitely ticked off a solid player on the old bucket-list today! 4 foot perfect right-handers at J-Bay!!

They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I’d say anyone would be jumping through the roof if they experienced what I did today!

The rides just went on and on and on for what seemed like forever, and the best part was sharing perfect waves with all the friendly locals!

There are few places on earth where locals will happily leave the set waves for a visitor but here it happened constantly.

It’s going to be pretty hard to rip myself away from this magical spot!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Driving to J-Bay

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting the gear

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surf Shop

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Early bird catches the wave

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Gone surfing

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting our feet wet

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Finding the perfect spot

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surfing a rainbow

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Killer!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Rip Curl

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite beauty

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Magical Sunset

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

Definitely ticked off a solid player on the old bucket-list today! 4 foot perfect right-handers at J-Bay!!

They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I’d say anyone would be jumping through the roof if they experienced what I did today!

The rides just went on and on and on for what seemed like forever, and the best part was sharing perfect waves with all the friendly locals!

There are few places on earth where locals will happily leave the set waves for a visitor but here it happened constantly.

It’s going to be pretty hard to rip myself away from this magical spot!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Driving to J-Bay

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting the gear

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surf Shop

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Early bird catches the wave

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Gone surfing

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting our feet wet

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Finding the perfect spot

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surfing a rainbow

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Killer!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Rip Curl

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite beauty

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Magical Sunset

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

One thing I absolutely love about travelling is when I get to have experiences that totally challenge or change the perceptions of a place that I had before I visited it for myself.

Today was definitely one of those experiences.

While I know things have changed among the Townships of South Africa, I definitely didn’t expect to do a tour of Soweto by push-bike! Nor did I expect to be welcomed with endless warm-smiles by just about every local I came across.

I didn’t expect to be grooving on the street to a band of marimba-players, or have a djembe jam on Vilikazi Street and I definitely did not expect to go Bungee Jumping in Soweto!

Needless to say, I learned a lot about the New face of South Africa today and that the infamous Jo’burg townships are far from the scary and dangerous slum-areas that many of us who have never actually experi

enced them might perceive them to be.

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

One thing I absolutely love about travelling is when I get to have experiences that totally challenge or change the perceptions of a place that I had before I visited it for myself.

Today was definitely one of those experiences.

While I know things have changed among the Townships of South Africa, I definitely didn’t expect to do a tour of Soweto by push-bike! Nor did I expect to be welcomed with endless warm-smiles by just about every local I came across.

I didn’t expect to be grooving on the street to a band of marimba-players, or have a djembe jam on Vilikazi Street and I definitely did not expect to go Bungee Jumping in Soweto!

Needless to say, I learned a lot about the New face of South Africa today and that the infamous Jo’burg townships are far from the scary and dangerous slum-areas that many of us who have never actually experi

enced them might perceive them to be.

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences