Peace, Love & Giraffes

Chasing dreams and adventure in South Africa


Christmas Eve

Shopping is finished, presents are wrapped, cooking is (mostly) done, and it’s pretty quiet in the Ehrlich flat. We are about to head over to my mother-in-law’s where we’ll have dinner with Jono’s brothers and my sister-in-law. Things are about to get a little crazier around here so I’m using these quiet moments to reflect.… Read More

Spotting the elusive cat

I’ve been reminiscing about our Kruger trip and thought it was about time to show you more of the amazing wildlife we saw. These photos are from the second game drive of our trip, through the Crocodile Bridge gate to Lower Sabie restcamp. One of the first animal encounters of the day was a herd… Read More

Vote for me for the expats blog awards!

I’m excited to announce I’ve entered the blog into its very first contest! It would mean the world to me if you would read my entry, and if you feel it’s worthy, make a comment on it. The blog entry with the most comments wins. (A comment has to be more than 10 words!) You… Read More

Faking it + a look at last year’s christmas

This is my first fake Christmas Tree. I’ll admit it, it’s not the most beautiful thing ever. Clearly, I will never be one of those DIY or decor bloggers. That’s fine with me. I’ll leave that to the bloggers already doing it well, like Cupcakes & Cashmere (p.s did you see her holiday wreaths? Super simple & beautiful!) and Design Sponge.… Read More

Rest in Peace Madiba

  My mother-in-law met Mandela in 1998 at a school in the Eastern Cape. She posted this photo of them on Facebook today and called meeting Mandela the highlight of her career. She was privileged to be associated with him, as are most people who had the opportunity to be in his presence. I never met… Read More

Kruger In Photos (spoiler: baby animals ahead!)

In game driving, just as just in fishing, the earlier you start, the better. The air is cooler and the wildlife hungry. Most gates in Kruger open at 5:30 a.m. but it varies seasonally. We arrived at the Crocodile Bridge gate around 6 a.m., paid our conservation fees and proceeded into the park. My first game… Read More

Officially on Safari: My First Wild Animal Sighting

We woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, packed the car, and as most good road trips begin, left an hour later than scheduled. The trip was an estimated 4.5 hours with my poor loving husband agreeing to take on all of the driving (have I mentioned I still can’t drive manual?) Luckily this drive was nothing like the I-95… Read More

Return from the wild

After a week of driving through Kruger’s dirt roads and playing game ranger, today seems pretty uneventful.  When you spend a week searching for a glimpse of an elusive African cat, watching elephants and their babies trek across Crocodile river and baboons hop from car to car, it kind of changes you. The wild things on… Read More