My name is Lodie de Jager. I live in Naboomspruit (Mookgophong) in the Limpopo region of South Africa.

End of 2003 I moved from Pretoria to Naboomspruit. The reason for my move was the increasing city traffic, which I see as a loss of life quality.

I love travelling, photography, writing and my Kawasaki KLR 650. The biggest experiences of my life were my three trips across Africa, of which two were on my KLR.

What was the biggest lessons that I learnt on my journeys across Africa?

1. There are more good people than bad people.

2. What you fear or expect to happen, is what is going to happen to you. For this reason I refuse to live a negative life.

My favourite country on the African continent? Sudan! Why? The friendliness of the people.

What is the piece of new “equipment” that I deem the most valuable on my 2012 trip? My Kindle e-book reader! How lovely that I can take thousands of books with (no I don’t do) at no extra weight!

If you have a pulse you have a purpose …

13 Responses to About

  1. KRAP VENTER says:

    Viel Glück mit Ihrer Reise -ons het mekaar gemis voor jou vertrek sal jou reis volf krap

  2. Tana says:

    Hallo Lodie, jou met ‘n lang ompad opgespoor – op jou vorige blog en die P-sussies… sien my versoek op FB. Jou avontuur klink interessant! Maak graag met jou kontak. Groetnis en “may the road rise up to meet you”!

  3. Hi Lodie,

    wir sind wieder gut in Hamburg angekommen. Es hat uns sehr gefreut Dich in Swellendam zu treffen, it’s a small world 😉

    Viel Erfolg weiterhin für Dein Engagement um Gelder für die Operation von Lippen-Gaumen-Spalten in Afrika bei Kleinkindern zu sammeln.

    Lieben Gruß

    Isabel + Hendrik

  4. hi Lodie! We met last friday in Naboom, (coffee and pancakes) and I thought I ‘d just drop a line to let you know the big things you said in our little chat are still milling through my mind. Thanks! All the best!


  5. Ronel says:

    Hey! Dit klink lekker! 🙂 geniet die pad wat voorlê!

  6. Susan says:

    I am writing a book on my family history and would like your permission to use your photos of Leliefontein church. I’m a descendant of Rev Barnabas Shaw who established the church in the 1800’s
    Sorry for posting this request twice.

  7. Evelyn says:

    Lieber Lodie! Das Bild sieht unglaublich schön aus! Freu mich so über dein Russland Visum und weisst du was, kleine Buddhas reisen gerne weit:-) danke, dass du die Ruhe und Schönheit Südafrikas mit mir geteilt hast.

    • Lodie says:

      Liebe Evelyn!

      So viele Menschen reisen, sehen aber erleben trotzdem nichts. Du hast eine unglaubliche Faehigkeit, ein Land zu “fuehlen”. Es war die schoenste Woche denkbar.

      Bis zum Wiedersehen, und dann wieder zum naechsten Wiedersehen. Kleine Bhuddas kommen auch gerne wieder nach Hause 🙂

      Frau G: Meine Tochter, die in Suedafrika war, erzaehlte von einem wunderbaren Land mit unendlichen Weiten, Tieren, und Menschen, die sehr oft laecheln.
      Nachbarin: Was steht ihr im Weg, nicht fuer laenger dorthin zurueckzugehen? Das ist doch nicht so weit weg von hier. Mein Mann sagt, Afrika sei direkt suedkich von Italien.

  8. Hej Lodie,

    fantastic that you + yoiur KLR will start the next adventure.I hope your way will cross again Germany. If you meet our both friends in cologne pls let me know,or if you want to visit Hamburg,feel free to be our guest for some days.

    Was a great pleasure to meet with you by accident on my way down to the cape.

    All the best from Isabel + me

    Keep going 😉


    • Lodie says:

      Hello Hendrik!

      Good to hear from you again!

      Yes, my trip is going to start in Berlin, then first south and then northeast until I reach Russia, then part of Siberia, northwest back to North Cape, south back to Germany, and then I will visit Dieter and Dorothée on my way back.

      We will keep contact if I should touch Hamburg.

      Warm regards also to Isabel!


  9. Maniunia Spence says:

    Hi Lodie, I came across your blog again after a long time and am thrilled that you are riding a new adventure in faraway foreign places. You cannot put a value on this sort of travel – it is priceless.
    You ask about John Spence from the Tygerberg Zoo. Sadly he died sometime in the past two years and his wife has continued to run the zoo. However, because of rising costs and insufficient funds she decided to sell the land and close up the operation. The zoo will probably close at at the end of this year. The animals are all being moved to new homes and will be well cared for. The lions are apparently moving to the Drakenstein Lion Park, between Paarl and Stellenbosch and not far from the Tygerberg Zoo. This is an amazing sanctuary for previously captive lions and houses many who were rescued from circuses and cruel captivity in various places around the world. They have space and are well frd and well looked after. It is not the wild, but for these lions this is the only option.
    Cheerio from a very rainy Stellenbosch.
    Maniunia Spence (no relation of the above Spences)

  10. Glen says:

    Take health care lovegun out n shoot

  11. Hendi Kaf says:

    Thanks for sharing your love of Africa and life , keep it going

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