Four by four: let South Africans take you on adventures

Itchy feet? Pop them in your slippers and settle in for these local travel shows in August

The world is a marvel – filled with cultures, food, nooks and crannies, and dazzling sites waiting to be explored.

While travelling might be on hold for most, we can still get to experience the panoramas around us – locally and internationally – thanks to these 4 scenic DStv travel programmes made by South Africans.

Now we ask the hosts why they chose their destinations, where they were when the travel bug first bit, and we score a few packing hacks and travel tips along the way…


Sien, Smaak, Slaap

Hosted by travel-bloggers Henk Brand and his adventure-seeking wife, Suna, this series is all about the outdoors and hidden spots in the Western Cape. Henk shares his experience about filming Sien, Smaak, Slaap S2, which airs from Friday, 28 August on VIA (DStv 147) at 17:30. “Travelling and exploring South Africa offers so much diversity of terrain, biomes and scenery. For that reason, one must always plan and cater for all four seasons, and have the appropriate gear to enjoy all the outdoor activities and range of areas. There is always the element of surprise, whether it's experiencing something new, finding a secret spot or meeting local people who show you the best time in some of the lesser-known towns. I always try to pack light when travelling but end up taking everything (photography and hiking gear, tents, waterproof gear, fishing rod, etc.). I’ve never been disappointed when I explore our lovely country and all the secret gems one finds,” says Henk.

Henk’s interest in nature and travel started at a young age while he was on a trip to a popular local tourist attraction. He shares, “My first big local journey as a child was when we went to the Kruger National Park. I was born in Stellenbosch and knew little about the bush. I remember we drove all the way up, which took forever, but the changing landscape and new scenery will always stayed with me. The bush is a whole new experience and one needs to connect and learn about the elements of nature. Something that makes sense now – as I spend most of my time these days in nature, observing all the smaller details and educating others about the importance of our biomes and ecosystems.”

Watch Sien, Smaak, Slaap S2 from Friday, 28 August at 17:30 on VIA (DStv 147).


Voetspore: Indië

When it comes to the road less travelled, Johan Badenhorst is the navigation King! He’s been going off the beaten track since 2001, and his latest trek unfolds in Voetspore: Indië, Sundays on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:00. “We travelled to India because we, as South Africans, know very little about this subcontinent, even though we are part of BRICS. As South Africans, we know about cricket, curry, Gandhi and the Taj Mahal. But there is so much more to this vast country. One thing we sure had to do is to go with a real sense of adventure. Yet we found India surprisingly simple and easy to travel. It is safe and cheap, but you need to go off the beaten track,” reveals Johan.

For Johan, going off the beaten track began when he experienced his first holiday sleeping in a tent as he adds, “My first big journey probably was with my parents and siblings, going with a caravan to Salt Rock on the KZN north coast. It was simple and well organised, yet it was the beginning of sleeping in a tent, and enjoying the wonderful life of camping.”

Watch Voetspore: Indië S10 on Sundays at 20:00 on kykNET (DStv 144).


Leef Jou Reis

Singer and presenter Gerrie Pretorius began his own travel series, Leef Jou Reis, last year, which airs on Saturdays on kykNET (DStv 144) at 19:30. The travel bug first bit Gerrie on a holiday travelling from Mossel Bay to Gordon’s Bay, as he reveals: “We grew up in Mossel Bay at the sea, and so driving to Gordon’s Bay was an adventure and a ‘new world’ that we did not know. I packed only my speedo (did not know any better) plus one of those small plastic bank bags filled with 50 cent coins, which I saved during the year. I then spent my holiday at the café across the beach playing arcade games pretending to be Hulk Hogan!”

Since then, Gerrie has learnt to pack properly and he shares his wisdom, “It has been a long philosophy of Leef Jou Reis to pack light – only cabin luggage when we travel overseas. Only the Kardashians can do the multiple bags these days. When we go into Africa, it is one pot to bake bread, do a steak or bake eggs, and sometimes even to do the dishes in. Less is more. No man should, in any way, travel with more than two pairs of jeans.”

When we ask Gerrie how the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered filming, he says, “As with the rest of the world, we were also restricted in where we could go. We were in Lapland filming when the rumours of lockdown began. Once lockdown hit, we had two months before we had to start producing our very first Leef Jou Reis episodes, while at the same time having multiple trips cancelled and money lost on flights and accommodation as well as cruises like Alaska. We started negotiating with tourism authorities and local councils and made plans to film local content around the Garden Route. We filmed from Mossel Bay, to the Hessequa district, which is the gateway to the Garden Route.”

Watch Leef Jou Reis on Saturdays at 19:30 on kykNET (DStv 144) or on Catch Up.


Dis Hoe Ons Rol

For musician Zander Tyler, aka Jack Parow, travelling comes with the territory as he tours. Follow him and his good mate, Hardus van Deventer, on Thursdays at 21:00 on kykNET (DStv 144) as they drive through the South African landscapes on their Harley Davidson motorbikes in their reality series Dis Hoe Ons Rol. Out of all the places that Zander has travelled, there’s one place that remains close to his heart, “Since I can remember, we would go to Arniston in the Western Cape for the December holidays. My grandparents had a house there. I remember going to the beach and swimming; catching fish and searching for bait. We would hang out in the fisherman’s village and play rugby with the locals. My grandparents passed away and the house was sold, but we still go there – we rent accommodation and the family goes back almost every December.”

Watch Dis Hoe Ons Rol on Thursdays at 21:00 on kykNET (DStv 144).

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