Books

From Jozi to the Mother City: Blacks do caravan

In the age of luxurious vacations and five-star accommodation, why on earth would anyone consider caravaning? Travel books have been defying their own death because of the over hashed travel destinations and so-called relaxation. This is probably because they don’t offer a credible account of the experience.

Well, in that case. There’s a beautiful story in the covers of Blacks Do Caravan by Fikile Hlatshwayo. Her narrative is fascinating, the guideline is reliable and whose images will evoke the explorer in you.

It started when her husband and children announced that they were planning a countrywide caravanning adventure. Hlatshwayo was adamant that “Blacks don’t caravan!” but faced with the prospect of staying behind on her own she put aside her preconceptions, put on her sunhat and started reading up on the way of the wild. What followed was an eye-opening, mind-changing trip of a lifetime. Fikile and her family visited over 60 caravan parks. They covered over 25,000 kilometres, traversed all nine provinces and extended the trip to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Full of detail, the book includes chatty reviews of campsites mentioned. This is an engaging story of transformation through Hlatshwayo’s openness to moving out of her comfort zone. For those who believe caravanning is not in their culture, Hlatshwayo offers a compelling argument for it to be tried at least once.