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“What makes Noetzie so special is not just the castles, […]

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For many centuries, sacred ibis, along with two other species […]

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The giant plated lizard is the second largest lizard species […]

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2022-06 KZN South Coast

Amanzimtoti to Margate: A trip down memory lane. Our most recent timeshare exchange took us to the KZN South Coast to revisit the resorts we visited as young adults and as kids with our parents.

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2022-02 Bushtime at Mabula

We are privileged to own a timeshare week at Bushtime at Mabula, where we spend our annual family holiday. This year, we had our 8th get-together – the first time with our grandkids joining us.

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2021-09 Bantry Bay

Bantry Bay International Vacation Resort has been on our list of places to stay for quite a while. We were very excited when we finally managed to secure a suitable week through the RCI timeshare exchange.

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Travel Highlights

Cape Town Highlights

Photographic highlights of our previous visits to the Cape Town…
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Dinokeng Highlights

Photographic highlights of our previous visits to the Dinkeng region…
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Garden Route Highlights

Photographic highlights of our previous visits to the Garden Route…
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Kruger National Park Highlights

Photographic highlights of our previous visits to the Kruger National…
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Tsogo Sun highlights

Photographic highlights of our annual visit to the Tsogo Sun…
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Bushtime at Mabula Highlights

Photographic highlights of our annual visit to Bushtime at Mabula.…
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Xander & Mariaan


We are a husband and wife team discovering the beauty of South Africa and assisting the South African hospitality industry. We initially started as eX-Base Photography, operated solely by me, but soon after Mariaan joined in with Purple Hat Photography, and shortly after that Nomads Nature and Travel was formed. When we decided to travel more frequently and see more of our beautiful country, we found that areas of the hospitality sector were not on par in the way that their information was made available, mostly during the planning phase of our travels. Our initial aim was to try and assist these establishments by providing a photography and review service to them, at an affordable tariff or in exchange for a complimentary weekend stay. Recently, we decided to extend our service even more - to the design, development and support of websites, to afford establishments the opportunity to showcase their offerings. Our niche market remains the Hospitality Sector. We promote nature conservation by doing fundraising, by creating awareness, by running campaigns, by requesting donations, by education and by drafting of petitions.