About this website

I've written "About this website" to give you some insight into why it came about!

Although all my official documents have my name as Adrian, one of my sisters took it upon herself to give me the nickname of one of the characters in a book she had out of the school library at the time of my birth.
I've lived with 'Wiggie' ever since, and if called Adrian, it'll either be the taxman or a policeman calling!
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The travel passion bug bit at a fairly young age, and like a lot of my friends at the time, it was London that seduced me.

I lived there, and loved it, for a few years, and used that faraway city as a base to explore, and sometimes work, in Europe.

I had done a bit of travel in Southern Africa before I 'did Europe', but it was once London was behind me that Southern Africa became my playground!

There wasn't a place I didn't want to explore, and no place was too remote or too difficult to get to.
The more diverse the culture, the more determined I was!

My modes of transport included anything that would get me to where I wanted to go, and included most of the more common ones, such as hitchhiking, bicycle, motorbike, train, plane, bus, car, ferry and 4x4 and a couple of the less common ones such as a guard's van (caboose), a makoro, a number of huge intercontinental trucks and a dhow!

Through the years I traveled fairly extensively through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mocambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, on occasions further north into Africa as well as every corner of the world's third most diverse country - my stunning homeland, South Africa.
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Married 20 years ago, my wife Pam, who like me loves what Africa has to offer, and I still do a lot of travelling to those remote parts of Southern Africa.

The way we've done it for years has become more refined, and a trusty, now old, Land Rover Defender, kitted out with every necessary (and unnecessary?) after market accessory, is our standard means of transport - as well as our local supply store and our accommodation.

I've also been fascinated by Johannesburg, where I was born, and where I've lived all my life - except for the odd years spent elsewhere, and took every opportunity to venture off and discover something new in this beguiling city!

It's all these travel experiences that have really enriched my life, and I cannot help myself when anyone asks for help or suggestions!

As a result I became addicted to, and spent far too much time on, internet travel forums, suggesting and arranging itineraries for people wanting to visit Southern Africa.

What I did learn though, when dealing with them, was how little people knew of Johannesburg, and how reluctant, unwilling and hesitant they were to set foot here.

I travel through the city with absolute abandon, and it was becuase of this, that I felt I needed to put up a website and let people hear the truth about the real city.

I haven't been totally true to myself, as I'd like to suggest alternate ways to explore, and more off-the-wall places to go to, but I am aware of peoples reluctance and the innate danger they perceive the city to have.
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Pam and I both have a passion for Africa's wildlife and the so desperately needed conservation issues that confront the continent, and on top of everything else we do, we both do voluntary work in our National Parks - both hands on and raising funds to help these issues.

We've been fortunate to get involved and go places that would not normally be open to the general public, but it has given us an opportunity to really get to know those Parks we've been fortunate to work in.

The photo on the left is of two anaesthetised brown hyenas being fitted with satellite collars to track their movements.

As far as making a living and putting bread on the table - I've always been involved in the film industry, and amongst numerous others, worked on an Emmy as well as an Oscar Award winning movie - both filmed in South Africa.

Back to the present, and I could open myself up here - if you need any suggestions for travel in Southern Africa, please give me a shout.
I'd be happy to help as long as it doesn't become all time consuming.

My contact E-mail address is info@whyjoburg.co.za

To end off, here's an anonymous quote, incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do"

Travel safe, sleep warm and have fun.

Hamba kahle!

Wiggie.















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