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  1. Have you ever wondered about Africa? And SOUTH AFRICA in particular? Who lives there? Only black people? What is the place like, what does it look like? Where is it? Are there wild animals roaming the streets of the towns and cities? What languages do the inhabitants speak?*

I often get asked ALL of these questions and although there are many members here on RB who have visited South Africa, and do so regularly, I find that a great majority of people are totally in the dark as to what South Africa is like.

First of all, South Africa is situated along the bottom quarter of the African map, 11,000kms South of Cairo. We have huge, metropolitan cities, beautiful coast lines, large farming communities and stunning Game Reserves, where most of the wild animals are situated. We do not have ‘wild animals’, meaning any of the Big Five, roaming the streets, but we do have a lot of wild life roaming free in our country-side.

Last September 2010, Elizabeth Kendall and myself, both living in South Africa, formed the new group Afrikaans is my Mother tongue, which showcases the best South Africa has to offer. I would like to invite you to pop in and check out our fabulous artwork, images and meet some of our members, and at the same time, get to know more about South Africa!

Please feel free to pop in to the group from time-to-time to check out new additions and info on South Africa.


  1. 24th January 2014 – FEATURED in Love these Creatures
  2. 27th January 2014 – FEATURED in Image Writing


A photograph of my Grand-children Para-gliding at Sun City in the North-West Province of South Africa. Camera : Fuji Finepix 2800Zoom

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    EXCELLENT Maree! What a wonderful idea to share this! I’m proud of you and our beautiful country!

  • I’m SO pleased you like it Liz, and thank you ever so much for the fav!! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shazart
    shazartabout 4 years ago

    Spectacular Maree, oh Wow I will never foget going to Sun City , took my duaghter there when she was a teenager. It really did blow our minds. So interesting to read about SA again, will always keep in touch with you & Elizabeth & enjoying meeting new SA bubblers! Take care – FAV

  • I agree, Sun City is AMAZING Sharry! Just LOVE staying at the Cascades and spending time with the grand-children there! I’m really pleased you found this interesting and thank you for your very kind words about staying in touch, Liz and I really appreciate that! And thank you for adding this to your favs!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful, Maree! I’ve never been there, but I have spoken to people who have and they all said it was a beautiful place and they loved it!

  • And beautiful it certainly is Dot, I’m sure you would LOVE IT HERE! Thanks for popping in and taking a look!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for educating us – interesting read. It’s amazing what foreigners can conjure up in their minds. Don’t know this for fact, but when Africa is mentioned, I think most Americans would automatically think, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya & the like. it’s so good to be proven wrong from time to time. :)

  • That’s my point Marsha, South Africa is a ‘small’ country by comparison to the US and mostly over-looked as a viable holiday destination. We have so much to offer and once you get used to living here, it’s difficult to think of living anywhere else!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    I have seen some amazing pictures of your country as my son travels there on business.He will be there next week at the big mining cionference in Capetown,I would love to see the country.This will be interesting to watch !LIz

  • I’m sure your son is going to have a blast in Cape Town Liz, it’s one of our most beautiful cities! And very art- and culture-conscious! If you don’t manage a visit, at least you can take a trip through lovely South Africa by visiting our group! Thanks ever so much for the fav and popping in here to have a look!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanabout 4 years ago

    Looks beautiful what brave grandchildren you have..my feet have never left the ground lol x

  • I’m with you Liz! the sky is for the birds and the sea for the fish! Thanks for stopping by to have a look!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dabout 4 years ago

    i lived there! post elections. worked in fish river, lived in east london & fish river and then umtata (i know!). finally left after living in capetown

  • How great is that Janie! I also lived in Umtata as a child! Then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Of course, we have our problems like any other country, poverty, crime, etc., which we’re constantly striving to improve, but the lifestyle and beauty of the country more than makes up for any negatives. Nice that you popped in, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dabout 4 years ago

    welcome! actually what i found incredible was the similarities between RSA and Australia. I was spending much time pulling out a world map to show my new friends (and yes i am still very very close to them and speak nearly every day via facebook!) the locations of our countries and why i knew about tropical fruit, cold water fish, weather etc. I fell absolutely in LOVE with this country of yours and I am so wanting to come back. It’s almost my second home-country if that makes sense

  • It makes total sense Janie, I feel that way about Australia, even though I’ve never been there! The similarities are astounding! Hope to see you back here some day!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dabout 4 years ago

    you will be on my LIST OF PEOPLE TO CALL when i do!

  • – Maree Clarkson

  • kest standley
    kest standleyalmost 4 years ago

    I have to tell both you and Elizabeth, that before I joined RB and before looking at all your beautiful art and photography (both of you), I knew almost nothing of South Africa. I’m sorry to say. Now it is on my list of beautiful ,fascinating places I would love to visit. I hope I can one day. This is directly thanks to you two lovelies :~)))) Wonderful painting of the Giraffe by the way. When I was little, a great big giraffe ( at the zoo) licked me with it’s great ,long black tongue. Oh how I laughed with glee! I have never forgotten it’s luminous eyes…even though it was sadly out of it’s home in a zoo :(

  • Oh Kest, you don’t know HOW pleased I am that we could spark interest for S.A. in you! I really do hope you manage to visit here some day and obviously you must let us know, our homes would be wide open for you! As you probably know from Alma, it’s an experience you will carry with you forever!

    I agree with you on the Giraffe in the Zoo, I’m sure Zoos serve their purpose, although it’s a bit beyond me. It’s like hunting, I understand it’s a revenue generating industry and sometimes culling is necessary because of over-population and the lack of space, but it still hurts my heart and I hope that, some time in the future, a different solution will be found.

    Thank you for this lovely chat, you’ve really made my day!

    – Maree Clarkson

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