Book Review - Blacks Do Caravan

by Fikile Hlatshwayo (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-4314-2377-4 

When presented with the dubious opportunity of taking a three-month country-wide caravanning adventure with her family, Fikile finds herself initially balking at the idea. As a professional who worked hard to get to the top of her career, she can’t see herself spending months out in the sticks without her luxuries. However, it was either this, or being left alone at home to sulk. 

So with the decision made to go caravanning, Fikile, her husband, and their two young children take off on their journey. Quite unexpectedly Fikile starts to realise that material wealth is not nearly as enriching and satisfying as spending quality time with your family in the great outdoors. She also broaches the topic of why whites and, in particular, Afrikaans speaking whites, tend to dominate the caravanning market. She makes us question our need to remain a country divided by its metaphorical borders, when in effect; we all really want the same things out of life. 

Their journey begins on the 15th of September 2014 and this book includes interesting information relating to more than 60 of the caravan sites they visited. Blacks Do Caravan is an ideal book for folks who love travelling and exploring this beautiful country of ours. 

Ashleigh Seton-Rogers


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