Title: Been There, Done That
Subtitle: A South African checklist for the curious and the brave
Author: David Bristow
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Travel and Heritage
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781770078758 / ISBN 978-1-77007-875-8
Softcover, 21x21 cm, 392 pages, throughout colour photos
This book is the accumulated knowledge of all exploration the author has done in South Africa: the very best and sometimes the worst of everything this country has to offer: wildlife, history, geography, art and culture, things to do, places to stay and routes and trails to be discovered by car, bike and on foot. Anyone who’s ticked off more than a tenth of the 860 entries in this book is, according to the author, qualified to wear the T-shirt.
At the age of 14, author David Bristow stuck a large touring map of South Africa on his bedroom wall, determined to mark off every road one day. It was the start of a life-long love affair with the land, indeed, in 40 years of dedicated travelling David has pretty much ‘been there, done that’, visiting almost all of South Africa’s game parks, nature reserves, mountain ranges, beaches, towns and dorps, as well as hiking and biking countless trails.