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The Hunt

[First published in Divestyle magazine] From the air, a baitball is a patch of bloody water. At its centre is a frenzy of sharks tearing into the sardines rounded up by dolphins. Welcome to the world of those fixated on dropping into the midst of that feast. Welcome to the greatest migration of them all: the KwaZulu-Natal […]

In Search of the Strange

In Search of the Strange

In Search of the Strange – and other tales of South Africans at large is an armchair adventure travel book that I curated. Published by Struik (now Penguin Random House), it is really a list of some of my greatest heroes and their most audacious and authentic escapades – for better or worse. Here’s my introduction: “Out there […]

South Africa & Michael Poliza

South Africa & Michael Poliza

My years of working side-by-side with German wildlife photographer Michael Poliza taught me much, challenging my thinking about media and technology and how we engage with them, both personally and professionally, both as creators and publishers. I collaborated with Michael and his publishers, teNeues, on a number of books – helping with image curation, project management and the text that would support his iconic […]

The Facts about Fat

[Previously published in Longevity magazine print edition.] Prepare to turn Conventional Wisdom on its head. What you thought you knew about fat, cholesterol and healthy eating might not be quite so accurate after all. We all know that to lose weight and increase health, the average person should eat less and exercise more, right? In the […]

Angels? I think not.

Angels? I think not.

“Scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” That famous musing by Dr David Livingstone, after viewing the world’s largest waterfall in full spate, is not an opinion shared by Dominique le Roux.  Views of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, have me thinking of dark and […]

Earth, Wind, Water & Fire

[Why backups are great: while searching for something else on an old hard drive, I discovered a folder of feature writing I’d forgotten about. Come travel with me down memory lane.] Squeezed inbetween a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is over 4 000km long and never more than 175km wide. […]

Run Like a Kid Again

[First published in Women’s Health magazine.] Remember when life seemed carefree and running easy? As a child, you’d run around when happy, you’d run away when scared. Recent scientific findings are now endorsing a school of thought that says we should all learn to run in the style we did when we were kids: barefoot. […]

Paddling the Islands, Dodging the Cliches

[First published in Out There magazine.] It’s been called the last frontier of Africa, a place of few people, shy animals and great empty places. Its seas have witnessed the shift of history, its forests are unmarked. Paddling to the Archipelago Das Quirimbas, Dominique le Roux is immersed in Northern Mozambique. Advice to would-be writers: don’t send […]

Coming Out of the Cold

[What a great memory to happen across this old feature I wrote about Bulgaria years ago, published in Out There magazine as their Destinations feature of the month.] Budget-friendly Bulgaria has horse-drawn ski-lifts, an ancient history as colourful as its frescoed monasteries and a drab, sad communist past. Large clods of snow somehow manage to find […]