The media is always very quick to portray the less appealing side of South Africa – the crime and poverty. That’s all the world gets to see, when there is so much more to this vast country! Hence my blog line “the only dark thing about Africa is peoples’ ignorance of it”Β (George Kimble)

Yes, we have an abundance of beautiful wildlife – but no, we do not ride lions to work! We do not live in huts. We ACTUALLY have a lot of WHITE people! ‘Never’, you say! And no, our sun is not purple like I was asked by a foreigner (??)

The name of my blog is inspired by theΒ historian Dio Cassius, who when saw zebra here for the first time described them as “horses of the sun, resembling tigers”. I find that absolutely beautiful. I have been up close and personal with wild zebra and they are breathtaking.

So, let go of your preconceived and outlandish ideas about this place and let me take you on a journey on the REAL Africa… you can get a roof top safari ride by the safety of your computer screen πŸ˜‰

I am an amateur photographer…actually I may be one step below that! What’s one level below amateur? Anyway, I’ll try my best to take good pictures for ya!
I’m a 30-something South African female living in Johannesburg with a husband and daughter.


48 thoughts on “About

  1. Sonel

    Well said hon. I don’t watch the news anymore and here in Hartbeespoortdam where we live, we always get people saying ‘Oh, you live near that dam that’s so dirty!” and I would get furious! Since when is Algae and Hyacynths dirty? Gosh, I’ve seen movies made overseas where the water is greener than it’s here in Harties and I don’t hear anyone say it’s ‘dirty’. I love South Africa, with all its ups and downs and I am glad you visited my blog. It’s great to meet another animal lover. πŸ˜€ *hugs*
    PS: By what name can I call you. I love horses by the way, but don’t think I want to call your Horse. πŸ˜†

      1. Sonel

        I totally agree. I’d rather watch the monkeys play in my yard. πŸ˜†
        Thanks! Love the name. Thanks Cadz. *hugs*

  2. Woolly Muses

    Thank you for reblogging my African Lion Cub post. You have some of the most well known, and loved, animals in the world in Africa. They need to be cared for. Thanks for visiting WoollyMuses blog.

  3. Jackie

    Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog -Festival of Flowers- I appreciate it very much! You have a very interesting blog and I look forward to following your posts. πŸ˜€

    1. horsesofthesun Post author

      Yes, you see, lions are the lazy breed of big cat. Its actually giraffe we use-their long graceful legs zip through quickly and their long necks able us to navigate traffic a lot better. The cheetah are left for the elite upper class! Haha πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy

  4. tweegirlseenblog

    Hey, thank you so much for liking my (our) post. I am loving your blog, just what it stand for in itself is great. Wanting to open up the international eye to what South Africa really is. Love it! Keep it going. Peace πŸ™‚

  5. royallyinsane1

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really like the premise of yours. It’s so neat to learn about South Africa! I’m from the USA and unfortunately as a college kid haven’t had the money to travel yet. But someday…!

  6. debhuntinbrokenhill

    I love the quotes you have on your blog, and your love of wildlife shines through. My partner is on his way to Kenya, I wish I could have gone with him, hopefully next time. Best wishes to you and thank you for the follow, Deb.

  7. BonMinou

    Oh, I am looking forward to reading more of your blog! Oddly enough, I just saw a bag of pepperdews in the market yesterday and was thinking I hadn’t had them in a long time. Thanks for stopping my my blog.


  8. reyajoy

    Thank you so much for following my blog. What a blessing! I am thoroughly looking forward to reading yours too!! Have a great week!! I can’t wait to peek into all of your pages and discover South Africa from your viewfinder. On a side note, I was born with a connective tissue condition that in the medical world they call “the zebra”, because it’s so uncommon.
    Quote from Wikipedia: “Zebra is the medical slang for arriving at an exotic medical diagnosis when a more commonplace explanation is more likely.[1] It is shorthand for the aphorism coined in the late 1940s by Dr. Theodore Woodward, professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who instructed his medical interns: “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras”.[2] Since horses are common in Maryland while zebras are relatively rare, logically one could confidently guess that an animal making hoofbeats is probably a horse. By 1960, the aphorism was widely known in medical circles.”

    Anyway, they call us “Zebras”… I like “Horses of the Sun” much better!

  9. aj vosse

    Aaaah Africa… the place of the raging sun!
    Do show us your take on the land of fun
    My life’s journey on that southern tip begun
    I yearn to return… if I never have to wear a gun! πŸ™‚

  10. Sandra

    What a beautiful blog! My family and I had the most wonderful holiday in Cape Town and along the Garden Route. What a lovely place and truly beautiful people. While we were careful, we never felt unsafe or unwelcome and it created lasting memories for my two daughters. But the baboons walking out in front of our car on the highway scared the living daylights out of us!!
    Keep blogging!

    1. horsesofthesun Post author

      Haha – I feel so sorry for the baboons, they “interfere” with humans due to our fault. In the 80’s people loved to stop along the way and feed them, ignoring warnings of not to. Now they think they’re human and entitled to walk into a restaurant and take whatever food they like. LOL! Glad you had a good time! πŸ˜€

  11. rmudge

    I love learning little bits about South Africa through your site. I understand what it is like to live in a place that is known more for its “dark side.” I am from the area of Detroit, Michigan, USA and often we are just known for our murder rates. There are lots of good things about this place that people just don’t hear about. Thank you for sharing the good things about South Africa. πŸ™‚

    I don’t know if you are into these, but I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog anytime to pick it up! http://playfulkitty.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  12. Jackie

    Thanks so much for following my Festival of Flowers blog! I appreciate it very much. I hope you will continue to follow Festival Of Flowers at its new location when we resume in March.


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