Why we chose the Van Life Journey

Van Life Rv South africa next to lake with mountains

Life is a journey; the most vital part is not the destination but the Journey itself, and it is a journey that one must cherish. Looking back, you will realize that the most significant moments of any trip were all the experiences that happened along the way. We wanted to hit the open road and meandered in our own time, going wherever the road took us. As you may have read about me, I am passionate about the outdoors, nature, animals, being active, exploring places, and being adventurous. Living the Van life dream and starting our vision Journeys in a small house on wheels has been an exciting and delightful experience.

Van Life Rv South africa next to lake with mountains
Van Life Rv South Africa, next to a lake with mountains

After watching Expedition Happiness, a documentary about a young couple, Felix Starck and Selima Taibi, who quit their 9 to 5 jobs and bought an old bus, which they transformed into a beautiful home. Together with their dog, they travelled the World. I imagined their Journey with them and couldn’t get it out of my mind. After watching the show, my husband Johan started looking for a bus of our own. I was thrilled to notice a few days later that he was watching the smalls for a bus.

Eventually, I saw a beautiful old blue Ford school bus and had a closer look, taking pictures while visualizing our motorhome. Although I was head over heels in love with her, Johan thought about things like replacing rusted floors and the availability of engine parts—moreover, the accessibility to parking and entering camping grounds.

Unfortunately, parking and sleeping anywhere in South Africa during a Van Life Journey is unsafe, so one must look for a campsite or caravan park. So we decided to buy the Ford Transit Panelvan, and the challenge to our Van life Journey began. Next up, we had to decide on a name. Thinking long and hard on Campervan names and RV names, Johan came up with Wandering Nomad, which made sense.

Experience the great outdoors Spectacular scenery on Road trip through the Free State Province #van life South Africa
Spectacular scenery on Road trip Van Life South Africa

Benefits of Traveling in a Van

  • Freedom to travel and explore on your schedule.
  • That is the best way to experience the great outdoors.
  • It enables us to spend more time together.
  • Journey in a Van Life living off the grid.
  • More affordable way of travelling
  • Stop when, where and for as long as we want.
  • Work from anywhere while meandering places.
  • Prepare fresh food anywhere at any time.
  • Off-the-grid bathroom and kitchen.
  • Sleep in our king-size bed anywhere we want.
  • Use your comfortable bedding and Pillow.
  • Dashuri, my best 4-legged friend, can travel with me.
Doggie looking out of the window during a Van Life Journey

Our First Motorhome Voyage

When Johan finished his project, Cargo Van Transformed into a Campervan, we went to the nearby Kyleu Bushcamp for a weekend to test everything, which was an excellent idea. The Kyleu bushcamp provides no electricity or water. We wanted to try everything, so the first problem occurred when making Coffee with our Delonghi Coffee machine.

Check out our most extended Van Life Journey along the Eastern Cape, which was an unforgettable experience. Why don’t you subscribe to my blog? After all, it is free, and you will receive notifications on posts and our experiences road-tripping South Africa. I promise not to spam you.

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Considering A Van Life Journey

Firstly, let’s be honest: Living or travelling in a Van Van Vanlife isn’t for anyone. Our Van is brilliant, and we love every bit of our Wandering Nomad and don’t regret the time, effort and money we spent converting the Van. Vanlife is a minimalistic way of life and solely a matter of personal preferences. 

There are many points to consider, which cannot be decided overnight. Remember, living in a Van differs significantly from residing in a brick-and-mortar home. We love the outdoors, and you’ll enjoy the freedom of living in a Van. In a van, as long as you want the lifestyle, there is no right or wrong answer. It is more about the Journey and not the destination.

So let me introduce you to the Star of the Show. To discover if Van Life is for you, check out our Campervan conversion post with all the details and the most important factors to consider.

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5 Comments

  1. Yes, but only part of it a few years back. I wish I have more time to travel.

  2. Only part of it, but it’s on one of our many lists :-). Any places you highly recommend, I would love to hear about it.

  3. Have you done West Coast?

  4. Bonn Kadence support says:

    Thank you so much. Same blessings to you. Let’s keep in touch.

  5. GREAT! great ! GREAT! go live your life .now , not tomorrow. God Bless your journeys .