We are Pure off the Road

Pure off the Road brings strong travel stories, shares hidden gems, tips and photo stories that read like a mix of National Geographic and Lonely Planet; made by a Dutch journalist and photographer duo with a focus on nature, wildlife, tribal peoples, music and food.

Pure of the road travels from dusty deserts in twenty shades of color to the Ethiopian Suri people who are still close to nature. We meditate with monks in India and climb the Mountains of the Moon in the surreal Rwenzori Mountains. And we observe and pay attention to nature conservation . We support organizations that are unconditionally committed to people and animals. We go out with researchers who monitor lions and leopards in Uganda and bring them together with the local community. But we also have hotspots and tips for you, in bustling, hip cities, where music, food and art predominate

Welcome to our world, in search of hidden gems and the beauty of the earth . Our stories are personal and honest. We are happy to take you to our favorite destinations, which we have visited ourselves, together or separately. Of course we can’t go everywhere and we want to keep dreaming, because there is still plenty to discover . That is why we also share lists, tips and hotspots that are on our wishlist or that are worth highlighting. This also applies to interesting photo books by others who portray a country, area, wildlife or people in their own way. Travel with us and discover the world, Pure off the Road.

Who are we?

Angelique van Os

Journalist & Chief Editor / video


“Jazz is breathing, traveling is living”, is my motto.

My hunger for travel started in 2010 while making foreign festival reports in jazz cities for Jazzism magazine, of which I am a freelance editor. In addition, the passion for Africa and India of best friend, photographer Henk Bothof, is so contagious that we took the plunge and made our first trip together in 2011 to Namibia. Separately and as a duo, we mainly look for intriguing music and vibrant cultures, for remote places in the last piece of pure Africa or Asia, and for idiosyncratic people who uphold age-old traditions. But above all, we show the beauty and importance of a country or place, while it is still there.”

Angelique has been a professional journalist since 2002. Many of her articles can be found in Jazzism, Krant van de Aarde, Miljonet, Wideoyster and Lonely Planet. There have also been many publications in magazines such as GRANDE, GRANDE Italy, AD, OOR, Musicmaker, Sonic, HEAVEN, Muziek.nl, Forte, Listen, Camera Magazine, de Fotograaf, Focus, Pf and Villa d’Arte. She is also a cultural organizer and runs her own band, Aphranova, and regularly performs with DJ Sandstorm.

Do you want to know more about Angelique?

Henk Bothof

Photography, video & Website content

“Since 1990 I have been traveling to the most remote and unknown areas in the world, where photographing tribal peoples has become my great passion. I have been working as a professional since 2005 and in 2008, together with Martin Bakker, published the book Pure India , with a foreword by Floortje Dessing. In a project like Human Inside I also show, among other things, the special people, the Suri from Ethiopia, who hold on to their ancient traditions.”

Henk is a self-taught photographer and has been working professionally since 2005. His images have been published in many magazines, such as Lonely Planet, Jazzism, Villa d’Arte, Green2, Colorfull Magazine, Camera Magazine, GRANDE, GRANDE Italy, AD, Krant van de Aarde and Miljonet.com. His work has been exhibited by Opera Gallery, Marijke Hussstege, WTC Rotterdam and Foto Festival Naarden, among others. Henk was nominated in 2013 for the prestigious photo contest HIPA 2013 (Creating The Future) in the Black and White category.

Do you want to know more about Henk?

henk-photographer Pure off the Road

To collaborate?

We regularly cooperate with tourist agencies, travel organizations and agents. We determine the content of our articles ourselves, but of course we are always up for inspiring ideas.

Do you want to work with us?