I was recently privileged enough to spend the night in the treehouse in a beautifully authentic lodge. Africa on Foot is situated on a farm called Ross, which is part of the greater Kruger Conservancy. No fences, no barriers between you and the bush. They are famous for repeatedly winning the title of best walking safari in Africa.
Hoedspruit is a beautiful little tourist town in the heart of the lowveld. It is surrounded by world class lodges and bush camps. I can go on for days about what these lodges have to offer (which is plenty by the way) but I would like to focus a bit more on the town itself. The community of this town take great pride in the cleanliness and safety of their town. No wonder the tourist adore this place so much.
December in South Africa is hot, humid and exhausting to say the least. Due to the unbearable heat almost every South African flocks to the beach in the December holidays and this simple fact can cause some serious overcrowding. For those of us who still enjoy the sweet tranquil sound of waves crashing against the shore and not sitting on top of some stranger, there is a solution. Here are four beaches you don’t know about, but should.
For those of you runners fuelled by nature, those who wake up before the sun to watch it rise, those who suffer through blisters to be able to reach the end or maybe even just a sip of water, those who know a view can help you get your breath better than anything else, this one is for the outdoor runners. Young or old, amateur or advanced, there is a race out there for you.
Summer is upon us! The heat comes sudden and South Africa becomes humid and green. The best Africa has to offer is about to be revealed. Some are more accustomed to the heat than other, so here is where to go get the best out of the heat.
South Africa has art popping out of every nook and cranny. The amazing natural environment is an artwork in itself and all South Africans, from children to streetwalkers, are artists.
The South African Art scene is one that holds extreme excitement and innovation. South Africans have always proved to be competitive in the overseas market with our beautifully vibrant art. We also have had no lack of inspiration as all the history and beauty around us sparks life into the art. Experience the art first hand.
If you love Cape Town (which obviously everyone does) you will love Port Elizabeth. Why? Culture, culture, culture! All around the best of all of South Africa’s hundreds of different culture merge together to create a city jam-packed with beauty and innovation.
Ah Port Elizabeth, true to it`s name expect wind but also sun and tons of fun!
South Africa is extremely rich in not only, minerals and culture, but history as well. So much has happened and so much is yet to happen. South Africans take pride in our history and the struggles we have had to endure and because of this everything was very well documented. We don`t have to fight in wars or be slaves to experience history, we can just stroll through intricate isles in beautiful old buildings and learn all about it.
In Kwazulu-Natal there’s a place surrounded by jungle. Where the Somango Monkeys hang around in the tree tops. Where the banded mongooses scurry around down below. Where the deep dark ocean is part of a new spectacular world. A place where you can be nothing but content. A place called Sodwana Bay.
Seeing and experiencing the Okavango River in Botwana is definitely a bucket list item for many a traveler. The essence of Afrika comes to life right before your eyes. It’s alive with the Eco system thriving in the air, on the land in the water.
Anybody who says you have to give up the finer things in life when you have kids has clearly not been to Cape Town. Traveling with kids can be tricky, yet so rewarding. Luckily Cape Town has all the places to suite your kids needs as we all know when they’re having fun, you’re having fun.
The beautiful Mozambique never ever disappoints. What if I told you there was an island you can go that’s just a 110km away from the Resano Garcia border post? Well there is and it is absolutely stunning.
Another long weekend is upon us! What to do, what to do? Luckily South Africa is jam-packed with awesome small towns that are begging to be visited! Here’s a couple of great options.
ATTENTION all foodies. This one is for you. It`s no secret that South Africans know how to cook. We`ve been perfecting the same old recipe`s for years and the result is, well, perfection! Here are the 5 restaurants you can`t miss!
The South African Nyala is one of the bushes most beautiful, slightly smaller, treasures. Don`t underestimate these tiny animals, they might be smaller in size they are just as fierce as any of the other.
The beautiful little town of Graaff-Reinet is nestled somewhere between somewhere and nowhere on the R61. Being the forth oldest town in South African this little town, hidden in the Eastern Cape, is jam-packed with History and culture.
Ever dreamt about seeing a Protea in its natural habitat? The Mariepskop View Point is one of the best kept secrets in the Lowveld and is also home to magnificent National flower of South Africa, The Protea. They bloom from mid-August to early September which leaves you with only a small window of opportunity to witness these amazing flowers. The dirt road starts on the R351 about 50km outside of Hoedspruit which is the nearest town. The dirt road is located about 500 meters past the Blyde filling Station.
Valentines day is around the corner – Have you planned your private Valentines dinner for two yet? Let us help you decide. Here are our selection of romantic getaways in the heart of the Kruger & Greater Kruger national park.
Not only is the African penguins absolutely adorable but you can actually get up close and personal with them right here in Cape Town. Nestled in a sheltered cove between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins and magnificent wind sheltered, safe beaches. Here are some interesting facts about the Penguins.
When we think about going on Safari in Africa, most of us are totally obsessed with seeing the Big 5 – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and the elusive Leopard. Today we are going to take a look at a special group of animals namely the ugly five – The Ugly Five is a whimsical listing of animals that includes the hyena, marabou stork, vulture, warthog and wildebeest. The list provides a fun alternative when the Big Five are proving difficult to see. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Here are some interesting facts about these amazing animals.
Meet Angele Rouillard , one of the female game rangers in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. We talk about the perks of the job and also the challenges of being a female in a traditionally male environment. And how to kick ass like only a girl can while holding a rifle – here is her story..
For everyone who has seen The Lion King will remember know “those slobbering mangy stupid poachers” – referring off course to the Hyenas of the Savannah. I want to introduce you to the wonderful facts about these beautiful creatures. The way hyenas are depicted in modern popular culture does not really do them justice, and although zoologists express deep interest and fascination with the habits and behavior of the Hyaenidae family, most tourists do not jump in excitement when they come across a hyena on their safari. Here are some interesting facts that might make them more likeable:
For visitors traveling to Africa, there are always many questions to be answered: What do we pack? What visas do we need? Can I use a hair dryer? and so on. To make your visit a truly relaxing and well-prepared one, here are the answers to all those questions, and then some
Close your eyes. I know it can be hard to concentrate because you are trying to keep yourself warm from the winter chills but there is this place… Pristine blue oceans, sand beneath your feet and the warm sun breathing warmth onto your skin. Let’s go to Machangulo Beach Lodge – a paradise in Mozambique.
With the digital world taking over many facets of our daily lives, it would almost be impossible to think that this should be any different whilst on safari in Africa. These Apps, like all Apps, are there to make things easier. One can now really enjoy a safari because information is accessible at you fingertips. So here are the Top4.
How much do you know about the African elephant? These gentle giants are extremely fascinating, and after a solid session of researching, presented to you are a few quirky facts about these mammals most people don’t know.
Dullstroom – A small romantic town in Mpumalanga province. One of South Africa’s premier flyfishing destinations. Dullstroom features the highest railway station in South Africa at 2,077 m above sea level as well as at the foot of De Berg, the highest point in the province at 2,332 m high. Established in 1883 by Dutchman Wolterus Dull. The town was completely destroyed during the Second World War and most of the settlers returned to the Netherlands.
The Oscars are just around the corner, Century Safaris will be issuing our own Oscar’s to our top 5 lodges or bush camps in the Kruger Park area each week. Valentines’ day is over but there is no reason that you can’t spoil your wife, girlfriend or partner to one or all of these amazing special places.
This week our Oscar goes to…
Pangolins are one of the most interesting and rare mammal species in the world. Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened.
The African leopard tortoise is one of the largest tortoises in the world, and can live to be 75 years of age or more, much like a human.
Their tan to buff-colored shells are marked by a series of dark brown or black spots that give the tortoises their name.
Taking your kids on safari with you can be an incredible way to spend quality time together, while opening their eyes to the world around them. However, while you might be content to read, relax, take naps or journal your adventures in-between expeditions, you’ll need to go a step further to make sure that both you and your children get the most out of the experience.
Hope you all enjoyed Part 1 of the “Must see birds of the Kruger National Park”
Here is part 2. Enjoy!
Did you know that there are +_510 different species of birds in the Kruger National Park? That’s A LOT of birds and they are everywhere. The Kruger National Park is successful in attracting a huge range of bird species because of the wide variety of habitats and food sources it offers.
I sat down with a ranger who is also a keen birder to ask him his top 10 birds species that travelers absolutely have to see on safari in the Kruger National Park.
So print this out and take it with you on your next trip to South Africa.
Here are our must see birds for your Kruger Park Safari.
Malaria-free African safaris are ideal for families travelling with young children, pregnant mother, or simply those who prefer not to have the added hassle of taking anti-malaria medication. Our Malari-free safaris in Madikwe Private Game Reserve offer all the thrills of a Big 5 safari that you would experience anywhere in Africa without the extra worry.
Solo travel is great! But when you’re travelling alone in Africa there are a few important golden rules you should stick to if you’d like to ensure a safe and enjoyable safari.
So back in the day if you wanted to be a “Game Ranger” there were not too many prerequisites to the job. Be macho, know the difference between a Black and White Rhino, have a basic grasp of driving a 4×4 and be able to wear tight khaki shorts. Being a game ranger at a lodge or camp, was a break from the real world for a couple of years, a dream job, a life of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Today all of this has changed.
Heading into the wilderness on a safari means taking yourself out of your natural habitat and venturing into that of wild animals. Here, natural instinct is the law and as travelers we need to respect Mother Nature and her various counterparts. These safari etiquette tips will give you the confidence to enjoy a fulfilling and respectful safari in Africa.
It is the 23rd of October and here in the Klaserie Private nature reserve at Africa on Foot we have received our first rains. Rain is always welcome in the Kruger after a long dry winter! The bush springs to life with colorful plants and flowers, the wildlife also springs to life and many mammals, birds and reptiles become active and start to bare young! Read more…
Century Safaris has composed a list of the best tented safari camps and lodges in the Greater Kruger Park. Our selection ranges from five star luxury to affordable accommodation, each one handpicked for its unique and memorable accommodation and hospitality. All of these lodges are situated in Big 5 reserves and share unfenced borders, forming part of the Greater Kruger Park. Read more…
In the second part of this two part blog series, we take a look at some more spots to enjoy a sundowner in the Greater Kruger Park. Read more…
What captures a true African Safari better than the image of a beautiful sunset, great company, good food and – of course – a local South African beer or a tall gin and tonic in hand?
We’ve put together our top spots in the Greater Kruger Park for enjoying a sundowner in this two part blog series. Read more…