Game viewing throughout the entire South Africa is pretty amazing. The wildlife that can be seen in its natural habitat is spectacular, but nowhere is it quite as spectacular as in the Kruger National Park. The absolute most amazing sightings can be seen right in South Africa’s largest National Park, the mighty Kruger. The sheer size of this park means that you can experience a number of different landscapes all in one park. Different landscapes make for different habitats which make for a whole new range of species that can be spotted.
When we think about the African bushveld, the so-called “King of the Jungle” comes to mind. Everything about the Lion is powerful and majestic. It is one of the main reasons that so many tourist travel to the South African Bushveld and at Ukutula Lodge you can experience these amazing animals in a very unique way.
Elephants are such intricate animals. They have shown to possess compassion and the ability to feel sadness and joy. They carry all the oldest secrets of the bush and they are currently under threat. As numbers of elephants have decreased by some 350% in the last 70 years and by 110 000 elephants in the last ten years (Great Elephant Census) due to poaching and habitat loss it is very important that the safety of these magnificent creatures are taken into our own hands. This is exactly what Adventures with Elephants have done.
Summer has officially arrived and the South Africans are loving it! Those swimming costumes are being dusted off and sun screen applied as our beloved hot African sun claims it`s spot in the sky. You know what accompanies that awesome sun? Adventure filled water sport! We have found just the place that offers the widest variety of adventures all one activity.
Namibia is a stunningly unique country to visit. This beautiful African gem will definitely blow your mind and pleasantly surprise you at the same time. It has an astonishingly strong European influence. Today I want to focus on the small, often looked over, special little town of Karibib.
My absolute favourite thing about big cities is the awesome combination of restaurants and types of cuisine to choose from. As the competition is so fierce each place tries to serve more delicious food, have better service and be more original. The result: some very good restaurant picks. The restaurant scene is also constantly changing and evolving. At this point in time though there are three places in Pretoria that to me, definitely sticks out above the rest. Here are the top three trendiest restaurants in South Africa’s Capital City, Pretoria:
It has reached that point of the year that everybody is in dire need of a break. The stress of the year is becoming too much. Do not over stress yourself. Rather spoil yourself with a well-deserved break to build up the ever so needed energy to finish the year off. There is no better place to do this than at Trogon House.
Africa is such an awesome continent to visit especially as it is so unique. For a traveller looking to broaden his or her horizons and see a place they have never seen before this is the perfect continent. Unfortunately there is a general atmosphere of wariness sometimes accompanied with the continent. Africa still experiences a lot of poverty as it is filled with third-world countries. Therefor it can be frightening for tourist as poverty and crime go hand in hand.
Swaziland is Africa`s smallest country, but do not let this fool you as this small little country has many riches. There is such a wide variety of activities you can take part in in Swaziland. From adventure to wildlife and everything in between!
There are so many interesting and out of the ordinary things to do in South Africa I just could not cram it all into one article. From nature to the city this list covers it all!
As travellers we are often most rewarded by the sights and places that don`t always appear on the brochures. South Africa is such a diverse and intricate country you need to look beyond the typical touristy places to truly see into the heart of the country.
As promised, here are some more spots you absolutely need to visit when traveling to the beautiful Stellenbosch. Handy hint: this time of the year the Western Cape is literally blooming! It`s the season the wild flowers start showing their stunning colours so book that plane ticket now!
When travelling to a new destination the best perspectives to have are those of the locals. Come and have a look at what lies beyond the obvious. These tried and tested locations will definitely not disappoint. Stellenbosch is a vibrant little Student town that has so much to offer in terms of accommodation, cafes, nightlife, festivals and of course exquisite wine!
Music is transportation. It’s the ability to create out of mere vocal cords emotions and strengths that we all don’t always understand. Music is art and at Stardust in Cape Town they offer you the unique experience of actually dining within these beautiful art pieces.
This is a article dedicated to all those art junkies. Cape Town has an area for you to get lost in. Art is more than just a painting up against the wall. It’s everywhere and in Observatory in Cape Town, you do not have to look very hard.
In Mpumalanga in South is a treasure that is well hidden. A 260-sq-km reserve centres on the 30km-long Blyde River Canyon. The magnificent river runs right past gigantic rock formations. These formations are all surrounded by the most amazing and lush forestry you have ever seen. The beautiful contrast of sky, rock and earth makes it one of the best places in South Africa to photograph.
Visiting the Kruger National Park is a definite must when visiting the beautiful South Africa. It is a park we South Africans take great pride in as all possible efforts are made to keep it natural and clean. A lot of outside investment is needed to keep the park poacher free so in going there you are also making a contribution to a great cause.
The Isimangaliso Wetland Park was the first South African named heritage site. The name Isimangaliso means miracle and wonder and there is no more appropriate name for this place. Located in the Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa, this park consists of 332,000 hectares of breath-taking nature. There are three major lake systems and eight interlinking ecosystems. Come and enjoy all the park has to offer.
As winter in our part of South Africa comes to an end the excitement is quite high. Dreams of beautiful beaches and sunny poolside days are starting to become more of a reality. Some of us however are not so happy about the days getting hotter. Let us reminisce one final time about the pleasures of winter. Rumi Lodge in Dullstroom is one of the best self-catering places I`ve visited in Dullstroom and here is why…
In our quest to experience first-hand or from nearby the cultures of those alien to us we have crossed borders all over the African continent. It is an extremely large continent though and the numbers of different cultures are many. Remember that we prefer to stick to what is true and natural and stay away from the pretentious cultural experiences.
Africa is obviously widely known and popular for its magnificent safari experiences. Africa is more than just safari though. It is a continent that has endured great struggle but at the same time it is a continent that has come an extremely far way. The culture is diverse, interesting and beautiful. We are not interested in fake cultural experiences where local people are made to dance and entertain tourists. The experiences we are interested in are those that give you true insight into how people live who have a completely contrasting culture compared to your own. Step into the lives of Africans…
South Africa has recently celebrated Woman’s Day and in this country it means quite a bit. It is no secret that South Africa and the African continent in general is not the safest place in the world. This is very true especially for woman who endure violence and suffering each day. This day does not only celebrate African Woman but also the struggle they go through. As safety is such a big thing, this blog is dedicated to safe places for woman to travel alone to.
Cape Town and in actual fact the entire South Africa have currently got so much to be thankful for. The Cape has been blessed with its desperately needed rain and there is light at the end of this scary tunnel called drought. In the spirit of rain and because it’s the end of July and we can start looking forward to spring, let’s go on a flower filled adventure.
Each year when spring hits, the Cape delivers proof of the winter rains in the form of flowers, hundreds of beautiful; colourful flowers. There are many ways to experience this gorgeous phenomenon and people come from all over the country, continent and globe to see this botanical masterpiece.
One of the world’s most breath-taking waterfalls can be found on the unique continent called Africa. It is, in actual fact, the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. This spectacular wonder from Mother Nature is called the Victoria Falls and it most definitely deserves a spot on your African Bucket List. Previously known by locals as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ that translates into “the smoke that thunders”.
As promised we will explore the stunning Islands of Cape Verde even more intensely. As you know there are nine inhabited Islands and they each have their own unique charm.
While we are on the topic of Islands and the whole of Africa I think needs a distraction from this ice cold winter, allow me to introduce to you one of the Atlantic Oceans most beautifully Islands, Cape Verde. Never heard of it? It is located 570 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula is West Africa, the islands(because again this is not one but a cluster of Islands) cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).
You now know that the beautiful Seychelles is completely unique. Not an Island but a cluster of them, some so untouched, so beautifully kept you will not believe your eyes. Seychelles is a perfect holiday destination for families but also a very romantic place. It is not yet completely discovered by the world which creates a still charming feel on the Island, or shall I rather say Islands.
The winter definitely has it`s advantages. Red wine, bonfires and snow, to mention just a few. Most people however get to a point, round about mid-winter, where they crave the hot sun baking on their face and that lovely humidity that only the summer offers. When this point is reached you can either suffer through it, or escape to better weather! Why not escape to the beautiful and tropical African Island of Seychelles?
Attention all thrill seekers, here`s one thing I bet you haven’t heard off. If you like adrenaline, speed and heights you cannot visit Cape Town without going sandboarding. The Cape is a sandy place and a windy place. This means huge steep dunes! Sandboarding is for people off all ages as long as you are physically fairly fit. It`s really easy and tons of fun especially in the summer.
The story of these amazing churches is one of outstanding craftsmanship, a story of finding a way around adversity but most of all the story of a spectacular vision. King Lalibela was the mastermind behind these extraordinary creations.
As the Lowveld heads into July, the Month known for it`s cold, the Cape is slowly starting to have a couple of slightly warm days. This has everyone reminiscing about summer and what says summer better than a lovely picnic in Mother Nature. The Western Cape has some of the best picnic spots suitable for either a romantic couple’s picnic or a picnic with the entire family!
About 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania lays the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro National Park. Thousands of tourists flock here to experience the amazing untouched wildlife and picturesque sceneries and you will soon see why.
As most travellers are well aware, one of the top attractions to Africa is the Safari experience. People come from every continent and corner of the world to come experience the amazing wildlife the vast continent of Africa hold. There is more than one way to enquire this once in a lifetime experience. Let`s look at some more unique ways to experience and African Safari.
Chala Wote is one of Africa`s most popular and most internationally known festival. What makes it so unique is the fact that it brings international and local artist together on the same platform in so many different genres. There is music, art, drama and of course amazing food, which to me is a sign of a really amazing festival. Let`s explore this vibey festival in-dept.
Escape to the heart of the bushveld to a place so tranquil, so peaceful, you will never want to leave. With the Kruger National Park Orpen Gate being just nearby and it being located in the greater Kruger, it is an ideal place for a tourist to explore Africa’s wild side at its most untouched.
Your first time at the Mana Pools National Park will knock your socks off. Imagine the majestic Zambezi crawling with animals, birds and forestry. The nights are filled with exhilaration provided by the many predators haunting the night. Let’s check out this definite African bucket list item in a bit more detail.
Now that you have experience all the busy North has to offer, let`s take a look at the South. This part of the Island, yet still busy is the more natural part of the Island. It consists of many jungles and Mountains and is my personal favourite part of the Island.
To me the best way to explore a country is to hit it`s open roads. There is no better way to see how the people of the country live and interact with their environment. On a small Island like Mauritius however, the game changes completely. There are obviously a lot less roads as it is a very small Island. There is only one highway, the rest of the roads are quite narrow and the roads are relatively busy. In spite of all the obstacles it`s a must-do when in Mauritius and lots of fun.
The Pyramids of Giza are the oldest and most intact of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. It is still one of the world’s great mysteries. There is an incredibly spooky ambience about it and whatever your theory as to how this ancient civilization built such an extraordinarily colossal construction, it`s definitely a must-have experience.
The winter is here and I am sure that everyone living in Gauteng will agree that we can all feel it. The outdoor braais and picnics will have to come to an end as will the oudoor brunches. There is however a place that offers refuge from this cold and this place is the Blos Cafe in Pretoria.
Mauritius is a beautiful little African Island in the Indian Ocean. It is tropically beautiful as you would expect but it is so much more than that. The Mauritians are extremely proud of their little country and it is not hard to imagine why. On this little piece of paradise lies Ambre Resort and Spa, a paradise in itself.
Lake Malawi is located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It`s is truly a breath-taking place that really shows you just how amazing nature can be. It is home to more species of fish than any other lake. It is a meromictic lake, meaning that its water layers do not mix. The lake has a total surface area of about 29,600 square kilometres. At its deepest point it is 706 m deep. Lake Malawi is famous for the huge swarms of tiny, harmless lake flies. They can easy be mistaken for huge clouds of smoke deep within the lake.
This one is not for the faint hearted. Would you dare to hike up the most active volcano in Africa? It has not erupted since 2002 but the lava levels are on rise. This volcano`s lava flows faster than most volcanoes which just shows the heat and intensity kept within it.
As previously mentioned when you are travelling to South Africa you will want to visit firstly the bush, secondly the Cape (Cape Town definitely) and thirdly possibly the wild Coast (or someplace similar). You will either be traveling in the winter months (June to August) or the summer months (December to March). The winter Months in South Africa is far from winter in Europe or some parts of America. Some parts of South Africa does become quite freezing (Sutherland is the town that reaches the lowest temperatures) yet a big part of the country can remain pleasant.
This one is for the ladies. Visiting a new country or new continent can be intimidating in terms of what to wear. We often need to rely on the opinion of other less informed people. Let me give you the full scoop on what to pack and what not to pack. When you are travelling to South Africa you will want to visit firstly the bush, secondly the Cape (Cape Town definitely) and thirdly possibly the wild Coast (or someplace similar). You will either be traveling in the winter months (June to August) or the summer months (December to March). Let`s start by focussing on the most popular time: the sunny summer.
East London has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in the country and it is not at all hard to believe! It has that amazing element that always accompanies a city by the sea. It`s the hustle, bustle and diversity of city life combined with the fresh salty air and soothing sound of the waves. Let`s take a look at all East London has to offer.
Known as the home of Rhodes University, and the host of one of the country’s longest running and major arts festivals – the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is a definite must visit. It is lesser known that this lovely town is part of a extremely diverse ecological region in South Africa, with thousands of hectares devoted to nature and game conservation. Grahamstown is also known as ‘City of Saints’ due to the plethora of churches. It a beautiful little town with a bunch of stunning old buildings and museums.
Imagine 60 kilometres of beaches. Imagine nice warm weather. Imagine the beautifully vast Indian Ocean. Imagine Cape Fynbos and the Outeniqua Mountains. Imagine the perfect mix between adventure, family, activities, culture, great local and traditional cuisine, pristine beaches, warm atmosphere and friendly people. Mossel Bay is located exactly half-way between Cape Town – the provincial capital of the Western Cape Province – and Port Elizabeth and it is your perfect holiday destination when travelling on the Garden Route.
If you have done research about South Africa’s political history, the name “Soweto” is bound to have come up from time to time. This was the very heart of the apartheid struggle. A lot of people lost their lives here but a lot also found their voices. If you are into history or even want to get a general background on how it was, you have to visit this city.
It literally means Pearl? How can a city with such a stunning name be anything less than exquisite? It is the oldest European settlement in the entire South Africa. It is situated in the stunning Cape wine lands and is also the largest city in these wine lands.
Durban is a true mash up of colour and culture. On top of all these different vibes and tribes around Durban, the city also collides with the ocean which makes it a super busy city by the sea.
Travels often get so caught up in the “must-see” or “must-do” attractions of a country that the other amazing, less talked about parts slip through the cracks. Mpumalanga is one of the most stunning provinces in the country. Nature is all around and in the midst of all this wild lies the beautiful city of Nelspruit.
South Africans are some of the most creative people you will meet. As we are known as the rainbow nation, no colour is neglected. Support local and buy handmade, proudly South Africans souvenirs.
South Africa is jam packed with some of the most amazing and breath-taking sceneries in the world. This vast country has so much untouched beauty it is hardly possible to select our favourite parts. Some however are more photogenic than others. This one is for the photography travellers out there whose cameras have become an extra limb and lens and extra eye.
Easter weekend is upon us and it is such a fun holiday. The kids get to enjoy it as well as the grownups. How about making this Easter weekend a special one by going away with the family and seeing a different stunning part of the country?
Dullstroom is such a magical place to be. Nestled in the Mpumalanga province, this small little town holds so many treasures. It`s the perfect romantic weekend or family getaway.
Greyton is a small town in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is truly a gem and an extremely well-kept secret. Due to the fact that Greyton is due for some serious recognition I’m going to go into a little more detail about this awesome little town.
As previously mentioned, South Africans love to eat. We also have a very sweet tooth and are very talented in satisfying this sweet tooth. These desert recipes have been perfected over the years and handed down from generation to generation. Here are some of the best deserts in South Africa and where to find them.
Attention all bar hoppers and fun havers! Cape Town has a very awesome secret: it is home to some of the world’s most unique rooftop bars. Cape Townions sure know how to entertain and they have not left out rooftop bar hopping in the endless list of activities. Here are some of Cape Town’s rooftop bars you cannot miss!
Africa is a very rough and raw continent. Mozambique being no exception. Things are rarely covered up and that is often what makes it so spectacular. The untouched element. Miles of white sandy beaches being caressed by sky blue waves. Imaging putting, in the middle of all of this wonderful rawness, a luxury oasis. No need to imagine as it has been done, and in absolute style I might add. Here are the top luxury destinations to stay at in Mozambique.
Namibia is such a vast and diverse country. I would definitely call it one of the most unexpected countries as well. You might think you’re entering nothing but a huge desert but you will be pleasantly surprised to find it is so much more than that. They have wildlife, coastline, forestry, history and a ton of culture. Don’t judge this book by its cover, or maybe do as the cover is absolutely breath-taking. Here are three experiences that will definitely stick with you after your Namibian trip.
Mozambique is one of my personal favourite countries. Recovering from war and very grateful to not be in it anymore, the Mozambiquen people are gentle, friendly, innovative and very happy to see tourist helping their economically weak country recover. Here are 8 reasons you will not be able to resist the urge to return to this stunning country once you have experienced it.
So I think we all can agree South Africa is one of the most magnificent countries in the world. It is huge and fast and cannot properly be explored in a lifetime. The history and culture of our country is abundantly rich and so is our wildlife. Although it may be impossible to experience it all, here is a 10 countdown of the top 10 things you can under no circumstances go without when visiting South Africa.
The Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is a national park like no other. For miles and miles there are nothing but half-human plants and sand. Rarely will you see another person and if you do it is far beyond the horizon, yet somewhere between these miles of nothing, the best fauna and flora can be found.
The name of the country is derived from the Namib Desert, considered to be the oldest desert in the world. The name, Namib itself, is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. This country tends to put things in perspective. The people are friendly and they have a rich cultural history.
Valentine`s Day is upon us and nothing says romance better than the African bush. You do not need to be a hopeless romantic to score some major points. From fine dining to rustic bush. We are naming the quite different yet equally romantic places to take your partner this valentine`s day or any other day for that matter (it`s always a good time to escape to the bush).
Africa is an extremely vast and diverse continent with the main attraction obviously being the wildlife. Humans and people live in peace together (sort of) and share this amazing piece of earth. To truly experience this you have to go where other dare not. There were the animal has the upper hand. There where you are unplug from society but plugged into nature. Take the road less travel. Take one of Africa`s best road trips.
Mozambique is a beautiful and tropical country catering to both families, couples and young people alike. The Inhambane District is packed with beautiful beaches and one of these is Guinjata Beach. It is just before Paindane therefor it is in a stunning area.
For many a Mozambiquan Holiday is somewhat of a daunting thing. The country does have a daunting past and that could cause uncertainty at the very least. I am here to assure you there is nothing to fear. This war is in the past and there is nothing more the Mozambiquans want to do more than improve their country and the conditions they live in and they are well aware that us tourist contributes greatly to this cause.
The Lowveld is a mini paradise packed with diversity. Within this Paradise you will find the Panorama Route. It is a definite bucket list trip as it passes some of Mpumalanga`s most cherished attraction. It is also close to Kruger National Park which is a definite plus when coming from that direction. Here are some attractions you will pass along the way
Locals in Cape Town do not only adore the impeccable wine, they also enjoy an adventure. Generally the vibe is very outdoorsy in Cape-Town and with such a beautiful “outdoor” you can understand why.
Western Cape – Cape Town
To truly experience the beauty of the Cape Town fynbos and beachfront you need to really spend a restful, peaceful day amongst nature. Of course no day can begin without an amazing cup of coffee.
Western Cape, Cape Town
The old biscuit mill is one of Cape Town best markets. The waterfront is one of Cape Towns most popular tourist attractions. Throw them together and what do you get? A super awesome day in the mother city.
As we all know the safari scene is top notch in Hoedspruit. You can get a number of excellent safaris around town. I want to focus a bit more away from the safari.
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.