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.
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…