South Africa’s wilderness areas

South Africa’s wilderness areas

South Africa is a country famed for its endless horizons and spectacular natural beauty. The country’s charismatic Big Five animals and breathtaking landscapes are huge draw cards for international tourists, not to mention a source of pride for locals too. Most of these landscapes and animals reside within areas known as game reserves or national…

10 Do’s and don’ts to make the most of El Nido
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10 Do’s and don’ts to make the most of El Nido

El Nido is a popular destination for visitors to Palawan in the Philippines. Clear blue waters, white sand beaches and El Nido’s towering limestone formations makes for some envy-inducing holiday photographs. With publications like Condé Nast Traveler naming Palawan the most beautiful island in the world in 2016, and El Nido the 4th most beautiful beach in…

Swimming with manta rays: The best thing we did in Indonesia!
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Swimming with manta rays: The best thing we did in Indonesia!

It is hard to adequately describe the incredible experience of swimming with manta rays. The few moments of chaos as you get into the water, waiting for the bubbles to clear and to orientate yourself, and then, the magical, silent and graceful approach of a manta ray from the blue. Simply unforgettable! Manta Point on…

Taking on Taiwan

Taking on Taiwan

Towards the end of our nine months spent road tripping around South Africa, Bevan and I were haunted by the approaching end of our dream trip. How were we going to come up with our next chapter – something that would be a fitting continuation of the incredible adventure we were already on? We were…

Surf’s up in Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis
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Surf’s up in Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis

The Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast was anything but that when Bevan and I arrived a few days before Easter – just in time for the arrival of a nationwide cold front that left snow on the Drakensberg, and gale force winds and huge swell pounding the coastline. Luckily, this wasn’t our first visit to the…

Exploring Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park
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Exploring Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park encompasses an almost continuous stretch of coastal land from Wilderness in the Garden Route’s west to well past Storms River in the east. Bevan and I have previously visited the Knysna Lakes and Diepwalle Forest sections of the park and this time we were in for a treat – exploring Storms River…

Knysna elephants: Giants on the Garden Route
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Knysna elephants: Giants on the Garden Route

The Western Cape’s Garden Route is a 300 km stretch of coastline that begins in Mossel Bay and ends at Storms River near the boundary of the Eastern Cape, and includes popular tourist towns like George and Knysna. As the name implies, the Garden Route is an area recognised for its natural beauty – the…

At home in the hills on the Fanie Botha Hiking Trail
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At home in the hills on the Fanie Botha Hiking Trail

The Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumalanga must be one of the most scenic areas in South Africa. Now, anyone even slightly familiar with this cover-girl country will realise that that is a bold statement, but after having spent time visiting the area around Sabie and Graskop, it is one that I firmly stand by. This…

Cape Town to the Garden Route via the Overberg
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Cape Town to the Garden Route via the Overberg

The N2 freeway that runs from Cape Town towards the Garden Route must be one of the most frequently traveled tourist routes in South Africa. While the freeway may be the quickest way to get from one destination to the other, Bevan and I are not well-known to choose speed over scenery! We decided to take…

The journey to Noup: Driving the coastline of the Northern Cape
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The journey to Noup: Driving the coastline of the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape has always been one of those places that has held a certain romance for me. I love the idea of a wide open land, wild and largely untouched, the horizon blurred by midday summer heat mirages followed by the extreme of negative temperatures during the winter months. This is a land you…

Northwards into the Namaqua West Coast
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Northwards into the Namaqua West Coast

The Namaqua region of the Cape West Coast is home to some spectacular stretches of coastline – calm protected bays with white sand beaches, or rocky wild points. The sea along these stretches is alive with kelp forests that line the shallows, flocks of birds like cormorants and waders, as well as bigger animals like…

Meandering the farmlands of the Swartland and Cederberg
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Meandering the farmlands of the Swartland and Cederberg

If I asked you to imagine the Cape West Coast, it wouldn’t be hard to picture wide sandy bays, whitewashed fishermen’s houses and seafood fresh from the ocean. This region is well-known for its coastline, and with good reason. The Cape West Coast also has some incredible inland farming areas to explore though, and this is…

Braving Bokkom and other adventures on the Berg River
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Braving Bokkom and other adventures on the Berg River

Leaving the West Coast Peninsula and now-familiar places like Saldanha Bay and Paternoster behind us, Bevan and I continued our exploration of the coastline. I was very confused though when I heard talk of Velddrif, Port Owen and Laaiplek – all of which seemed to refer to the same place on the map! It was only after visiting this…

Paternoster and the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
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Paternoster and the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Leaving the industrial town of Saldanha Bay behind us, Bevan and I continued our exploration of the West Coast peninsular region, heading towards the town of Paternoster. Picture-perfect Paternoster Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast. Our first glimpse of the bay was from the top of the small dune…

Fossils, fairies and fishing towns on the West Coast Peninsula
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Fossils, fairies and fishing towns on the West Coast Peninsula

As we discovered early on our journey of exploration on the West Coast, this area is full of surprises and unexpected attractions. We spent some time exploring the West Coast peninsular region and discovered all kinds of unique activities. Exploring the West Coast Peninsula back in time For starters, we visited the West Coast Fossil…

The West Coast: So much more than the beach!
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The West Coast: So much more than the beach!

The Western Cape’s West Coast region was new territory for Bevan and I. From the first time that I saw pictures of whitewashed houses and turquoise water, I wanted to visit the West Coast. A life on the ocean, fresh fish straight from the sea, windswept white sand beaches – it all sounded too good…

Racing Meg Mackenzie up Platteklip Gorge on Cape Town’s Table Mountain

Racing Meg Mackenzie up Platteklip Gorge on Cape Town’s Table Mountain

The iconic Table Mountain stands proud over the city of Cape Town. It is an instantly recognisable sight and together with its scenic beauty and floral and animal diversity, is one of the reasons why Cape Town is voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The mountain itself has also been…

Mountain Zebra National Park: Best View in the Karoo
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Mountain Zebra National Park: Best View in the Karoo

For me, Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape province is a very special place. Heck, the entire of the Eastern Cape province is a special place for me, but that can be the subject of a different article! Mountain Zebra NP is situated on high ground close to Cradock. The entire park has…

Hogsback: Stepping into Middle-earth
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Hogsback: Stepping into Middle-earth

A lush primary forest is the last thing you’d expect to find in the hot, dry and acacia-thicketed Eastern Cape province. In this largely thicket- or shrubland-dominated region the small mountain village of Hogsback is a rare gem, an oasis of cool green and misty mornings. Hogsback The Amathole mountains form the southern end of…

Discovering Venda Culture on the African Ivory Route
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Discovering Venda Culture on the African Ivory Route

Venda Culture was something completely new for me! Even the language, Venda, is something unfamiliar and doesn’t sound at all the Nguni languages of isiZulu and isiXhosa that I’ve grown up around. I had no idea what to expect from our next stop, and after Kruger National Park’s drought-ridden landscapes I certainly didn’t expect lush, fertile…

Kruger National Park: South Africa’s largest game reserve
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Kruger National Park: South Africa’s largest game reserve

The Kruger National Park needs no introduction so Bevan and I spent some time exploring this famous park to find out what all the fuss is about. South Africans love the bush. I’m not sure exactly why that is, considering a vast percentage of us live in urban areas and our connections to the bush…

8 tips for hiking South Africa’s trails

8 tips for hiking South Africa’s trails

South Africa has some incredible hiking trails. We’re doing our best to explore as many of them as we can. Our latest excursion was a section of the Fanie Botha Trail in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Think beautiful sections of indigenous rain forest, waterfalls everywhere and grassy plains with views in all directions! Have a…

Getting to know Graskop: The Fanie Botha hiking trail and more
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Getting to know Graskop: The Fanie Botha hiking trail and more

The small towns of Graskop, Sabie and Pilgrim’s Rest in the Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumalanga, are all situated in close proximity to each other. While there isn’t much distance between them, each town does have its own unique charm and appeal. Much like Sabie, Graskop has a plethora of beautiful natural sites like walking…

The Battlefields: Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
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The Battlefields: Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

No other place seems to have played as pivotal a role in the history of South Africa as that of KwaZulu-Natal. Specifically, the battlefields region around Dundee. All three powers of the early South Africa met here – the Boer and Zulu in the 1830s, British and Zulu during the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879, and…