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10 best hikes in Johannesburg (and Pretoria)

Where to go for the best hikes in Johannesburg and Pretoria Hike: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise. (Merriam-Webster) I never really bothered much with hiking in Johannesburg until we were locked down in our own province. We started looking for parks and nature reserves in Johannesburg and were thrilled to discover that […]

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Bush Bliss at Safari Plains

Safari Plains Review “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again. Karen Blixen (Danish Author of "Out of Africa") Returning from an afternoon game drive, we stopped on a bridge over the river to admire the golden sunlight bathing the river below. A pod of […]

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Melville Koppies Nature Reserve - A Johannesburg Gem

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve When the desire to escape the chaos of the city becomes too strong, but you don’t have time to go far, then head for one of the city’s many green lungs. One such sanctuary is Melville Koppies, a 160-hectare nature reserve and city heritage site, and a reminder of what Johannesburg […]

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Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge - Relax among wildlife

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge "Africa remains in the realms of the magical. It is a place of spectacular beauty and unpredictable passion". Sean Frazer We trudged up the winding mountain paths surrounded by lush thickets. In the bushes ahead, a herd of impalas sprinted past us like a mirage. We rounded a bend […]

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How to apply for a passport online - an easy guide

How to apply for a South African passport online South Africans can apply for a passport online , and renew their expired passports online too. Here is my detailed guide on how to do an online passport application. For updates on the How to apply for a passport online process, be sure to enter your […]

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12 Things to do in Pretoria

Things to do in Pretoria Before inter-provincial travel re-opened, lockdown had been restricting us to outings in our own province. It was challenging finding things to do in Gauteng that we hadn't done before, and we found ourselves spending more time in Pretoria, exploring its attractions, and thereby prompting this post. Also known by its […]

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30 Photos of South Africa that will fuel your wanderlust

South Africa is a beautiful country with so much to see and so many places to explore. Here are 30 Photos of South Africa that will fuel your wanderlust Get lost in nature… 1. Go hiking in the Garden Route 2. Or cool off on the river banks in Drakensberg... 3. Admire the spectacular Blyde River Canyon […]

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Victoria Falls - What you need to know

Victoria Falls - What you need to know 9 days, 4 countries, and umpteen experiences - many outside my comfort zone. I was enchanted by the Victoria Falls , canoed in hippo and crocodile infested waters, rode a horse in a game reserve and was almost attacked by a massive baboon. Africa is wild .. and […]

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15 Inspiring Nelson Mandela sites in South Africa

15 Nelson Mandela sites in South Africa “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela No other person has had such a powerful impact on modern […]

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50+ best things to do in Johannesburg ...and around

Looking for things to do in Johannesburg ? Read on... Johannesburg – South Africa’s biggest city and commercial epicentre. Also known as Jozi, Joburg, or Egoli (City of Gold in Zulu), it began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19th century. There is more to this cosmopolitan city than shopping. If you are visiting Johannesburg, […]

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The ultimate seaside escape at The Plettenberg

Review: The Plettenberg Long walks on golden beaches, year-round sunshine, the scent of the ocean breeze in your nostrils and the sea and forest at your doorstep. Add to this – personalised service, barefoot luxury and the freshest gourmet seafood – and you have the ultimate seaside escape. You have The Plettenberg . The exclusive […]

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Experience the magic of the Zambezi at Royal Chundu

Royal Chundu Review “You cannot leave Africa,” Africa said. “It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents, in the swirl of your thumbprints; Our drumbeats, counting out your pulse, Our coastline, the silhouette of your soul.” Bridget Dore The best African destinations are rich with fascinating experiences. Experiences that […]

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10 amazing books about Africa that you must read

In keeping with the Africa theme on this blog, here are 10 Books about Africa that you must read, “There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa — and as many books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime. Whoever writes a new one can afford a certain complacency […]

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Tintswalo at Lapalala - a sustainable wilderness experience in the lap of luxury

Review: Tintswalo at Lapalala As the sun began its descent towards the horizon, we drifted lazily along the river, surrounded by ancient mountains and bushveld-covered valleys.  Skittish waterbuck scrambled behind the trees as we approached, and a trio of hippos ahead of us bobbed up and down over the water surface. Above, a fish eagle […]

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39 signs that you are a travel addict

39 signs that you are a travel addict My earliest travel memory, apart from a safari in Kruger National Park, was when I was seven years old. I travelled with my family from South Africa to India, on my first international trip. That trip instilled a love of travel within me, which has never left […]

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Hennops Hiking Trail & 5 interesting things to see there

Hennops Hiking Trail Travelling is what I’ve been missing the most during this extended lockdown period. Yes, I know that it is a first-world problem, but I can’t help it - I’m a dromomaniac. Dromomania is a term used to describe a desire for frequent traveling or wanderlust. So until travel resumes, I’ve had to find […]

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50+ best things to do in Cape Town

Looking for things to do in Cape Town ? Read on... Cape Town, also known as South Africa’s Mother City, is consistently listed amongst the best cities in the world.  It is endowed with abundant natural beauty, many opportunities for adventure, world-class shopping and food, and captivating history. I often get asked about things to […]

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How to plan an international trip – DIY for beginners

How to plan an international trip These days, booking a trip yourself has become infinitely easier with the Internet. However, people often say that they prefer to use travel agents because they are afraid to plan a trip themselves – afraid of doing something wrong, afraid of booking the wrong flights, afraid of booking accommodation […]

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Armchair Travel - 5 ways you can travel during lockdown

Armchair travel - 5 ways you can travel during lockdown "It’s important to remember that travel is also a state of mind, and that you don’t necessarily have to go far away to feel far away. And no matter what you do right now, don’t forget to dream about that next big trip, because the […]

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Hartford House -The only world-class hotel on a world-class stud farm in the world  

Hartford House Review The picturesque Kwazulu Natal countryside is a region steeped in history. The Zulus, the Boers and the British fought fierce battles for dominion of the territory here and Mahatma Gandhi served as a stretcher bearer for the British (before the advent of satyagraha), in one of these battles. Here, Winston Churchill was […]

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Mhondoro Game Lodge – an amazing family-friendly safari getaway

Mhondoro Game Lodge Review It had been an eventful final game drive on our last morning in Welgevonden Game Reserve, even though we had encountered intermittent rain. Elated, we returned to our home away from home, the exclusive Mhondoro Game Lodge , only to find that the safari experience was far from over. Three huge elephants […]

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Lockdown around the world - Part 1

Today, 23 April, is Day 29 of the lockdown in South Africa, where I am based. Some of the strictest lockdown rules in the world are in place here, with outdoor exercise, dog-walking, and fast food all banned. We are only allowed to go out to buy essentials or for medical reasons. This is probably […]

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10 Best Things to do in Toledo , Spain

Looking for things to do in Toledo , Spain ? Read on... While researching things to do in Spain, and specifically Madrid, I constantly saw Toledo being recommended. Once I Googled it, I instantly knew that it was a place I had to go to – even if it meant omitting something else from my […]

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21 Beautiful Mosques Around The World

21 Beautiful mosques around the world Prayer clears the mist and brings back peace to the soul…Rumi During these difficult times when religious and other gatherings are prohibited, many people are missing places of prayer and the solace and serenity found within them. The call to prayer is still heard from the mosques 5 times […]

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The frantic rush to get home before lockdown in South Africa

Going into lockdown in South Africa When President Ramaphosa announced the impending lockdown in South Africa, I was in Cape Town. We had been staying with family for the past few days, and the following day we were leaving on a road trip where we would be doing media reviews at four amazing hotels and […]

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13 Delicious South African foods you must try

13 Delicious South African foods you must try When travelling, we love to sample the local cuisine wherever we are. It gives us insight into the local traditions, customs and tastes, and exposes our palates to new dishes. Similarly, visitors to South Africa might wonder what South African foods they should be aware of when […]

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Travellers' Tales Around The World

Interested in  Travellers' Tales From Around The World ? Read on.... I started the “Travellers’ Tales ” section in 2016 and I have now published over 120 interviews. Over hundred travellers from around the world have shared their fascinating travels on my blog thus far. Find the links to their interviews below. Are you looking for travel […]

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8 Fascinating Books on India you must read

“I love books. I love that moment when you open one and sink into it, you can escape from the world, into a story that's way more interesting than yours will ever be.” ― Elisabet Scott . ...And when you can't travel, then reading books is one form of travelling from your armchair. I've written a […]

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How to plan a trip to Spain and Portugal

Spain had been on my bucket list for a long while, but planning a trip to Spain and Portugal was not easy - because as usual, we tried to do too much in a short space of time. We decided to add Portugal to our itinerary because it was a country we wanted to visit […]

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10 Best things to do in Granada

“If there were a beauty contest lining up all the towns and cities of Spain, Granada would surely be declared the fairest of them all – it’s a heart-stealer.” The Cities Book ­- Lonely Planet Named after the ambrosial pomegranate, Granada is an enchanting city with a fascinating history. Located in Spain’s Andalusia region, it […]

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2019 - My year in review

2019 turned out to be a good year in travel for me, despite a slow start. I visited eight countries, three of them for the first time - bringing my total country count to 47. As the year ends, I am relaxing at home, recovering from one of the most hectic trips I’ve ever been […]

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11 things to do in Mauritius Besides Water Sports

Looking for things to do in Mauritius ? Read on... “Welcome to Paradise” said the Captain as the plane touched down in Mauritius. One did not have to look far to discover the motivation for such a bold claim. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous with postcard-like turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, palm […]

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Morukuru Family Owner's House – an exclusive safari retreat

Morukuru Family Owner's House Review For Africa infects the soul And sets ones senses free Its special gifts – sight, sound and smell Pervade incessantly… (Extract from a poem by E. Dibb) What better place could there be to experience the magic of Africa than your own private bush villa overlooking the meandering river, in […]

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10 Best things to do in Dubai with kids

Dubai is one of the most visited cities on earth, famous for its man-made islands, huge skyscrapers and shopping malls. According to the latest Euromonitor rankings, more tourists now go to Dubai than Paris, New York or Tokyo. There are so many things to do in Dubai . It is a constantly expanding destination.  New […]

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Sea views and stylish living at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Review Port Elizabeth has much going in its favour. The friendly city on the Sunshine Coast is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean and is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. Home to twenty Blue Flag Beaches, it is also referred to as the ‘Water sport capital of Africa.’ […]

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Dinokeng Game Reserve : Should you visit?

Dinokeng Game Reserve Day Visit :  Pros and cons My bush cravings were getting serious so on Women’s Day, I dragged my reluctant husband to Dinokeng Game Reserve , since it’s the only Big Five Game Reserve in our province, Gauteng. We got there at 11:30 am, admittedly not a great time to spot wildlife. […]

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10 best things to do in Venice

Top 10 things to do in Venice It is difficult to choose just 10 things to do in Venice. From my last whirlwind visit to Venice about 18 years ago, I just remember being serenaded with “Sole Mio” on a gondola ride through the canals and posing for old-fashioned non-digital photos in St Mark’s Square. This […]

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What to expect when you go on a safari

What to expect when you go on a safari Going on safari is an incredible experience, one that I personally cannot get enough of. The more I go, the more I want to go. It is also unlike any other holiday you may have been on and it is therefore helpful to know what to […]

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