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8 Things to do in the Northern Cape … and some thoughts about the province

8 Things to do in the Northern Cape … and some thoughts about the province The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province making up over 30% of the country’s land. It was also the province we had spent the least time exploring, mainly because it seemed too far from Johannesburg. Besides Kimberley and Colesberg, […]

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The President Hotel - Family-friendly comfort in a stunning location

The President Hotel Review For over 250 years, the location of the current President Hotel has been a coveted one. In the 18th century, it was the site of the Society House, a recreational retreat in Cape Town where the rich and elite of the day would travel to be seen. After several ownership changes […]

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Jock Safari Lodge - Explorer-themed luxury safari

Jock Safari Lodge Review Africa has an ethereal quality…its breath whispers on plains of grass, its sound whistles in the bushveld trees, its heart sits in the souls of wild animals and its dust remains on one’s feet…forever”. J.C. Smuts We fell asleep to the sound of lions roaring on our first night at Jock […]

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Augrabies Falls – A must see in South Africa !

Augrabies Falls National Park Instagram made me do it. There, I said it! Although the Augrabies Falls had been on my South African bucket list for a long time, it was the posts of the falls in full force flooding my Instagram feed over the past few months that spurred me into planning a trip […]

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Walking Tour of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

Walking Tour of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town If there's one place that I must visit every time I go to Cape Town , it's the Bo-Kaap. I'm ever so fascinated by this historic, colourful district, which is always a sight for sore eyes. On my most recent trip to the Mother City, I did a walking […]

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15 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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Exploring the Mother City with City Sightseeing Cape Town

City Sightseeing Cape Town Did you know that the Cape Doctor is actually the local name for the strong south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer, and that it is thus named because it is believed to clear Cape Town of smog and pollution, leaving clear blue skies […]

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Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton - Homestyle staycation

Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton Review Life in Johannesburg can be so fast-paced and stressful that frequent vacations and staycations are mandatory. For our latest staycation we visited Hyatt House in Sandton which opened in November 2021.  Situated in a residential part of Sandton, it is close enough to the key business and shopping hubs in […]

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Shelley Point Hotel & Spa – a West Coast retreat

Shelley Point Hotel & Spa The Cape West Coast is one of South Africa’s most picturesque and alluring regions. Offering everything from pristine beaches and striking mountain ranges to colourful wildflower carpets in spring, it is no surprise that the area is so popular with holidaymakers. For us, it was also a great stopover destination […]

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Namaqua National Park - More than flowers

Namaqua National Park Namaqua National Park may be best known for its annual explosion of bright carpets of wildflowers in spring, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to offer during the rest of the year. We spent two days in the park in autumn and discovered that there was much more to […]

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Morukuru Beach Lodge – a hidden gem

Morukuru Beach Lodge Review I’d never seen a starfish in its natural environment before. Nor a sea anemone, sea urchin or abalone. Even though I’d been on many land-based wildlife-viewing safaris, this was my first time witnessing the aquarium under the sea and I was mesmerised. As you may have guessed, I am not a […]

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Kapama River Lodge - A swanky hotel in the bush

Kapama River Lodge Review We were about to embark on our first game drive at Kapama Private Game Reserve, when our ranger Rassie asked us what we’d like to see – as rangers normally do. Having seen all of the Big Five, wild dogs and cheetahs multiple times, I half-jokingly said that I wanted to […]

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Family safari at Mabula Game Lodge

Mabula Game Lodge Review The adorable trio of cheetah cubs frolicked in the sand, pursuing and pouncing on each other, and climbing termite mounds and trees. They reveled in their youthful energy and freedom, eyeing us curiously in between their play, while their mother scanned the horizon for breakfast. As she strode forward sensing the […]

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How to apply for a passport online - an easy guide

An easy guide on how to apply for a South African passport online Scroll down for information on how to apply for an ID online  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 […]

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Thanda Safari Lodge - so much to love

Thanda Safari Lodge Review It was a sunny morning in the African bush, and we were tracking a pair of cheetahs – a hungry mother and a daughter on a hunt. The mother seemed totally oblivious of us but the cheeky little one turned around and snarled at us, barely a metre away from our […]

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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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9 Relaxing weekend getaways near Gauteng

Weekend getaways near Gauteng I recently wrote a post about weekend getaways in Gauteng, which has been quite popular. This is the second post in the series and it covers weekend getaways near Gauteng. These are family-friendly places that I’ve personally stayed at and enjoyed with my family. However, they are also great places for […]

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10 Great weekend getaways in Gauteng

10 Great weekend getaways in Gauteng A weekend escape from the city always sounds tempting but a long drive to get there usually isn’t as appealing. If you live in Gauteng and are looking for nearby getaways for this weekend or the next, then you've come to the right place. These weekend getaways near Johannesburg […]

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12 Unique Things To Do In KwaZulu Natal

12 things to do in KwaZulu Natal (besides visit Durban) KwaZulu Natal is one of South Africa’s most beautiful provinces and one of its most popular tourist destinations. It is a spectacular, multi-cultural, subtropical region flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and the striking Drakensberg mountain range. The province stretches from Port Edward in the south […]

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12 Fun things to do in Hartbeespoort and surrounds

Things to do in Hartbeespoort In this age of social media, the Instagrammability of a destination is a key factor in deciding on a getaway destination for many people. The Hartbeespoort area boasts Instagram opportunities galore, and it’s proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria make it an ideal weekend destination. Meaning “Gateway of the Hartebeest” (a […]

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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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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, umpteen opportunities for adventure, world-class shopping, delicious food, and captivating history. There are so many places to visit […]

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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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14 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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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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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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11 Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg

The Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg I am often asked what the best halaal restaurants in Johannesburg are. As a South African food blogger and someone who eats out often, I have compiled the list below based on restaurants that I have personally experienced and enjoyed.  The list is updated often as I find new […]

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Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve – Sleeping with bats

Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve Brilliant white sand dunes surrounded by red Kalahari sands, against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains... the Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve is one of the wonders of the Northern Cape. Not to be confused with Witsand Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, the reserve spans around 3500 hectares, and is known […]

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Mount Kilimanjaro guide – What you need to know

Mount Kilimanjaro guide – What you need to know Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on your bucket list? Do you want to know what it feels like to stand at the top of Africa? Then this guide is for you! It will provide you with the information you need before making the trek up Africa's tallest […]

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Red Sands Country Lodge Review

Red Sands Country Lodge Review The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, comprising over 30% of the country’s land. It was also the province we had explored the least. Besides The Big Hole of Kimberley, we hadn’t seen much of its attractions. In an effort to change that, we planned a Northern Cape road […]

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The Gautrain : Advantages and disadvantages

What you need to know about The Gautrain Firstly, I must apologise that this post is delayed – by over a decade. In my defence though, I didn’t have a blog then. I began writing around that time but it was for other websites. The Gautrain began operating in June 2010 just in time for […]

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