Category: Africa

12 Tips for Travelling to Namibia

12 Tips for Travelling to Namibia Namibia is unlike any other country I’ve been to before and I made a few mistakes when travelling there for the first time. However, I have learnt from the experience. There are 4 main aspects to consider when travelling to Namibia on a DIY trip:  flights (if you're flying […]

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Kruger Safari Packing List - 12 Essentials For Your Vacation

Everyone who visits South Africa should go on a safari at Kruger. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in the world, with a massive variety of animals and an ever-changing landscape indigenous to Southern Africa. Safaris here are the best way to spot the Big Five in their natural habitat, […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg - Liliesleaf Farm

On 11 July 1963, a group of anti-apartheid activists were having a crucial meeting in a little cottage on a smallholding in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg.  Little did they know that their lives were about to change forever.  A “laundry van” pulled up and armed policemen jumped out with police dogs. Knowing that they had […]

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Family safari at Jaci's Safari Lodge - Madikwe Game Reserve

There are few more exciting ways to start one’s day - a 5am outdoor shower followed by hot coffee and muffins then an early morning game drive. The radio cackles into life as the network of rangers across the reserve begin communicating with each other. We hear the word Makhanyane repeated frequently and we set […]

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Brahman Hills – Escape to the countryside

After a blistering hot spell, the cold front arrived as we checked in to Brahman Hills . However, apart from the fact that our panoramic views were obscured by rain and mist, we were happily ensconced in our comfortable cottage with a warm fireplace, electric blankets, heaters and a jacuzzi. We weren’t bored either, with […]

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Drakensberg Sun Resort - A great family getaway

Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes, and home to great sporting and entertainment facilities, the family-friendly Drakensberg Sun Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the Central Drakensberg area. It is spread over eight hectares in the picturesque Cathkin Park area, within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort celebrated […]

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The Nest Hotel - Grand Old Lady of the Drakensberg

The welcome letter at The Nest Hotel hinted that we may return home with a few kilograms to shed. They weren't kidding. One of the few resort hotels in South Africa that still serve sumptuous cuisine a la table d'hote , the food is a big draw card here.  Hearty breakfasts, three-course lunches and six- […]

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Review: Garden Court Umhlanga

A few years ago there was a Tsogo Sun advertisement on television, where a man arrives at his hotel and feels like he’s come home. I was reminded of that advertisement when I arrived at Garden Court Umhlanga . Although I had stayed at that particular hotel only once before, I had stayed at many […]

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Three Best places to spot big cats in Africa

Before we decide on which are the best places to see big cats in Africa their natural habitat, it is pertinent to point out the size of the continent. For those of you who don't know, Africa is extremely large, with horizons still larger, making some of the wild animal reserves the size of a […]

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Explore Johannesburg's Heritage Sites

I receive a lot of invitations to events, but since it takes time and effort to attend, I have to be quite selective about which ones I accept. However,  when I received an invitation to explore Johannesburg during Heritage Month, I knew that this was one event I wanted to attend. In fact, when I […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg – Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

If your children love to fidget / experiment , are budding scientists or struggling with science, then you definitely need to take them to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg’s Newtown district. Here the words “Don’t Touch” don’t exist and they can touch, feel, press and play to their little hearts’ content. Scientific concepts are explained with […]

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Throwback to my short holiday in Cairo

Several years ago, I spent a few days in Cairo with my family en route from the Middle East. It was the day after Eid and the atmosphere was joyous and celebratory. We stood at the window of our opulent bedroom in the Ramses Hilton Hotel and looked at the brightly lit feluccas on the […]

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