Category: South Africa

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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Welcome to Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge Review Our welcome at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park was very African and rather unique. Shortly after our arrival, as we sat and completed the mandatory paperwork in the brightly coloured communal lounge, a herd of elephants paraded past the lodge deck, their trunks moving up and […]

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The Big 5 of Africa : Bush Basics

The Big 5 of Africa How well do you know your  wildlife? If bush jargon confuses you, then this guide to African wildlife will give you the basic information you need to know before your safari, and answer some commonly asked wildlife questions. Although I discuss the Big 5 of Africa , I will also […]

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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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Thanda Safari Lodge - so much to love

Thanda Safari 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 vehicle. […]

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8 Great weekend getaways in Gauteng

8 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. These weekend getaways near Johannesburg are in countryside surroundings, and they’re all in Gauteng – in case we Gautengers are put into lockdown again! Kids are welcome at most […]

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10 Unique things to do in Africa besides safaris

10 Things to do in Africa besides safaris To those that live outside the continent, Africa is synonymous with safaris. But there is much more to the world’s second largest continent than just safaris. For those that are willing to step out of that Landrover, Africa is rich in history, culture, adventure, and amazing natural […]

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14 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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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge Review - Luxury safari in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

Review: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Camouflaged by the tall grass, the young lioness crouched, her lithe body taut. She was surrounded by zebras, warthogs, and white rhinos, and her eyes darted between all of them. They were close enough to observe but not to ambush – yet. We watched with bated breath […]

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The Marine Hotel - The Grande Dame of Hermanus

The Marine Hotel Hermanus - Review It began as a summer grazing area for livestock then eventually progressed to become a small fishing village. Today, Hermanus is known as the whale watching capital of South Africa, even recognized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. From […]

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The Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

The Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour “The diamond, known for a long time only to kings and then to very few of them, has greater value than any other human possession and not merely than any other gemstone.” Pliny the Elder Did you know that the largest diamond ever found was The Cullinan Diamond? It was […]

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How to apply for a passport online - an easy guide

How to apply for a South African passport online How to apply for an ID online (Scroll down) 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 […]

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Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa – Penguin Playground

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa Review Did you know that penguins mate for life? Once they have identified The One, they "propose" by giving their potential mate a smooth pebble. Isn’t that sweet? The iconic Boulders Penguin Colony along the False Bay Coast is one of the best places in South Africa to get up […]

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Kosi Forest Lodge -an enchanted forest hideaway

Kosi Forest Lodge Review “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”  John Muir 2021 is all about wide, open spaces - something you’ll find in abundance at Kosi Forest Lodge. Located within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, in Northern KwaZulu Natal - near the Mozambique border - the Kosi Bay area […]

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Exploring Johannesburg attractions with Joburg Tourism

Exploring Johannesburg attractions with Joburg Tourism I was recently invited to explore some lesser-known things to do in Johannesburg with Joburg Tourism and a few other bloggers. It had been a while since I had last done a Joburg tour and I was even more eager to do it, because apart from the Walter Sisulu […]

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