Category: South Africa

The frantic rush to get home before 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 lodges in the Western Cape that […]

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Addo Elephant National Park : Everything You Need To Know

It began as a small sanctuary to just 11 elephants in 1931. Today, Addo Elephant National Park has grown into the third-largest national park in South Africa, home to over 600 roaming elephants. But it’s not only elephants who reside here. Cape buffalo, wild antelope, and the extremely rare black rhino are also protected on […]

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Hashtag Escape - Escape Room Review

An abandoned house...a missing child...a decades-old mystery…if you want to feel as though you’ve stepped into a paranormal thriller, Johannesburg’s adventure escape room game Hashtag Escape might just be the thing for you. Read my escape room review here. Some background In case you haven’t heard of them, escape rooms are a popular craze that […]

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How to apply for a passport online - an easy guide

South Africans can now 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 email address here. Don't forget to click on […]

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

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 surveyed us from its […]

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More than 50 of the 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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The ultimate seaside escape at 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 five-star hotel in […]

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Mhondoro Game Lodge – an amazing family-friendly safari getaway

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 were at the lodge, […]

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Royal bush treatment at Madikwe Safari Lodge

We heard the leopard call. It was a distinctive sound not unlike that of wood being sawn. He was marking his territory. Then we heard the baboons anxiously barking to each other, warning of the leopards proximity. We sat in our stationery Land Cruiser, surrounded by the star-studded black night sky, our ears pricked for […]

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Morukuru Family Owner's House – an exclusive safari retreat

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 the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve? […]

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9 Things to do in the Garden Route, South Africa

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most picturesque areas. It makes an amazing road trip and holiday destination– for the whole family. Sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains on the one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other, the route snakes along a narrow coastal road between Mossel Bay in the […]

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge - Place of the Rock

It is said that construction on Kwa Maritane began centuries ago...The lodge is built on the slopes of an ancient volcano in the area now known as Pilanesberg Game Reserve and is overlooked by huge granite boulders. I had been to the reserve for day visits before but had never stayed there. According to recent polls […]

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