Category: South Africa

I got stuck on a mountain…in Marakele National Park

An adventure in Marakele National Park In between visiting Morukuru Owner’s Family House in the North-West Province and Mhondoro Game Lodge in Limpopo, we spent two nights in the iron-mining town of Thabazimbi, which was approximately halfway between the two. Marakele National Park was just 15 km away from Thabazimbi, and of course, I had […]

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Off the Beaten Track Destinations in Africa

Traveling around South Africa can be somewhat daunting, as there are so many excellent locations filled with different spaces, places and faces. Each one offers something unique and profound. Each one is worth seeing and experiencing. However, sometimes you want to escape during your escape, you seek solitude and peace, and you're looking for a […]

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10 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Durban

The best weekend getaways from Durban Durban is a wonderful coastal city in South Africa with so much to see and do – whether you live there or are on holiday. What you may not know though, is that Durban is surrounded by some amazing places within short drives. Some of them can even be […]

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Travellers’ Tales – Meet Amelia from Voxate Writing and Editing

  I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Amelia , a writer and blogger based in the Garden Route of South Africa. She blogs at “Suddenly A Mom”. I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” […]

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21 photos of Mpumalanga that will make you want to go there

Photos of Mpumalanga "Mpumalanga" is one of South Africa's most spectacular provinces, with magnificent natural beauty and prolific wildlife.  It is also home to South Africa's largest game reserve, the Kruger National Park which covers almost two million hectares and the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon on Earth. Here are 21 photos […]

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Photos of Clarens ... and a flashback to my first visit

As I amble through the quaint streets of Clarens , admiring the charming little boutique shops under the gaze of the golden Maluti Mountains, my memories take me back to my first visit there. It was about ten year ago, long before I began blogging. I received an unsolicited but rather attractive email. This is […]

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens - Luxury in the heart of Clarens

Review: Protea Hotel By Marriott Clarens Clarens…aptly named the Jewel of the Free State. It had been ten years since I was last there and I was looking forward to visiting again, en route to Johannesburg from Lesotho. The picturesque town is known for its beautiful surroundings, its artistic attractions, and plethora of adventure activities, […]

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Misconceptions and Myths about Africa Debunked

Misconceptions and Myths about Africa Debunked Africa should be on everyone's top five travel destinations bucket list, or at least their top ten - whether they have caught the travel bug or not. However, foreigners still have their reservations because they have heard some crazy stories about Africa. It is now time to separate the […]

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Idwala Boutique Hotel – an idyllic experience in the city

Jo’burg never ceases to amaze me. Just when you start feeling claustrophobic from the buildings, the traffic and the crowds, you discover that there are places in the city that will make you feel like you are in the bushveld, far away. Places like Idwala Boutique Hotel … The 5-star rated Idwala Boutique Hotel is […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg - Lindfield House

I first heard about Lindfield House, when in a temporary bout of boredom, I went onto the Tripadvisor app and searched for “Things to Do Near Me”. I was surprised to find a Victorian house listed as one of the top attractions in Johannesburg, within 10 km from my house. I mentally filed it in […]

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Jasmine Restaurant - A Taste of Syria in Benoni

Update:December 2018 - This restaurant is now closed. I'm always looking for new restaurants to experience and the more unique the cuisine, the more appealing it is to me. I had heard about Jasmine Restaurant soon after it opened early last year, but somehow never made it there before. The restaurant is tucked away in […]

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The Taj Cape Town - A touch of India in the heart of Cape Town

Taj Cape Town Review In the historic and cultural heart of Cape Town, across the beautiful Company's Gardens, are two adjacent buildings with illustrious histories. Once housing the South African Reserve Bank and the Temple Chambers, both national monuments, they are now home to the grand Taj Cape Town hotel.  I recently stayed there on […]

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Review: The Great Moscow Circus

Visiting a circus is one of the best ways to feel like a child again. Lucky for me, the world-famous Great Moscow Circus is in South Africa again - and wowing the crowds. They were last here in 2006! I went there today with my family and it certainly was a fun way to spend […]

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Huffington Post South Africa launched with a bang #HuffPostSA

This past Sunday, I attended the Huffington Post South Africa launch in Sandton. Although the US media giant had been live in SA for a week already, the official launch was held a week later due to the 94.7 cycle challenge – which causes havoc with the traffic. The Huffington Post launched its 17th international […]

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15 things I hate about hotels

15 things I hate about hotels Ok, maybe hate is too strong a word but here are 15 things that really irk me about hotels. Don’t get  me wrong. I love hotels and would probably stay in them all the time if I could but there are certain basics that I wish every hotel would […]

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