Category: South Africa

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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Shelley Point Hotel & Spa – a luxurious West Coast retreat

Shelley Point Hotel & Spa Review 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 […]

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Namaqua National Park - More than pretty 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 has nothing 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 it […]

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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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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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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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The Collectors Treasury - Things to do in Johannesburg

A visit to The Collectors Treasury in Johannesburg Do you love discovering hidden gems? Are you a collector of antiques and curiosities? Have you been searching for rare finds in Johannesburg? Have you dreamt about getting lost among thousands of books? If so, then you should head to The Collectors Treasury ! Housed in an […]

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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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The South African eVisa – what you need to know

The South African eVisa – what you need to know Often referred to as a world in one country, South Africa is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. It has evolved into a major holiday destination for international travellers thanks to its natural beauty, exciting wildlife safaris, historic attractions, adrenalin […]

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A delightful 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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Gratifying the senses at Seven Villa Hotel & Spa

Seven Villa Hotel & Spa Review “The foundation of human experience and sensory development is anchored in the -SEVEN senses.  Seven Villa Hotel & Spa Is a respite from the fast-paced life and allows guests to fully engage their sense of sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste, movement and balance.” Seven Villa Hotel & Spa An inner-city sanctuary in the heart of Sandton, […]

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The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic

The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic Update: The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic are permanently closed since March 2021 A short drive away from Pretoria, ensconced in a 280 hectare nature reserve, stands a Moorish-inspired marvel rising like a mirage above the trees. As you enter the gateway leading to the palace-like structure, you leave […]

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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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Moledi Gorge – An Exquisite Hidden Gem in the North West

Moledi Gorge Review One of the things I love about what I do is discovering hidden gems. The uber-chic Moledi Gorge is one such treasure. Built high on a cliff, in a malaria-free private reserve near Derby in the North West province, this five-star lodge overlooks a spectacular gorge. Retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows […]

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10 Unique Things to do in Mpumalanga

Things to do in Mpumalanga Mpumalanga is one of my favourite provinces in South Africa. Meaning "the place where the sun rises", it is blessed with breath-taking natural beauty and abundant wildlife - which attracts tourists from around the world. Personally, I become more enamored of this province every time I go there. I am […]

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