Category: South Africa

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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15 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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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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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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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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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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9 Relaxing weekend getaways near Gauteng

Family-friendly weekend getaways near Gauteng I recently wrote a post about weekend getaways in Gauteng, which has been quite popular. This is the second post in the series and it covers weekend getaways near Gauteng. These are family-friendly places that I’ve personally stayed at and enjoyed with my family. They can be found in nature […]

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Review: Dikhololo Resort

Competition is closed. Congratulations to Ullrie Van Zyl. Review: Dikhololo Resort Resorts are synonymous with relaxation, fun and quality time with loved ones, places where your biggest decisions will be whether to lounge around the pool or participate in the myriad leisure activities – making them perfect for family holidays. Located in a wildlife reserve […]

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Glamping in the Cradle Of Humankind – Sibani Lodge

Sibani Lodge Review When you want to feel at one with nature but can’t bear to forego your daily luxuries, what do you do? You go glamping of course! Fortunately, we have some great glamping spots in Gauteng – like Sibani Lodge. An unexpected, but welcome, long weekend, saw us heading to the Cradle of […]

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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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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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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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