Category: South Africa

Cathedral Peak Hotel - a serene hideaway in the mountains

Cathedral Peak Hotel To say that I was impressed with Cathedral Peak Hotel would be an understatement. Its allure began before we even got there. As we drew closer to the hotel, the air became fresher, the mountains greener and the views more spectacular. I pulled out my camera hastily and began snapping away merrily […]

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Royal bush treatment at Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge Review 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, […]

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9 Things to do in the Garden Route

9 Things to do in the Garden Route 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 […]

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge - Place of the Rock

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge Review 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 […]

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ANEW Resort Hunters Rest – a historic countryside gem

ANEW Resort Hunters Rest Millions of years ago, long before Mount Everest was formed, the Magaliesberg mountains were created. Over time, as the area turned lush and green, it became home to a diverse range of fauna and flora. Elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and perhaps even dinosaurs, were just some of the creatures that roamed […]

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9 Things to do in Port Elizabeth + Day Trips

Things to do in Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth (PE) is a beautiful city on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Part of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, it is also known as the windy city or the friendly city - although I prefer the latter moniker. Although it is not as popular as Cape Town […]

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A Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Golden Gate Highlands National Park "The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons."  Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom The Free State landscape is characterized by vast, level, open […]

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Knysna History and Charm at The Lofts Boutique Hotel

The Lofts Boutique Hotel Review In July 1869, Arndt Leonard Thesen, a timber merchant from Norway, left his home with his wife and nine children, with plans to start a new life in New Zealand. Their ship encountered problems near Cape Town, and they decided to stay in South Africa. Arndt settled down with his […]

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Exploring Cape Country Routes with the Supertubes Collection in Jeffreys Bay

Stop anyone with a wet suit anywhere in the world and ask them where the number one surf spot in South Africa is and their answer will be an emphatic 'J-Bay!'. Jeffreys Bay, affectionately known as J-Bay, is a surfer’s paradise well-known for its perfect waves, beaches and sea shells. It lies on the Sunshine […]

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A visit to the Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind

Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind On 9 May 2017, there was a major announcement at Maropeng. The scientists who were behind the ground-breaking discovery of the new hominid species, Homo Naledi , in 2015, announced new discoveries from the Rising Star Cave site in the Cradle of Humankind – one of the richest fossil sites in Africa. […]

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The best ways of getting around Cape Town

The Best Ways of Getting Around Cape Town Cape Town is a beautiful city in South Africa that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The city is famous for its harbour and well-known landmarks like Cape Point and Table Mountain. The media tends to portray South Africa as a dangerous place to visit and its […]

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Flying high at Sky Villa Boutique Hotel

Sky Villa Boutique Hotel Review “Use every second of the night to dream about all that you want to achieve in life and use every second of the following day to achieve every dream you saw the last night.” These were the inspiring words that accompanied our bedtime chocolates with turndown at Sky Villa Boutique […]

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Hlosi Game Lodge - where the lions roar

Hlosi Game Lodge Review As dusk gave way to darkness, we hurtled across the rough terrain in our Land Cruiser in search of the lion that had been spotted there earlier.  He had been evading us for a while. Suddenly, we stopped. There he sat majestically, staring into the distance, mere metres away from us. […]

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Review: Tau Game Lodge

Tau Game Lodge Review A pair of crocodiles chased each other as a fish eagle looked on. Ducks quacked around the waterhole and a couple of herons stood haughtily amid them. A dazzle of zebras and a herd of wildebeest arrived to quench their thirst. A bit later, a parade of what seemed like over […]

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Morukuru Family Owner's House – an exclusive safari retreat

Morukuru Family Owner's House Review 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 […]

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