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My favourite travel moments of 2013

2013 was an incredible travel year for me. If I counted correctly, I visited 20 countries across six continents. More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing places (and food!) and meet some truly inspiring people along the way. Here are some of my favourite travel moments in photos from […]

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Never forget

It’s a sad day for the world. With the passing of Nelson Mandela, we have lost one of the most inspiring and courageous figures of our time. Madiba, your courage, determination and messages of forgiveness and reconciliation will never be forgotten. You were and always will be a beacon of peace and hope. My thoughts […]

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Free State road trip

The Free State is a province in the heart of South Africa, southwest of Johannesburg and bordering the Kingdom of Lesotho on its southeastern fringe. It’s a vast province of expansive fields, rugged mountains, historic towns and charming villages and can best be explored on a road trip. Its capital, Bloemfontein, lies on the main […]

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Unforgettable encounters at Pilanesberg National Park

The Pilanesberg National Park is one of South Africa’s largest and is located in the Northwest Province, near the border with Botswana. Set in an extinct volcano, the park is home to thousands of animals, including the Big Five (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and lions). The park is a few hours’ drive northwest of Johannesburg […]

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Keeping South Africa’s F1 Grand Prix history on track

A special guest post by Lezaan Roos. Step through the doors of the Franschhoek Motor Museum and you’re stepping into one of the great stories of modern South Africa. A story of the family at the heart of its industrial and tobacco industry, of the renewal of the past through local conservation and preservation – […]

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Instagram highlights of my #MeetSouthAfrica trip

I miss South Africa! I’ve been back home almost two weeks now but I can’t stop thinking of the amazing experiences I had when I was there. My ten-day trip started in Johannesberg in the Gauteng province. We then crossed the Northwest province before heading south to the Free State and KwaZulu Natal. The trip […]

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Discovering the magic of South Africa in Parys

It was our third day in South Africa and we were on our way from Pilanesberg National Park to Parys, a small town southwest of Johannesberg. Parys is Afrikaans for Paris. “I bet it even has its own Eiffel Tower”, I joked. To my surprise,¬†Kate, our South Africa Tourism host, turned around and said, “yes, […]

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Can’t wait to #MeetSouthAfrica

This week sees me heading to South Africa! Woohoo! I’m really excited about this trip as I’ll be joining 15 other international travel bloggers on what is touted as the biggest travel blogger trip in African history! The bloggers will be split into four groups, each exploring a different part of the country, and we’ll […]

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Babylonstoren – a heavenly Cape Dutch wine farm

A special guest post by Lezaan Roos. Don’t ask me to compare Babylonstoren with other Cape Dutch farms. That would be tricky. For starters, it produces wine – a feature typical of estates. It offers a variety of unique food experiences, which could put it firmly in the restaurant category. It has a hotel, it’s […]

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A royal stay in Johannesburg

I’d just arrived in Johannesburg after an amazing trip to the four-country region – Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia – where I stayed on the gorgeous Zambezi Queen, went on safaris in the Chobe National Park and experienced the mighty Victoria Falls. It was an action-packed trip and I needed to chill. I stepped out […]

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