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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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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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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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Exploring Bo Kaap in Cape Town

The Bo Kaap neighbourhood in Cape Town is a historic enclave that graces the slopes of Signal Hill. The first thing anyone will notice about this neighbourhood are the gorgeous, brightly-coloured houses lining steep cobbled streets. The second thing: the faint scent of spices such as cardamom and cloves in the air. Bo Kaap is […]

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A leopard at Sabi Sands (image courtesy of David Berkowitz)

Safaris in South Africa

A guest post by Jeffrey Cammack. South Africa is a wonderful destination for a Big Five safari as there are numerous game reserves offering amazing game viewing. The problem is often deciding where to go on safari as there are so many options. If you are travelling to South Africa and only spending a couple […]

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A dream home away from home

I walked into the living room and I gasped. Right there before me was one of the most stunning views from any house I’ve ever been in. The cloudless blue sky stretched into the distant horizon whilst the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean shimmered in the afternoon sun like a blanket of diamonds. I […]

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A spectacular drive around the Cape Peninsula

The drive around the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town is one of my favourite road trips in the world. I’ve driven this loop multiple times and each time was simply unforgettable. I once watched pods of whales frolicking in False Bay just fifty yards away from the shore. Another time, I stopped at the beach […]

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Experiencing the Twelve Apostles Spa

The Victoria Road (map) that runs from Cape Town to Hout Bay is one of my favourite drives anywhere in the world. The road winds its way from the foot of Signal Hill at the edge of Cape Town’s downtown area along the coast, past the iconic peaks of the Twelve Apostles and the azure […]

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