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When the wilderness is caught off guard by an unusually brutal slap of nature, like last week’s floods in the Kruger Park region, the devastation and misfortune is well apparent. Watch some video footage of last week’s flood events.

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe has ushered in five crocs to the waterhole in front of the lodge. The new quintet hails from a crocodile farm in Groot Marico, and what happy landings to have arrived at Tau. So do look out for them on your next visit to this wonderful lodge. 

Cape Town’s heatwave has sent us all scuttling off to the closest cool-down joints, like thirsty hogs hunting waterholes in a parched landscape. And so it’s a good time, wherever you are – high and dry or lying low, in or out of sizzling Cape Town – to ponder some of the pool decks that could … Continue reading “Some Pretty Cool Places to Chill: Pools to Drool for”

Top honours are still with Thanda Private Game Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. Thanda has clinched the esteemed award for ‘World’s Leading Luxury Lodge’ yet again, bagging this and stunning award for the third year running. Congratulations, Thanda!

An oceanside stroll to the Slangkop Lighthouse is wonderfully easy – a toddler could manage, and it’s a good leg-stretch after a drive through Simons Town / Cape Point / Scarborough.

A fantastically rewarding safari destination, the Timbavati Game Reserve sits on the western fringe of the Kruger National Park, to the north of the Sabi Sands. Unfenced, this is a wilderness (53 000 hectares in all) where wildlife roams free. Supremely beautiful and known for its impressive bio-diversity, the Timbavati is one of South Africa’s … Continue reading “It’s a Hot Target, the Timbavati: Two Safari-Stops Second-to-None”

Whether it’s tramping rocky cliff paths that wind above fizzy cream soda-coloured oceans that blows your hair back, or catching a funicular in a clear, heaven-bound direction to catch your breath at unbelievable vistas, Cape Point is essential sightseeing for every visitor to Cape Town. 

It’s that time of year again when Best / Worst Lists do the rounds. And who-said-what that was memorable / embarrassing / downright outrageous, and so forth. Isn’t it intriguing how we always find ourselves doing this little stocktake as the blocks on the last grimy page of the calendar start hopping rapidly to the left of Today. … Continue reading “We’re Good, Thanks: South Africa’s 10 Bests for 2011”

Launch a splendid South African tour in beautiful Cape Town and conclude with an exciting Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, visiting famous wine country and fantastically scenic coastal spots along the way.

This singularly unique hotel on Knysna’s Thesen Islands has had an amazing metamorphosis from old gas station to plush hotel. In its gorgeous new guise, The Turbine Hotel and Spa entices guests with everything required for an unforgettable stay on the Garden Route.