Holiday Activities

The wonder of giant turtle viewing was one of the amazing experiences mentioned on last night’s #TravelChatSA on Twitter, where people talked about  South Africa’s multitude of delights for travellers. And indeed, turtle viewing is an awesome experience. The place to stay for this is Thonga Beach Lodge, a casually exclusive cluster of sublime suites … Continue reading “Stand By for Turtle Time and a Rad Turtle-Viewing Getaway on a Remote Shore of KwaZulu-Natal”

When you can’t decide between the bliss of a soothing, green wilderness and the enchantment of the sea, choose a perfect piece of paradise that gives you both. And more besides. Not far from Cape Town, and just beyond Hermanus and Stanford, there’s a very accessible and captivating wonderland of ancient forests and fynbos-clothed mountainsides … Continue reading “Grootbos: Big & Beautiful … a Majestic Mosaic of Nature”

One of my most fondly remembered South African safari experiences was a silver moonrise in the Groot Marico. Another was seeing a big Sabi Sand sky aflutter with Blue Waxbills.  In the Manyeleti, a highlight was watching my all-time largest pride of lion, reclining well fed and lethargic on a charred piece of earth etched stark and black … Continue reading “So What’s the Game Plan? A Typical Day on Safari in South Africa”

Flowers and fossils, braais and bokkoms, theatre and thingimijigs – the West Coast of the Western Cape is a scenic bonanza and has an array of things to see and do. It’s a wonderful area to explore, for visitors and South Africans alike. One of the major drawcards of the West Coast is that there are still … Continue reading “West is Best: Things to Do on the West Coast”

One wouldn’t necessarily think of Knysna as a “city” – it’s much too quaint and laid-back a holiday spot for that – but what certainly is true, is that it’s a prime holiday spot and a definite must-do on any Garden Route holiday.  Knysna has soared up to second place on Conde Nast Traveller’s Top … Continue reading “Nifty Knysna: In the Top Five of Africa’s Best Cities”

South Africa is endowed with nine spectacular National Botanical Gardens. Each is special in its own way, revealing different regional plant treasures and unique collections and displays.

Addo Elephant National Park is one of the crowning glories of the Eastern Cape.  Pristine, free of the risk of malaria, and tramped by elephants who come excitingly close for viewing, Addo is close to compulsory for visitors and homegrown folk who love the bush.

Exquisitely beautiful, and home to a large colony of endangered African penguins, Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has notched its mark high up on the list of the world’s truly unique beaches. It’s been awarded eighth place by Tripadvisor, on the basis of user-generated opinions.

With a reputation for endless summers and waves as big and beautiful as any surfer would want them, Jeffreys Bay draws people from all corners to the magic of the ocean. Hopeful wave-seekers flock to the popular little ocean town – just a short jaunt from Port Elizabeth – for its legendary surf  breaks. Here, … Continue reading “Where the Surf’s Up Real Big: All Boards Point to Jeffreys Bay”

Robertson – known as the “ small town with a big heart” – lies at the centre of the picturesque Robertson Wine Valley on Route 62. The town has chalked up 150 years of history, and shows off beautiful old Victorian buildings, jacaranda-lined streets, eye-soothing vineyards and bright splashes of bougainvillea.  Wine and its accompanying … Continue reading “Brandy, Birding, Buddhist Retreats & More: The Low-Down on Robertson”