South Africa

South Africa’s new immigration regulations for travel with children set out a number of very specific requirements with which travellers must comply to enter and leave the country. These regulations are effective from 1 June 2015 and apply to all travellers – foreign as well as South African, both on departure and arrival. The intention is that … Continue reading “South Africa’s New Immigration Regulations Relating to Travel with Children Effective 1 June 2015”

The beautiful Company’s Garden in Cape Town is a quiet sanctuary amid the buzz of the city and it’s near magnificent Table Mountain and lots of city attractions. It now also has a trendy new restaurant.

In our persistently plugged-in and switched-on world where we’re almost always available on multiple digital networks, information bombards us at a torrential pace. Digitally cluttered, socially over-connected and (probably) under-engaged, the idea of a regular digital detox is starting to win favour. Those in support of ‘the balanced life’ advocate a regular “secular Sabbath” (see for … Continue reading “Holidays Unplugged: Getaways in South Africa for Digital Detox”

A hot-air balloon safari is an awe-inspiring inclusion to a South African holiday. It’s exciting and energizing, and it offers unbeatable bird’s-eye-view sightseeing. Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris lend new and thrilling meaning to the old adages On Cloud Nine and Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining. So why not Send up a Trial Balloon, … Continue reading “On Cloud Nine: A Hot-Air Balloon Safari in South Africa”

It’s not hard to fall in love with an incy-wincy village in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Take Barrydale, for example. Its sits poised and pretty in a fertile farming area smack-bang on famous Route 62. Cute country cottages, life in the slow lane and lovely artsy people creating interesting things are part of the appeal. It’s the … Continue reading “Barrydale Western Cape: Slick 6 Best and Beautiful Places to Visit”

Placid estuary, stilted water birds, bunches of bokkoms and homegrown boat cruises – these and cheery, unpretentious small-town living are what the coastal town of Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast are all about. Set on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay, the town is an inviting habitat for birds, … Continue reading “Boats, Bokkoms and Good Cheer – On Tap at Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast”

To celebrate the first day of Spring in South Africa, we’re sharing the pics we took on Saturday at Cape Point. After a week of wild storms and heavy rain, Capetonians were able to step out into a gorgeously clear day on Saturday, the world looking bright and beautiful again. We spent the day in … Continue reading “Cape Point in Pictures to Celebrate Spring”

The beauty of the West Coast National Park on the Cape’s West Coast is almost astounding. Feast on sights of rock-studded shorelines, sand dunes white as milk, the bright turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, and majestic carpets of flowers in springtime. As if this were not enough, the park will also delight you with sightings of many … Continue reading “Put Some Spring in Your Step. Head for the Flowers and the West Coast National Park”

Ever dreamed of a luxury holiday in South Africa where there’s no driving, no flying, no exhausting Getting-From-Point-A-to-Point-B? Luxury rail travel through South Africa on Rovos Rail is an opulent indulgence and, for many, an absolute dream come true. It’s the kind of experience where you can kick back and relax, completely, whilst the dedicated Rovos Rail … Continue reading “Rovos Rail is Right on Track: Train Travel at its Most Tantalizing in South Africa”

Any aspiring shark-cage divers in the house in need of a tiny nudge or some practical information? Well, Meisha Mustak – who’s one of our Getaway Consultants – re-emerges after-hours as an adventurer who – by her own admission – will try most things at least once. Her latest escapade was a shark cage dive, and so … Continue reading “Are You Thinking of Taking the Plunge? We Chat to an Adventurer after her Shark Cage Dive at Gansbaai”