South Africa

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 get away to Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve (and bear with the last few kilometres on a gravel road – it’s well worth it!), you’re heading for pure, untainted wilderness. It’s a wonderworld of curiously weathered rock formations, majestic canyons and wide open spaces. This uniquely appealing place is a true hideaway. It’s concealed in a … Continue reading “This Rocks! Stay Four-Star in Cave Rooms and Round Huts amid Massive Rock Formations at Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve”

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”

Read all about Cape Town’s big six in the city: these are top sightseeing attractions not to overlook.

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”

Setting off on safari to the central Sabi Sand entails a sturdy stretch of driving, with at least 440 km of distance to cover, and perhaps more, depending on which lodge you’re travelling to.  If you’re looking for some great stopover suggestions en-route, which also make for wonderful safari preludes, think Hazyview or White River.

It’s the time of year when the wind blows great guns in Cape Town – just on some days, though. Clouds spill down dramatically over the great Table Mountain that has been the Mother City’s signature feature for centuries.  When the good old South-Easter tugs at hemlines and hairdos and we see the tablecloth descending … Continue reading “How Devil’s Peak Got its Name: What You Need to Know about Windy Days in Cape Town!”

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.

South Africa is wide and vast, and abundantly gifted with gorgeous landscapes and fascinating wildlife. From safari hideouts deep in the wilderness to trendy urban playgrounds, from secret mountain getaways to vine-combed valleys and pearl-white beaches, the holiday options in South Africa are almost endless.

The Fight Against Malaria A possible breakthrough in the fight against malaria has been made by scientists at the University of Cape Town, collaborating with Swiss colleagues. A team under UCT’s Dr Kelly Chibale has identified a compound that could become part of a single-dose cure for all strains of malaria, and might also have … Continue reading “Strides in the Fight Against Malaria: University of Cape Town at the Forefront”