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Travel Info and articles on destinations and travelling in South Africa from some of South Africa's top travel publications. Also see our directory for travel businesses in South Africa, or go to our Tourism section to find more listings and information specific to travelling to, in and around South Africa. If you are planning to travel around South Africa, into our neighbouring countries or even further north into the heart of Africa , don't rush off. Sit back and enjoy over a 100 (and counting) travel articles sourced from top travel, tourism and lifestyle publications such as Getaway Magazine and Country Life. ShowMe South Africa brings you the very best of South African travel journalism! Be inspired to take a holiday in Africa!
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Kruger National Park’s Mananga 4X4 adventure trail Kruger National Park’s Mananga 4X4 adventure trail

On a recent trip to the Kruger National Park to#tellbetterstories, we were looking for something a bit different, not just the...

Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, Greyton, Kwazulu Natal Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, Greyton, Kwazulu Natal

Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, near Greyton, Kwazulu Natal offers wide biodiversity in beautiful surroundings. Birdwatching, Hiking ...

Self Drive 1 Route from Cape Town to PE via Garden Route Self Drive 1 Route from Cape Town to PE via Garden Route

This unforgettable self drive route through the famous Garden Route is right up there with the most scenic road trips in the world

A weekend of wine on the Breede River A weekend of wine on the Breede River

This year’s Wine on the River festival in Robertson was a great success, showing that wine tourism is growing as healthily...

Nairobi’s three must-visit museums Nairobi’s three must-visit museums

Nairobi is Kenya’s principal economic, administrative and cultural centre. Its cosmopolitan charms, such as the vibrant culture...

48 hours at Victoria Falls 48 hours at Victoria Falls

Travel bloggers, Jeff and Kerryn, from Pass The Map caught their first glimpse of the Victoria Falls out of an airplane window...

North to West Cape flower spectacular North to West Cape flower spectacular

Earlier this month I posted about my adventure in the Northern Cape to see the annual floral display mother nature puts...

Northern Cape flower spectacular Northern Cape flower spectacular

I’ve been dreaming about seeing the West Coast and Northern Cape flowers for years! Growing up in Jozi’s concrete wonderland...

South Africa’s best picnic spots South Africa’s best picnic spots

Enjoy the sounds and sightings at this rustic picnic spot while your picnic fire blazes, then wander off to the lookout deck...

Finding peace in Madagascar Finding peace in Madagascar

Situated 400km off the coast of East Africa, Madagascar is roughly two and a half times the size of Great Britain...

Team breathes new life into Luambe National Park Team breathes new life into Luambe National Park

After many years of being in the shadows, the remote Luambe National Park in Zambia’s wonderful Luangwa Valley is about...

Orange River, Groot Melkboom Orange River, Groot Melkboom

If you'd enjoy spending a night or two along the Orange River banks, you'd probably be interested in the Namaqua 4x4 Eco-trail...

The ultimate Overberg motorbike route: Cape Town to Mossel Bay The ultimate Overberg motorbike route: Cape Town to Mossel Bay

Chris Davies and Tyson Jopson did that on this spectacular motorbike route through the Overberg, in search of the best dirt...

Hiking the Magaliesburg Hiking the Magaliesburg

The Magaliesberg, which is right here on our doorstep is the ideal hiking destination - obviously one's main concern when...

Up the Elephant Coast – the perfect bush and beach break Up the Elephant Coast – the perfect bush and beach break

Of course, everyone who thinks of travelling to South Africa wants to visit the world famous Kruger National Park and Cape Town...

An ear-piece that lets you speak any language An ear-piece that lets you speak any language

An ear-piece that lets you speak any language...

11 vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Cape Town 11 vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Cape Town

We went looking for some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Cape Town, and we found some great eateries – whether...

How to react when a lion is licking your tent How to react when a lion is licking your tent

This jaw-dropping video was first posted on the Kgalagadi Sightings Facebook page, by someone who doesn’t know...

Meeting at Crook's Corner, Limpopo Province, South Africa Meeting at Crook's Corner, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Crook's Corner is in a national park situated in the Limpopo Province, a great place for historians, bird watchers and adventures.

The Jock Trail from Graskop The Jock Trail from Graskop

As you travel through the Mpumalanga, you may have various Jock of the Bushveld experiences. You'll come across statues, memorials

Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail

Travelling on the Rovos Rail means you'll enjoy fine foods and wines, not to mention sleeping compartments fit for royalty...

Rome to the Amalfi Coast by train Rome to the Amalfi Coast by train

Italy was an afterthought. It may have been a brilliant afterthought, but still, it was never in the plans. But with two weeks...

The Botswana safari destination you didn’t know existed The Botswana safari destination you didn’t know existed

Popular tourist destinations in Botswana are only a small piece of what the country has to offer. Botswana is home to a treasure

The Southern African transfrontier parks The Southern African transfrontier parks

In 2002 the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park was founded and the process of dropping the fence between the Mozambique and...

In photos: walking trails to make you fall in love with Kruger In photos: walking trails to make you fall in love with Kruger

Did you know only six percent of the Kruger National Park is accessible to visitors via the main public roads?...

Stay at a traditional Limpopo village Stay at a traditional Limpopo village

Few come close to the Vhembe District of the Limpopo province, which is a real pity because this area is filled with culture...

Everything you need to know about European rail pass reservation fees Everything you need to know about European rail pass reservation fees

At first, the instructions on your European rail pass seem too good to be true. Validate the pass on the day of your first trip...

Antiques of the Overberg: 23 spots for bargain-hunters Antiques of the Overberg: 23 spots for bargain-hunters

I set off to find antiques and great deals in the Overberg, and discovered the only thing I didn’t bargain for is how many...

The best Swazi game reserves you haven’t heard of (or don’t know enough about) The best Swazi game reserves you haven’t heard of (or don’t know enough about)

When you find out that Swaziland is the smallest country in Africa you probably wonder what on earth you could find to do there...

Your top 12 off-the-grid destinations across South Africa Your top 12 off-the-grid destinations across South Africa

Here are the results: 12 wonderfully remote South African havens. 12 remote camps and cottages around South Africa..

Roses among the thorns: a guide to Bloemfontein Roses among the thorns: a guide to Bloemfontein

We sent Justus Visagie on a near-impossible mission: find the roses among the thorns in Bloemfontein, the Free State’s bristly...

A guide to Mozambique’s marvellous Machangulo A guide to Mozambique’s marvellous Machangulo

Just one flight, one hour away from OR Tambo, is Maputo, Mozambique. And only a 90-minute boat ride from the bustling city...

Roses among the thorns: a guide to Bloemfontein Roses among the thorns: a guide to Bloemfontein

We sent Justus Visagie on a near-impossible mission: find the roses among the thorns in Bloemfontein, the Free State’s bristly...

How to see the best of Botswana in ten days How to see the best of Botswana in ten days

Melanie van Zyl packs a family into a 4×4 camper for a 3000-kilometre trip to see the best of Botswana in 10 adventure-charged...

Travelling to Spain's La Rabida: the birth place of the Americas Travelling to Spain's La Rabida: the birth place of the Americas

In Spain's spectacular city Seville, it seemed that every person we talked to was proud of Christopher Columbus...

Behind the scenes: photographing gorillas in Rwanda Behind the scenes: photographing gorillas in Rwanda

I’ve learnt through prior experience to never read one of Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s Getaway columns in public spaces...

Guide to Citrusdal Guide to Citrusdal

Citrusdal is a thriving farming district by trade but has been dragged kicking and screaming into tourism. It’s well worth the...

5 different ways to experience Africa on safari 5 different ways to experience Africa on safari

The picture that usually springs to mind of an African safari is the quintessential game vehicle roaming across sweeping plains...

6 reasons why you should go to Hell’s Gate National Park 6 reasons why you should go to Hell’s Gate National Park

Located in Naivasha in Kenya, Hell’s Gate National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, flora and over 100 species of birds...

St Helena in photos St Helena in photos

On St Helena, one of Earth’s most isolated inhabited islands, jaw-dropping landscapes, fascinating natural history...

The Spectacular Sani Pass Drive The Spectacular Sani Pass Drive

Sani Pass becomes busier than Durban's city morning traffic when it snows on the Drakensberg or in Lesotho...

4x4ing in the Baviaanskloof 4x4ing in the Baviaanskloof

Once a farming hub, the Baviaanskloof is now slowly being transformed into a space where wildlife and man live in harmony...

How to book campsites at Botswana’s national parks How to book campsites at Botswana’s national parks

It can be tricky to book public campsites in Botswana’s national parks and reserves. Some campsites are run by private...

The one thing you’re doing wrong with panoramas The one thing you’re doing wrong with panoramas

Taking a good panorama image is harder than it looks. In our October 2015 Masterclass we talk about stitching the perfect...

All the king’s men… and women: a surprising sojourn in Swaziland All the king’s men… and women: a surprising sojourn in Swaziland

Vuyi Qubeka goes to Swaziland expecting poverty and boiling resentment for its king. But what she finds is something...

Wigwam holiday in Paternoster Wigwam holiday in Paternoster

Unique accommodation in Paternoster, wigwam style, another little gem that is well worth investigating. Ever heard of glamping?

Spend spring at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens Spend spring at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

R35 gets you into the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, one of South Africa’s 10 national constant gardens...

10 train journeys to dream about 10 train journeys to dream about

There’s nothing quite like travelling by train, listening to the rhythmic rumble as the wheels clack over the tracks and the...

The colours of Thailand The colours of Thailand

From fragrant food to pungent streets, from sweet fruit shakes to brightly coloured temples and iridescent seas, there’s...

Seven of the best places to see flowers in South Africa Seven of the best places to see flowers in South Africa

If you thought flower viewing was limited to the West Coast during spring, you’d be mistaken. Here’s a list of where to see...

Zip through a World Heritage Site with Cape Canopy Tours Zip through a World Heritage Site with Cape Canopy Tours

Cape Canopy Tour was recently placed second on the list of the world’s hottest new tourism experiences for 2015 by Lonely Planet.

Intrepid Holgate Land Rover team off on their toughest challenge yet Intrepid Holgate Land Rover team off on their toughest challenge yet

Kingsley Holgate, Africa's supreme Land Rover adventurer and philanthropist, will begin his next world-first geographic and ...

The colours of Calvinia - Northern Cape The colours of Calvinia - Northern Cape

Calvinia is small. It’s a dusty town ringed by copper mountains and creaky windmills. Once a year, its weathered face blossoms...

20 interesting facts about Prince Albert, South Africa 20 interesting facts about Prince Albert, South Africa

Much has been written about the charming Karoo village of Prince Albert, but there is more to this town than pretty houses...

Skiing France in photos Skiing France in photos

In late March 2015 I went to France in search of the best, and most affordable, European skiing destination for South Africans...

Cape of good times Cape of good times

Capetonians are often accused of being arrogant or blase about the idyllic paradise they call home. Whether this is true or not...

The wild horses of Aus The wild horses of Aus

I have always wanted to capture the landscape of Namibia on camera so I started planning my journey. During my research...

8 of the best pie stops on the N2 8 of the best pie stops on the N2

Here are eight places that are worth stopping at for a pie along the N2 highway. All being fresh, homemade and tasty...

For the love of stories: things to do in KwaZulu-Natal For the love of stories: things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

I went on a quest to root out the tradition of storytelling in KwaZulu-Natal and found these great places to visit...

Off the N2: the best route for a wild roadtrip Off the N2: the best route for a wild roadtrip

For wildlife and open spaces, Chris Davies, Tyson Jopson and Scott Ramsay detour off the N2 to visit five SANParks that join...

In photographs: a visit to Citrusdal, Western Cape In photographs: a visit to Citrusdal, Western Cape

Citrusdal is a thriving farming district by trade but has been dragged kicking and screaming into tourism. I’ll be honest...

9 of the wildest experiences in Southern Africa 9 of the wildest experiences in Southern Africa

Scott Ramsay has been to some of the most untouched regions on the planet. In all his years of exploring, he counts his visits...

The glory of the Pilanesberg, North West Province The glory of the Pilanesberg, North West Province

We didn’t stop on the way to eat or drink as we were in too much of a hurry to get to Bakgatla Resort and indulge in a weekend...

Pastoral Port Elizabeth Pastoral Port Elizabeth

Claire Fulton treats herself to a day out of town, one that starts with a farm breakfast under Lady's Slipper Mountain...

Africa’s secret waterfall Africa’s secret waterfall

“28 kilometres! Are you crazy?!” The kids are not exactly enamoured about the idea of an eight hour hike to see some waterfalls...

In photographs: the Cape Town Free Walking Tour in the Bo Kaap In photographs: the Cape Town Free Walking Tour in the Bo Kaap

I’ve always loved the colours of the Bo Kaap beckoning from the slopes of Signal Hill, but never managed to get close to that...

You’ll find big rewards in these five small KZN reserves You’ll find big rewards in these five small KZN reserves

Hluhluwe, iSimangaliso, Ithala, Phinda – these parks take priority, but there are other wonderful options in KZN ...

Free-range living in the fynbos: guide to Stanford Free-range living in the fynbos: guide to Stanford

Locals warned him of Stanford’s pull, but it wasn’t until he made a right-turn to this Overberg village that Fred Hatman felt...

Guide to Lake Jozini Guide to Lake Jozini

At the foot of the Lebombo mountains, just south of Swaziland, lies a destination that not only resembles Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba..

Guide to Mossel Bay, Garden Route, South Africa Guide to Mossel Bay, Garden Route, South Africa

A temperate climate, deep historical roots and a well developed tourist infrastructure make Mossel Bay far more than just...

5 reasons to visit the Waterberg in 2015 5 reasons to visit the Waterberg in 2015

An African wildlife safari is surely on most travel bucket lists for 2015. To get round to ticking this one off, you don’t need...

Best music festivals in Africa for 2015 Best music festivals in Africa for 2015

Want to spend your year careening from one crazy music festival to the next, while getting a taste of different African countries?

Chad – the unexplored safari destination Chad – the unexplored safari destination

Virtually unexplored, and thus sadly misunderstood, there is so much more to Chad than perceived...

A million shades of green in Tokoloshe Valley! A million shades of green in Tokoloshe Valley!

I recently took a trip out into the Umgeni River Valley and had the privilege of seeing a lot of the undiscovered natural beauty..

In photographs: a visit to Wakkerstroom In photographs: a visit to Wakkerstroom

So many stories are written about Wakkerstroom. They feature the same people and they all say the same...

Once upon a forest - Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape Once upon a forest - Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape

Stutterheim certainly has a tense history but is now quite the magnet for nature lovers...

10 unusual things to do in Joburg that won’t cost a fortune 10 unusual things to do in Joburg that won’t cost a fortune

Stuck on something to do in Joburg this weekend, but don’t want to break the bank? Then you’re exactly like me and I’m taking a ..

Video: want to get lost in Indonesia? Watch this. Video: want to get lost in Indonesia? Watch this.

Watch gorgeous scenery in Indonesia unfold in this magical travel video. If you have an itch to travel, these breathtaking...

Green lungs, gold heart: a guide to Southbroom Green lungs, gold heart: a guide to Southbroom

Take a trip to Southbroom, a village tucked between two rivers on KZN’s South Coast that has conservation and recreation as its...

Escape to nature, Rust de Winter, Limpopo Escape to nature, Rust de Winter, Limpopo

We have just returned from a relaxing weekend at Rust de Winter Dam Resort, a fantastic nature resort in Limpopo that is ideal...

Out of time in Oudtshoorn Out of time in Oudtshoorn

If someone had told me that two action-packed days would not be time enough to see and do everything in a small Klein Karoo...

High five for family holidays High five for family holidays

Family holidays. Just those two words are enough to evoke a multitude of memories: sandy and sun burnt days on the beach...

Reunion Island in 11 snapshots Reunion Island in 11 snapshots

Reunion Island is one of the most photogenic places you’ll ever see. From the mountains dense with mango trees to the streets...

Wellington, Cape Winelands Wellington, Cape Winelands

Wellington, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, lies in a beautiful valley on the banks of the Kromme River, at the foot of the ..

The Danakil Depression, the most inhospitable place on earth The Danakil Depression, the most inhospitable place on earth

A short 4 day trip into Ethiopia - a trip into what we forever will call ‘The Most Inhospitable Inhospitable Place on Earth.’...

Loop the Loop in Limpopo Loop the Loop in Limpopo

Instead of rushing through Limpopo on your journey to the bushveld, slow down, have a good look around the Blyde River Canyon...

In photos: traversing through Thailand In photos: traversing through Thailand

On a recent trip to the north and south of Thailand I was lucky enough to experience some of the magic this country holds...

Six spots for traditional South African dishes Six spots for traditional South African dishes

From spicy curries to Dutch-inspired stews, get your fix of traditional South African dishes at these six eateries...

How to book the best hotel room every time How to book the best hotel room every time

Nothing ruins a holiday quicker than a horrid room, no matter how temporary the arrangement. After almost two decades of...

Luxury and pampering in the south of France Luxury and pampering in the south of France

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has recently launched a new ‘super ship’, the SS Catherine, to ply the Rhône River in the south...

Photoblog: best weekend breaks around Joburg Photoblog: best weekend breaks around Joburg

Drive less than an hour and a half from Johannesburg and you can find yourself in some of South Africa’s most beautiful areas...

Beguiling Barrydale - A small town with a big heart! Beguiling Barrydale - A small town with a big heart!

All roads lead to Barrydale, or so it seems. You cart choose Thomas Bain's scenic Tradouw Pass, or Route 62. No matter which...

The Republic of Swellendam The Republic of Swellendam

Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, lies Swellendam, the third oldest magisterial district (after Cape Town and...

Beautiful images of Bangweulu Wetlands Beautiful images of Bangweulu Wetlands

Bangweulu Wetlands, located in Zambia, is managed by African Parks and home to 83 species of fish along with a unique array...

Waterfalls, walks and wild trout Waterfalls, walks and wild trout

Natural features are special, touching us all in different ways, but always leaving an indelible imprint on each our souls. When..

The secrets of Lake Como The secrets of Lake Como

Lake Como is a tranquil and picturesque slice of heaven that is surrounded by mountains and hills and dotted with beautiful...

Choosing the right Eurail rail pass Choosing the right Eurail rail pass

So you’ve read about the ins and outs of rail travel in Europe, identified a few dozen cities you’d like to visit, and decided...

10 best relaxing retreats and spas in South Africa 10 best relaxing retreats and spas in South Africa

Spread far and wide, these 10 spa retreats in South Africa are built with relaxation in mind. If you’re feeling like you need...

Baardskeerdersbos and the art of seeing Baardskeerdersbos and the art of seeing

Seeing and Light are the two words that seem to sum up the quality of Baardskeerdersbos, the small rural settlement in the Over...

Have kids, will travel Have kids, will travel

Would you take your nine-week-old on a journey across the world? Or your four young children on a month-long road trip across...

In photos: A West Coast roadtrip in South Africa In photos: A West Coast roadtrip in South Africa

Since I was 16 years old, my camping trips up the West Coast have been held up by the N7 roadworks - now pristine beach camping ..

Hidden gem of Heidelberg - charming town off the N2 Hidden gem of Heidelberg - charming town off the N2

Most motorists on the N2 zoom past the unpretentious town of Heidelberg in the Southern Cape. Some who stop are so charmed they...

In photos: cruising the Baltic In photos: cruising the Baltic

Departing from Copenhagen, the route took us through Berlin, Tallinn, Stockholm and finally St Petersburg giving you a glimpse ...

Keeping It Quiet - 5 heavens of calm to stay in nature Keeping It Quiet - 5 heavens of calm to stay in nature

Need to recharge your batteries? Look no further than one of these five havens of calm.

Meet the Midlanders Meet the Midlanders

Who hasn't heard of the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal? We seek out a dozen members of this tourism route to show just why...

5 dishes you must eat to fully experience Marrakech, Morocco 5 dishes you must eat to fully experience Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech – it’s a bubbling cauldron full of colour, emotion, vibrance, and chaos. There’s no other way to describe this city.

The people of Virunga The people of Virunga

The new Virunga film is getting incredible reviews and is a powerful story of an element often overlooked in conservation – the...

Truly Tuscany Truly Tuscany

People in Tuscany know how to live. Here, world-famous art, a rich history, fine food and ‘vino’ all blend into a laid-back...

Call from the Sahara Desert Call from the Sahara Desert

Picture this: You are on a camel’s back, embarking on a journey of discovery in an unexplored land with nomadic herders. Ahead...

Kenya’s magical forest – the Arabuko Sokoke Kenya’s magical forest – the Arabuko Sokoke

There is something enchanting about a road straight through a forest. The green draws tight at either end, simultaneously ...

Art of Stone Art of Stone

Along the Brandewyn River in the Cederberg is a fascinating outdoor art gallery-a boulder-hopping trail past nine San rock art...

In photos: Tanzania’s last true paradise In photos: Tanzania’s last true paradise

Just off the coast of Tanzania is Mafia Island: a raw, untouched paradise still immune to the melee of seasonal sun seekers...

Bot River - van der Stel Pass. Bot River - van der Stel Pass.

"Bot River's story is as much tied up with arrival of the first train in 1902, as with the first wagons back in the early 1700's."

A Charmed Life A Charmed Life

In the Little Karoo dorp of Barrydale, the slow life ambles along, inspiring those who gravitate here for the friendliness and...

Why I love the Maasai Mara Why I love the Maasai Mara

Many stories have been written on the Maasai Mara describing how incredible it is. The incredible wildebeest migration as one...

Magnificent Maphelane campsite - iSimangaliso Wetland Park Magnificent Maphelane campsite - iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The mundane metronome of the work week was getting to us and a weekend away to a remote beach seemed like the medicine we need...

Photoblog: Holidaying on Mozambique’s Ibo Island Photoblog: Holidaying on Mozambique’s Ibo Island

Ibo Island in the Quirimbas, Mozambique is a magical place: full of beauty, forgotten secrets and a people that welcomed me ...

Bredasdorp in the Overberg - South Africa's first dorpie Bredasdorp in the Overberg - South Africa's first dorpie

The picturesque platteland town of Bredasdorp is abundant with a rich history, colourful fynbos, people and talented artists.

Taste the Karoo Taste the Karoo

The vineyards, orchards and olive groves of Route 60/62 from Worcester to Oudtshoorn promise a bounty at pit stops along the ...

On the edge of the Great Divide - Graskop Mpumalanga On the edge of the Great Divide - Graskop Mpumalanga

For a hundred years, the little town of Graskop has stood on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment that separates the Lowveld...

Village of Visions Village of Visions

The famously misty town of Hilton is the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Midlands Meander.

9 things to do in Southern Malawi 9 things to do in Southern Malawi

Paying a visit to Lake Malawi on a first-time trip is a must. But for those looking for something more, there’s an entire...

The Omulunga Palm Route: Namibia’s heartbeat The Omulunga Palm Route: Namibia’s heartbeat

Most people are unfamiliar with the far north of Namibia where the desert meets the Angolan woodland and people of all cultures ..

Winter family Holidays Winter family Holidays

Winter is the perfect time to pack the car with the kids and head for a mountain retreat. Lisa Witepski unpacks four she's ...

Party of 8 in Agulhas National Park, Western Cape Party of 8 in Agulhas National Park, Western Cape

Some places like the Agulhas National Park are so special they deserve to be shared with friends. “I wish we could stay for a week

Top 5 places for an authentic Botswana safari Top 5 places for an authentic Botswana safari

Choose from the best places for your next safari in Botswana.

Riversdale is Rising Riversdale is Rising

Beneath its famous landmark, the Sleeping Beauty mountain, Riversdale in the Southern Cape stirs with new energy ...

Best biltong stops in the Karoo Best biltong stops in the Karoo

Biltong is the ultimate padkos. Here’s where to find the good stuff the next time you are driving through the Karoo.

Haggling for haggis Haggling for haggis

In my mind, Scotland is the land of cruel misconceptions and nasty national clichés. All my life I've been told that Scots were...

Swaziland: Going for a Song Swaziland: Going for a Song

A tank of fuel and as little as R80 a night will see you enjoying yourself amidst remarkably tolerant wildlife in one of the ...

Kalahari Sushi & Other Secrets Kalahari Sushi & Other Secrets

A pocket of the arid Northern Cape opens into a generous smile along the Orange River, where more than a hundred islands are ...

Summer camp: 5 days, 50 km Summer camp: 5 days, 50 km

By day, explore the endless shoreline, coves and bays that characterise the coastal section of Namaqua National Park. At night,...

10 places to visit before they disappear 10 places to visit before they disappear

Don’t assume those bucket-list places you’ve been thinking about visiting will be around forever. There are remarkable places ...

The Story-time Town The Story-time Town

Somerset East is pure history, in the form of heroes, warriors, rogues and vagabonds going back to the early settler days

Chasing ghosts on the Royal Route in Warsaw Chasing ghosts on the Royal Route in Warsaw

Warsaw is a fascinating destination, a crucible of Europe in the 20th century. Graham Howe followed the Royal Route in Warsaw ...

Summer in Switzerland Summer in Switzerland

My fascination with Interlaken began in 2004. It was my first year out of school and I had been thoroughly enjoying a gap year ...

Nepal - Exploring the land of momos Nepal - Exploring the land of momos

I arrived in Nepal (on my own) knowing that namaste meant hello. This was the full extent of my local knowledge. I had a hotel ...

Returning to Gonarezhou Returning to Gonarezhou

After our unforgettable experience during May 2013, we decided to return to Gonarezhou National Park in the south-eastern part...

Six of the best braai spots in Cape Town and South Africa Six of the best braai spots in Cape Town and South Africa

If you’re in Cape Town and looking for a great braai spot, look no further. Get out the braai kit, take the family and enjoy ....

16 of Cape Town’s best outdoor bars and pubs 16 of Cape Town’s best outdoor bars and pubs

With that in mind I’ve put together some of my favourites. Cape Town has plenty of candidates and I don’t claim this as the ...

The High Road or the Low Road? Two routes to the Lowveld .. The High Road or the Low Road? Two routes to the Lowveld ..

If you are heading out on the N4 East, try to slow down once you hit Machadodorp and enjoy two fascinating routes down the ...

Goodbye Malaria Goodbye Malaria

Despite being completely preventable and treatable, malaria infects approximately 219 million people around the world each year...

A Feast of Fynbos A Feast of Fynbos

In the heart of Agulhas National Park, truly isolated and remote, Rietfontein Guest Cottages waits to be discovered ...

Lucerne - A City of contrasts Lucerne - A City of contrasts

My shirt is drenched in sweat and mud, and I have a nasty graze running down my left shin. My palms are sweaty and my heart is ...

Authentic Africa: (Part 3) Heading back home Authentic Africa: (Part 3) Heading back home

In my last two articles on Authentic Africa, I described the craziness Elri, Rudi, Mari, and I went through travelling by car ...

10 Secret Parks 10 Secret Parks

Dylan Kotze trawled South Africa to find uncrowded, affordable Nature Reserves worthy of a weekend visit. Trips to the bush ...

Rock around the Clock Rock around the Clock

But while some destination dorps can be summed up in a phrase like 'food or wine capital', it's not that easy to define Paarl...

Gorgeous Greyton ...offers a good life Gorgeous Greyton ...offers a good life

"We bought a plot!" announces Willow Constantine enthusiastically as she and Fred von Heyer, both from Hout Bay, arrive rather ...

Indië: fiets-rikshas, kleurvolle sari's en heilige koeie Indië: fiets-rikshas, kleurvolle sari's en heilige koeie

Ervaar die kleure, geure en geite van Delhi, Jaipur en Agra saam met Beatrix Roux - van die besonderse Holi-fees tot die Taj Mahal

Heading into the mild, Wild West Heading into the mild, Wild West

Towards the end of winter this year, Peter Borchert and Heila Frieslich took to the R27, heading north from Cape up the West Coast

Authentic Africa (Part 1) - Getting to Malawi Authentic Africa (Part 1) - Getting to Malawi

Travel Africa. It must rate high on any adventurer’s bucket list of things to do, as there is something about the unknown that ...

Authentic Africa: (Part 2) Magical Mumbo Island Authentic Africa: (Part 2) Magical Mumbo Island

In last week’s article , I described our adventure and the many challenges that had to be overcome to get from Johannesburg to ...

A river runs through it A river runs through it

Away from the crowds of Kruger and the tour groups of the Panorama Route, the quiet Lowveld town of White River makes an ideal ...

Sun, Sand and Sweet Memories Sun, Sand and Sweet Memories

Margate's rhythm is a lazy one of seemingly endless days in the sun, sand between your toes and the pervasive smell of sunscreen.

Family time out Family time out

We all know that young people should be more connected to nature, so taking your city-bred children into the bush sounds like ...

Zululand in 30 ways Zululand in 30 ways

Zululand... A place where beauty will stun your senses and your spirit will be enthralled by wonder.

Tropical African Paradise Tropical African Paradise

When I think about the five days Xen and I spent in Mozambique, in March, I can still vividly recall the wonderful feeling of ...

Town between Two Rivers - Kenton on Sea Town between Two Rivers - Kenton on Sea

For those in the know, Kenton-on-Sea is inked into the holiday calendar from day one, and it's easy to understand why.

The Tiny Town of Glencoe The Tiny Town of Glencoe

In Northern KwaZulu-Natal this dorpie is undergoing a revival. Our initial impression on entering Glencoe was of a one-horse ...

Extreme Kgalagadi Extreme Kgalagadi

Expectations are everything. Get them wrong and a trip to Kgalagadi, with its extreme weather conditions, great distances, ...

Mauritius Island of the Heart Mauritius Island of the Heart

In February, Africa Geographic's Judy Beyer and Cindy Armstrong spent four days in Mauritius, exploring what the island has to ...

Golden Gate Golden Gate

With pure mountain air, endless views and several hiking trails, Golden Gate is a weekend destination good for body and soul.

Be Surprised by Sabie Be Surprised by Sabie

Sue Adams does a little digging in Mpumalanga and discovers why Sabie was voted Town of the Year 2012. Sabie began because a ...

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Place of Miracles and Wonder iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Place of Miracles and Wonder

The huge iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the far north-east coast is a truly impressive stretch of land, ocean, lakes and rivers ...

A Site of Your Own A Site of Your Own

Feel closer to nature, not your neighbours, at one of these campsites with limited stands.

98% Human 98% Human

You come close to confronting what it means to be human in the Central African jungle. Forget the Big Five - tracking mountain ...

Picture Perfect Picture Perfect

It's hard to know where to start taking photos in a country celebrated for its landscapes and wildlife and photography. See top 10

Adventure Island - Réunion Adventure Island - Réunion

With an active volcano on its south coast, 25 kilometres of tropical beaches in the west, and mountains swathed in waterfalls ...

Creatures of the Southern Gyres Creatures of the Southern Gyres

Out there in the watery blue beyond are whole communities linked to the Earth's cycles, which we're only just beginning to ...

Turkey, a Traveller’s Treat Turkey, a Traveller’s Treat

Turkey has long held a fascination for Xen and me, and last year we had the privilege of visiting this amazing country that ...

CapeNature’s unique experiences CapeNature’s unique experiences

Standard holidays are out, singular experiences are in. Travellers looking for new ways to connect with nature are finding the ...

A glimpse into Ethiopia A glimpse into Ethiopia

Having made it through the Moyale route in northern Kenya, the long and rough ride in a cattle truck, in bandit country, turned...

Special Stays Special Stays

Where you spend the night sets the tone for your holiday, so overnight at any of these spots for a brilliant start to the day! ...

Surin and Similan Islands - For An Underwater Treat Surin and Similan Islands - For An Underwater Treat

Thailand is renowned for many things and the magnificent clear, warm, blue sea is definitely near the top of the list. The most...

Minsking through Vietnam Minsking through Vietnam

After a long-awaited two years, Gerhard and my plan of touring Vietnam on motorbikes was about to become a reality...

Basic Navigation Skills - Laying the Foundation, Part 2 Basic Navigation Skills - Laying the Foundation, Part 2

A compass combined with a decent map remains the primary navigation tool when moving about outdoors - learn the basics ...

Dinner In The Bush Dinner In The Bush

These open-air dining opportunities make for memorable meals. Nature lovers know that good food tastes even better out of doors!

Biking Botswana Biking Botswana

The idea of touring a piece of Africa on a motorcycle will get both bikers and non-bikers excited, and has made it on to many a...

'n Sinsbeneweling 'n Sinsbeneweling

Dalk 'n bietjie vervalle en effe verwaarloos, maar hoe meer jy van Buenos Aires sien, hoe groter word die stad se bekoring. ...

Going Large with Little People Going Large with Little People

Sarah Borchert grabs the opportunity to share boat-based whale watching with her family. Mom?' My five-year-old daughter's sea-..

You Beauty You Beauty

Anita de Villiers dons her little black number and heels to soak up the countryside aboard the ravishing Rovos. The last time ...

Nature's Hotspots at CapeNature's Reserves Nature's Hotspots at CapeNature's Reserves

Here’s a bit of insider knowledge to get your summer in the Cape off to a stellar start. CapeNature has 24 reserves around the ...

A Rose in the Desert A Rose in the Desert

At a road stall between Henties Bay and Usakos, Namibia, Leilani Basson encountered a desert rose for the first time.

A Family Paradise A Family Paradise

There's nothing quite like an idyllic island holiday when you've run yourself ragged taking care of your family all year. But ...

Exotic Istanbul Exotic Istanbul

Jenny Handley visited Istanbul, where East meets West and history, culture and cuisine combine in a kaleidoscope of flavours ...

Plan Your 2013 Adventure Plan Your 2013 Adventure

It's time to start planning your adventure safari for 2013. Look no further than the Leisure Wheels Safaris tours - there is so...

Nothing like good coffee Nothing like good coffee

Dale Morris spills the beans on Coffee Bay, a vibrant paradise on the Eastern Cape coast ...

Kruger's wild north Kruger's wild north

As part of his year-long expedition to 31 of SA's nature reserves, photojournalist Scott Ramsay spent five weeks exploring the ...

Precious piece of The Cape Precious piece of The Cape

Just an hour-and-a-half's drive southeast of Cape Town is the mountainous Kogelberg Nature Reserve, a place that rivals the ...

More family, more fun! Holiday resort picks for families More family, more fun! Holiday resort picks for families

While Sun City is paradise for some families, others prefer lower-key options, where fresh air and a stint in nature take ...

On a shoestring On a shoestring

During his recent five-month Tracks of Giants expedition, Ian Michler walked, cycled and kayaked through Zimbabwe en route ...

Namibian Border Patrol Namibian Border Patrol

Join Africa Geographic's Namibian Border Patrol tour on an eastward meander, exploring all the key birding hotspots along the ...

Snapshots of Notties - aka Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands Snapshots of Notties - aka Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands

As the Nottingham Road Farmers' Association turns 125, Andrea Abbott visits the iconic Natal Midlands village. You might wonder...

Beauty without boundaries - Garden Route National Park Beauty without boundaries - Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route includes some of the most attractive coastal and forest scenery in the country, although it's by no means ...

Moreish Maputo Moreish Maputo

An exotic fusion of Latino, Mediterranean and Afro living, Maputo is a city of wide, palm-fringed avenidas, sultry late-night ...

Slackpacking the Fish River Canyon. Slackpacking the Fish River Canyon.

There used to be only one gruelling way to hike the second largest gash on the world's crust, the Fish River Canyon, but ...

The pros and cons of Kruger and trans border parks The pros and cons of Kruger and trans border parks

Gary and Sandra Hughes love to travel, usually to remote places. But when an opportunity came up to explore the Kruger Park ...

Sanctuary of superlatives - the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Sanctuary of superlatives - the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

You can swim with dolphins in the morning and photograph rhinos in the afternoon at iSimangaliso (Lake St Lucia) in KwaZulu Natal

Cinque Terre - Five lands to love Cinque Terre - Five lands to love

Until recently Italy's riviera was not known for its five lands - the Cinque Terre. Arriving in the beautiful Riomaggiore ...