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The Game Drive

The Game Drive

You’re planning the trip of a lifetime, or simply going away for the weekend somewhere wonderful. Either way, it’s important to you that wherever you go it’s the ultimate spot!

But really, choosing where you stay is not simply about finding the best possible accommodation in South Africa (although obviously if you’re on SA-Venues.com for that reason, you’ve come to the right online space!). It’s also about reading first-hand accounts and feedback from others who have gone there before you. It’s about knowing as much as possible about your destination so that you don’t  miss those ‘amazing’ spots.

And that is why the SA-Venues.com Travel blog exists! It’s where you can read first-hand encounters, associations, amusing anecdotes and inspiring stories brought to you by a small group of writers (3) with over 36 years’ experience in the tourism industry between them, and two contributing editors who are experienced journalists and copywriters - no garbled, awkward accounts or rehashed press releases here.

A City Tour

A City Tour

Instead, here you can read savvy travel reviews from the perspective of the visitor, news about upcoming events, blogs about secluded spots and magic hideaways and lists of really cool things to do wherever it is you’re headed. Upcoming festivals, activities for the whole family and shared ‘been there done that’ experiences for locals and tourists to South Africa are all here.

It’s also where you get to share your encounters, memories, amusing anecdotes and positively awe-inspiring experiences. This is one space in which you have licence to wax lyrical about virtually any travel or tourist tidbit you think warrants sharing - from the restaurant you think is coolest in Kalk Bay in Cape Town, to the hideaway secret you’re bursting to share in the far reaches of the Lebombo Mountains! We welcome valid contributions. (send your reviews to info@sa-venues.com)

In a nutshell: The SA-Venues.com blog is where you’ll get the lowdown on South African travel – anywhere and any time. It’s because we’re a leading accommodation and travel portal that we can bring you accurate, up-to-date information that even the most curious traveller after the most abstruse travel secrets will find satisfying.

Write to us at info@SA-Venues.com – we’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

Our Authors

Wanda Coustas

About

Wanda Coustas has written in one form or another for 10 years, seven of them as a copyblogger. She has travelled the Western Cape extensively and the rest of the country in protracted road trips that have given her both joy and an ongoing relish for experiencing what she writes about first-hand. She is a trained opera singer, poet, eurythmy dancer, philosopher, and bee whisperer. And has become, from necessity, something of a whizz at preparing food that incorporates ingredients from her husband’s organic vegetable garden.

Amelia Gibson

About

Amelia has a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Port Elizabeth, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves of PE, or sampling new restaurants.

Lauren Manuel

About

Six continents later, Lauren Manuel McShane still has itchy feet and wanderlust for adventure in all corners of the earth. She recently married the love of her life and together they are traveling the world pausing only to find work, take photos and write. She is currently in Asia and sharing everything about her expat life on The Travel Manuel.

Vaughan McShane

About

Vaughan McShane travels the world with his wife teaching English, surfing where he finds waves and capturing it all on his GoPro camera. Together they seek new terrain to explore, adventure in unlikely places and delicious cappuccinos. Follow their wanderings on Thetravelmanuel.com or follow Vaughan’s adventures on Twitter @VaughanMac.

Helen Rushton

About

After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

Tania Stephenson

About

Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends. Be it finding a new recipe online or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder – the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

Michelle Rawlinson

About

Michelle has a huge love for all things aquatic, particularly marine life. Her main passion lies with Great White Sharks, although she is interested in all marine species and their well-being. She volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium in her spare time and would spend all her time by the sea or surrounded by nature if possible. After spending 7 years in the United Kingdom, she has returned back home to Cape Town to be nearer to her family and to her ‘favourite place in the world’. She enjoys camping, fishing, watching rugby and going out with her friends and family to try out new restaurants and bars.

Barbara Mueller

About

Barbara is the Founder of New Vioces Publishing, a Boutique Publishing House that offers the South African author new alternatives – giving unpublished authors the platform to have a voice. New Voices Publishing puts a new face on publishing. Barbara has published a wide range of books from big blockbusters to specialist niche subjects, including romance novels, history, natural sciences, arts, travel, economics and biographies. Barbara loves living out in the country tending to her extensive organic garden and having fun with her hubby and their pets, the chickens!

Christine Searle

About

One of the original founders of SA-Venues.com, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and her fur-kids, Dexter, Sherrie and Hercules. Her love and interest in flora and fauna is evident in her stunning garden which has been carefully designed and well maintained. Christine loves her work and is keen to show others what South Africa has to offer. When she is not working she likes to relax at home in the garden or enjoy her favourite hobby, photography.

Stefani Searle

About

Stefani is a self confessed bookworm, and to relax, she loves to curl up with a good book and get drawn into another world. Spending time with her family and friends is very important to her. She loves hosting dinner parties and is always cooking tasty meals and trying out new and wonderful recipes. Proudly South African, Stefani is always checking out great new places and fun things to do in the country for both foreigners and locals. She loves to explore the country and is probably planning her next trip right now. She has a love for dogs and enjoys taking her large 6 year old Rottweiler out for walks around the Cape.

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