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Travelling Tips

Travel tips and advice on where to go and where to stay. This section also offers general advice on travelling to and within South Africa.

Monday, 18 August 2014

5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa

South Africans clearly do not lack in the inventiveness department. We’re forever coming up with alternative ways of doing things.

Transport is no different. The heaviness of traffic, the influx of visitors demanding unique experiences, and the need to get from A to B have all contributed to these forms of unusual transport in South Africa…
Continued

Friday, 8 August 2014

A visitor’s guide to using minibus taxis in Cape Town and Johannesburg

The minibus taxi is as commonplace in South Africa as the tuk-tuk is in Thailand (although tuk-tuks are now also found on the streets of Jozi, but that’s another story) . They’re everywhere.

Last count, which was quite some time ago, saw over 50 000 of them in Johannesburg alone…

Accommodating roughly 10 people at a time, the average minibus is in dire need of mechanical assistance, and driving standards seldom adhere to the rules of the road – frustrating for everyday commuters (read: those with cars) who regard taxis as a scourge.

Many routes are highly unsafe, and as a visitor to the country you would do well to ask for local advice before using them. That said, a visit to South Africa is incomplete unless you’ve hitched a ride in one. Continued

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

20 reasons to never leave a big city (like Jozi or Cape Town) EVER

Hard to believe that in 1800 only 3 percent of the world lived in cities. Most people lived in the countryside, in towns. By 1900 things had changed somewhat – 12 cities already had over 1 million people.

Now not only are there 400 cities with over a million people in them, but the world has 40 mega cities with over 5 million people in each (Japan, Seoul, New York, Mumbai, Delhi, LA etc.).

For as many of us choosing to downscale by moving to small towns, countless others would never dream of doing so.

There are various reasons to never leave a big city. Here are just 20 … Continued

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’

You’ve had a life-long dream.

That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress.

Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa’s country ‘dorps’…

Continued

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg

There is a whole sector of society who is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo’burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people.

But perhaps a brief introduction about Johannesburg will help those visiting for the first time … Continued

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

13 vital tips for women travelling alone in South Africa

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Is South Africa safe for a woman travelling on her own? – the $10 million question. And one that has as many different answers as there are people with opinions.

Let me add my two cents worth: yes, you can safely travel in South Africa as a woman. You just need to take a few extra precautions.

South Africa is not that different from anywhere else in the world. Behave as you would in any unknown city in the developing world and you should be just fine. It doesn’t help that South Africa has something of a reputation when it comes to crime, taxi wars and strikes. It is true. They happen. But that does not mean you are constantly exposed to danger. Most violent crime in South Africa tends to happen in low-income areas, and between people who know each other and live in the same neighbourhood. Tourists are usually only subject to petty crime.

Here are a series of tips especially for women travelling alone in South Africa. You’ll like it so much, you might find yourself extending your stay… Continued

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Why you should visit South Africa NOW

If you were here for the World Cup in 2010 and swore blind you would return, now is the time to do so. Because things in South Africa, for the average tourist, are rather peachy.

Whilst those who live here are struggling as things become more than a little tight – petrol and food prices have risen exponentially on the basis of the Rand’s weakness against the Pound, US Dollar and other major peers – those who visit are only too happy.

Their already cheap world-class bottle of wine just got cheap – er.

In 2010 the US Dollar was able to buy about R7. Today it will get you R11. An average burger in America will cost around $13, whilst here it comes in at around $7. Continued

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A South African working holiday

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Exploring South Africa and appreciating the many different facets of this prime destination takes time. While many visitors come year after year to experience the real allure of this country, there is also the opportunity to work here for a few months, even years, and get to live the real South African life amongst real South African people.

There are a number of programmes that invite tourists from all over the world to volunteer their services at no charge during their stay. These include crèches, vegetable farms, schools, animal sanctuaries, and far more. Continued

Monday, 17 February 2014

Secretly recovering from a facelift – 10 top spots to remain incognito in South Africa

Whatever reservations you may have about cosmetic surgery, South Africa serves as a perfect destination for those intent on a nip or tuck.  The country offers top quality cosmetic surgery, the Rand/Dollar/Euro exchange makes the option rather attractive, and the country has so many scenic spots in which to recuperate that you can visit for a month and return home looking several decades ‘younger’ with ease.

It’s been termed medical tourism. Packages to South Africa include the job and recovery time spent on safari, or in a spa on the coast.

For those who want to remain well hidden here are ten remote, yet beautiful, spots around the country … Continued

Monday, 27 January 2014

18 Travel Trends for 2014

The latest Travel Trends for 2014 show South Africa and Cape Town are to be reckoned with, airports are becoming more liveable, mobile bookings are on the up, and travellers are demanding a more ‘local’ experience …

1 – Despite the recession, tourism continues to grow

2.5 billion internet users worldwide mean that countries like India and China have increased buying power, and are travelling more. Asia was 2013′s hot spot for travel, both incoming and domestic, and Southern Europe – Malta, Portugal, Croatia – expect a high tourist rate this year; higher than Northern Europe. Continued

Friday, 20 December 2013

Helpful tips when road tripping around South Africa

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In October we set off on a month long road trip around the country. Our route took us from the bushveld, through the Drakensberg along the Wild Coast and back down to the Western Cape. Here are some tips you may find helpful before heading out on the long road this festive season… Continued

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

How eco friendly is your tour operator, really?

Is your eco friendly tour operator really environmentally friendly? And how do you recognise one?

So many organisers of tours and trips these days attach the prefix ‘eco’ to their offering. How far reaching this ‘umbrella’ claim is depends on a number of issues. But when is it just a wishful title, and when is it credible? Continued

Friday, 22 November 2013
What to wear in South Africa

What to wear in Mpumalanga – The Mpumalanga Packing List

Mpumalanga’s topography is a varied one, comprising of the Highveld (high lying) and the Lowveld (low lying) regions. Naturally, due to their altitudes and physical characteristics, these regions display different climates. This makes Mpumalanga an even more interesting place to visit at almost any time of year.

The Lowveld of this province enjoys a tropical climate that is hot and humid during summer, and temperate during winter. The annual rains occur mainly during the summer months. Between December and March, daily highs often reach well into the 30’s. Accompanied with the moisture in the air, this can become rather uncomfortable for those not accustomed to the heat. Winters are slightly drier (but not significantly so), with daily highs of about 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. The Lowveld includes the famous Kruger National Park. Continued

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

First Impressions of South Africa

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Insider Tips

Insider Tips

30 things you need to know when first you arrive in South Africa: South Africa is a land of contradictions. That it is beautiful is indisputable. That it is also a mix of cultures, ideas, customs and traditions that are unique to the country is something most visitors need to experience first-hand.

But here are a few insider tips for first-time visitors … Continued

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
What to wear in South Africa

What to wear in the Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Packing List

The Northern Cape has a unique climate, thanks to its being situated higher up and along the Namibian border. It is home to part of the immense Kalahari Desert, which means that a large proportion of the province is either arid or semi-arid. It is hot and dry. While this may not yield a particularly green and lush vegetation that is typical of provinces like Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape certainly does boast a beauty all its own. Continued