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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.

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

Monday, 21 October 2013

10 Favourite Backpackers Lodges Across South Africa

There is nothing like low-cost, independent travel to make you feel immensely at one with the world.

The spirit of adventure and discovery that comes with uncovering new cultures and languages, seeing new places, and owning only what is on your back is liberating. Continued

Friday, 18 October 2013

The A – Z of backbacking your way around South Africa

Backpacking in South Africa

Backpacking in South Africa

The A – Z of backbacking your way around South Africa

A is for Africa

The forgotten continent. It’s no less corrupt than China or Cambodia, no less safe than Columbia or Brazil, and no tougher than Nepal or India. So why aren’t you here? Continued

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

15 tips on how to save for your next trip

Friends often ask me how we manage to go away as often as we do. Somewhere in the disbelief at yet another trip, is the inference that we must have loads of money to be able to do as we do.

Far from it! Our monthly earnings would not make an investment broker sit up straighter. Our going away often has less to do with earning pot loads, and more to do with living frugally so that we have money over for fun – i.e. travel.

Here are a few ideas on how to find the money for travelling – Our 15 tips on how to save for your next trip Continued

Friday, 11 October 2013

Visiting Cultural Villages in South Africa

To visit one of South Africa’s cultural villages is to get a sneak peek into the wonders and deep cultures of the African people. These villages are set up to invite visitors to see the traditional way of life of specific groups or tribes, including their cuisine, customs, rituals, songs, dance and family structure.

These villages are as authentic as it gets and allow the visitors to interact with local folk, taste the food, watch the musical performances and learn more about the traditions of the people. These cultures and customs extend back many generations, sometimes even centuries, and play an integral role in the South Africa of today. Continued

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Majesty of the Rovos Rail

On Saturday we boarded a train headed all the way to Pretoria from Cape Town.  Not just any train, it was the elegant lady of all trains: The Rovos Rail. What started as a hobby for Rohan Vos soon turned into a business and once you set eyes on this train, you’ll recognize it as a labour of love.  He began salvaging old train carriages from the 1920’s and restoring them together with the Railway Preservation Society.

This train has many routes going through South Africa, to Victoria Falls, Dar es Salaam and also to Cairo.  But this slow, romantic way of travel is really about the ride and the journey and not the destination of the train… Continued

Monday, 7 October 2013

Snapshot South Africa – 20 interesting and informative facts

South Africa is vast – 1 233 404 km² – making it the 25th largest country in the world, twice the size of Texas, and five times the size of Great Britain.

South Africa has the second highest waterfall in the world (the Tugela Falls)

And the third largest canyon in the world (Blyde River Canyon). Continued

Thursday, 3 October 2013
What to wear in South Africa

What to Wear in the Garden Route – The Garden Route Packing List

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular attractions. It is a stretch that extends from Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, and is known for its lush abundance and natural beauty. The route is more than the major motorway, the N2, which carries drivers along the southern coastline of South Africa. Rather, it offers a number of tourist attractions, fun activities and gorgeous vistas. Continued