Posts – Attractions

Fynbos, flowers, ferns and forests

South Africa is so much more than the Big Five, Cape Town and the Garden Route. There are other treasures besides lions and elephants, Table Mountain’s cable car, and glorious beaches. Keep your eyes open for another unique attraction – our gorgeous flora.


Snapshots of Mpumalanga

  • 04 April 2014 by Melanie-Ann Feris

Mpumalanga is one of the most interesting parts of South Africa to visit. There’s plenty to see and do. Here are just a few suggestions ...


Wakkerstroom – it's for the birds

A pair of grey crowned cranes flew low over the road in front of us; flocks of Amur falcons perched on the power lines; and parties of enigmatic pied starlings gathered on roof tops. This was our welcome to the little town of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, an essential stop for anyone serious (or even not so serious) about birdwatching in South Africa.


Discovering the Sudwala Caves

  • 01 April 2014 by Melanie-Ann Feris

The Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga are some of the oldest in Africa. The caves are home to some amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations, but it is the history of the caves that makes them such a fascinating place to visit.


Klein Karoo – ostrich palaces, mountain passes and quaint villages

I’ve just fulfilled one of the very few items left on my bucket list: I stayed in an ostrich palace outside the little Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn.


Madiba's Journey

  • 18 March 2014 by Andrea Weiss (words and pictures)

An interactive map featuring Nelson Mandela’s 95-year life journey through South Africa was recently launched at the last place he lived before he was set free after 27 years of imprisonment. Those who attended had a behind-the-scenes tour.


An experience that money can't buy

I was watching a juvenile bateleur preening in a dead tree when I heard guide Mike Palmer whisper, ‘Cheetah.’ Almost immediately there was a collective intake of breath as everyone in the game-drive vehicle refocused their gaze on the cheetah, frozen in the soft morning light.


Bloukrans Bridge bungee – no saving face

The Bloukrans Bridge bungee along the Garden Route is the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world. Check out some video footage ...


Behind the scenes at the Johannesburg Zoo

  • 05 March 2014 by Andrea Weiss

Aside from the zookeepers and many others who work at the Johannesburg Zoo is a team of vets that not only looks after the health of the zoo animals, but also other wildlife that may have been confiscated or strayed into the city’s streets.


Adventures on Jozini Dam

It may be off the main tourist routes, but the huge and very beautiful 16 000ha Jozini Dam (or Lake Jozini), which lies between the majestic Lebombo and Ubombo mountains in northern KwaZulu-Natal and borders Swaziland, is well worth a visit.