Posts – Routes & Trails

Experience big sky country on a Karoo farm

An essential South African experience is a farm stay, no more so than in the vast interior known as the Karoo – a semi-desert region known for its big skies, uninterrupted landscapes, ancient geology, starry skies, historical towns and sheep farms.

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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.

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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.

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Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Many of South Africa’s birds obligingly occur in some of the country’s most scenic regions. I was reminded of this again on a recent visit to the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve in the Wolkberg mountains.

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Piggly Wiggly Country Village, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Piggly Wiggly is the new kid on the block in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, but already has more than 20 very different shops, as well as a fabulous coffee shop.

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Cycling in De Hoop Nature Reserve

Cycle past eland and bontebok, pause and scour the vlei for rare waterbirds, and enjoy the feel and smell of the sea- and fynbos-scented wind on one of De Hoop’s many mountain-bike trails.

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Addo's blooming

A flower-filled horse ride through the Addo Elephant National Park revealed just how beautifully diverse this part of the Eastern Cape is.

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Unusual adventures in small-town South Africa

Jacques Marais’ latest book reveals lots of weird and wonderful adventures in South Africa’s small dorps (towns).

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Soul-searching in Namaqualand

  • 29 October 2013 by Tara Turkington

They say in the Northern Cape that when you fall in a river, you should get up and dust yourself off.

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South Africa's gorgeous Garden Route

  • 19 September 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds and Andrea Weiss

South Africa’s gorgeous Garden Route gets its name from its beautiful beaches, lovely lakes and magical forests. Not only can you relax in beautiful surroundings, but you can also participate in a host of adventure activities, from elephant encounters to bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge.

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