Posts – Routes & Trails

Five great scenic drives in the Cape

The Cape’s mountains and rugged coastline make for some of the most beautiful drives in the country. Here five of the best ...

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Seven reasons to visit Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) is a very underrated destination, as I recently discovered after spending some time here. Here are seven reasons why you should consider visiting this part of the Eastern Cape.

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Five cool things to do in Durban

Durban is famous for its balmy weather, lush, subtropical feel and its links to the Orient. Here are five cool ways to experience South Africa’s most popular holiday destination.

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Road Tripping in South Africa

South Africa is a great country to drive around because of excellent roads and infrastructure. So get hold of a new user-friendly book that suggests some great road trips – all perfectly manageable in a sedan – and discover some new destinations.

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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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