Posts – Routes & Trails

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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


The Midlands Meander and Granny Mouse

It’s called the Midlands Meander, and I was doing just that a couple of weeks ago – meandering through the valleys and hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where quaint villages lie cheek by jowl with historic battle sites.


Daisies spring to life

The flowers started to bloom early up the West Coast, giving early visitors a wonderful spring showing. If you want to see the spectacle, plan your trip now. An excellent place to see flowers is the Biedouw Valley in the northern Cederberg, en route to Wupperthal.


Still life

  • 07 August 2013 by Magriet Kruger

A nature pilgrim at heart? Ready to explore a remote destination? Why not give Namaqua National Park a try? Famed for its flowers, the park also has pristine beaches and endless views. Magriet Kruger explores the new Heaviside Dolphin Trail.


Who goes there?

Churchill’s South Africa, by South African journalist and historian Chris Schoeman, is a riveting account of Winston Churchill’s time in South Africa and the story of how the young Winston Churchill became a hero to the British public.