Posts – Routes & Trails

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.


Meandering through the Midlands

  • 24 April 2013 by Christine Marot

As a family we make a point of escaping to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at least twice a year – more often if possible. And there are many reasons why we turn our backs on the sea and head for the hills.


Hide-and-seek on the Garden Route

The Garden Route National Park is a treasure trove of ancient indigenous forests, clear lakes, mountains, rivers and estuaries, where you can swim, hike, canoe, go horse riding, or just meander along a forest trail.


Veering through Venda

Meet Thomas Kubayi, whose metal fish signpost is almost as famous as the whole Venda art route.


Zen Dust

When you venture off South Africa’s main highways, you find the real soul of the country. Buddhist teacher Antony Osler has written a new book about travelling the Karoo back roads.


Mountain biking at Williamsburg Mountain Reserve

Williamsburg is a private nature reserve forming part of the Middle Keurbooms Conservancy. Although the main activities here are trout fishing and 4×4 routes, mountain bikers will love the challenging rides in the region.