Mauritius: beyond the resorts

Sugar cane fields, vanilla plantations and a dash of rum sweeten any stay on Mauritius. I had my first real taste of holidaying at a resort, when I visited the west and east coast of this Indian Ocean island. I was very excited, as it’s…

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48 hours in Dullstroom: what weekends are made of

Dullstroom

Each weekend Mpumalanga’s highlands welcome visitors, with fresh trout, macademia nuts and whiskey, plus some boozy cake on the side. Dullstroom is what weekends are made of. Like a curled up cat rising from a nap, the morning mist gently lifts from the dams, dances with…

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Panorama Route: A self-drive guide

Panorama Route

I followed in the ox-wagon tracks of the Great Trek through Jock of the Bushveld country along the Panorama Route three times in the last year. I wrote about my highlights for Travel Ideas magazine. Before you head out on a road trip along the…

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Road tripping along South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast

10 friends. 16 days. 2 300 kilometres (or somewhere in that region) makes for an epic road trip along South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast. Last year, nine friends and I, packed ourselves into three cars to road trip across South Africa. We started in Johannesburg and made…

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Kaapsehoop: The South African town you MUST visit in 2017

Kaapsehoop

“Magical!” That’s the one word Vincenzia Diedericks uses to describe Kaapsehoop (or Kaapschehoop, according to the Dutch spelling). After a day trip to this small town in Mpumalanga’s highlands they bought a holiday home. “There’s something here, it earths you. When I put my feet…

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2016 in Photographs

2016 in photos

I really enjoyed writing 2015 in Photographs earlier this year. It was a way to reflect on my travels throughout the year, to marvel once again at the magnificent paysages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites before me, to contemplate my smallness, to worship natural beauty, and…

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Weekend on the Vaal River

Vaal

When I was a kid I spent many weekends on the Vaal Dam because one of my closest friends had a holiday home there. We spent most of our time in or on the water. So I was REALLY pleased to head back there for…

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Seychelles: La Digue Island

La Digue

Of the three islands I visited in the Seychelles, La Digue may have been the smallest, but by far had the biggest personality for me. It wins. Hands down. Without a second thought. No competition. And I can’t say I wasn’t warned before arriving. “People…

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Seychelles: Praslin Island

Praslin

Praslin was the second of the three islands I visited in the Seychelles. Along with Mahé and La Digue, it is one of the most popular and easily accessible of the 115 islands that make up the archipelago. From Mahé it’s only a 20-minute flight with Air…

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Seychelles: Mahé Island

Mahe Island

On maps, the Seychelles seems like mere blips in the sea and in terms of land area they cover just 450km2. But these blips are spread over 1.4 million km2 of ocean, so there’s a vastness to the 115 islands and islets that make up this…

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Volunteering in South Africa #ResponsibleTravel

Volunteering in South Africa

The road to animal exploitation is often paved with good intentions and ignorance. If you’re considering volunteering in South Africa at a legitimate wildlife conservation project that’ll mean getting your hands dirty and no interactions with wildlife. This article was featured in Khuluma Magazine. Read…

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Fall in love with Seychelles (in 10 easy steps)

Seychelles

After a week of cavorting around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue islands, I realised just how easy it is to fall in love with the Seychelles. This Indian Ocean archipelago is exceptionally charming… and knows it. It’s many allures are undeniable. Firstly, it’s 1 000…

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Solo female travel tips from SA travel bloggers

Solo female travel tips

In Art of Travel, Alain de Botton writes the truest of truths about solo travel. It goes something like this. “It seemed an advantage to be travelling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our…

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The Great Migration in Serengeti National Park

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The Serengeti. It’s the safari to top off all safaris, where you’ll find the world’s largest concentration of animals and witness the Great Migration – the seventh New Wonder of the World. When I visited Tanzania at the end of last year, I spent time in Dar…

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48 hours in Cape Town: free things to do

48 hours in Cape Town

There’s really no time to waste if you only have 48 hours in Cape Town, so let’s get right to it. First off, make sure you plan a much longer stay in the Mother City on your next visit. A weekend getaway to Cape Town…

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