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Safaris From Johannesburg, A Whistle-Stop Wildlife Experience

Not all visitors to South Africa are here on an extended holiday, some unfortunately only find themselves in the country on business, with just a few leisure hours to spare. If you are fleetingly in the Johannesburg (or Tshwane) area, there are at least two malaria-free reserves you may wish to consider for a whistle-stop […]

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Our Top 10 Luxury Safari Camps: Experience Africa Under Canvas

There is something utterly enchanting and very ‘real’ about an African safari experienced ‘under canvas’ in a luxury safari tent. In addition to the sheer romance of the style and glamour of tented colonial Africa, there is the palpable component; the sounds of the wild animals seem closer, the scents of the bush seem sharper, […]

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Safaris Near Cape Town for When You’re Short on Time

Not all visitors to South Africa are fortunate enough to be here on an extended holiday. For those who are lucky enough to find themselves in Cape Town, but less fortunately find themselves with just a day or so to spare for a safari, there are a few game reserves near Cape Town which allow […]

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Southern Destinations Partners with Home From Home

Southern Destinations is proud to announce our new CSI partnership with Uthando’s education support program, Home from Home! We’ve always been a big fan of the work that Uthando do, and have collaborated on several smaller projects in the past, so it was only a matter of time before we ‘made it official’… Founded by […]

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Our Top 5 Romantic Winter Getaways

Let’s face it, winter in the Southern Hemisphere is often pretty peachy, with glorious summer days that can easily reach mid twenty temperatures interspersed with some colder days. It’s a great time of the year to reflect and show the one you love how much they mean to you. And what could be better than […]

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Heli Flight With Cape Town Helicopters

An invitation was extended to the Travel Smart Crew, amongst others, by Cape Town Helicopters to experience a helicopter flight in their new fleet one day in July.  Only 5 spots were available and Neil, unable to attend gave the opportunity to ME, YAY! July 4th, turned out to be the perfect day for helicopter flights! […]

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Fascinating African Wild Dog Facts And Where To See Them

The African Wild Dog is one of Africa’s lesser known predators, but also one of its most fascinating and most proficient hunters. With a hunting success rate of around 80%, these dogs are pure poetry in motion when on a hunt, easily beating the 30% success rate of lions. But how do they do it […]

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Great Migration Safaris – Where To See The Wildebeest Migration In Tanzania

Lauded, and understandably so, as one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth, if not ‘the Greatest Show on Earth’, sure to leave you in utter awe and absolute amazement, the annual Wildebeest Migration of East Africa, or ‘the Great Migration’ … or simply, ‘the Migration’ … is without doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If the […]

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Zimbabwe – the recovery and the reawakening

Over the course of the last few decades, Zimbabwe has experienced a number of ill-fated political challenges; in terms of tourism the country has all but lost a decade, with understandably cynical visitors looking to neighbouring Southern African countries to book their African safari and wildlife holidays. Very happily, this somewhat sad situation seems to […]

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All Things Giraffe

Known for their long elegant necks and beautiful leopard-like spotted coats, the giraffe is one of the most recognizable and loved mammals in the animal kingdom. From being depicted in children’s books, to being seen in zoo’s across the world and consistent sightings on safari, this fascinating animal has mesmerized man for centuries. But did […]

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