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5 Romantic Hideaways You’ve Never Heard Of

Let’s face it, most of us will confess to sitting at work daydreaming of a romantic weekend away. The plotting and planning can be fun and can start here! So don’t just dream about it, read on, grab your loved one, flee the responsibilities of your ‘real life’ for a while and book a romantic […]

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ngorongoro crowds

Why it’s Smart to Travel in Shoulder Season

I strongly dislike crowds. Any crowds. Concert crowds, crowds at a sale, food stall crowds, crowds on a beach, holiday crowds. All crowds really! Crowds and I are not happy bed fellows. Crowds, or to be more specific, the general lack thereof, are my ‘main’ and particular reason for planning my holidays in shoulder season. I […]

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South Africa’s Most Weird & Wonderful Snacks

South Africa, like its people, is a melting pot of different cultures and flavours, and nowhere is this more evident than in its food. Influenced by the Dutch settlers, native Africans and the slaves that were brought over from Indonesia and Malaysia, the ‘rainbow nation’ prefers a snack full of taste sensations and textures. As […]

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garden route game lodge game drive

Garden Route Game Lodge – it’s no Singita, but perfect in every other way

A just-married Cape Town friend, who’s husband had to go back to work instead of going on honeymoon straight away (ouch), took one of her wedding guests (who’d come all the way from Australia) on a whistle stop safari road trip to… The Garden Route Game Lodge. Herewith her pleasantly surprising feedback: It certainly is no […]

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Family Safari to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

The idea of an idyllic safari excursion is not often associated with the concept of a kid friendly holiday. Despite the fact that tracking and spotting animals in their natural habitat is educational for the kids, safaris seldom cater for children specifically. More often than not they are left bored and fidgety as their parents […]

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Singita Pamushana Lodge

Zimbabwe’s Top Eco-Retreats & Camps That We Love

One of our most-beloved ecotourism books is Africa’s Finest, recently published by renowned nature conservationist (and founder of Wilderness Safaris) Colin Bell and co-author David Bristow. Together they have given the safari industry a full audit and the book shines a spotlight on Africa’s most sustainable and eco-friendly safari operators. Over the last year, we […]

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Cape Town’s Green Lung. The New-Look Company’s Gardens

When Jan van Riebeek arrived in the Cape in 1652 as an employee of the Dutch East India Company he was tasked with starting a vegetable garden which would provide much needed fresh produce for ships rounding the Cape of Good Hope to get to the East. Over the past three centuries the Company’s Gardens […]

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ardmore ceramic sculpture

Ardmore Ceramics – Collectibles From a Remote Mountain Valley In Africa

Ardmore ceramics are distinctive, unique and colourful – rather like their creators and the country they come from. They embody colour, joy and Africa and celebrate excellence, beauty and creativity. The brainchild of Fée Halstead, who also individually designs many of the pieces, Ardmore was started in 1985. Today, as South Africa celebrates its coming […]

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