Destination South Africa

FOMO at Thanda Safari

FOMO at Thanda Safari

It was freezing.  And the wind had howled all night… despite this my wake-up call at 5:15 am had me up and waiting to be escorted to the dining area for coffee in no time. I was the only one braving the cold that morning – sometimes you’ve just got to do what you got […]

Continue Reading »

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge, situated near the upper lakes of the Kosi Lake system in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is set within a beautiful sand forest on the banks of Lake Shengeza.  In the heat of the day the shade of the huge Zulu podberry tree (Dialium schlechteri) is most welcome, as is the refreshing drink […]

Continue Reading »

Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

When thinking of having a dream, Brett and Paige Gehren come to mind… they dreamed of sharing their passion for protecting the pristine and precious natural wonders of Africa. Through their fierce commitment to conservation and a deep desire to make a difference, Isibindi Africa Lodges was born. We recently had the opportunity of experiencing two […]

Continue Reading »

Destination Africa

‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

Mine are the only footsteps to be seen along this stretch of beach. The sun warms my bare shoulders and my toes revel in the softness of the fine white sand. The words, ‘I dream of Africa’ fill my mind – words uttered by Italian writer Kuki Gallman, and immortalised in the movie ‘I dreamed […]

Continue Reading »

10 Reasons why you just have to #GoToReunion… and why I so have to go back!

10 Reasons why you just have to #GoToReunion… and why I so have to go back!

Whether you refer to this magical place as Ile Bourbon, Ile de la Reunion or even La Petite France as it is sometimes referred to as, you will fall in love with its volcanic landscapes and clear blue lagoons, the wild adventures, colourful cuisine and the wonderful Creole people that call this island home. If […]

Continue Reading »

Desert ‘Nights

Desert ‘Nights

‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone…’ this is what came to mind when I was first asked whether I would join the Desert Knights Tour in September 2015. The idea of travelling to Namibia and spending five days of my time there on a mountain bike seemed a bit absurd and crazy. […]

Continue Reading »

Destination World

5 underrated destinations that deserve your attention

Filed in Destination World, Destinations by on August 22, 2018
5 underrated destinations that deserve your attention

When it comes to planning a holiday, it’s very easy to get caught up looking at the same old destinations. It’s hard to find inspiration on unique destinations to visit – but here are just five of the world’s most underrated options to consider for your next getaway. Texas, USA Despite being the second largest […]

Continue Reading »

Travel like a local… in Manila

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Philippines, Travel blog by on February 26, 2016
Travel like a local… in Manila

Leave the air-conditioned coaches and taxis and hit the streets, travelling like a local. This is the best way to get a sense of a destination. It was no different for us on a recent visit to Manila, metropolis and capital city of the Philippines. Having watched the colourful Jeepneys from the safe comfort of […]

Continue Reading »

An introduction to Intramuros, Manila

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Philippines, Travel blog by on February 11, 2016
An introduction to Intramuros, Manila

Manila, capital city of the Philippines, is a dense mix of urban development and historic settlement. Delegates of AFT 2016 were offered the opportunity to experience part of the city on a pre-show tour. The tour took us into Intramuros, one of the best models of a medieval fort outside Europe. We were entertained by […]

Continue Reading »

Travel Blog

Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

It was a chilly evening as the day gave way to night. The blanket helped, as did a glass of sherry… but the enormity of that fateful day in 1879 sent shivers down my spine. Especially as we were standing atop the iNyoni hill, the very spot where tens of thousands of Zulu warriors had […]

Continue Reading »

Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Leaving the vineyards and orchards of the Elgin Valley we continue our journey up the coast towards pretty town of Gansbaai – home to shark cage diving, seasonal whale watching and sublime sunsets over the bay.  There was to be no shark cage diving or whale watching this time around, but I did have the […]

Continue Reading »

#GreatCapeEscape… part 1

#GreatCapeEscape… part 1

The thing with a road trip is that there are always surprises… these sometimes include a curve ball or two but there are always some incredibly memorable moments! This is a brief account of what we called our #GreatCapeEscape which saw us traverse the mighty Drakensberg Mountains from KwaZulu-Natal and the Freestate into the Eastern and Western Cape. What became evident on our journey was the incredible beauty […]

Continue Reading »

Reviews

Wildekrans Country House

Filed in Reviews by on May 16, 2016
Wildekrans Country House

We spent the weekend at the wonderful Wildekrans Country House, a historic homestead dating back to 1811 that is situated in the little village of Houw Hoek. This wonderful ‘home’ – you’re made to feel very much at home – is owned by Barry Gould and Alison Green. Our room, furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art, […]

Continue Reading »

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Filed in Reviews by on May 10, 2016
Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

We spent two nights at the lovely Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve which is located the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo. We experienced luxury, history and a personalised safari experience as well as a wonderfully comfortable room and fabulous dining experiences. Our home for the the two nights was Mount Camdeboo Manor, one of four Cape Dutch houses […]

Continue Reading »

Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

Filed in Reviews by on May 3, 2016
Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

The Winchester Mansions is location on the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town. This makes it super convenient for the business traveller as the city centre, and Cape Town International Convention Centre, are a short drive away (which is a huge benefit considering the traffic congestion during peak periods) as is the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Stadium and other […]

Continue Reading »

News

African Responsible Tourism Awards 2018

Filed in Awards, News by on April 16, 2018
African Responsible Tourism Awards 2018

Wilderness Safaris, operator of safari camps, lodges and experiences in seven Africa countries, was announced Overall Winner this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2018 in Cape Town, sponsored by Wesgro. Wilderness Safaris took the coveted position of Overall Winner from a selection of finalists gathered from around Africa at a special ceremony at World Travel […]

Continue Reading »

Deceased Great White Sharks…

Deceased Great White Sharks…

Deceased Great White Sharks and Orca (Killer Whale) Predation – A First In South Africa: Marine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust Report May 2017 was an interesting yet trying time for the team of Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.  The team was called out to retrieve not one but three white sharks – female […]

Continue Reading »

iSimangaliso developing to conserve through restitution and growth

Filed in Communities, Conservation, News, Uncategorized by on May 31, 2017
iSimangaliso developing to conserve through restitution and growth

In 2000, when the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed and proclaimed as South Africa’s first world heritage site, the region in which it is located was marked by a declining tourism economy. The proclamation of iSimangaliso consolidated 16 separate parcels of land, including a patchwork of earlier proclamations dating back to 1895. This marked the […]

Continue Reading »