Destination South Africa

West Coast, wild, wonderful, quirky and quaint

West Coast, wild, wonderful, quirky and quaint

Three days would never be enough. I knew that I would only scratch the surface, but I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore this wonderfully wild, somewhat ancient and fabulously down-to-earth and quirky region known as the Cape West Coast. It’s an easy hour-or-so drive from Cape Town making it perfect for a day […]

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Brahman Hills and the KZN Midlands

Brahman Hills and the KZN Midlands

Just getting there is part of the relaxation… coffee stops, sightseeing and quaint country lanes. The rolling hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands certainly set the scene for what was to be a wonderfully relaxing weekend at Brahman Hills filled with fabulous food, fun company, roaring log fires and bubbly in the jacuzzi. And oops, I […]

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Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

There’s something about spending time in the African bush… the sights, the sounds and the smells that get under your skin and into your heart ensuring that you want – no, need – to return, time and time again. And it’s no different with Samara Game Reserve either. Once will never be enough, especially once […]

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Fabulous Fordoun

Fabulous Fordoun

Set within fertile farmlands, this old dairy farm, complete with milking sheds, a grain silo and a plethora of old stone buildings, was transformed to become the renowned Fordoun Hotel & Spa… an oasis of pampering, for mind, body and soul. Its location near Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, ensures spectacular views across rolling […]

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Frogging safari at Amakhosi

Frogging safari at Amakhosi

I was knee deep in water in the middle of the African bush – in Big 5 territory… the muddy water trickling into my gumboots, my toes squishing with every step. We’d seen lions and elephants that morning and a couple of dagga boys (old male buffalo) on our drive here. They’d possibly been wallowing […]

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Port Elizabeth… explore the city centre on foot

Port Elizabeth… explore the city centre on foot

From a vast space where wealthy feather barons auctioned off their wares, to a monument commemorating the arrival of the 1820 settlers and a walk cross in memory of brave seafarers and a walk that brings you closer to South Africa’s journey to democracy, a walking tour of Port Elizabeth’s city centre has it all. […]

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Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

The early morning mist swirled around the legendary Mountain, its silhouette reflected in the still water. Over the years flickering fires and strange lights have been seen, and weird noises had been heard. From early times the bodies of Shangaan Chiefs had been buried there, and still were… ‘It is a great and strange mountain’ […]

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Thanda Safari and why you never miss a game drive

Thanda Safari and why you never miss a game drive

I was at Thanda Safari and 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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