Eastern Cape

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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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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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 […]

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#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 […]

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Kwandwe… a sense of place

Kwandwe… a sense of place

We could see for miles. Rolling hills, vegetated and green… just how it used to be.  This was the Kwandwe I had heard so much about, its conservation and community success stories, and its history and culture. From the early San inhabitants, whose rock art reveals the once abundant wildlife, to the Frontier Wars (1779-1878) […]

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Mount Camdeboo, in the glorious Great Karoo

Mount Camdeboo, in the glorious Great Karoo

When on a road trip it’s almost inevitable that there be a curve ball of some kind… and this trip was no different! But thankfully we carried on towards Graaf Reinet and the Great Karoo for our first stop, the MOUNT CAMDEBOO PRIVATE GAME RESERVE. Being later than expected, we were both surprised and delighted at the concerned phone call we […]

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The people of Prana

The people of Prana

A province rich in diversity, the Eastern Cape is a captivating part of South Africa that is not only renowned for its scenic beauty but also for its culture and history, especially because it is celebrated as Nelson Mandela’s birthplace. Following in the footsteps of kindness that Madiba left, Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa owners, Tim and Gail Davidson, place a strong emphasis on community upliftment and the restoration […]

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Healthy, organic and green… that’s the way you get your cuisine at Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa

Healthy, organic and green… that’s the way you get your cuisine at Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa

It’s what people are talking about, shopping for and, of course, growing – organic produce is the way to go and although it’s trendy, it’s by no means a fad; it’s a lifestyle. As health and well being are the essence at Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa, this five-star Wild Coast haven has […]

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Rest & relaxation – Umngazi style…

Rest & relaxation – Umngazi style…

The first hint we had of how relaxed Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa would be was the unpretentious sign suggesting that it was ‘time to take off your shoes’. We still had 2km to go, which did not seem much considering the lengthy journey thus far, but it was long enough to set daily workplace […]

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