Entries in south africa (4)

Wednesday
Dec072011

Guide to game drives in South Africa

Going on a game drive in the South African bush is an unforgettable experience. 

Although most wildlife in South Africa is found within the boundaries of vast National Parks, wildlife reserves and private game farms, that by no way implies they are kept in a glorified zoo.  

Hundreds of kilometers of wilderness, sometimes with drivable roads, but often-times just rough dirt tracks only suitable for 4x4 vehicles, means that most of the time the animals have the upper hand in the viewing stakes.  They live their lives deep in the forest, venturing out of the protective tree cover to go to the water holes, and it is a question of good luck and perseverance that we humans are able to see them at all. 

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Insider guide to Johannesburg

Jo’burg.

Jozi.

Egoli, the city of gold.

Whatever you call it, Jo’burg is one of the most dynamic and exciting places on the African continent, a heady combination of big and brash, rich and poor.  It can be a volatile place and has undeniable crime problems, and yet it's the driving, dynamic power-house of Africa.

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Wednesday
Sep212011

Insider Guide to Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the world’s luckiest cities.  Cape Town, or the Mother City, as South Africans describe it, has it all. Literally.

Mountains, beaches, history, great food, great shopping, vineyards, a location to die for – and despite the mockery of people from Johannesburg, it actually doesn’t even have such awful weather.  It does rain, that’s true, but that explains why it’s all so lush and green.  It does get misty, but that’s what you get for living at the tip of Africa, washed by two oceans. 

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Insider Guide to South Africa

 

South Africa is one of the world’s most special places. An enviable mixture of beauty and wildness, of mountain and sea, of untamed nature and urban sophistication, listing the country's 'Top Five' (as opposed to the famous Big Five of game viewing), is difficult.  But here goes.

1. Kruger National Park

It may well be the country’s oldest nature reserve, but the Kruger National Park is utterly timeless.  The park’s infrastructure is excellent and efficient, with miles of sealed roads and tracks crisscrossing the 4695 acres of bush and wilderness. 

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