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Wild, Watery and Wonderful

Wild, Watery and Wonderful

The mighty Victoria Falls
The mighty Victoria Falls

It seems unlikely that anything could be thrilling enough to waylay me when I’m walking to Victoria Falls, already armed with a rain coat and a silly grin.

But when the hotel gardener I’m breezing past …

Foreigners win with South Africa’s financial woes

Foreigners win with South Africa’s financial woes

Johannesburg, one of the greenest cities in the world

If you ever think about how politics influences your travel, it’s probably because you want to avoid war or terrorism. I never imagined politicians could affect travel by making a currency so …

The Hotel that Rose From the Ashes

The Hotel that Rose From the Ashes

Stunning Hout Bay and The Sentinel, Cape Town

Gnarled chunks of solid silver  mounted in a picture frame are the only evidence that an elegant hotel near Cape Town isn’t the same building it used to be. The silver was once …

Exquisite African Isles

Exquisite African Isles

The Anantara Medjumbe lodge

Skimming over the Indian Ocean towards the gorgeous islands of Mozambique is like entering a kid’s over-imaginative coloring book.
Water in a dozen shades of blue washes over the crisp white sand backed by vivid green …

Solo Safaris

Solo Safaris

Africa lies waiting for you

If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll have noticed how the world tends to revolve around couples.

You’ll probably be hit by single room supplements unless you’re happy to stay in a hostel dormitory, and may …

Johannesburg finally wins tourism kudos

Johannesburg finally wins tourism kudos

Joburg may have rough spots, but locals love its grittiness

I’m worried about Johannesburg. It’s getting a reputation that really isn’t doing us much good.
If we carry on like this, our image as a dirty, violent and gangster-ridden city …

Island bliss in Africa

Island bliss in Africa

Sunset on Bazaruto island

Africa isn’t normally associated with tropical islands where you can wallow in luxury. It’s a continent painted with the brush of poverty, but beneath that false impression lie some wonderful countries waiting to be explored – …

24 hours in Soweto – Leaving the Ordinary Behind

24 hours in Soweto – Leaving the Ordinary Behind

If the name Soweto is familiar, it is probably for all the wrong reasons, as it’s where the struggle against Apartheid played out, turning the township into a virtual war-zone in the 1970’s and 80’s. Now the city of 4.5 …

Stylish, stunning and chic – and now cheap too

Stylish, stunning and chic – and now cheap too

Stunning Cape Town – now ranked as one of the world’s cheapest cities. Photo: Cape Town Tourism

If you’re looking for a cheap holiday, Cape Town has probably never topped your travel agenda. This gloriously swanky South African city has …

Soho in South Africa

Soho in South Africa

Cape Town is South Africa’s holiday city. Few urban centers could match its picturesque setting along the mountainous Cape Peninsula spine, which slips into the Atlantic Ocean. The most striking of its sights is Table Mountain, rearing up from the …

Two Exclusive Game Reserves in South Africa

Two Exclusive Game Reserves in South Africa

Heading northwest, towards the Mozambique border, we left Wonderboom Airport (near Pretoria) via a chartered Cessna. Ninety minutes later we arrived at Cheetah Plains, a privately owned game reserve located within the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sands reserve, which itself shares a 50km …

Zimbabwe, in Your Wildest Dreams

Zimbabwe, in Your Wildest Dreams

To most Westerners, Africa is a place of witchdoctors, demons and prehistoric creatures, but those who’ve travelled there know it as an ancient continent steeped in primal cultures yet one that’s wild, raw, in your face and utterly exciting. It’s …

Meeting the wildlife in Madagascar

Meeting the wildlife in Madagascar

A beach in Nosy Komba, Madagascar

My French came back to me with remarkable clarity as I staggered out of the ocean clutching my stinging ankle.

“Je suis blessé,” I wailed, then proved I was injured by tumbling over as …

Mandela’s Country

Mandela’s Country

The death of Nelson Mandela is focusing world attention on South Africa as never before. His departure at the age of 95 is uniting the country again, just as he pulled the fragmented society together in 1995, when he wore a …

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