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The Best Time to Go on Safari in Africa by Month

Best Time to Go on Safari in Africa

Since moving to South Africa, going on safari has become one of my favorite things to do. From South Africa to Kenya and beyond, the continent has such raw, natural beauty. And Africa has way more diversity than you might think!

Far from a one size fits all experience, you can choose the best safari experience in Africa for you and your travel style.

I’ve been lucky enough to explore the African bush a few times and experience some of the best safari destinations in Africa. I absolutely adore interacting nature this way and seeing animals in their natural habitats.

Of course, if you’re a shutterbug like yours truly, an African safari is a must. You’ll be traveling through some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. African safari photography will take your snaps to the next lev...

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20 Places You Should Visit in 2020

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2019 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2020. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration.

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South Africa

It’s been a few years since South Africa has been the star of travel media coverage, which is unfortunate. After making some incredible headway in travel and tourism, the nation took some steps backward making planning a trip there more challenging...

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21 things to do in South Africa

South Africa is often listed as the perfect destination for those looking for a world-class safari, but there’s so much more to this vast country than the wildlife-rich game reserves. A heady mix of ravishing coastlines, jaw-dropping scenery, outstanding cuisine and 5-star lodgings means it’s perfect not just for the safari enthusiast, but the adventurer, sun seeker, foodie fanatic and budding photographer too. From the fabulous food city of Cape Town and South Africa’s superb wine-making region, the oldest wine industry outside of Europe, to whale-watching on the south coast and surfing on the Eastern Cape. Here, we have listed our favourite things to do in South Africa…

Cocktails at The Silo

The Silo is Cape Town’s coolest hotel...

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Top 5 luxury experiences in Africa

Often Africa is left aside when looking for a luxury escape from everyday life. But the dark continent has a lot to offer, and not only for budget travelers but also for the ones that aren’t shy to spend some cash in return for the most exclusive travel experiences out there. Here are a few of my favorite experiences.

Rovos Rail, Southern Africa

Being the African equivalent of the Orient Express, this luxurious train offers several itineraries, going from a 3 day trip within South Africa, all the way to a 15 day journey connecting Dar es Salaam and Cape Town...

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Photograph of the week: Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Bo-Kaap (an Afrikaans term meaning “above the Cape”) may be a riot of vibrant colour and one of South Africa’s (and the world’s) ‘Most Instagrammable Places’, but there is much more to this friendly inner-city Cape Town community than just gorgeous good looks.

Photo of the week: Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

These coloured houses, painted in hues best described as pastels on steroids, are home to a fascinating history and a community with deep cultural roots.

Established in the 1760s by Dutch colonialist Jan de Waal, Bo-Kaap began life as a series of nondescript rental houses – all painted a pristine white...

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6 of the world’s best lookouts

Sometimes there are views where you just have to stop and look. These are the kind of sights where photos just don’t do it justice and need to be seen in real life to be believed. Whether it is atop the largest building in the world, a cityscape on a rooftop bar or snow-capped mountains, we’ve compiled views that will simply take your breath away.

Discover six locations around the world for seeing the most inspiring views below.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Naturally, as the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa enjoys truly jaw-dropping views...

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Saving the planet: our top 5 eco-friendly hotels around the world

With environmental awareness an increasing concern across the globe, especially when it comes to hot topics such as global warming and plastic waste, luxury hotels are also increasingly doing their bit for the planet, with guests encouraged to play their part during their holiday. Ditching plastic water bottles for reusable non-plastic ones is just the tip of the (rapidly-melting) iceberg: these five hotels push the boat out when it comes to eco-friendliness – without stinting on luxury and style.

The Brando, Tahiti

Marlon Brando fell in love with Tahiti while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1...

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Top 5 lesser-known activities around Cape Town

Cape Town is the most visited part of South Africa, and there is a well established set of outstanding attractions that are always high on the list of every visitor.  But the city still has plenty to offer once you’ve taken the cable car up Table Mountain, seen the harbour and waterfront area, visited the penguins at Boulders Beach, and explored the Cape Point Nature Reserve.   These may well be the best known of the attractions, however for many visitors it will be some of the less known activities that will really leave then with the long-lasting memories once they return home.

Motorcycle sidecar tour around Ca...

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Where to enjoy fine dining when visiting South African wine estates

While South African wines are starting to get the global recognition they deserve, it is still a little known fact to most travelers that the winelands in the cape region in South Africa are a culinary walhalla. Most of the best fine dining restaurants can be found at one of the famous vineyards. I’ll give you my personal favorites, but limited it to 5 as otherwise you would be reading for days.

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

First up is this restaurant in the sky (as they like to call it locally) which has won numerous award ever since it opened. It was voted the number 1 restaurant in South Africa last year, and it has every right to be proud of that as they work hard to deliver the best of the best on a daily basis.

Chef Gregory uses local ingredients and with his French heritage turn...

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The Best Wineries in South Africa’s Cape Winelands

The Best Wineries in South Africa's Cape Winelands

One of the best things about living in Cape Town is the proximity to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek—also known as the Cape Winelands. South Africa’s Cape Winelands is, in my humble opinion, one of the best wine regions in the world. There are hundreds of wineries with tasting rooms, restaurants, and even day spas!

The Winelands are only a 30-40-minute drive from the city, so they’re the perfect addition to any Cape Town itinerary!

While Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the most well-known wine regions around Cape Town, Constantia, Paarl, and Durbanville are also amazing wine destinations just outside of the city.

Ever since my first visit to South Africa three years ago, I’ve made it my mission is explore as much of the Cape Winelands as possible! With wine traditions that span more ...

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