Deciding what to see and experience in Southern can be daunting. There’s just so much to choose from. Hopefully, our bucket lists will help. The Cradle of Humankind – South Africa Where on earth did the 7.674 billion people on earth come from? The Cradle of Humankind has some of the answers. The active archaeological digs and the important three million-year-old fossils found here, make the Cradle one of the richest hominid sites in the world. The heart of the site, the award-winning, world-class Maropeng Visitor Centre, has wonderful exhibits [...]
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South Africa has some of the most beautiful and ancient mountains in the world, a number of which are either on the list of the New Seven Wonders of nature, like Table Mountain, or are World Heritage Sites. Deep in the Mpumalanga Province, which translates from the Zulu as ‘the land of the rising sun’, stretches the Barberton Makhonia Mountains, nicknamed ‘the Genesis of Life’ – not least because of the rocky hills, wide grassy plains, verdant valleys, and mysterious forests, as well as the rich diversity of birds and [...]
Birding - for some people that means craning you head back trying to find some LBJ (little brown job) among the dense vegetation of a bush or a tree that everyone else is raving about and which you only see as it flies away. In South Africa there are at least 6 birds you may only see on safari. None of them are under 14 cms. And none of them are brown. The tallest of the six, the ostrich, is over 2.75 m and weighs 137kgs! One kick from [...]
Surrounded by a long, sometimes kind, often rugged, but always beautiful coastline, is a vast land, an area of 4 262 398 km2. Here, the oldest desert in the world, water wonderlands, wide grasslands, and ancient mountains await the traveller. Choosing what to see and experience first in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini (Swaziland), Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia can be difficult. Hopefully, our bucket lists will help. Cape Winelands – South Africa The dramatic, plunging escarpments surrounding the fertile Cape Winelands, shelter centuries old, iconic Cape Dutch homesteads dotted [...]
‘Safari’ is the Swahili word for ‘travel’. It has become synonymous with going on a game drive, or a guided walk, in the African bush. And Winter in South Africa is definitely the best time to go on safari. Winter and Spring in Africa is between May and September. In fact, while any month between May and September is great for a safari, May and September are the best, with September being optimal for wildlife viewing. Winter in Africa is the dry season. There’s no rain, or if there is, [...]
It’s almost impossible to create a limited bucket list for Southern Africa. With South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland – now known as the Kingdom of Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia, Southern Africa covers a total area of 4 262 398 km2. Here are the oldest desert in the world, forests, grasslands, mountains older than Everest, and massive waterfalls, all encircled by an extensive coastline. Temperatures vary from 500C to -20oC. The incredible wildlife is unique, and the people, diverse and welcoming. 1. Cape Town – South Africa Africa’s most [...]
The best reason to see Victoria Falls is its sheer overwhelming beauty. In 1855, the first recorded European to see the Falls, the Scottish missionary, David Livingstone wrote, “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Five individual falls make up the mighty Victoria Falls. Four are on the Zimbabwean side, with the fifth fall being on the Zambian side. On the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is the [...]
One of the largest circular volcanic complexes of its type in the world was formed over 1300 million years ago when South Africa’s North West Province, was alive with volcanic eruptions and overflowing magma. The result is an exceptionally rare alkaline volcanic crater, filled with unusual geological features, and rock types attracting geologists and photographers from across the world. Man has lived here beneath Thabayadiotso, ‘the Proud Mountain’ since the Stone Age and has left his mark in a number of sites. In 1977, Lucas Mangope, President of the apartheid [...]
Immerse yourself in some of South Africa's most scenic regions on our Signature Adventure Experience Tour. Gaze out over the world’s largest green canyon, spectacular, tumbling waterfalls, have a gentle and personal encounter with majestic elephants, and drink deep of the delicious and heady experience that awaits in the world-renowned Cape Winelands. Game drives are the perfect way to experience our extraordinary wildlife in the twilight beauty or the crystal-clear dawn of the African bush. Discover your heart in three unique wild areas - The Magaliesburg Mountains, the Songimvelo Game [...]
Step back in time for 8 days. Your Adventure and Safari is a magical part of our Adventure Experience Series. One that will seem like a beloved dream when you are back home. Deep within a magnificent forest, is ‘the Place of Eternal Mist’. A place fly-fishermen know as Dullstroom. Hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and those who prefer exploring the small town’s quaint stores, artisan shops, and art galleries lining Dullstroom’s main street, return here again and again. Exchange pieces of your heart with the mighty, wild, yet unbelievably [...]