South Africa Travel Guide

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Abe Bailey Nature Reserve

Abe Bailey Nature Reserve by Anya Viviers

Situated near Carletonville on the West Rand is the Abe Bailey Nature Reserve, a delight for novices and experienced birder’s alike. The fact that the reserve is fairly small in extent (a modest 4 200 hectares), together with the combination of bush, wetland and grassland habitats makes for excellent viewing of the 220-plus species of birds. Just some of the birds you can expect to see include the Yellow-billed Stork, Greater Flamingo, Goliath Heron,… Read More

 
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Abseiling in Southern Africa

South Africa by Ivelina Dineva

It was only towards the end of the last century that abseiling, also called rappelling, became an activity in its own right. Till then it was just the method climbers used to get off a mountain, cavers used to descend into the bowels of the earth and fire-fighters used for all sorts of macho purposes. But it's fun, so it's available as an activity in its own right.In case you have no idea what abseiling is all about, it's the art of lowering yourself… Read More

 
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Addo Elephant National Park Travel Guide

Addo Elephant National Park by Samantha Black

About an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, Addo is a small farming town that's best known for its proximity to the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, which is South Africa's first 'Big Seven' reserve. As well as the usual Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo, the park, which extends to the sea and some offshore islands, also offers sightings of southern right whales and (great) white sharks. The park offers comfortable SANParks… Read More

 
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African Buffalo

South Africa by Ivelina Dineva

Also one of the great big stomping foot, hoof and horn brigade - the Big Five - the African buffalo is like a massive cow on steroids. Once popular trophies for big game hunters, they're fascinating and incredibly gregarious animals that can gather in herds that number several thousand. Driving through such a herd can be the ultimate game viewing rush, even if they're just peacefully grazing, which they do most of the time. If you do manage to drive… Read More

 
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African Elephant

South Africa by Ivelina Dineva

The African elephant is the largest living land animal, renowned for its intelligence, memory, unique communication methods and amazing social behaviour. The heaviest elephant ever recorded weighed an astonishing 12,000 kg but the average elephant weighs about 5,400 kg.Initially there was thought to be the only two species of the Elephantidae family - the African elephant along with the Asian elephant. Recently a distinction was made between the African… Read More

 
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African Leopard

South Africa by Michael Hanslo

Powerful, graceful and arguably one of the most beautiful of all the large cats, the elusive leopard (Panthera pardus or "Luiperd") is a master of stealth and survival. By far the strongest climber, it can haul prey twice its own body weight up into a tree where it can feast without disturbance from other predators. Male leopards usually measure 80 cm high at the shoulder and weigh between 20 – 90 kg. Females are considerably smaller, weighing between… Read More

 
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African Rhinoceros

South Africa by Ivelina Dineva

Rhino » Rhinoceros » Rhinocerotidae » ‘Renoster’Who would mess with a rhinoceros? Only the grossly foolish, undoubtedly heartless and short-sighted would trouble this noble beast, endowed with great big horns, extremely tough hide, considerable size and a very short fuse. Tragically there are many humans who do - today the rhino is an endangered species caused by excessive poaching for their horns.Millions of years ago during the Miocene era this… Read More

 
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Agulhas National Park

Agulhas National Park by Ivelina Dineva

Agulhas National Park is situated on the southernmost tip of Africa and boasts a number of exciting things to see, such as the southern right whale, African black oystercatcher, damara tern and Cape platana. The most popular attraction, the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum is the second oldest working lighthouse in southern Africa, with 71 steps leading up to the top. In the lighthouse museum you will find remains of ancient stone fish traps used… Read More

 
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Airports Guide

South Africa by Michael Hanslo

Mainstream International AirportsOliver Thambo International AirportJohannesburg airport information (011) 921-6262Automated flight information 086 72 77 888Distance from city centre 24km (15 miles) Taxi fare R180-R200Distance from Sandton 30km (20 miles) Taxi fare R250Johannesburg Magic Bus Shuttle service (011) 548-0822 View website for rates.There are Internet facilities in Domestic and International lounges and Wireless Internet Access (WIFI)… Read More

 
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Alice Glockner Nature Reserve

Alice Glockner Nature Reserve by Samantha Black

Alice Glockner Nature Reserve is located close to the town of Heidelberg in Gauteng. It is spread out over 168 ha of land, which is home to the threatened butterfly species known as the Heidelberg copper butterfly. The particular species of ant that this butterfly is associated with can be found inside the reserve.The reserve also holds other rare and endangered plant species such as delosperma macellum. A variety of animals roam the grassy landscape,… Read More

 
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Aloe Ridge Game Reserve

Aloe Ridge Game Reserve by Samantha Black

Aloe Ridge Hotel & Game Reserve is situated just 40 km from Johannesburg on a remnant of the indigenous bushveld. Game viewing trips from open safari vehicles deliver wonderfully close encounters with hippo, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, ostrich, zebra, eland, gemsbok, kudu and black wildebeest. Glimpses of rare Nyala are fairly commonplace, while waterbuck, blesbuck, red hartebeest and impala are often seen. Birdwatchers will be kept reaching for their… Read More

 
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Amanzimtoti

Amanzimtoti by Samantha Black

Amanzimtoti is renowned for its awesome sandy beaches and an amazing selection of things to do. This vibrant family destination on the South Coast offers safe swimming, outstanding shore and deep sea fishing and incredible natural beauty along with great shopping facilities, restaurants and entertainment. Along with angling, Amanzimtoti is a popular place for surfing, paddle skiing and windsurfing. Between June and August the largest migration on… Read More

 
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Anysberg Nature Reserve

Anysberg Nature Reserve by Philip Konick

Anysberg Nature Reserve is situated about four hours from Cape Town in the Klein Karoo between Montagu, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Ladismith. The reserve has among some of the best scenery and views in the Karoo, as well as amazing animals, plants and recreational activities.Anysberg Nature Reserve was established in 1988 with the intent of conserving the local veld type and reintroduce species of game which historically occurred in the region. Various… Read More

 
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Arniston Travel Guide

Arniston by Samantha Black

This rather schizophrenic town is officially known as Waenhuiskrans but everyone calls it Arniston. The official name, which means “Wagon House Cave”, refers to an enormous sea cave thatis big enough to park an ox wagon (and a team of oxen) in. It’s abeautiful cave and it’s a lovely walk to get to it but watch the tides.You absolutely do not want to get caught there at high tide! The morefamiliar name refers to the wreck of the Arniston,which ran… Read More

 
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Ashton Travel Guide

Ashton by Samantha Black

The small town of Ashton on Route 62 is in the middle of a fruit-farming and wine-growing area so there are some nice wineries, farm stalls where you can buy all manner of local produce, and even a cheese estate. Ashton is conveniently situated on the R60 between Robertson and Swellendam, and close to the western side of the scenic Kogmanskloof Pass on the R62 to Montagu. It’s a beautiful pass with spectacular geological features, a pretty stream… Read More

 
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Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve by Samantha Black

Not far from Stellenbosch is the favourite picnic haunt of outdoor loving families, Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Stunning waterfalls and rivers are easily accessible. A number of gentle walking trails meander through pretty mountain fynbos and forest. Assegaaibosch is incorporated into Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, and a visit to both is easily done on the same day. Permits and maps are available from reception. Read More

 
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Atlantic Seaboard South Travel Guide

Atlantic Seaboard South by Samantha Black

The Atlantic Seaboard is the trendiest and most expensive of Cape Town’s seaside real estate, curving west from the Waterfront to the southern tip of the peninsula. Posh suburbs are perched on the steep slopes of Table Mountain with dazzling views of the ocean.The sea water is icy, cooler by a few degrees than on the False Bay side. Plunging in is a great shock to the system but the beachesare gorgeous, perfect for catching a tan, picnicking or sundowners… Read More

 
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Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary by Samantha Black

The Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary lies in the heart of Pretoria and is a popular weekend picnic spot for families. Named after the renowned ornithologist, J Austin Roberts, the sanctuary is situated within the Walkerspruit System where two streams flow into wetland basins, attracting numerous species of water birds. The Blue Crane Restaurant is right on the shoreline and overlooks the dam and adjacent reed beds where blue crane, grey crowned crane,… Read More

 
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Ballito Travel Guide

Ballito by Samantha Black

On KZN’s North Coast, Ballito is a mega-tourist-friendly seaside resort with wonderful, safe, shark net-protected beaches. Tidal pools ranging from kiddies’ paddling numbers to a full Olympic-sized pool offer safe bathing for all levels of swimmer and even non-swimmers. There is a lovely long boardwalk offering easy scenic beach walking and a more rugged trail all the way up to Salt Rock includes a short tunnel best attempted at low tide. The surfing… Read More

 
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Balule Nature Reserve

Balule Nature Reserve by Ivelina Dineva

The Balule Nature Reserve, also called the Balule Private Game Reserve, is situated next to the Kruger National Park. The park was formed in the early 1990s when numerous farm owners removed the fences separating the farms and has since grown to about 35 000 hectares in size.Balule and the surrounding Olifants and Klaserie Nature Reserves are unfenced and together add an extra 40 000 hectares to the Kruger Park. The area is home to the Big Five and… Read More

 
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Barberton Nature Reserve

Mpumalanga by Ivelina Dineva

Barberton Nature Reserve is a popular getaway with residents from the surrounding towns of Nelspruit and Barberton. The reserve encompasses a typical South African bushveld landscape and is ideal for any type of vehicle.Visitors can spot a variety of larger mammals such as kudu, mountain rhebuck, zebra, grey duiker, impala, wildebeest, klipspringer and red duiker. You can also relax around the Noordkap River which flows through the reserve or in the… Read More

 
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Battlefields Travel Guide

Battlefields by Samantha Black

As in many parts of the world, the later part of the 19th Century was a time of conflict and confrontation in South Africa, particularly the area we now call KwaZulu-Natal. The British were at the height of their empire-building zeal, the Zulu nation was one of the most powerful in Africa, and the Boers had shaken the dust of British colonialism off their velskoens, and set off into the interior to take control of their own destiny.Well, that sounds… Read More

 
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Beaches in Southern Africa

South Africa by Ivelina Dineva

Sun, sand, sea, skimpy swimsuits and the smell of coconut-scented sun tan lotion. South Africa has a 3,000 km coastline with thousands of beaches, some of which are more appealing than others. So if you’re after a beach holiday, you just need to decide what kind, and then choose the right beach.The West Coast has some unbelievably beautiful, long, lonely beaches, where you can walk for miles and not see another person. Some lovely little towns, which… Read More

 
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Beaches in the Cape

Cape Town by Darren Nixon

With a beach for every season and a beach for every reason, Cape Town is one of the best sun, sand and sea destinations in the world. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to have Blue Flag Beaches, which signifies a high level of water quality, facilities, cleanliness and safety. There are three blue flag beaches in and around Cape Town: Clifton Beach, Mnandi Beach and Bikini Beach at Gordon's Bay right out on the eastern side of False… Read More

 
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Beaufort West

Beaufort West by Ivelina Dineva

Beaufort West is the largest town in the Great Karoo region and is often referred to as the “Heart of the Karoo”. Here you will be inspired by the magic of the sunrise and sunset over the beautiful, raw Cape Karoo land. The town is set on a typical “platteland” landscape, and a walk through the town is the perfect way of getting familiar with the town’s relaxed atmosphere and historic setting. You will find a mixture of Victorian, Edwardian, Cape… Read More

 
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Bela Bela (Warmbaths) Travel Guide

Bela Bela (Warmbaths) by Samantha Black

The small town of Bela Bela was previously known as Warmbaths – and for good reason. The town owes its existence to the immense hot spring that gushes to the surface at 53°C. There are a number of family resorts complete with waterslides, play parks and all the usual child-friendly facilities, some small game farms, and a range of wellness centres and spas.As Bela Bela is about an hour’s drive from Pretoria and only a bit more from Johannesburg, its… Read More

 
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Bergville Travel Guide

Bergville by Philip Konick

A small town near the Drakensburg Mountains, Bergville is primarily used as the centre for dairy and cattle ranching in the area. City slickers will be amazed to witness the town’s cattle sales on the third Friday of the month.Bergville features the only surviving blockhouse built by the British in the second Boer war. The low structure is made of corrugated iron is a national monument and has been turned into a museum which tourists can explore and… Read More

 
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Big Bay Travel Guide

Big Bay by Samantha Black

Big Bay is one of Cape Town’s northernmost beach suburbs, favoured by families, surfers, kiters, windsurfers and walkers.The white sandy beach with postcard views of Table Mountain is a great spot to simply veg out and work on your suntan.Although the water temperature is chilly, the Blue Flag accredited Big Bay Beach offers safe swimming and bodysurfing. Don’t miss the awesome sunset views.Eden on the Bay and Big Bay shopping malls are almost on… Read More

 
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Bird Island Nature Reserve

Bird Island Nature Reserve by Anya Viviers

Bird Island lies about 100 metres off-shore of Lambert's Bay on the Cape west coast. The island, almost three hectares in size, is connected to the mainland via a breakwater. It is an important breeding and roosting site for seabirds, particularly Cape gannets and cormorants. African penguins used to be common on the island, and Cape fur seals still frequent the rocks on the sea side of the island. Bird Island is managed by CapeNature as a nature… Read More

 
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Bird Watching in South Africa

South Africa by Ivelina Dineva

There are over 900 species of birds in southern Africa, many of which can be seen to great advantage in the more popular game viewing areas but, if you're particularly interested in birds, there are a few spots you shouldn't miss. These include the Nylsvlei Wetland, in Limpopo Province, and the wetlands of the West Coast, including Langebaan Lagoon, Rocher Pan, and Verloren Vlei. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is also home to a number of interesting… Read More

 
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Bloemfontein Travel Guide

Bloemfontein by Samantha Black

Bloemfontein is sort of the Cinderella city of South Africa. It's stuck out there on the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg. It has no Table Mountain, no ocean, and no big-city vibe. And no rush hour traffic, no road rage and no urban sprawl. It's just a nice little city in the middle of the country. The name, Bloemfontein, means Spring of Flowers - a rather pretty name that it does actually live up to. The city is planted with thousands of rose… Read More

 
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Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve by Anya Viviers

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve is a 12 000 ha conservancy in open Kalahari scrub, thornveld country offering the visitor a rare combination of game viewing on the reserve or fishing at one of the most popular angling sites in South Africa.The reserve hosts a wide variety of plains game with particularly large herds of springbok, black wildebeest, eland and gemsbok. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded at the reserve including some rare waterfowl… Read More

 
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon by Ivelina Dineva

Situated along the Mpumalanga Drakensberg escarpment, the reserve covers a large area extending from the Pinnacle and Gods Window in the south to beyond the mighty Marieps Kop in the north, and ending at Swadini. The reserve is administered by the Mpumalanga Parks Board and is known primarily for the outstanding natural beauty of the canyon as well as the numerous endemic and endangered fauna and flora species present.The reserve encompasses the famous… Read More

 
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Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park by Samantha Black

The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks lacks nothing in beauty. As part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, it’s one of the country’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and you’ll always see something in flower.Bontebok National Park plays a significant role in biodiversity conservation. Along with protecting endangered birds and plant species so rare that they are found nowhere else on the planet, it is a haven for its namesake, the bontebok. These colourful… Read More

 
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Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area by Samantha Black

Deep in the Langeberg Mountains and partner to Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is the hiking paradise of Boosmansbos Wilderness. As part of the Cape Floral Region, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fragrant mountain fynbos and indigenous kloof forest characterize the lovely landscape. Some incredibly rare species of Ericas can be found in the mountains. The ravines are populated by stinkwood, yellowwood, Cape holly, red alder, beech, white… Read More

 
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Borakalalo National Park

Borakalalo National Park by Ivelina Dineva

Borakalalo Game Reserve is a conservation park located about an hour's drive from Brits in the North West province. The park's central dam, Klipvoor, is an excellent spot for fishing and relaxing. Fishing permits can be purchased at the gate, with carp and barbel as the main species, and sometimes yellowfish. The 13 000 ha landscape is covered by Kalahari bushveld and woodland. With over 350 species of birds to be seen, including eleven eagles, bird… Read More

 
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Boskop Dam Nature Reserve

Boskop Dam Nature Reserve by Philip Konick

Boskop dam nature reserve spans 3000 hectares of undulating grassland and offers many outdoor recreational activities including yachting, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, game viewing and camping. Located only 20km north of Potchefstroom, Boskop Reserve is a great place to escape to, whether for a week of camping or just a day drive to admire the view.The dam is especially well known for its great fishing spots and features species including the… Read More

 
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Botsalano Game Reserve

Botsalano Game Reserve by Philip Konick

The Botsalano Game reserve is located in the North-West province about 50 km from Mafikeng and spanning just under 6000 hectares. The area is comprised of Kalahari thornveld climate and is usually dry with rainfalls in the summer. The reserve is primarily used as a breeding area for antelope and other mammals which are transported to game reserves in other parts of South Africa. As such, the reserve does not have any large predators, and night walks… Read More

 
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Broederstroom Travel Guide

Broederstroom by Philip Konick

Broederstroom is a small town just a few kilometres south of Hartbeespoort dam and only a 40 minute drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers, with many hiking and biking trails nearby, and even caters to adrenaline junkies with its 1.3km long zip line course, which offers a spectacular aerial view of local game.For those in search of a little culture, the nearby Lesedi Cultural Village is an ideal stop, and golf… Read More

 
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Bronkhorstspruit Dam Nature Reserve

Bronkhorstspruit Dam Nature Reserve by Samantha Black

Called “Bronkies” by locals, the Bronkhorstspruit Dam Nature Reserve offers a great weekend getaway for Gautengers. With over 200 bird species recorded in the reserve, it’s the perfect place for birders to observe a variety of feathered residents.Birds to look out for include Spike-heeled and Red-capped larks, cisticolas, pipits, Orange-throated longclaws and various owls. Anglers will be kept busy too, as the waters are well stocked with bass and… Read More

 
 

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