South Africa Travel Guides for Backpackers

5 Places to Go When Visiting Cape Town, South Africa

We love to travel and visit places, well I do. Africa is one beautiful continent in the world, and it has South Africa as its highest tourist center. Why people visit South Africa isn’t hard to find out, from breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, great topography. Cape Town is it’s just a mere capital, but also its capital of tourism. There are lots of things to do, must see places, activities. I have listed the best 5 places to go to when you visited Cape Town. […]
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Exploring Cape Point on foot. The real Hiking experience.

When visiting Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Point is always a worthwhile visit. Cape Point is very well known for its famous lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope. But there is so much more on offer in this section of the Table Mountain National Park. Situated on the tip […]
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Mossel Bay, South Africa – A Traveler's treasure

“Just a small-town girl, livin’ in a lonely world. She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere…..” We all know this popular song. (Don’t Stop Believin/by Journey) Well, if you are from a small town or not, but want to get on that train or plane going ‘anywhere’, my hometown Mossel […]
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The Benefits of Using TransferWise vs PayPal

Money, money, money: It’s what makes the world go around, or in our case, it’s what helps us go around the world! As a result, care and organisation need to be taken to ensure you can access your money no matter where in the world you are, hopefully with the […]
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Stellenbosch, South Africa: What to do, where to eat and more

Getting to Stellenbosch, South Africa, feels like entering one of those historical towns that you have seen in the movies, one of those joyful communities where everyone knows each other. It kind of is. It’s not that small, but almost. It’s a little gem enclosed by beautiful green hills (during the […]
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Experience Family Fun Along the Stellenbosch Wine Route

Stellenbosch is a mere thirty minutes by car from Cape Town’s CBD. The postcard-pretty university town is also home to South Africa’s most celebrated wine route. What the locals know, and what the tourists are perhaps less privy to, is the fact that Stellenbosch and its wine route is super […]
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Drive abroad with the best insurance cover

As I am a travel consultant, a travel blogger and an extensive traveler myself, I am very aware of the importance of having the right travel cover while traveling, as you never know what can happen, especially abroad.   Car rental travel insurance experience in South Africa   A few […]
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Top 5 Places To Eat Around Pretoria

If you're anything like me, one of the first things to check out when visiting somewhere new is the food life. South Africa is a country of vast and untamed beauty, and Pretoria, not too far outside of the capital of Johannesburg, is certainly a wonderful place to visit, with […]
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Six Budget-friendly Things To Do In Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, home to the glorious Table Mountain, is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Having lived there for six years during my university years, I can attest to why it’s a go-to destination. As one of South Africa’s epicentres of the colonial and apartheid historical events as […]
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South Africa travel guide

Situated at the southern tip of the majestic African continent, South Africa is more than just a meeting point for two oceans. It is where travellers from across the world come to lose their hearts as they explore the diversity found in the mix and match of cultures that perfectly […]
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Mozambique, the country of good people and paradise beaches

Choosing our next destination to travel is not so easy as one can consider at first sight. We usually want a place to relax, with beautiful nature, delicious gastronomy so we can enjoy with new and exotic tastes,  smiling people, a little bit of adventure and not really crowded … […]
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Johannesburg stopover: Where to eat, sleep and what to do.

Many travelers may find themselves stopping over in Johannesburg before Many travelers stopover in Johannesburg, before boarding a flight to their next destination. Not knowing what to do in Johannesburg, and afraid of the crime; many travelers spend hours at the airport when they could be enjoying the world’s largest […]
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Discover Berlin in a Day

This weekend, my destination is Berlin and – given that I planned to meet up with a particularly wonderful Berliner who I had met on a previous holiday on the Sunday – I really only had Saturday to explore the capital of Germany. Airport and Transfers At 6:30am I am […]
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Explore the best of South Africa – Kruger National Park

The stunning Mpumalanga Province is situated in eastern South Africa, bordering the nations of Mozambique and Swaziland. It is home to some of the best delights South Africa has to offer, including the world-famous Kruger National Park. Mpumalanga is a Zulu name meaning ‘ The place where the sun rises’ […]
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Cape Town: All the magnificent places you should visit!

Sunny South Africa is home to the glorious Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Cape Town is one of those rare cities that truly have it all – mountains, ocean, winelands, rich history, electric nightlife, authentic culture, and not to mention the weather – the weather is incredible! […]
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Ocean Exploration in Sleepy Ponta Do Ouro

Ponta do Ouro is an idyllic, coastal fishing village on the southern tip of Mozambique. It’s a perfect, rustic coastal resort featuring pristine white beaches that stretch for miles in either direction. Although not technically a border town, it is essentially on the border with South Africa, only a few […]
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Exploring the Durban Beachfront

I have been living in Durban for close to ten years. When I first moved here it was like moving to paradise. I still love the City. There are areas that could do with some improvement, but there is no denying it is beautiful. Let’s start with the main attraction […]
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Top activities when exploring Cape Town,South Africa

When I arrived to Cape Town as a first-time visitor, I was not quite ready for what was about to unfold before my eyes: a thrilling overplay of cultural, natural and gastronomical wonders, shadowed by Table Mountain. The majestic mountain range is the clear landmark of this buzzing city, and […]
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Exploring the culture, food and aesthetics in the Bo-Kaap.

The Bo-Kaap is one of the most famous areas, located in l 71 Wale St, Cape Town, South Africa. Despite all the attraction surrounding the area, seeing it for yourself is not an underwhelming experience but lives up to those expectations. The Bo-Kaap background ‘Bo-Kaap’ is not the only name it […]
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All you need to know about Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo.. Awww Tofo! I feel so much joy just thinking about it! It’s THE place we used to go most of the long weekends when I lived in Maputo. If you enjoy the beach, water sports, beautiful landscapes, music and food, you’ll love going there and even getting there. Tofo […]
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The ultimate guide to the City of Johannesburg

The first thing that comes to mind at the mention of Johannesburg is the mining of gold due to the history behind the development of the city. As it has blossomed over the years it has turned into a sanctuary for not only South Africans from bordering provinces but Africans […]
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Top 9 restaurants in Durban only locals know about

When people visit South Africa, they usually only visit Johannesburg and Cape Town. But the beautiful sunny city of Durban on the East Coast offers so much more to tourists and locals alike. With warm weather year-round and the warm Indian Ocean, it’s the ideal destination for a beach holiday […]
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Cape Town As A Holiday Destination

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, situated along the coastline and is affectionately known as the “Mother City’ because of the sense of home it brings to both locals and international visitors. It has become a world renown travel destination for all it has to offer. Let […]
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The Karee Trail – A Day Hike in the Magaliesburg, South Africa

The 13km Karee hiking trail is situated on the farm “Rustig” in the Magaliesburg, South Africa. This stunning family farm was established in the 1930s and originally served as a cattle and tobacco farm. Rustig can be found near Hekpoort, approximately 70km from Pretoria, and about 40km from Krugersdorp. Although […]
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Getting to know Cape Town: Impressions and Planning

The first impressions about the city, safety and public transports Well, I had a big excitement for being in Africa for the first time! And, just after arriving, I could see a well-organized and beautiful city with very friendly people. That includes the buses. They are good and at the […]
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A few must-see places in South Africa

At the Southernmost point of Africa lies South Africa (big surprise), a country that contains many adventures and boasts some spectacular views. When traveling to this marvelous country, it might be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go, since we do not only host some of the greatest natural […]
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A Walk Through Bo Kaap: Cape Town's Colourful Neighbourhood

Bo Kaap The city centre of South Africa's tourist capital, Cape Town, is filled with life. From hipster cafes and boutique stores to local markets and artisan restaurants. But what many are not aware of, is the quiet cluster of multicoloured houses that lie just above this business bustle. Literally […]
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STAR BED SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI

Sleep Under the African Stars Do you wish to revive and restore your romantic love life on the ultimate of luxury, star-studded, African journey? A journey that will inspire your senses and tantalize your imagination? These were the two simple questions that were asked of me just days prior to […]
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Top Destinations and Activities in Cape Town

Cape Town | South Africa Known as the “Mother City” to the locals, Cape Town is situated in the bottom-south part of South Africa. This vibrant city is located in the Western Cape, as one of the nine provinces. Internationally known as travelers paradise the city is located below Table Mountain and […]
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The Drakensberg: Hiking, Biking and Everything Else

The Drakensberg in the province of KwaZulu Natal may not appear on your radar when researching for places to visit in South Africa, but it’s magnificence is not something to be missed. The Drakensberg range itself stretches over 200kms, but the central region which boasts Champagne Castle and other peaks […]
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The Slow-food Lover's Guide to Cape Town

The city of Cape Town is one of the most vibrant and inspiring cities in the world. So inspiring, in fact, that it was voted the 2017 Best City in the World by The Telegraph. As a native Cape Towner myself, this is no surprise. The CBD is constantly bustling […]
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Tips for first-time solo backpackers to South Africa


Wild Penguin at Boulder’s Beach This probably can be listed as one of the craziest things I have done in my early 20s. Waking up in one morning, I suddenly came up with a conclusion that I HAVE TO GO TO SOUTH AFRICA. Again, another impulsive decision. I make short trips […]
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The Underrated Beauty of Poland

We all have our own bucket list of countries that we’d love to visit. Most of us are probably dreaming about traveling to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, to Italy to visit Rome, to Bali to relax by the beach, or to South Africa for a safari experience. However, […]
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The 10 things in Cape Town you have to experience

For the love of the Mother City Don’t ever get me started on a conversation about Cape Town… it is literally opening up a can of stories and amazing memories. I believe that travel is the antidote that one needs to cure all the self-doubt and find enlightenment and inner […]
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What to do in Gordon's Bay: Rent a Kayak

What to do in Gordon’s Bay When you arrive in Gordon’s Bay, you may very well be welcomed by a strong hurricane-like wind. You may also have been forwarned by friends or family that have visited the bay previously of this. I am going to give you some advice: do not […]
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Exploring the Soutpansberg mountain range: Hanglip Nature Reserve

When you think of a getaway or holiday, Limpopo might not be the first thought that pops into your head.  It sure is not the first thought that popped into my head, until recently that is. What a lot of people are not aware of or tend to forget is […]
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10 of the best places to visit in Cape Town

If you look at the definition of a tourist in the dictionary, it says: tourist ˈtʊərɪst/ noun  a person who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure. But if you are based in South Africa, you’re lucky enough to be a tourist who feels like they are travelling or […]
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Seeing Cape Town on a student budget

Cape Town is one of the most stunning cities not only in Africa, but it is also world renowned. For students with a taste for adventure and would like to explore this amazing coastal city but are slightly uncertain because you might think your student budget might not cover this […]
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How to travel Nieu Bethesda

The sound of smooth jazz wakes me up from a lazy afternoon nap. There is a hush over the town, the type of quiet that can only be achieved through having a population in the low thousands. The jazz lures me to the common room of my backpackers, where a […]
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Jeffery's Bay, South Africa

A Glimpse of South Africa From my experience, most people don’t seem to really know a whole lot about from South Africa. When they hear the words “South Africa” the only thing them seem to have taken in is the word “Africa”. Then images of poverty and under fed children […]
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Exploring South Africa: Adventures in St Lucia

St Lucia- A sandy wonderland South Africa is a land of adventure. It is filled with contrast and color, chaos and calm. Within a few kilometers of each other you may find a buzzing African Wetland and a dry semi-desert. A thundering waterfall and a quiet […]
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South African Survival Guide for travelers

South Africa is known for beautiful sunsets, captivating wildlife and our diverse populations. If you have made it past booking your flights and accommodation, here is how to survive Visiting South Africa. If you have not booked your holiday yet, read this anyway, there are animal droppings, squeegees and a […]
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A volunteer experience near Addo Elephant National Park

A wildlife experience One of the things I have learned throughout my travels is that not only travelling opens your mind but it also opens door to new leisure, activities and that is what I found at Addo National Park, the third biggest park of South Africa. I got the […]
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3 Months in Dubai: Notes of a temporary expat

“Caveat lector” – Latin for this is free advice, take it or leave it. According to Google, there does not exist a threshold amount of time for which you need to spend outside of your native country, to be considered an expatriate. Currently, I have been living in the United Arab […]
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Get Ready to Explore the Heart of Africa

A keen traveler, I  initially quenched my yearning appetite to explore by becoming a backpacker, exploring the motherland of Africa. I ventured into a nomadic motion on a path to Tanzania. Why Tanzania? I had a list of reasons before me. Firstly Tanzania is filled with statistics one can rave […]
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Plettenberg Bay: Sun, sand and surf

Plettenberg Bay, or more commonly known as just Plett to locals and South Africans alike, is a beautiful small seaside town set along the Western Cape coastline. It forms part of South Africa’s renowned Garden Route and serves as a popular holiday destination for South Africans, as well as international […]
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Experience the Coastal Towns of Cape Town, the Way Locals Do

If you are planning on making your way down to the beautiful country of South Africa, you definitely will want to make a stop in the city of Cape Town. South Africa is a land of remarkable beauty and has some of the most diverse landscapes and natural settings of […]
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Hiking In the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

Located in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Africa the garden was founded in 1982 and though it may be young it has so much to offer. The natural vegetation gives you something of everything from grassland and savanna to dense bush and tall trees. The best part of the gardens is walking […]
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Tajikistan: the Heart of Central Asia

Tajikistan. What is this country? There aren't many people who know anything about Tajikistan and Central Asia in general. But that is a mistake, I'm sure. There is a lot to be interested of in this part of our Planet. First of all, this is a rare landscape which not […]
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A glass of wine and a hot bath on the South African West Coast

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean is one of my favorite places in South Africa, the South African West Coast.  Known for its friendly and unpretentious people, a rich diversity of flora during spring and spectacular coastal scenery.  And of course the delicious wine and seafood! Oh, Darling!

Explore Stellenbosch with insight of locals and deeper meaning.

Why travel? I don’t know about you, but when I travel to a new destination I go there to see a different perspective of how people live,what they do for fun and their favourite places to go to. It is all good and fun to go see the tourist attractions, […]
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Top 5 Must Do's in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya, is a sub saharan city often referred to as the green city in the sun. Boasting a population of just over 42 million, this multicultural melting pot hosts people from all over the world – different cultures, races and even religions. But one thing that cuts across all […]
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The wonders of Namibia

Being amazed by Namibia's landscape Some years ago, Namibia wasn’t even on my list of places to go and I had no information about this country that turn out to be one of the best trips I ever made. South Africa was mainly the only country in Southern Africa on […]
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Visit Cape Town's Landmark: Table Mountain

Table Mountain, Cape Town As my high school's anthem declares, “the mountain stands watching over us”, it is indeed true that Table Mountain stands as a beacon that can be seen from almost anywhere in Cape Town. The landmark was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 and inaugurated […]
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Namibia Self-drive: tips before you go!

Why Namibia? If you are looking for a Self-drive African Adventure, with a mix of Safari, encounter with African Tribes, desert landscape and Dunes, without being a hard core adventurer or having a huge budget, and a relatively secure country, Namibia is the best destination for you! I am basing […]
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Experience Magical Grabouw, Elgin today

Meet Me in Grabouw, Elgin Grabouw, Elgin. I am most excited to be submitting my very first article about my hometown, in the country of South Africa, 68,5 kilometers outside the City of Cape Town east on the N2 highway. I used to tell people Grabouw is a small apple […]
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Pretoria: Navigating a “Racism Battle” in a Historic Capital

Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Table Mountain, The Kruger National Park and The Voortrekker Monument, are all very familiar names to the everyday explorer looking at the map of South Africa. Whether you are a South African by birth, immigration or even marriage, a tourist or just someone who would like to […]
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Malawi – Unforgettable Memories

Malawi, nicknamed The Warm Heart of Africa! The name 'Malawi' comes from Chichewa for flames of fire.  This is because of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that is seen over Lake Malawi. Despite being the smallest country in Africa, it contains Africa's 3rd largest lake also known as the Calendar Lake […]
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South Africa: Kruger National Park

If this doesn't convince you to visit South Africa, I don't know what will. Choosing South Africa It was my first ever adventure abroad. Unless, of course, you count a very drunken week at the party resort of Kavos with the girls when we all turned eighteen…but for the sake […]
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Welcome to Lesotho, the Kingdom in the Sky

Let me tell you about my recent move to the deep south I decided in purpose not to have big expectations before moving to Lesotho. I barely knew where Lesotho was sistuated on the map when I got this job. Traveling to Lesotho from northern Europe is not easy as you do […]
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Discovering Bintan Island in Indonesia

My husband and I landed in a very sleep Singapore, just before sunrise. The humidity hits you as soon as you step out of the cool confines of the air-conditioned airport. Our guide helps us with our bags as we hop into the car that will take us to the […]
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West Coast Whales – The Heart of Hermanus

I live in South Africa. A beautiful country. A country of diversity and wonder. It has been said that South Africa has parts of all the world within its borders. There is something for everyone. I have had the privilege of travelling all over my country and have found a […]
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South Africa's hidden Haenertsburg

Hitting the road If you take the Great North toll road of South Africa, from Johannesburg through Pretoria and into Limpopo, and you travel on towards the Magoebaskloof mountains, you will stumble upon a magical place. Surrounded by misty valleys and hills that are clothed from top to bottom in […]
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Pietermaritzburg: The jewel of the Zulu Kingdom

Pietermaritzburg About 55min from Durban, which was named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, you come across Pietermaritzburg which was named after Piet Retief and Gert Maritz. It is situated approximately 86km from Durban and 496km (4hr 45min drive) from Johannesburg. In isiZulu Pietermaritzburg is called uMgungundlovu.   Beautiful buildings This city […]
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Namibia: Self-drive road trip by 2WD

The concept This is the story of my crossing through Namibia this August, which is part of a full circle road trip from Johannesburg in South Africa to Botswana, where I drove the Trans-Kalahari highway to Namibia, then back to South Africa, Cape Town, up to Knysna and then through […]
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Cape Town: Tavern of the seas

“This is a pretty and singular town; it lies at the foot of an enormous wall (the Table Mountain), which reaches into the clouds, and makes a most imposing barrier. Cape Town is a great inn, on the great highway to the east.” – Charles Darwin in a letter to […]
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Canarian food: where to eat in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Where to eat local and seafood in Las Palmas? Food is any substance, mainly plant and animal based, consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. We have to eat to survive but also we sample and taste for pleasure. The quality of produce as well as service makes it […]
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WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK: A GUIDE TO VIEWING THE SPRING FLOWERS FROM CAPE TOWN

[caption id="attachment_35164" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A sea of yellow spring flowers covering the fields of the West Coast National Park.

  Every year during the spring months of August and September, certain parts of South Africa burst into a kaleidoscope of colours as Mother Nature boasts an impressive display of various […]
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Pietermaritzburg: A Hometown in Postcards

Stored in the deeper recesses, in that old weathered binder at the back of my mind, and drawn to the surface by the simplest scent or sound, the slightest change of light, are the things I send back to myself from time to time.  In those re-imagined moments, I’m on […]
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South Africa: Garden Route Wine Tasting: Jakkalsvlei Winery

There are few things I love as much as writing, wine and taking the road less traveled. I live in Mossel Bay, in the Garden Route of South Africa.  This not-so-little-town has quite a bit to offer, but that is not what this article is going to be about.  I’ll […]
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Teleport to Porterville

Small towns might seem boring in comparison to the fast pace living of city folk, but once you see it through the eyes of the locals, you will find that there is so much more to discover than meets the eye.  This is definitely the case for this beautiful South […]
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Rotterdam: A Day Guide

View of Rotterdam from the space tower As an introvert, I'm not really interested in making small talk, but when you find yourself in a foreign country it becomes a bit of a necessity. I was in Holland for two weeks, and decided to visit Rotterdam […]
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Destination of the Year 2016: Glasgow

National Geographic recently named Glasgow as one of the best destinations in the world for 2016. Now this Glaswegian can't pass up telling you why. Glasgow Clydeside We really have pulled our socks up, and it makes me proud to know we can shake off all […]
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Vilankulo, one step before paradise

Living in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, you simply have no means to imagine that you ended up in one of the most unknown gems of southern Africa. With just one road connecting north to south and just one air company, Mozambique it’s clearly not prepared to welcome tourism, but […]
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Cape Town: Your Future Home

When I first told me family and friends I was packing up and heading to South Africa, I got a mixture of responses to say the least. 'South Africa!?', 'Isn't that dangerous?', 'Do you want to die!?' were among the more memorable reactions. However, here I am, after living and working there […]
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“Sunny South Africa : a Diamond of a Country”

SOUTH AFRICA: THE LAND OF HIDDEN GEMS South Africa is a country that possesses the effortless ability to bewitch one's mind completely. Its picturesque scenery, natural and cultural diversity and delicious cuisine and wine make it an interesting, educational and enjoyable visit. Savannah, grassland, forest, desert, thicket, woodland and fynbos (‘fine […]
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