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Watery wonders of Africa

In Africa, a major waterfall, river or lake is likely to be the main attraction and the highlight of any safari holiday. Bringing life in great abundance, these landmarks stand as the focal point of some of the most exquisite displays of nature.

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A Silo District staycation

The Silo District is the elegantly edgy new enclave of Cape Town’s famed V&A Waterfront. Cities come alive when creative forms of reimagining take place around their older or more rougher edges, and the Silo District is one of these.

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Plunge into paradise

I’ve dived in a number of locations and explored most of the reefs along both the South African and Mozambican coasts, and Sodwana still ranks near the top of my list in terms of breathtaking underwater scenery and marine life.

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Do you know of a place you can go to do as little as possible?

Formerly, these huts were reserved for hardened diamond divers, employed to scour the ocean floor when conditions allowed or simply roll over and head back to bed when the howling monster of the west wind tormented these seas.

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This is how you meander through the Midlands

As we turn off the highway, all I can see as our multi-coloured Ford Eco-Sport convoy plays “follow the leader” is quite the opposite. That is if brown and green are opposites. Even so, it still grabs my attention. Just because winter here is brown and bare doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful.

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The time warp that is Mdumbi – an American perspective

Every night, the clear winter skies and ocean meld into a void and the lack of electricity in the village brings the stars close, all around us, like fireflies. Vukani has the best views in Mdumbi as well as a closeness to village life.  If you want a local experience or have a tight budget, or if you just want a simple yet comfortable experience, I’d recommend Vukani. 

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The potholed road to paradise

The only reminder of last night’s adventure was the muddied cars that stood parked between me and my view of the ocean.  Incredibly, and overnight, with a little help from the sunshine, this landscape had transformed into a paradise beyond my expectations.

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This is why the Seychelles is untainted island perfection

You can kayak across the bay and through the mangrove forest or windsurf, head out on a pedal boat, snorkel, hike through the reserve, zipline, climb, relax.

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Exploring Treasure Isle (Reunion Island)

“The greatest sadness of all is to forget how to play” is a quote I have long admired. Determined to keep my playful spirit alive and well I arrived on Reunion Island with nothing before me except a whole Pandora’s Box of adventures to unpack. For a few days of carefree fun this island seemed like just the ticket.

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At home in the hills on the Fanie Botha Hiking Trail

The Kruger Lowveld, named because of its proximity to one of the area’s greatest attractions, the Kruger National Park, is an absolute paradise for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. A well-known multiday hiking trail traverses the forested slopes between Sabie and Graskop, and this was one of the highlights of our visit to this region.

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