Overview South Africa

Visiting South Africa

Urbanity and nature mix dramatically in South Africa, where Cape Town melts into two oceans and a trip to Johannesburg is easily combined with a safari. Even Durban, the nation’s busiest port and the big-city center of Zulu culture, offers beaches and game reserves. And for an intimate understanding of a turbulent past, tour Robben Island with former political prisoners.... Read More Urbanity and nature mix dramatically in South Africa, where Cape Town melts into two oceans and a trip to Johannesburg is easily combined with a safari. Even Durban, the nation’s busiest port and the big-city center of Zulu culture, offers beaches and game reserves. And for an intimate understanding of a turbulent past, tour Robben Island with former political prisoners.    Close

Stories and Tips South Africa

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Wildlife Adventure in the South African Bush

Written by NancyK P on 13 Mar, 2009

Is this real? Did I actually make it to Africa? I did. I went to Botswana to give a workshop and had one of the most life altering experiences of my life. A short ride from Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, took me over the border into…Read More


South African Animal Reserve Enthralls An Animal Lover

Written by NancyK P on 12 Mar, 2009

Is this real? Did I actually make it to Africa? I did. I went to Botswana to give a workshop and had one of the most life altering experiences of my life. A short ride from Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, took me over the border into…Read More


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Table Mountain

Written by onesundaymorning on 11 Nov, 2007

Table Mountain is hard to miss. Standing proudly in the middle of Cape Town, Table Mountain was the first glimpse that I caught of South Africa as my ship sailed into the port. It looms over the city creating a dramatic backdrop to the area.Climbing…Read More


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The Viewing Deck

Written by Global Villager on 09 Feb, 2007

The last time I visited the Viewing Deck, the view took my breath away—literally! A howling easterly wind was sweeping in across the sea and I was worried that the camera would be whipped from my hand as I tried to capture some of the…Read More


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Table Mountain and Fire

Written by MiriamMannak on 27 Jan, 2006

Due to the elements – warm weather, strong and unpredictable winds and dry vegetation – Table Mountain falls victim to fires every year. Most time the fires are killed in a few hours, without causing too much harm and devastation to nature and people’s lives…Read More


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Table Mountain falls victim to massive fire

Written by MiriamMannak on 27 Jan, 2006

It is amazing: Mother Nature’s power. Yesterday a massive fire started on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, South Africa's most important landmark. In no time, the fire ate it self a way to the top and along the face of the mountain, with Lion's…Read More


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On to Cape Town

Written by MichaelJM on 05 Oct, 2004

Having acclimatised ourselves, we were ready to grace the big city with our presence. We knew from the guidebooks that there was loads to do in Cape Town, but we had identified our intentions… Naturally Table Mountain was a must, and, as we headed towards the…Read More


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Stellenbosch - a good place to start

Written by MichaelJM on 03 Oct, 2004

Our first trip to South Africa started in the leafy suburbs of the university town of Stellenbosch. We purposely avoided the hustle and bustle of Cape Town as our starter, so that we could properly orientate ourselves. Stellenbosch is only a short drive to the…Read More


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Re-inventing the Mother City

Written by rodeime on 17 Sep, 2004

To try and describe the unique southern African metropolis of Cape Town without mentioning its imposing Table Mountain backdrop, would be like describing an elephant without its trunk. Even so, the magnificent, often mist enshrouded, cliffs that soar a full kilometre into the sky, are not…Read More


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Hitting the Road in South Africa-Car Touring

Written by JenRich on 13 Mar, 2003

Driving is an extreme sport in South Africa. The highways we traveled were in good condition, but South Africans drive FAST. My husband was pulled over on a two-lane highway for driving too slow in the right (their passing)…Read More


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