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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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Hartbeespoort: Flea Market, Dam and Cableway

Written by KenDurham on 11 Jan, 2004

The Hartbeespoort dam region is a focal point for many different people and activities. The lake created by the dam has brought people from all walks of life to the area for the associated activities surrounding the water. The landscape of the region is vast…Read More


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Visiting Kruger National Park

Written by Linda Kaye on 04 Oct, 2005

The Kruger National Park, named for Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic in the late 1800s, is home to over 150 different kinds of mammals and 500 species of bird life. It is best known for the BIG FIVE: leopard, lion, rhino,…Read More


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Rhino Walking Safari

Written by Linda Kaye on 04 Oct, 2005

When our friends first told us about the Rhino Walking Safari, it really didn’t faze me. But, the more I thought about it, the more concerned I became. Being on foot in the African bush, looking for rhino sounded a little dangerous to me.…Read More


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Tipping in South Africa--don''t be cheap!

Written by samepenny on 23 Jul, 2001

In advance of our trip we were given guidelines on tipping in South Africa. A Rand here, a Rand there. Hogwash! We realized on arrival that the Rand (at that time worth about 12 US cents, now stronger) wasn't a tip for anything! We…Read More


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Remember the good times!

Written by samepenny on 08 Jul, 2001

My trip to Johannesburg was difficult. By day we were out trekking around seeing Rotary projects, but by night we dined, made new friends and got to know each other across international, cultural and financial borders. I will always remember the teachers who worked so…Read More


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How hard is it to do?

Written by samepenny on 19 Sep, 2001

I was tired when we got to Londolozi. Jet lag! If you can get a night's rest at the airport hotel in Johannesburg, you will start off your safari in better shape. I did participate in all activities. How could I…Read More


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Arriving at Londolozi: the adventure

Written by samepenny on 19 Sep, 2001

First, you have to get yourself to Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa. You can fly in to Cape Town on a South African Airways flight from Atlanta. That's my choice for the future. A good travel service can make the arrangements. Likely you will…Read More


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The Londolozi Model

Written by samepenny on 20 Sep, 2001

The greatness of Londolozi is that the animals are in their own home and the people are visitors. Every effort is made to reduce the impact of people, increase the well-being of animals and give work and educational opportunities to the local people of…Read More


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Traditional Zulu Dancers

Written by Tryon on 25 Aug, 2000

I was awestruck and a little nervous as we rumbled north from Durban toward the traditional Zulu capital of Ulundi. Our white Jeep Cherokee seemed fit for the trip, but I had been warned in serious terms that this was not a completely safe journey.…Read More


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Misty Mountain Dairy

Written by JenRich on 14 Mar, 2003

When evening came on our first day of the Dolphin Trail, the beautiful view compensated for my aching thighs as we made our accent to the top of the ridge and Misty Mountain Dairy . After a Jacuzzi bath in our lovely…Read More


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