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The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg or Dragon Mountain of South Africa The Drakensberg ('Dragon Mountain') is part of the great escarpment of South Africa which separates the narrow coastal range from the plateau of the interior. This formidable range of mountains begins in gentle foothills in the Midlands and reaches ever higher to a final crescendo of soaring peaks and lofty buttresses. The range is at it's highest in Lesotho, where it is...

The Garden Route

The Garden Route South Africa The Garden Route is another of South Africa's most popular tourist attractions. It is a 780-kilometer (485 mile) stretch of the N2 highway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The highlight of this route is the 227 kilometers (155 miles) that spans from the Great Brak River (just east of Mossel Bay) to Humansdorp, near Port Elizabeth. This paradise of trees, flowers and...

South African Attractions

South African Attractions South Africa is 5 times larger than Britain, and about as large as Holland, Belgium, Italy, France and former West Germany combined. It stretches from the Limpopo River in the north to the Cape Agulhas in the south (about 2000 km or 1240 miles); from Namaqualand along the western seaboard to subtropical KwaZulu-Natal on the humid Indian Ocean coast (1500 km or 932 miles...

Kruger National Park & Mpumalanga

Kruger National Park & Mpumalanga There is one area of South Africa where the animals rule and mankind obeys. Almost 2 million hectares of eastern Lowveld have been reserved for one of Africa's most unique assets; the Kruger National Park. Founded in 1926, the park is the second largest in Africa; covering 19,000 square kilometers (7,336 square miles) - approximately the same size as Wales. Today the KNP...

The Western Cape - Attractions

the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Cape Town, the capital and major city of the Western Cape, is often spoken of as the "Mother City". It was here that settlement by people began by people of Europe in 1652. Read more about these settlements here. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with wet, temperate winters and hot dry summers. The summer season is principally at it's height in December and January....

Cape Town pics

Table Mountain taken from Blauberg Strand. Cape Town, the capital The next day at day-break we were ready to go; after gobbling down a quick but pleasant breakfast we all piled into the mini-van to start the eagerly-awaited day-ride.

Wild Cats & the Nkhoro Farm

Nkhoro Private Game Park Days 3-4 We arrived at the Nkhoro private game reserve in the middle of the afternoon. It was a wonderful, small farm in the middle of the bush, located in the Sabi Sands region; rife with game! An interesting feature was that there was no fencing to be found anywhere near the farm, or even around the lodging! We were told stories of lion roaming through the camp at night...

The Kruger Park Safari

The Kruger Park Safari Days 2-3 The next day at day-break we were ready to go; after gobbling down a quick but pleasant breakfast we all piled into the mini-van to start the eagerly-awaited day-ride. The 4 day / 3 night safari trip included 3 days in the Kruger Park with a guide, and the third day and night moving to a private game reserve. More about that later, as it turned out the private...

South Africa Safari

Preparing camp & dinner At last! Our first day of the Bundu Bus safari consisted of much travelling, but we finally arrived at the Malalane entrance in the late afternoon; eagerly anticipating viewing some wildlife despite the late hour. We took a slow ride towards our rest-camp, on the lookout for any sign of life in the bush. Being the rainy season, the vegetation was particularly green and...

South African Trip & Safari

South African Trip & Safari It was with extreme anticipation and excitement that I began planning my trip back to South Africa. My home town of Fish Hoek (in the fairest Cape!) and my family were beckoning and I was eager to go. It had been 4 years since my previous visit and my dear Mom was getting, to say the least, pretty upset by my perpetual absence! On Christmas Day, 4am in the morning, my...