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Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
One of the five lodging options within the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game concession, Faru Faru Lodge sits amid dense woodland on the bank of the Grumeti River. Originally inspired by a mid-20th-century botanist’s camp, each...
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Yes, you can view the greatest wildlife spectacle in the natural world without the company of over 160 vehicles. Over a million wildebeest and eight-hundred thousand zebra, the giant crocs never go hungry in the flow of survival of the fittest....
A water-based African safari provides an entirely different experience from a land-based safari, and you can't get any more water-based (or any more luxurious) than a cruise through Namibia and Botswana on the Zambezi Queen. Floating slowly down...
It's a hard walk through dense jungle with dangers ranging from malaria stricken Mosquitos to wild forest elephants...but it's worth it. The first glimpse of the critically endangered mountain gorilla is overwhelming....their mannerisms, facial...
310 Parkway Avenue, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Flying Fox is a straightaway line that leads out over the massive Victoria Falls Gorge. After I strapped into the harness, the instructor told me to run and jump off the edge of the cliff. Easy in theory, hard in practice. That last moment as...
Makuleke Contract Park Northern Kruger National Park, Pafuri, 0973, South Africa
Changing location every evening means waking up to a different but equally spectacular view. The ‘eco-loos’ are a bit questionable and the hot bucket showers take some getting used to, but you can sleep happy knowing your presence will go...
The Selous Game Reserve is an unspoiled wilderness, the second largest game reserve in Africa, and home to the crocodile-infested Rufiji River whose tributaries and lagoons ensure excellent game viewing even during the dry season. Named after the...
373 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
The highlight of Cape Town's hipster Woodstock district is its Saturday market, held in The Old Biscuit Mill. Every artisan baker, butcher, brewer, chocolatier and coffeemaker in the city has a stall there, and with more than 90 vendors all...
263 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8010, South Africa
The Daddy Long Legs Independent Travellers Hotel is located in a historic building on Long Street. Each of the boutique hotel's 13 rooms are curated by different South African creatives, including poets, artists, musicians, designers, and...
Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The hike up Lion’s Head affords incredible views. Since the trail winds around the mountain, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see every side of Cape Town from above. When you start, the ever-stunning Table Mountain will be just to...
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa
If you're spending time exploring the Cape Peninsula area of South Africa, a visit with the penguin colony at Boulders Beach is a must. They made Boulders their home (wise penguins) in 1982 and you'll be surprised by how residential the setting...
In a cave below Marine Drive, 100m from Old Harbour, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Hermanus has the best land-based whale watching opportunities in all of the Western Cape. Bientangs Cave is a restaurant built into a natural cave facing Walker Bay, extending down to the rocky area where tourists congregate to watch the whales....
3 Human St, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa
Canadian Michel Platt along with South African born Henk Klijn have successfully restored and operate an iconic property in the historic town of Swellendam, situated between Cape Town and The Garden Route creating a unique mix of history coupled...
1 Market St, Mossel Bay Central, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa
400 kms east of Cape Town, and along the famed Garden Route, is Mossel Bay. A picturesque seaside town, and home to an important shark conservation effort. Volunteers assist researchers with tagging and data collection, with the ultimate goals...
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
The Robberg Nature Reserve is one of my favorite hiking spots. It takes about 2.5 - 3 hours to walk to the Point and back. Try to go around low tide as this will make some of the areas easier to traverse. There are stunning views on the entire...
Seaview, Clarendon Marine, 6011, South Africa
This place ROCKS. I've never felt so good about paying an admission fee as this is a sanctuary for injured animals. The place is magical as soon as you enter. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, monkeys and 40 other species of wildlife roam free...
1 Bridge St, South End, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
Great place to taste brews ranging for stout to cider! Order a chacuterieplatter and enjoy a place usually packed over the weekends! Live entertainment are also present at times! The bigger the group of people the merrier it will be!
R335 Paterson Road, Addo, 6105, South Africa
As a lover of elephants I was swung in the direction of Addo Elephant park when making my choice of South African safari. Being up close to these magnificent animals is a memory not to be forgotten. There is no malaria risk in this area and it is...
Shop 1 chintsa east, Cintsa Cove, Chintsa, Amatola Coastal, 5275, South Africa
Chintsa, which is Xhosa for "river of crumbling banks," is one of South Africa's prime vacation and fishing spots. With a rich culture, semi-tropical climate, beautiful beaches, forests, lagoons and rivers, it's no wonder that so many people come...
Durban Beach, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Hluhluwe, 3960, South Africa
“Don’t move!” I was told. Perhaps that’s an odd highlight for a trip, the moments when you must remain stock still against the strong intuition to belago, run like hell. Yet these were the most exhilarating for me as a volunteer taking census data...
276 Fox St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
Johannesburg has some awesome hidden gems, including street art found throughout the city. Free tours are offered every Sunday afternoon around the Maboneng Precinct, starting near the Market on Main in Fox Street.
Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum powerfully—and extensively—documents the rise and fall of racial segregation in South Africa. Constructed on a 16-acre plot of land, the museum features a unique design—as you head through the...
Orlando West, Soweto, 1804, South Africa
Wedged between the houses of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, Sakhumzi's is a restaurant started out of the childhoom home of Sakhumzi himself. Located on Vilakazi St in the country's wealthiest township, Sakhumzi started the restaurant in 2001...
Gunjur, Gunjur, Gunjur, The Gambia
These floating bungalows and rooms on stilts lie on a tributary of the River Gambia, 45 minutes from the West African coast. Venture out by canoe in search of the monitor lizards, baboons, and myriad bird species that inhabit the surrounding...
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