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Category: South Africa

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Three amazing, must-stay places in northern Kruger National Park

This week, Noel and I visited South Africa’s most famous safari area: the Kruger National Park. Kruger is one of Africa’s biggest and best game parks. In Kruger’s 2 million hectares, you can view nearly all of Africa’s most sought-after safari animals, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and zebra. Plenty...

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A panoramic drive through the Mpumalanga lowveld

Just a three hour drive east from Pretoria and Johannesburg lies one of South Africa’s most stunningly beautiful regions – the Mpumalanga (pronounced: Mmm-poo-ma-lan-ga) lowveld. ‘Lowveld? But it looks so high!”, you might be thinking. Although upwards of 2,000 metres high in many places, the region is called a lowveld (‘low bush’ in Afrikaans)...

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How to enjoy a week (or two) in Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria – nicknamed the ‘Jacaranda city’ for the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the streets of the city – is not often considered one of South Africa’s ‘must-see’ urban destinations, especially in comparison with Cape Town or Johannesburg. But the city has a mix of historical, outdoor and cultural experiences...

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Places to see in South Africa: our bucket list

For the last two weeks, Noel and I have been waiting patiently in Pretoria for mechanics and overland outfitters to finish with Maggie. And while we’ve been waiting, we’ve been researching the route we’d like to take through South Africa, mostly with the help and advice of friendly locals we’re staying with...

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South Africa – Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains After going back to Botswana for another month my visa was about to expire to my friends Luisa and Scott told me that they were planning to go hiking in the Drakensberg mountains.  Its one of a few major areas of South Africa that I have yet...

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South Africa – Pretoria

It is with great pleasure that I am able to write this post, to get across the continent and achieve my intended goal of getting to South Africa is something that I am very proud of and I felt a great sense of elation when I reached the border.  Reka...

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Volunteering in South Africa

One of the most challenging but rewarding experiences I had was in 2003 when I volunteered to work in the Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. GVI Internship SANP I was one of a dozen people from the UK and US who trialled this year working in...