5 Reasons to stay in the Drakensberg Escarpment after the Kruger

Posted on December 2, 2014 by - Lists and Top Tens

Lots of our guests fly to the Kruger National Park and its adjacent private game reserves for their Kruger safari and fly straight out again. Unless you are seriously short on time, I think that’s a real shame, as the countryside around Kruger National Park, such as the Blyde River Canyon, is stunning.

1) The Panorama Route

The Panorama route is the name of the drive alongside the Blyde River Canyon. Though longer than the direct route, it is much much more attractive and well worth taking either as a scenic day drive or as your way to get from your country house hotel to your Kruger safari lodge. This area of sculpted peaks and deep ravines, tumbling streams and green valleys provides a marked contrast to the sub-tropical bushveld of the Kruger. The panorama drive alongside the Blyde River Canyon, a majestic red sandstone gorge with sheer cliffs plunging into waters below, is magnificent. Gentle walking trails connect a series of delicate waterfalls. Nearby is Pilgrim’s Rest, a restored mining village that was the epi-centre of the 19th century gold rush, and the town’s many preserved houses and museums bring alive this fascinating history of false hopes and dashed dreams.

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What are the best beaches in the Seychelles?

Posted on November 19, 2014 by - African Travel Tips, Lists and Top Tens

The beautiful beaches of the Seychelles …

If your idea of paradise is a really pretty beach, then you’re in good company.

It’s a widely held belief that Praslin in the Seychelles was the original ‘Garden of Eden’. Given that the Seychelles is composed of 115 tiny islands, there is probably more shoreline in this country than most. And a lot of it is just perfect natural beauty. So which are the best beaches in the Seychelles? This is a hotly disputed topic.

 

La Digue Island - Seychelles Inner Islands

The beaches and Islands:

One of many notable beaches is Anse Intendance on the largest island of Mahé. It’s wide with fine powder sand and the characteristic drooping palms that seem to stretch longingly toward the glass-clear turquoise waters. The large swells and strong currents suits surfing more than swimming. For safe swimming and snorkeling with no strong current, try lively and popular Fairyland beach in the south-west of Mahé, close to Anse Royale. La Pleine beach in the Port Launay marine park is also pretty with calm waters.

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10 Romantic Things to do in Cape Town

Posted on November 14, 2014 by - Lists and Top Tens


10 Romantic Things to do in Cape Town

The attraction of getting out into the bush on safari followed by kicking back on a tropical beach is appealing for many of our honeymoon clients. Cape Town is no slouch in the popularity front either. This vibey, stunningly beautiful city has so much to offer. From great restaurants to pulsating night life. From scenic beauty to gorgeous beaches.

But how to inject that extra shot of romance into your stay? What are the top 10 ‘romantic’ things to do in Cape Town? Here’s my highly subjective top ten…

1) Sunset yacht cruise

If you are heading to Cape Town in the summer, book a sunset cruise on a yacht leaving from the Waterfront. Some of the boats are traditional sailing yachts – intrinsically romantic in themselves. And the sight of Table Mountain silhouetted against the sky at dusk is one that will stay with you for a long time. Yes, you’ll be with other people on the boat but the essential magic remains.

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