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Krugersdorp – Anglo-Boer War

After the Jameson invasion, relations between Britain and the ZAR deteriorated. War was imminent and Paul Kruger issued an ultimatum to Britain on 10 October 1899. Stop the build-up of British troops in SA. The ZAR government received no response to the ultimatum. The South...
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Establishment of Krugersdorp – continued

Vaal Martiens Pretorius, of the farm Paardekraal, gave the land to the government. The town to be Krugersdorp after his friend Paul Kruger, the presidents of the ZAR. The town surveyed in two 576 stands, the first 200 stands sold by public auction to the gold-diggers at an...
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Sunset Safari – Rietvlei

Saturday – 7th November 2020 The patrons of Rietvlei Game Reserve arranged an initial Sunset Drive into the park. This to showcase the new open game drive vehicles. Madeleine, the head game ranger responsible for maintaining wildlife in this park. The park is a principal supplier...
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Krugersdorp History

Visited 9th November 2020 It was my first opportunity to visit Krugersdorp as a guide and discover some of the early findings of this historical city, now part of the Mogale City Local Municipality. The early inhabitants in this area, were known as the Batswana people, this is...

Explore the Rietvlei Nature Reserve

As the lockdown levels ease, you can now go on a mini safari and explore the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. It is ideally located on the outskirts of Pretoria, a 30-minute drive from OR Tambo, and a 20-minute drive from Pretoria. The reserve spans an area of 3,800 hectares and is fully...
Moni House in Kruger Park

Great Easter getaway opportunity available

The Moni House in the Skukuza camp is available during the Easter weekend from the 9th to the 13th of April. Beautifully situated in the Skukuza camp in the Kruger National Park, with panoramic views of the river, the house has all the amenities you would expect from such a...
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South African Visas

You can apply for a number of visas to enter South Africa. This week we look at three of the most popular visas you can apply for when visiting South Africa. South Africa Visit Visa. This visa is for non-exempt countries or people from exempted countries that want to stay longer...
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South Africa, The World in One

From our biodiversity, to our magnificent nature reserves, vibrant cities, beautiful scenery, mountains, semi deserts, vast savannahs, over 2,500 kilometre of coastline, amazing beaches, diverse cultures, multi official languages, most beautiful flag in the world and more. To...
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Packing for your visit to sunny South Africa

You must be very excited by now to visit to sunny South Africa in the next few weeks. You will be faced with a number of stresses and challenges which can be minimised by a few simple packing tips. What to pack. Pack everything you want to take with you on a table or available...
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Our water tastes good

Try some cold water with lemon or lime as a refreshing drink after a hot day in the African sun. South Africa is famous for its sunshine. We average a wonderful 2,500 hours of sunshine every year. This is great but has its drawbacks. Sunny South Africa is classified as a...
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How much money to bring with you on your trip

You do not want to arrive in South Africa with a suitcase filled with money! You may have to spend quality time at customs, trying to explain this one. This is normally not a good idea and you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law! South Africa has money laundering...
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5 Reasons why it is a great time to visit sunny South Africa now!

Number 1. Value for money. The favorable rate of exchange makes it possible to experience only dreamed of luxury accommodation and services and still have enough spending money to splash out on exotic items.  You can dine out on the best cuisine, go shopping in amazing...
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Magical summer months in SA

Visiting sunny South Africa is a wonderful experience, especially during the magical summer months.  You will be spending a lot of time outdoors and enjoying the African sun. Please make sure that you always wear sunscreen, as well as a wide-brimmed hat that covers your neck...

Understanding time speak in South Africa

This may be confusing for our first time visitors. When someone says to you “ Now Now” it means there is no specific time indicated. It means, I will do it now, but just not right now. I intend to do it. For example. “I will pick you up now now” An interesting one is “Just Now”....
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Johnny Clegg’s final Crossing

For several moments, social media forgot its narcissism. It was like the day Nelson Mandela died. Every feed mourned Johnny Clegg. Across historical divides, people stood together in the realisation that we have all shared a slice of time with someone who achieved something that...
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Tourist Tip 1 Update

GREAT NEWS!  Foreign nationals from countries where visas are required to visit South Africa will no longer have to carry supporting documents for minor children (under the age of 16) as these would have been required when applying for the South African visas. Foreign nationals...

Only in Africa

Sometimes on our journeys through South Africa we see some uniquely wonderful and quaint sights.  We were fortunate to find the perfect moment where we had our camera ready and could stop to get the perfect photo.  It was on the way to Sabie Sands where the road leads...

Snake Bite!

We have been touring with a University group since 2000 – initially, annually the group of students with academic staff would undertake a tour in South Africa of 4 to 6 weeks and the group size varied, on one tour we had as many as 42 students. With groups of this size you would...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 1 June, 2016 – City Lodge, OR Tambo

On 1st June, we returned home and then to the airport. We were really quite toured out. My travel companion had been on the road for two months and was pleased to take a respite from all the activity. There were a couple of thoughts that I would like to share with you about this...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 30 – 31 May, 2016 – Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve

This Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve is set alongside the Phophonyane Falls and you can hear the water falls from your room. The original homestead is now part of the main buildings. The camp is made up of beehive huts with permanent tent installations that offer en suite...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 28 – 29 May, 2016 – Foresters Arms, Mhlambanyatsi

On the 28th of May we moved onto the mountainous area of Swaziland and into the forests. The Foresters Arms is a very quaint and peaceful hotel. Beautifully set with very comfortable accommodation and wonderful meals. This was the first time, after moving up from the lowveld,...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 27 May, 2016 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

At Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, we stayed in the large Beehive huts. Fully equipped with a full en suite bathroom attached. With it being a Friday night, the patrons of the Bushfire Rock Festival made use of the accommodation at Mlilwane and the festivities went on until 04h00....

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 25 – 26 May, 2016 – Summerfield Botanical Gardens, Matsapha Valley, Manzini

The Botanical Gardens are set in a tranquil setting of rolling hills, breath-taking lakes and tropical gardens manicured to perfection. This establishment could be a setting out of a movie! The accommodation is in standalone houses with rooms all individually decorated with art...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 23 – 24 May, 2016 – Simunye Country Club

From Stone Camp we drove through the Swaziland lowveld and into the heart of the Swazi sugar cane fields to Simunye. What brought us here was Pam’s fascination with the Black Mamba. The lady running the Country Club, Thea Litschka-Koen is the pioneer of snake capture and...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 21 – 22 May, 2016 – Mkhaya Reserve

In the early days this was cattle country! The Reilly family pioneered the Nguni cattle breed in Southern Africa and this was one of their early farms that has been converted into a wildlife reserve. Today they have black and white rhino, giraffe, kudu and Nyala in great numbers....

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 20 May, 2016 – Shaya Moya Guest Lodge

On leaving Tembe we drove along the coastal road, passing Kosi Bay. This is right on the Mozambique border. We then we turned inland, crossed through Jozini and passing over the dam wall. This is a beautiful dam, with Swaziland on the opposite side to us. We were amazed to see...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 18 – 19 May, 2016 – Tembe Elephant Park

This is a reserve of some 30,000 hectares backs onto Ndumo Game Park. Tembe Elephant Park is a concession run by the Tembe Clan of the Zulus’ in conjunction with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Parks Board. With only one camp operating at the moment, it is a fully equipped with luxury tents,...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 16 – 17 May, 2016 – Rocktail Bay, Isimangaliso

The Rocktail Bay Lodge is in the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest. The area is surrounded by forest but also close to the sea. From this lodge you can go snorkelling in the tidal pools, diving in the coral reefs or take a long walk on the beautiful beaches. They also offer you the...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 14 – 15 May, 2016 – Hluhluwe Nature Reserve

The Hluhluwe Nature Reserve is famous for the restoration of the White Rhino population in Africa. This is mainly due to the efforts of Dr Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Parks board. In this reserve we stayed at the Hilltop Camp. This camp it is high up...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 10 – 13 May, 2016 – St Lucia, Isimangaliso

We start our tour at St Lucia with a sunset cruise down the St Lucia Estuary, it is as brilliant as ever and a real mangrove swamp with all the trappings of all the hippo’s and crocodiles in the estuary, and the violin and hermit crabs in the swamps, the vegetation in the swamps...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 6 – 10 May, 2016 – Indaba Tourism Show, ICC Durban

I started the tour off by attending the Indaba Tourism Show in Durban, we stayed out at Chaka’s Cove in Chaka’s Rock, a beautiful destination on the 1st floor overlooking the sea pool and the beach. My travel companion is a DMC agent out from the USA, and we travelled daily from...

Johannesburg

Musing about the future of the metropolis Johannesburg is quite challenging. Born from a golden womb its arteries feed the rest of Africa, from industry to wigs. Although gold no longer fills the core of this city, its heart still beats a golden tune.  The people of Johannesburg...

16th of June 1976

The 16th of June marks the beginning of the end of Apartheid.  On that day high school students showed their contempt for an education system which sole purpose was to raise automatons that were supposed to fill the posts of menial labour. These students, a product of this...

Pilanesberg Day Safari

The Pilanesberg Park nestles on the remains of an inactive volcano. It is one of the biggest complexes of its kind and the rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. It comprises 55 000 ha of land and is a well-managed, eco-friendly sanctuary giving a...

Moni House in Skukuza

In a secluded part of Skukuza, hidden away from the rest of camp and overlooking the Sabie River, the lodge nestles amongst the brush of the Kruger…  It has 4 bedroom-en-suites with a separate lounge/dining room, a large covered verandah with a separate braai-area and a fully...

Kruger Park 3 Day, 2 Night Safari

The Kruger Park is considered one of the world’s greatest wildlife conservation areas… The park is unrivaled in terms of diversity of its life forms and boasts an impressive number of animal species – the Big 5including 336 types of trees, 49 fish, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, and...

Kwazulu Natal 5 Day, 4 Nights

The tour combines some of the best wildlife and wilderness areas of South Africa – the rugged beauty of the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland; the diversity of Kwa-Zulu Natal; the multiple habitats of the Lebombo Mountains; the waterways of the Pongola Dam; the estuary of St Lucia...