10 things you might not know about South Africa’s Karoo

How much do you know about the Karoo? 1. The Karoo covers around 40% of South Africa This vast semi-desert region covers approximately 40% of South Africa – though it doesn’t have any official boundaries. It spreads across the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and the Free State. 2. There’s a Little Karoo and […]

A guide to the urban wildlife of Cape Town

If you’re not going on safari, don’t worry – Cape Town is full of wildlife! Here are some of the animals you can spot in and around the city. Cape fur seals You’ll often spot these friendly mammals sunbathing around the V&A Waterfront, but the best way to see them in their natural environment, when […]

5 of the best wellness retreats in Africa

The term ‘wellness’ has come to mean many different things, be it spa treatments and massages or yoga and hiking. Whatever it means to you, there’s no need to let a holiday get in the way of a healthy lifestyle. Here are five retreats offering a range of wellness experiences, from running in the wild […]

15 of Mandela’s most inspirational quotes

2018 was Nelson Mandela’s centennial, marking what would have been his 100th birthday. The great leader was one of the brave activists to lead South Africa out of apartheid, spending 27 years in prison for protesting and eventually becoming the country’s first democratically-elected president in 1994. At the end of this noteworthy year, these are […]

Why you should consider a green season safari


There are a number of advantages to travelling in low season throughout southern and Eastern Africa. The hottest, rainiest months are often referred to as the ‘secret season’, because although it’s not the most popular time to travel, safari experts know how rewarding green season safaris can be – and we’re going to spill the beans […]

5 African countries you should travel to in 2019

Struggling to pick a destination for next year’s big vacation? Let us help. These are five countries that should be on your radar in 2019. Rwanda is a very exciting travel destination right now. The government has committed to fostering a strong sustainable tourism model by inviting some of the top safari companies on the […]

50 fascinating facts about South Africa

There’s a lot to know about South Africa. A country rich in cultures and people, with a complicated and often bloody history, a wealth of natural beauty and incredible biodiversity, South Africa is endlessly interesting. Here are 50 facts to whet your interest in our Rainbow Nation. Language 1. There are 11 official languages: Afrikaans, […]

The best African hotel and safari openings of 2019

We’ve got the scoop on some of the most hotly anticipated hotel and lodge openings in 2019. Some of these will open up off-the-beaten-track destinations for the first time, whereas others are catering to increased demand in popular safari areas. Here are some of the most exciting launches of 2019.  Lekkerwater Beach Lodge, South Africa […]

5 things you didn’t know about the Mount Nelson

100 years ago this month, Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel was painted an uplifting shade of pastel pink, a shade of hope and positivity chosen by the Italian then-manager Aldo Renato to mark the end of World War I. To this day, the Mount Nelson – now the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and affectionately known as […]

4 epic wildlife migrations – that aren’t the Great Migration

When people talk about ‘the migration’ in Africa, they generally mean the Great Migration in East Africa. Its name is not misleading: witnessing nearly two million wildebeest and thousands of antelope and zebra journeying across the plains and crashing across the Mara River is an awesome sight. But its fame means that there are also […]