Visa hustling in West Africa
On her 20000km road trip from Europe to Zimbabwe, Dot Bekker gets Overlander’s Disease in Ghana, Togo and Benin.
From the outside, looking in
Nieu-Bethesda is famous for Helen Martins’ Owl House, but this is only one attraction in a town where creativity flows as surely as water from the Sneeuberg. Here in the Eastern Cape Karoo, hearts and doors remain unlocked.
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Cedarpeak, near Porterville
A ramble to the furthest reaches
In Namibia, it often feels like you’re the first person to travel through a landscape, that you’ve been transported to another, wilder era. Come get lost in the Kunene Region in the north-west of the country – in a good way.
Make time for Ithala
Ithala Game Reserve is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s best-kept secrets, and the perfect place for a short, wild break.
Slackpack with soul
On the Shoreline of the San trail, the rugged scenery of theWest Coast envelops you like a cool fog bank. And on those remote beaches, the southeaster will blow your worries away.
Back to the future
Minivans are as retro as mullets and Lion Lager, but all three (the buses, the hairstyle and the beer) are making a comeback in 2022. Pierre Steyn drove the new Hyundai Staria and Opel Zafira to see if the family bus still has some bite.
The elephant park - from tail to trunk!
Elephants and spekboom - that's what most people think of when you mention Addo. But did you know that Addo stretches from the sea to the Karoo and has five biomes? It's one of our most diverse national parks yet it's compact enough to explore in less than a week. Here's what you need to know.
One night at Weird Farm
When you book accommodation online, you never actually know what you're going to get. Jon Minster remembers an eventful stopover in the Karoo...
The people have chosen
Where the mountains tell stories
A weekend visit to Clarens is much too short to sample all the town has to offer the restaurants, art shops, white-water rafting (with your dog!), dinosaur tracks and mountains that can be read like books...
Power to the people!
Pedal-assíst bikes are introducing new riders to the sport and showing experienced riders just how much fun can be had on two wheels. We've chosen six great bikes for everyone, whether you want a gnarly trail bike or something more sedate for weekend touring.
The miracle of rain
In the spring of 2021, the drought-stricken parts of the Northern Cape finally received rain. It continued through summer, leaving puddles on wet soil, hiding sheep in tall grass, painting rainbows in the sky, and causing farmers to sigh with relief.
Curry for the cold
A pinch of spice can make a simple dish burst with flavour. These six recipes will warm you up on cold winter nights.
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Big day out in the Blyde River Canyon
It's a rare pleasure in South Africa to wake up, pull back the curtains, and see a world of white. Here are some of our readers' favourite snowy places, in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, and KZN.
Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder
As pollinators, honeybees play a role in every plate of food consumed across the world, and they've done so throughout history. Four prominent beekeepers in the Cape's Overberg region reveal what it takes to preserve and protect these extraordinary creatures.
Labour of Love
Stop and smell the roses, writes Dara Kell - it might just remind you of family, and eventually bring you home.
New Model, or Old News?
Is there a market for a new version of a particular car if nothing has changed under the bonnet? At first glance, it looks as if the new Ford Ranger Raptor SE has just parted its hair to the other side...
Kleinmond for the Win!
Kleinmond is inside the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and the town boasts everything from fynbos-covered mountains to Blue Flag beaches. It's no wonder UNESCO declared this area a World Heritage Site! Here's your guide.
More than 5 000 years ago, the Assyrians filled goatskin bladders so they could carry water across the desert. Today, there's a hydration pack for almost every outdoor activity. Here are seven of our favorites for hiking, running, and riding.
Oh, Glorious Garden Route Rivers!
The Garden Route is one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations. The beaches are beautiful and the forests almost sacred. And then there are the rivers! Here's your guide to paradise on water.
Cracking Egg Recipes!
Treat your loved ones (or a whole rugby team) to a hearty brunch with these egg-cellent recipes.
Wild Coast, Distilled
The Wild Coast lives up to its name: It is wild. It's remote, the roads are mostly poor and there isn't a Woolies insight. But it's also full of life. The landscape is scattered with villages and subsistence crops, and goats and cattle graze wherever they want. In fact, finding a secluded corner is surprisingly difficult! But we were determined to do just that. Here's your guide to Dwesa, Cwebe, and Hluleka nature reserves...
Take a Hike - Try a Trail at Tomjachu
Walk with a giraffe over grassy plains, with a bushbuck through the thickets, and with a klipspringer to the top of a rocky hill.
Glendonald Cottage, Groot Winterhoek Mountains
Answer the Call of the Waterberg
Come experience this unique area in full: its animals, its landscapes, and its people.
Naa Na Na Na–vara!
Just like The Beatles advised Jude to do, Nissan South Africa have taken a slightly sad song and made it much better. We’re talking about the new and improved Nissan Navara, which is now built-in the Rosslyn plant near Pretoria.
Protecting the Ghost of the Bushveld
As poaching takes on pandemic proportions, the plight of pangolins across Africa is dire. Thank goodness for people like Professor Ray Jansen, who are fighting tooth and nail to save these seldom-seen creatures.
Your best friend is made for the great outdoors. These readers explain how they take their dogs on road trips, and how they add smiles to their lives.