All About Africa; Mbombela, South Africa

All About Africa; Mbombela, South Africa

Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit (Nelspruit, which means literally Nels stream) is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to elephants, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife. The city’s Lowveld National Botanical Garden even features a man-made rainforest. Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations. South, Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden sanctuary.ue to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Other than the Kruger National Park, there are also many tourist attractions within easy driving distance, such as Sudwala Caves, Bourke’s Luck potholes, Kruger Park, Panorama Route, Kaapschehoop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation CentreWhether or not you’re an adrenaline junkie the list of things to do in this city is endless!

Where to stay

Leaves Lodge and Spa 

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Belgrace Boutique Hotel

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What to do

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312633-Activities-Nelspruit_Mpumalanga.html

https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/mpumalanga/bysuburb/nelspruit/

https://www.inspirock.com/south-africa/things-to-do-in-nelspruit

10 things to do in and around Nelspruit

 

All About Africa; Knysna, South Africa

All About Africa; Knysna, South Africa

The charming town of Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) lies in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. Never in this life would you ever think that this beautiful town is located in South Africa because I mean look at how clear that water is!! Not to mention, Knysna is a natural paradise of, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, it is South Africas very own Garden of Eden. The town nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon that is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary Knysna seahorse and over 200 species of fish. It may be small but there is an endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Fun Fact – Knysna, Formerly the centre of the timber industry, supplying yellowwood and stinkwood for railway lines, shipping and house-building, it still has several shops specialising in woodwork and traditional furniture.

Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

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Lookout Lodge

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Things to do

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312664-Activities-Knysna_Western_Cape.html

Where to eat

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/knysna/restaurants/a/poi-eat/1315312

 

 

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

I am such a wimp so when it comes to South Africa, one place I can never stay in is central Johannesburg, especially in light of everything that has been happening in the press involving South Africa! Imagine my small self – a Zimbabwean girl who grew up in the U.K. staying in central Joburg AKA a disaster waiting to happen. That is why Sandton is the solution and more of my scene, it is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. Sandton is a popular area for visitors to stay in when exploring Johannesburg and its surrounding attractions.

Where to stay

 Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

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Sandton Sun

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The Michelangelo Hotel

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What to do and where to go

  • The Apartheid museum – If you ask me this is a must if you are visiting Johannesburg. By going here you will receive an insight into 20th century South Africa along with the history of the country and the key individuals which helped to bring apartheid to an end. Visitors are randomly classified as “white” or “non-white,” and their ensuing experience through the exhibits reflects their assigned race.

  • Montecasino – The premiere entertainment destination in Gauteng offers the best of the best for people coming in out of town.
  • SAB World of Beer –  Voted Johannesburg’s number one tourist attraction twice. Here you will discover the rich history of beer, and uncover the important role it has played culturally, socially and economically over time.
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery – Love art and history? Why not visit JAG, it is home to an impressive historical art collection and houses one of the biggest art collections in the country.
  • Go shopping in Sandton City, the biggest shopping mall in Johannesburg and one of the biggest in Africa which holds hundreds of top high street and designer stores! 
  • On Sunday why not spend the day at the Fourways Farmers’ Market located directly opposite the large Montecasino entertainment complex. There is plenty of opportunities to buy handmade chocolates as well as ice creams and other sweet treats, and if you are looking for gifts there are a number of cute craft stalls. There is a lot of space for kids to run around and for the grown-ups, there’s a wine and craft beer bar where you can enjoy performances by local folk singers.
  • Visit The Cradle of Humankind – one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites and the only one in Gauteng and take a hot air balloon ride across the entire site to see it in all its glory.
  • If you love good food and an intimate shopping experience then you’ll enjoy Parkhurst’s buzzing village atmosphere. Take a cab or catch the Gautrain to nearby Rosebank, within walking distance of the suburb.
  • Most people come to Africa to go on a luxury safari trip of their dreams so why not go to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a range of wild animals in their natural habitat.
  • With so much to do an see in the Magaliesburg, it would be a shame to miss out on it
All About Africa; St. Lucia, South Africa

All About Africa; St. Lucia, South Africa

I bet you all think I’m joking when I say there is a St. Lucia in SA but I can confirm to you that this is in fact 100% true and something that I didn’t even know about until literally a few hours ago and I just thought I had to write a blog post about this! There are clearly some obvious differences about the island of St. Lucia and the actual town in South Africa including the fact that there are no volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages but instead you get hippo and crocodile cruises, night safari’s, beach excursions and so much more!

Fun fact about South Africa’s paradise on earth is that it is a municipality meaning that it is a small town with its very own local government. Awarded as a World Heritage site in 1999 (Unesco), this small but quaint village has fast become a top tourist destination. St Lucia also happens to be the most visited town in Africa to witness our beloved Hippos. According to Lonely Planet in high season St Lucia is a hotbed of activity as the population swells with visitor numbers. The main drag, McKenzie St (a former hippo pathway), is packed with restaurants, lively hostels and bars, but the quieter avenues behind it offer a touch more hush and a good selection of B&Bs. Hippos sometimes amble down the town’s quieter streets (beware: these are not cute, just dangerous).

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Where to stay;

Among the accommodation this is my favourite, the rest were ether old fashioned or they just didn’t have a nice aesthetic, but at least if any of you ever wanna go to St. Lucia I have made the accommodation bit that little easier as I have only given you one option lol.

In a town surrounded by iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this low-key resort on a leafy property is 3 km from Jabula Beach on the Indian Ocean, and 28 km from National Route 2 so it is the perfect place for your stay in St. Lucia! Accommodations range from simple rooms and permanent tents with fans and shared bathrooms to upgraded permanent tents offering safes, decks and en suite facilities.

Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge

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What to do;

https://www.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/10-st-lucia/

https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/kwazulunatal/bysuburb/st-lucia/

https://www.solsalute.com/blog/things-to-do-in-st-lucia-south-africa

https://www.stluciasouthafrica.com/full-day-hluhluwe-umfolozi-game-reserve-safari/

https://www.stluciasouthafrica.com/3-night-safari-package/

 

 

Holiday destinations for the winter

Holiday destinations for the winter

I don’t know about you but I am TIRED of this cold weather. I am not a winter person nor will I ever be, it is so fucking depressing and I am tired 24/7. As soon as I graduate from Uni I will be spending my winters in South Africa that is until my children are 4 (the age they start school) because why am I killing myself? I hate winter and at this point, I’m sure it hates me with the number of times that I’ve been ill since it began. I am literally shivering as I write this and I am in my house in LAYERS underneath a blanket!!!!!!

By now you all should know how much I love to travel and how much I wanna see the world so it’s only right that I give you the best holiday destinations for February;

Maldives

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Zanzibar

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Maui, Hawaii

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Cape Town, South Africa

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Cartagena, Colombia

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All about Africa; Franschhoek

All about Africa; Franschhoek

It’s been MONTHS since I last did an All About Africa post, lord have I missed this series. Franschhoek AKA the french corner of the Cape is a town located in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world – it is in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. This is the home of amazing food and wine in South Africa – they don’t call Western Cape the Italy of Africa for nothing. At Franschhoek, you’ll experience the most splendid wines as you take in the breathtaking scenery, top chefs creating international world-class cuisine –  8 of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, there are over 28 restaurants to choose for your gastronomic experience! Last but not least you will create the most unforgettable memories here whether you’re by yourself or your loved ones!

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Why Travelling is Always a Good Idea!

Why Travelling is Always a Good Idea!

Travelling has been a passion of mine since I could remember, most three-year-olds would be afraid of getting on a plane but not me. My family constantly remind me of how excited I was to get on my first ever plane at the age of 3 and surprisingly 14 years later nothing has changed. I still love that feeling of getting on a plane and knowing that there’s a whole other world out there that’s just waiting for me to discover, a new culture for me to experience and new memories for me to create.

Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to travel to amazing places around the world such as Amsterdam, Spain, the south of France, Qatar and South Africa but there’s still so much that I have left to see and experience. In my opinion, travelling not only educates you as a human being but it also challenges you by teaching you new skills you never thought you could do and it helps you to get in touch with yourself, grow as a person and helps you to figure out what it is that you exactly want from life. It gives you a whole new perspective. But most importantly travelling makes history come alive. You get the chance to see and experience everything that you have ever read and heard about.

People always say that in life you only ever regret the things that you didn’t do and I completely agree with this, in my eyes, everything happens for a reason and our actions reflect how we felt at that moment in time, therefore, we can never regret the things we did, instead we should see them as life lessons. 10 years from now I don’t ever want to regret the decisions that I made. Sometimes I feel that as people we over think everything and although taking responsibility for our lives is important our happiness should come first, above everything and anything else, sometimes you just need to be spontaneous and do whatever it is to make sure that you’re living the best life possible. Men are so much better at putting themselves first than we are as women, this is something that we need to learn from them because life is meant to be a joyous thing.

As soon as I turn 18 I am grabbing my passport and I plan on going EVERYWHERE, however, I will not be backpacking, staying in hostels or hitting the interrail. As much as I want the full experience I am way too high maintenance for that – I have extremely high standards. If I’m travelling I plan on spending my time in the most luxurious hotels and resorts. I Can’t have it any other way, after all, I want to document it all for you guys!

I’d love to know your Top 10 places to visit in the comments! Mine are

  1. Cuba
  2. Bali
  3. Mauritius
  4. Senegal
  5. Italy
  6. Mozambique
  7. The Philippines
  8. Japan
  9. Dubai
  10. Saint Lucia
All about Africa; Bloemfontein

All about Africa; Bloemfontein

Also known as the city of roses, Bloemfontein is a must when you’re in the Free State, or on the road from Cape Town to Joburg. With great museums, amazing architecture and a city completely encircled by a nature reserve, it’s a fantastic South African city experience that you can’t miss out on. Although South Africa is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, It is often said that Gauteng is 5 years behind the world and that the Free State is 5 years behind Gauteng. So imagine travelling to a place that still lives in 2008, I don’t know about you but I miss the 2000s – the times before technology took over the world and before our entire lives revolved around social media. If you ask me  Bloemfontein sounds like the perfect place to go to excel and be in your own little world of relaxation and be in touch with nature, you have the freedom to enjoy quality life experiences, you don’t have to worry about anything but living in the moment and appreciating the people around you. There is little stress and less haste; the peaceful atmosphere, which is somehow almost tangible, can be felt in every street, on every pavement – all of which are noticeably clean and free of litter. Sounds perfect right?

My Top 3 recommendation of things to do

Bagamoya Wildlife Estate – 

A unique experience that allows you to interact with large cats such as lions, tigers and so much more. This is the ultimate African experience! And not only does it offer this but there is also a restaurant within the grounds.

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Bloemfontein Boeremark

Held every Saturday from 06h00 to 14h00 and takes place at Bankovs Boulevard in Langenhoven Park. It has become the most renowned market in Bloemfontein and boasts loads of interesting stalls. Enjoy some traditional South African foods like kaiings, vetkoek, boerewors rolls and so much more!

Franklin Game Reserve

Established in 1930, this is one of the few city wildlife reserves in the world. Situated in the heart of Bloemfontein Franklin game reserve boasts an amazing array of wildlife including giraffes, blue wildebeests, zebras and a huge variety of bird species and lots more. Within the reserve you can take a relaxing day drive up to Naval Hill, to enjoy the wonderful views from this point. Picnics can also be enjoyed within the reserve.

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Where to stay

College Lodge

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein

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Protea Hotel Bloemfontein Willow Lake

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All About Africa; Durban

All About Africa; Durban

Known as South Africas “friendliest cities” Durban has to be one of South Africa’s best kept secrets! It’s the middle man for Joburg and Cape town, a cool laid back, yet busy city, Durban combines an exciting mix of urban Afro-Indian culture and is slowly but surely becoming the place to be. Durban has been likened to the Mediterranean for its beach-bum vibe and relaxed atmosphere.

Why Visit Durban

  • The Weather – Of course just like every other South African city, Durban doesn’t experience cold winters like here in the UK. But whats different about durban is the fact that it is warmer than the rest of the Country and that no matter the season, the sun is always shining and in winter, the day temperature hardly ever falls below 18° C making it the ideal destination for any type of holiday.
  • The Golden Mile – Durban’s Golden Mile, a 3.7 mile stretch of sandy beach, invites surfers and swimmers to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Durban’s beachfront was completely redeveloped for the 2010 World Cup.
  • Art – Durban’s art museum was the first in the country to start collecting African art.
  • Everything you could ever wish for in one city – Durban has the sea, the valleys, and the mountains. Everyone knows about Durban’s amazing ocean but what people forget is that people can go a few kilometres inland and drive through the scenic midlands or even further into KwaZulu-Natal to see a number of game reserves.
  • Shopping – North of Durban, the Gateway Shopping Mall is one of the 50 largest malls in the world and claims to be the biggest mall in the Southern Hemisphere. With 18 movie theatres, over 400 stores, an arcade, a theme park, and a water park, the mall has food options and entertainment for everyone. Or if you want something more ‘African’ Durban has an amazing range of local designers.
  • Discover Zulu Culture – Take in a Zulu experience to learn more about the culture of South Africa’s largest ethnic group (some 10 million Zulus live here). At Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, both located in the magnificient Valley of a 1000 Hills, you can walk through beehive huts (replicas of Zulu homesteads), sip traditional beer, watch tribal dances and participate in traditional ceremonies. Journey about 40 miles west of Durban to see Isithumba Adventure Park, an authentic, rural Zulu village.

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