The best of the Garden Route

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South Africa’s Garden Route offers some great scenery with the chance to see it at your own pace. Whether travelling by public transport, the South Africa backpackers’ favourite Bazbus or in a rental car, you can pick and choose your stops whilst deciding how long to spend in each town along the way. Starting from Mossel Bay (around four and a half hours from Cape Town) to Tsitsikamma, the Garden Route has something for everyone. Continue reading

African Safaris: The search for the Big Five (and why leopards don’t exist)

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When I travelled to Africa last year the one thing I desperately wanted to see was the wildlife. So much so that the only real planning I did was to Google search ‘best places to see lions in southern Africa’. In my three months in and around South Africa I visited several national parks, including four incredible safari experiences. Continue reading

How not to surf

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I always like to try new things when I travel and surfing was high up on my list of things to do. The first time was in Australia in the Town of 1770, pretty much the smallest place I’ve ever been. They offer the cheapest 3-hour surf class in Australia, but because of that they regularly have upwards of 15 people trying to surf. In a group that big it’s difficult to get into any kind of rhythm or receive any help from the instructor. Having said that I’ve never had so much fun doing something I was so bad at. I was eager to give it another go and on my recent trip to southern Africa I got my second chance. Continue reading

Panthera Africa: Living with the big cats

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Many times when I travel my plans change. But this just means I experience something I wasn’t aware of before I arrived. This was the case on my recent trip to Southern Africa. Due to several coincidences I was travelling East from Cape Town instead of my original plan of coming from the opposite direction. However, this meant I was able to learn of a very special place in the Eastern Cape. Panthera Africa. Continue reading

12 days, 5,453 km, 4 countries, 2 tents, and another VW: Part Two

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To read the first part of our African road trip click here

While we were in Maun we had some free time so decided to take advantage and plan our onward route. Louise had to be in Windhoek in a couple of days and was planning to take a bus from Maun, whereas myself and Céline were hoping to go to Kgalagadi National Park. Unfortunately that appeared impossible from the Botswana side without a 4×4. We’re gonna need some bigger tyres for the Polo! Continue reading

12 days, 5,453 km, 4 countries, 2 tents, and another VW: Part One

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I’d been back in Windhoek barely an hour after my week exploring some of the highlights of Namibia when the next part of my Southern Africa trip began. I was chatting to the people in my dorm when I met Céline, a girl from Belgium who was travelling alone and happened to have a rental car. As we talked it appeared we had similar plans and she asked if I’d like to join her. Continue reading