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

Visiting Ushuaia: the end of Patagonia and gateway to Antarctica

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You can’t get much further south than Ushuaia. Situated at the bottom of South America in the region of Tierra del Fuego, the very south of Patagonia, it’s the last port of call before heading to the South Pole. However, visiting Ushuaia is not just for those dreaming of following in the footsteps of Scott and Amundsen, as there’s more to the town than just a final calling point before travelling to Antarctica. Continue reading

How to see Perito Moreno Glacier

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One of the most popular destinations in Patagonia is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Located in the south-west of the region, it’s one of the most popular attractions in Patagonia, and for good reason. Perito Moreno Glacier is both impressive and stunning to look at, either from a distance or up close. It’s over 5km at its widest point and an incredible 30km in length. The glacier is actually growing too. Unlike the majority of glaciers around the world, Perito Moreno is still advancing. Continue reading

How not to surf

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Photo by Chelsey Horne from Pexels

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

El Chaltén: Hiking to Laguna de los Tres

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Mount Fitzroy covered in snow

One of my favourite places I visited in South America was the small town of El Chaltén. It’s located in the south of Patagonia, close to the Chilean border, in a truly stunning area. Many people visit for hiking and there are some incredible walks to take in. The main highlights are Mount Fitzroy and Laguna de los Tres, one of the best one-day hikes anywhere in the world. Continue reading