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Exploring East London

Exploring East London

Part of the beautiful Sunshine Coast, which remains relatively quiet in terms of international tourists, East London, also known as Buffalo City for its positioning on the Buffalo River, is home to some of the most inviting beaches in the country and, some would argue, the world. Notably, East London is the only river port in South Africa, which not only makes it unique but functionally essential too.

East London is characterised by a slightly more tropical climate than the rest of the Eastern Cape. This means that it is humid, but also lush with vegetation typical of this climate. This gives it a real “summer vacation” feel. It is free of malaria and bilharzias threats, making it safe for families and the elderly. Read More »

Exploring Jeffreys Bay

Exploring Jeffreys Bay

It may be a small Eastern Cape coastal town with a population of less than 20 000 people, but Jeffreys Bay has gained popularity and respect all over the world for its awesome surfing beaches. In fact, it was one of the hosts for the internal Billabong Pro ASP World Tour challenge for many years, bringing surfers and their fans to this quiet retreat every winter. This challenge, which officially ended in 2011, took place at the famous surf-spot, Supertubes. During this time, the whole town came alive with cultural diversity.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean roll gracefully onto kilometres of pristine beach sand, creating the ideal spot for a family vacation or a honeymoon. The permanent residents of Jeffrey’s comprise a melting pot of surfers, young families with local businesses, and retirees. This gives J-Bay a relaxed, laid-back feeling at any time of year. Still, the entire town is not very big, covering a total area of less than 12 square kilometres. Read More »

Exploring Hluhluwe

Exploring Hluhluwe

Amid the vast emerald-coloured mountains of Zululand, in the heart of northern KwaZulu-Natal, is the little town of Hluhluwe. Although small, this town is the centre of tourism for Zululand and an ideal spot from which to explore the game reserves, cultural villages, and natural hotspots of the region.

The town itself is situated between the world-renowned iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, making it the perfect base for those wanting the African safari of a lifetime. In addition, this part of the Elephant Coast of KZN is scenic and offers a world of things to do and see. The Elephant Coast is wild and rugged, scenic and irresistible to adventurers and families alike. It is characterised by coral reefs, sand dunes mangrove swamps, massive wetlands, and dense coastal forests that attract a variety of animals, including many birds. The Elephant Coast is a wonderland for snorkelling, SCUBA diving, whale watching and dolphin tours. Read More »

See and Do in Nelspruit

See and Do in Nelspruit

As the capital city of the South African province of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit is an important stopover for visitors from all over the world that are on their way to the renowned Kruger National Park. However, Nelspruit is an impressive tourist town in its own rights. It is a naturally beautiful part of South Africa. Its tropical climate means that the entire region has distinctively lush, fertile vegetation. In addition, it has a unique topography, with craggy outcrops and magnificent rock formations that creates a mystical intrigue around this area.

Nelspruit is only 100 kilometres from Mozambique and 330 kilometres from the commercial and financial epicentre of Johannesburg. This makes it accessible and easy to reach.

The entire region is known for its tropical crops; such as avocado pears, bananas, mangoes and Macadamia nuts. The most prolific of crops in Nelspruit is oranges. These tropical fruit farms and orchards create a spectacular countryside. Read More »

Bloemfontein’s Attractions

Bloemfontein’s Attractions

Laid-back Bloemfontein is deceptively large and progressive. The general atmosphere is one of a small holiday town, but this metropolis is, in fact, ever expanding and amply equipped for the many tourists and locals that visit it. Known as the City of Roses for the thousands of rose bushes that line its street and adorn its gardens, Bloemfontein is a pretty oasis in a rather arid province.

The Sesotho name for Bloemfontein, by which it is often called, is Mangaung, which means “place of cheetahs”. It is the sixth largest city in South Africa and the judicial capital of the country. It is, geographically, in the very centre of South Africa as well as of the Free State Province. Read More »

Explore Umhlanga

Explore Umhlanga

“Umhlanga” is a Zulu word that means “place of reeds”. The town is named after the nearby Ohlanga River and covers a total area of less than 20 square kilometres. As part of the KwaZulu-Natal province, though, Umhlanga is near to a number of attractions and activities that are associated with this tourist base.

Umhlanga was founded in 1895, but it was only from the 1980’s onward that it began to be developed as a tourist, residential and commercial epicentre. Despite this development, Umhlanga retains a small-town look and feel. As such, it is a fabulous place to be based during your time in KwaZulu-Natal and its surrounds, particularly the metropolis of Durban. Today, it is known as a holiday retreat; an escape from city living. Read More »