South Africa

South Africa: Bacchus in Africa

  With its dramatic mountains as backdrop, winding country lanes and quaint Dutch villages, the Western Cape province’s “wine country” has not changed much since the first Dutch and Huguenot settlers discovered it in the mid 1600’s. Stellenbosch, the second oldest European city in South Africa was founded in 1679. While it is a major(…)

South Africa: the Mother City

  South Africa’s “mother city”, Cape Town, was originally set up as a supply station by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century for its ships plying the route from Europe to the East Indies. After 350 years of constant blending, Cape Town is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.(…)

South Africa: Madikwe

  Madikwe is a small (760sqkm) game reserve in the North of the country, on the border with Botswana. From the deck of our lodge we can see the bright lights of Gaborone shining at night. Madikwe is a true Garden of Eden, with every major species represented. We had forgotten how addictive it is(…)

South Africa: arrival in Johannesburg

After the weeks spent in some of the world’s most desolate regions, our arrival in Johannesburg might as well be a landing on a different planet. The eight lane highways, leafy suburbs, cool cafes and glitzy shopping malls (full of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry but no Coach…) are about as far from the Danakil country(…)