Quad biking and sand boarding in the Namib desert – Swakopmund, Namibia

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Written by our 15 year old son Kai We heard the beep, and we knew it was time. Time for the one thing we had been waiting on for weeks. Quad biking!! We hadn’t stopped talking about it for days. Cadan and I chatting about how fast we wanted to go, while mum and Rhian were nervous as hell about …

Sossusvlei sand dunes – sensational shifting sculptures in the desert

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For anyone who loves nature, who loves shapes and textures and colours, Sossusvlei sand dunes, the highest sand dunes in the world, are a must. Buried in the heart of Namibia these dune fields take your breath away as they shift in the most fabulous ways – bending and blowing, bouncing and tricking with the whims of the sun and …

Spending time with the Ju/’hoansi San – Tsumkwe, Namibia

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Learning about new cultures and meeting different people is at the heart of travel and in north east Namibia you have the amazing opportunity to not only visit the Nyae Nyae Conservancy and be hosted by the Ju/’hoansi – San Bushman community, but also do a range of fabulous cultural activities. We did the half day cultural experience and loved …

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Leopards – a once in a lifetime encounter

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We have visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 6 times over the last 20 years and in all that time we have only ever had 2 leopard sightings – a superb leopard at Polentswa Waterhole in 2008 and a glimpse of leopard about 200 metres away at the beginning of this, our 2020 trip. Well, on the 12 January 2020 we …

Cape Point Self Drive

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A Cape Point self drive trip is the perfect way to tick the truly spectacular Cape Point off your bucket list. If you have a hire car while in Cape Town, we really recommend doing a self drive trip down the Cape Peninsula including visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach, the Cape of Good Hope which is the most south-westerly …

Storms River Kayak and Lilo Adventure, Garden Route

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Wow what an amazing boxing day 2019 doing the Storms River Kayak and Lilo adventure! After a dramatically cloudy Christmas night we woke up in Storms River to the deepest blue sky without a cloud in sight and a symmetrically blue ocean gently crashing into the jagged, twisted rocks. Down to Kayak and Lilo we went looking forward to our …

Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park – our kids’ definition of heaven

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By Kai, Rhian and Cadan No matter the weather, it’s always fun to be in Sun City. Even if the weather is bad there’s always so much to do at the Water Park, the Chimp & Zee Rope course, the Maze and Pilanesberg National Park. In the water park you splash and play, up and down slides, hip hip hooray. …

Lebo’s Soweto Cycling Tour: what an important yet fun insight into South African life and history

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When we tell people that we have taken our children out of school for 5 months to travel through southern Africa, one of the first questions they ask is – what about school? After spending 4 hours doing a bicycle tour in Soweto I know the answer – they will absolutely learn more by travelling than they can ever learn …

South Africa family holiday – 5 reasons why South Africa is the perfect destination for a fantastic family holiday

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South Africa Family holiday – After 6 family holidays in South Africa and over a year of travel on the ground, our family reckons South Africa is the perfect destination for a family holiday for the following 5 reasons: 1. Experiences that will stay with you and your kids forever Doing a safari in South Africa is a mind-blowing experience, …

Sunset giraffe Etosha, Namibia

Namibia self drive tour – easy and comfortable

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Namibia self drive tour – wondrous people, places and animals Namibia is one of our favourite places and really is the absolutely perfect destination for people who love truly amazing landscapes, diverse cultures, and incredible and unusual wildlife. A Namibia self drive tour will reward the self drive traveller with unrivalled desert-scapes, rich cultures and histories, wild seascapes and cutting …

A day in the life of a self-drive safari

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This is our definition of heaven – being on a self drive safari in southern Africa. Why do we love it so much? We love leaving the normal day-to-day routine of home behind us. We love getting in touch with the bush – with the seasons and temperatures, the animals and birds, the sounds and smells, the sand and the …

South Africa Update: Amended Immigration Regulations for Children

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South Africa Immigration Regulations – CHILD VISA RULES CLARIFIED South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) http://www.dha.gov.za/ announced on 5th December 2018 that it would relax some of the regulations for children going through South African ports of entry. As of 1 December 2018, certain categories of child travellers will be exempt from presenting supporting documents at ports of entry. This comes ahead of the Festive …