The Cost of Travel in South Africa: A 2023 Budget Breakdown

…in South Africa. On the other hand, South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg, has a much more African ambiance. This incredible metropolis lies a short drive from Pretoria, one of South Africa’s three capital cities. Yep, South Africa has three capital cities! You’ve got Cape Town, the legislative and tourism capital; Pretoria, the executive capital; and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital. The country is nothing short of a melting pot of natural wonder. As a Cape Town local born and raised in…

19 Fantastic Things to Do Along South Africa’s Garden Route

…the road. While the streets are generally safe and well-maintained throughout the route, do make sure you’re a confident driver with an aptitude for reading maps.  It’s also essential you purchase additional travel and car insurance in South Africa. Although I haven’t had any bad experiences along this route, we are still in South Africa, and it’s best to take precautions. Rather safe than sorry, I say! The route is easy to follow and pretty much follows one road (the…

Hiking Lions Head: A South Africa Highlight

…it’s super easy are, in my opinion, playing it down. There’s quite a bit of climbing over large rocks with uneven surfaces, and the dust on the rocks made it surprisingly slippery. I almost fell over a handful of times on the way down, and definitely lost my balance more times than I can count. Bring shoes with good grip. Related Articles on South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 23 Wonderful Things to Do in Cape Town ๐Ÿ 8 Reasons Why I Fell in Love…

Vingerklip swimming pool

Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley

…exactly worth driving out of your way to see, but hey, it was cool to see nonetheless. For what was not the first or last time on this road trip, I commented to Dave that the scenery in the Namibia reminded me of our road trip through the Southwest U.S. This whole area, in fact, is regularly referred to as Africa’s Monument Valley, and it’s not hard to see why. In the dry season, I imagine the similarities are even more apparent. We…

Every Article I’ve Written About Africa

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Egypt eSwatini (Swaziland) Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Tunisia Uganda…

Lauren at Lions Head, Cape Town

23 Wonderful Things to Do in Cape Town

…South Africa coverage with an in-depth guide to my new favourite city. Here are all of the best things to do in Cape Town. Visit Nelson Mandela’s cell Accessible via ferry, Robben Island, the home to the prison that held Nelson Mandela, is the key to unpacking the complex history of Cape Town and South Africa. From the Nelson Mandela Gateway on the city’s waterfront, enjoy a 30-minute trip through Table Bay to the island where a prison remained in…

How to Spend Three Magical Days in Johannesburg: The 2023 Edition

…documents South Africa’s difficult journey to democracy. The fortress stands as a former prison and military fort, marking South Africa’s separation from its past. Today, it is home to the country’s Constitutional Court which protects basic rights for all of its citizens. There is no other place in South Africa that can powerfully illustrate this journey than Constitution Hill. You can take guided tours of the fortress that focus on its history and the fight for freedom. It is an…

Lauren on Big Mama

Climbing Big Daddy: An African Travel Highlight

…dunes with nobody else around, then be at the entrance for sunrise to hike in the cooler temperatures. Related Articles on Namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia? ๐Ÿ’ฐ The Cost of Travel in Namibia: My Detailed Budget Breakdown ๐Ÿฆ› The Perfect First Day in Namibia ๐Ÿ˜ Desperately Seeking Elephants in Etosha National Park ๐Ÿœ Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley ๐Ÿฆญ Seals, Swakopmund, and the Skeleton Coast ๐Ÿš Exploring Kolmanskop: Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert…

Introducing Tofo: My African Beach Paradise

I buried my toes in the sand beneath me and blinked in confusion. In front of me stretched five miles of beach with nothing but the occasional jellyfish dotted along the shore. I had the entire beach to myself. Literally. I was the only person here. I laid down on my towel, pulled out a book from my bag, and set about spending another afternoon in my African beach paradise. Tofo, despite being the most popular hangout for backpackers in Mozambique, is still sleepy….

Solo woman traveler on sand dune

In-Depth Namibia Travel Guide: What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia?

…the Caprivi Strip, which is isolated from many of the main tourist activities. Somewhere that’s much easier to visit, however, is the Tropic of Capricorn! Most visitors end up driving past the iconic Tropic of Capricorn sign while driving around Namibia, and fortunately, it’s marked on Google Maps, so you won’t have to worry about missing it. Shortly after sunrise in Sossusvlei Namibia is the Perfect Introduction to Africa Travel If you’re dreaming of travelling in Africa but have no…