Lauren at Lions Head, Cape Town

Hiking Lions Head: A South Africa Highlight

…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. What’s the prettiest hike you’ve ever done? Related Articles on South Africa πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ 23 Wonderful Things to Do in Cape Town 🏝 8 Reasons Why I Fell in Love With Cape Town Save This to Pinterest…

Vingerklip swimming pool

Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley

…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 came to…

Every Article I’ve Written About Africa

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

Lauren at Lions Head, Cape Town

23 Wonderful Things to Do in Cape Town

…European settlement in Africa, Cape Town boasts a long and often complicated history, with the apartheid being the centrepiece. But the city puts its past on display for you to learn and interact with, which opens the gates to a rich traveling experience.  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…

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 πŸ‡³πŸ‡¦ What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia? πŸ’° The Cost of Travel in Namibia: My Detailed Budget Breakdown πŸ¦› The Perfect First Day in Namibia 🐘 Desperately Seeking Elephants in Etosha National Park 🏜 Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley 🦭 Seals, Swakopmund, and the Skeleton Coast 🏚 Exploring Kolmanskop: Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert…

Tofo beach

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….

Cape Town gardens and fountain

In Which I Accidentally Cancel My Flight Out of Cape Town

…that it was a week before my flight to Mozambique when I realised I’d done something stupid. I’d booked my Mozambique and South Africa flights so close together that I’d be returning to Portugal from my solo trip to Mozambique then flying out to South Africa with Dave just five days later. Yeah, that was pretty ridiculous. I decided to move things around and spend longer in Southern Africa. Why go through all of the hassle of two long-haul overnight…

Solo woman traveler on sand dune

In-Depth Namibia Travel Guide: What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia? (2022)

…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…

riding a camel in the sahara desert

The Ultimate Guide to Vaccines for Travel

…Asia, and South America. Most travellers will get this vaccine. Yellow Fever is present in tropical Africa and South America. You will probably be required to show a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to enter certain countries if you are traveling from an infected area. If you’re going to be travelling in Africa or South America, this is likely an essential — you won’t be let in unless you can prove you’ve had your shot. I was worried about getting my yellow…

Elephant at Hlane National Park

Why You Need to Take a Game Drive in Swaziland/eSwatini

…park, I had seen my first rhinos. Even though I’d read it was practically guaranteed I’d see some, I was astounded to see them so early on in the drive. Hlane Royal National Park, and in fact, all of Swaziland, is held up as a rhino conservation success story in Africa. Since 1992, just three rhinos have been poached in Swaziland, compared to an average of at least two per day in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Swaziland’s rhino protection is unmatched…