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8 Quirky Houses Around the World

Stone house

// With today’s growing suburban culture, it’s extremely common to see cookie-cutter houses and less-than-creative designs and colors. Amidst these uniformity, there are still a handful of exotic and unique dwellings scattered around the world –ranging from cave houses to gnome huts. Their quirkiness adds a little bit of spice to our surroundings, and a [...]

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Responsible Riders: Biking through A Township in Cape Town

Streets of Masiphumelele

elcome to our home,” said Vivian, our guide for the day. Vivian grew up here in Masiphumelele, a township at the edge of Kommetjie and far from the glitz and glamour of Cape Town. Like the other 45,000 people living here, her parents and grandparents had come from the rural areas of Eastern Cape and other parts of the country in the 1980s, [...]

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Our Self-Drive Safari in South Africa

overed in nothing more than gravel stones, the road ahead of us did not look like something our tiny Kia Picanto could handle. There were no signs and the road winded ahead as far as the eye could see. After six hours of driving along slick and smooth highways, I felt that we’d still yet [...]

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3 Weeks in Africa

Zebras at Victoria Falls Reserve, Zimbabwe

We’ve just returned from three weeks in Africa, journeying from the Mother City, Cape Town, to the backwaters of Botswana and the wildlife-rich bushes of Zimbabwe.  Wildlife was the main theme of our trip: we saw over hundreds of elephants, came across herds of buffaloes drinking at a waterhole, and spotted crocodiles and kudus in [...]

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Driving to the Southern Tip of Africa

Boulders Beach

he road hugs the cliff, meandering along the edge of the Table Mountain range all the way to Cape of Good Hope, the southwesternmost tip of Africa. On one side, the steep slopes plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean; and on the other, needle-sharp peaks soar into the sky. This scenic drive along the Cape Peninsula is one of my favorite routes in the world – [...]

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Face to Face with Great White Sharks

It was barely daylight when we set off from our apartment in Camps Bay to Gansbaai, a fishing village some two hours away from Cape Town, famous for its dense population of great white sharks. Although sleepy from the early rise, we were fueled by excitement. The moment we had been waiting for the last couple of [...]

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Sharing Stories at Getaway Travel Blog Conference

I love it when a group of people who share the same passion get together, exchange ideas and share their stories. At the Getaway Travel Blog Conference held last Saturday, we did just that. The conference was a fun and casual social gathering where inspirational stories were told and new friendships were forged. The overall [...]

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Our Home for the Week: Apostle’s Edge, Cape Town

This week we are reporting live from Cape Town, South Africa. For the past few days, we’ve been exploring Cape Town and its suburbs during the day, watching sunset on our outdoor terrace in the evening and getting some work done by the fireplace by night. We will be writing about our Cape Town adventures shortly, [...]

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Photoblog: Views from the Top of Table Mountain, Cape Town

Table Bay in the distance and Lion

Before us, the city of Cape Town sprawls beneath our feet, with the spearmint blue waters of the crescent-shaped Table Bay shimmering in the distance. The walls of the plateau we’re standing on plunges vertically downwards, towards the sweeping ocean. Robben Island and the harbor are so far out, they look like little dots of lego from this height. Strong winds whip my face on [...]

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We’re Off to Cape Town, South Africa!

In a week’s time, we will be heading to South Africa for a week or so of traveling with Cape Town Tourism. It’s barely been a year since I was last there, but I’d been so smitten by the city that I can’t wait to experience it again – and this time, in winter. My [...]

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Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos of Johannesburg

Exterior of Thatchfoord Lodge

Loud, explosive and complicated, the metropolis of Johannesburg is undoubtedly the beating heart of South Africa. Straddling between extremes, Jo’burg (as locals like to call it) is packed with modern skyscrapers and massive malls, as well as dodgy neighborhoods and gritty townships. The South African capital has a reputation as a crime-ridden city pockmarked with remnants of the country’s troubled past. But [...]

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Overlanding Africa: Tips and Reviews

Camping in Namibia

At the end of 2011, I spent a month traveling overland through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia with G Adventures. This was definitely one of the best trips of my life: experiencing the backcountry of Southern Africa, camping out in the wild, meeting lifelong friends – all of which I would have missed if I’d traveled independently. While amazing [...]

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A Tribute to Africa: Beyond Dunes, Deltas and Falls

I’ve just returned from a month of travel in Southern Africa and I’m still struggling to find the right words to describe my experience.  It’s been an amazing journey of dramatic proportions – one that has given me rare experiences, shown me the beautiful sights of Africa and blessed me with lifelong friendships. On my [...]

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Video: Paragliding off Lion’s Head in Cape Town

Holding my hands out to feel the wind in my hands, I glide through the air so gently, it’s almost like floating in the clouds. “This the closest feeling to flying like a bird.” Jan, my paragliding instructor from Para-taxi says. He’s right – I’ve never felt more peaceful and carefree. Ahead of me stands [...]

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Video: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

This was one of the reasons that drew me to South Africa: the chance to get close to one of the world’s most intimidating animal, the Great White Shark. Gaansbai, just two hours away from Cape Town, is considered the white shark capital of the world – home to densest population of great white shark [...]

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