City Guides: Africa

Seven South African road trips to add to your bucket list

After months of collecting data from South Africans, MotorHappy, a subsidiary of Imperial, has created the ultimate road trip route around South Africa. Knowing that few South Africans can enjoy the privilege of completing the entire route all at once, the MotorHappy team analysed the data further to outline seven mini-routes along the main route.

“We asked South Africans to tell us about their favourite road trip destinations and we had an overwhelming response, with more than 2 000 locations added to the Ultimate Journey website,” says Barend Smit, Marketing Director of MotorHappy. “Participants could also vote for locations already…
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Seven South African road trips to add to your bucket list

Five magnificent Mpumalanga attractions to visit this December

Known as “the Place of Sunrise”, Mpumalanga is home to some of the most incredible wildlife, restaurants and resorts under the African sun and is filled with breathtaking sights and extraordinary activities for the whole family. Go on guided safari tours through the game and nature reserves, visit some of the country’s oldest heritage sites and, of course, enjoy a cocktail, while the children splash about in the pool. There’s plenty to see and do in Mpumalanga, so put on your sunscreen, grab your flip-flops and get ready for the ultimate summer vacation this December! Here are some of…
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Five magnificent Mpumalanga attractions to visit this December

Exploring the many faces of Lagos

Yes, we are coastal and really should be investing more in water transportation instead of choking our roads with more cars than they can carry, giving juice to our infamy as a traffic-jam capital. Yes, there are 17 million of us and sometimes this means there aren’t enough houses to go around (or not enough competent officials in the Works and Housing Ministry, or maybe explain the problem is never this simple).

But these aren’t the only songs on the album of our lives. There are many more stories about us in this megalopolis that admittedly should no longer be…
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Exploring the many faces of Lagos

5 Things to do in the beautiful Karoo

For decades, the semi-desert, Karoo region of South Africa was for many cross-country travellers a massive patch of nothingness you had to drive through to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back again. But times have changed. Visitors are beginning to explore the Karoo with new eyes and are discovering what we locals have known for a long time: South Africa’s heartland is where the fun begins.

There are dozens of ways to enjoy the Karoo, but these are our top 5.

Snow and romance

When snow falls in the Karoo it’s like Christmas…
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5 Things to do in the beautiful Karoo

The bustling city of Kinshasa and all it has to offer

It’s my first visit to Kinshasa and the drive into the heart of the city is an exhilarating experience. The smell of fresh produce from the teeming markets and chicken grilling on charcoal fires is sporadically overpowered by the sweet, rotten stench of mountainous piles of garbage and acrid exhaust fumes. The constantly heavy traffic further announces itself in an unending cacophony of tooting horns. The sky is bruised and the air is heavy and humid and there is a dense sea of bodies and battered vehicles all around us. Many of the buildings are either unfinished or on…
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The bustling city of Kinshasa and all it has to offer

Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city

The sun sinks into the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean as the growing flow of traffic slowly creeps through bustling downtown Dar es Salaam. Bedraggled side streets start to clear of mama-lishes, roughly translated as “the mothers who feed”, who sell chapattis, maize cobs and mandazi (sweet, fired doughnuts sold in small plastic sachets).

The jam-packed dala dalas (colourful minibuses) create extra lanes beside the sidewalks, hooting and honking to announce their presence as they vie for passengers.

Nestled in a natural harbour, what was once a tiny town scattered with casuarina trees has grown into a jumble of…
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Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city