City Guides: Africa

THE BEST WATER AND WALKING SAFARIS IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA

Stretched out among a grove of palm trees on the edge of the Rufiji River and Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu combines the best of bush and river experiences, with just a select few “glamping” tented rooms providing pure luxury. Pathways cut through the bush, past a shaded pool to reveal wooden deck verandas on which sit spacious and well-appointed canvas tents. In the twilight hours, guards escort you to a raised lounge and dining area where you sit under a sky of stars around the bush fire, close enough to feel the grunt of the hippos reverberate through the grove of palm trees. From the comfort of your king-size bed, you can…
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THE BEST WATER AND WALKING SAFARIS IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA

GAUTENG’S ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

Gauteng may be the smallest province in South Africa, but it’s also the busiest and richest. It stretches from Pretoria in the north to Vereeniging in the south, and as the gateway to Africa, its energy is palpable from the moment you arrive. But there’s more to the province than its role as the home of SA’s corporate capital, as there’s an enormous range of outdoor and adventure activities for those looking to escape busy city life.

SHEPHERD’S FOLD STABLES

Shepherd’s Fold Stables is situated in the lovely Elandsdrift Valley in Lanseria, bordering the Cradle…
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GAUTENG’S ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

JOBURG’S HISTORIC GEMS WITH A MODERN SPIN

Johannesburg has a significant place in South Africa’s history and continues to be the birthplace of new innovations, culture and trends. We take a look at some iconic and historic Joburg gems that have found a new lease on life, having been revitalised to serve a new purpose.

One Eloff Street

This particular building from the 1950s is situated on 2 Eloff St and is visible from the M2 highway. It was once the home of Rolls-Royce and Chrysler, before being turning into an OK Bazaar and a repossessed car auction house, according to 2Summers.net. Todaythe bright yellow and blue building houses artists’ studios and an eating area run…
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JOBURG’S HISTORIC GEMS WITH A MODERN SPIN

A bridge to the past in present-day Livingstone

“I’m not going down there!” I could understand my father’s trepidation. The steep ladder leading to the underbelly of the Victoria Falls Bridge was slick with spray, and the water in the boiling pot more than 100m below was swirling furiously. I was trembling slightly as guide Kim Adams coaxed our small group over the edge.

The world below the glistening steel of the bridge is wet and wild. Every second, up to 700 000 mof water plunges into the Batoka Gorge in a breathtaking cascade. It’s the starting point for some of the world’s most spectacular white water rafting and where some Toka Leya people still…
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A bridge to the past in present-day Livingstone

A TASTE OF YEOVILLE

In recent years Yeoville, a Jo’burg suburb founded in 1890, became a place to avoid due to crime and urban decay, which led to the flight of wealthier classes to better neighbourhoods. A once-vibrantly cosmopolitan and bohemian area – which symbolised a changing society to many – steadily became seedy, a place only the brave, the desperate or the foolish would visit. Its trendy cafés, bookshops, some nightclubs and the idea of leisurely night strolls were consigned to history.

Those dark days are gone, however, and great efforts are being made to revitalise the suburb. Fabled Rockey Street, which still boasts pubs, taverns, tuckshops…
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A TASTE OF YEOVILLE

MY AFRICA: TRAVEL WRITERS ON EXPLORING THE CONTINENT

A few of our trusted travel writers share their favourite African destinations as we celebrate Africa Day on 25 May.

Cape Town has been my home for the last 14 years and as much as I’ve loved experiencing places around the world, it’s the city I’ll always come back to. It’s rightly won top awards from the likes of Lonely Planet, National Geographic and Time magazine and is always full of new discoveries in art, culture, food, wine and more.

EUGENE YIGA, capetowntravel.guide or Twitter: @capetowntg

I adore the spirit of Stonetown, Tanzania –…
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MY AFRICA: TRAVEL WRITERS ON EXPLORING THE CONTINENT