On my first visit to the Northern Cape, I bypassed almost the entire province. With a group of friends, I drove straight up the N7 from Cape Town, only stopping once – in Springbok for pies and petrol – before crossing the Namibian border at Vioolsdrif and climbing into a canoe to paddle down the Orange River for several days.

The trip delivered a special kind of off-grid magic: days of floating along beside the Richtersveld’s rippled sand dunes and craggy volcanic mountains and nights spent camping on the river banks, sleeping under a sky heavily laden with stars. With…
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CITES: Preserving our wildlife heritage

Rhinos in the wild

September is a big month in the world of conservation and wildlife preservation. Delegates from 182 countries will meet in Johannesburg for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17).

Albi Modise, Chief Director: Communications of the Department of Environmental Affairs, says: “The international wildlife trade conference is being hosted by South Africa to, amongst other matters, make recommendations to…
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Force of nature

Hamish Mitchell is a landscape and wildlife photographer originally from Vancouver, Canada. After travelling throughout southern Africa in 1993, he was captivated by the continent and now returns annually to explore its beauty and cultures.

The inspiration for his work is drawn from a passion for the outdoors, a love of travel and the creative process and the visualisation required to capture a beautiful image. Each photograph is the result of many hours of planning, exploring and waiting patiently for the lighting and conditions to be just right in order to…
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Go wild at Gwahumbe


Just under an hour’s drive from Durban, Gwahumbe Game Lodge & Spa offers all who visit it an escape from bustling city life and a glimpse into KwaZulu-Natal’s best-kept secret – the Mid-Illovo region.

My friend Heather and I had been picked up at the airport by rugby player Stefan Terblanche and his wife Jacqui, who’s family owns Gwahumbe. As we wound through the sugar cane fields of Illovo, nearing our destination, the questions began to flow and Jacqui let us in on some of the property’s history.

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South African Airways celebrates 25 years of flying to Nairobi, Kenya

Central business district of Nairobi. Image courtesy iStock.

Central business district of Nairobi. Image courtesy iStock.

South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier on the African continent, celebrates 25 years of flying to Nairobi, the airline’s first East African destination.

SAA was the first African airline to operate between Johannesburg and Kenya when it introduced two weekly flights between Johannesburg and Nairobi in 1991. Kenya was also the airline’s first East African operation.

From modest beginnings SAA’s Kenyan operations have grown steadily through the years. Today the airline operates 11…
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Getting to know: Paul Gardiner

Paul Gardiner

The Group Marketing Director of the Mantis Collection chats to us about business, tourism and travel.

Who is Paul Gardiner? I’m a devoted father and loving husband. I enjoy good music and tasty food – nothing goes down better than a good rib-eye steak on the bone – as well as keeping fit (I have to offset those steaks somehow!) and a good whisky on ice as the day closes. Nature and wildlife are passions of mine. I’m devastated by what’s happening to our rhinos and doing all I…
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