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2nd time we’ve encounted Cape Mountain Leopard in the Cederberg!

On Sunday one of my colleagues, Michelle, was with some clients in the central Cederberg mountains heading up the beautiful Uitkyk Pass towards the Cederberg Wine Estate when they saw a Cape Mountain leopard bound across the road in front of them. The sighting was fleeting but very clear.  Michelle was understandably very excited as she is [...]

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South Africa Safari Special: Cape Town, Zulus & Pearl

Being a tailormade safari specialist, I sometimes feel that I am a walking encyclopedia of safari specials:  long stay specials, family specials, honeymoon specials. You name it – we know it!It’s my job to know about all the safari specials and to add them into my client’s itineraries so that they are getting the best [...]

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8 Cool Places to Pop THE Question

8 Cool Places to Pop THE Question First a confession… my own engagement was not the most romantic of experiences. My friends were asked the question on the Rialto Bridge in Venice or by the Grand Canyon. My husband and I just “discussed the idea” over dinner one night and found ourselves engaged. (Don’t feel [...]

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Battle for your Tourism Spend in the Cape Winelands – Stellenbosch vs Franschhoek

It is always  little dangerous to openly compare two towns in terms of their appeal to the visitor – I may have furious hoteliers claiming that I have been biased against their town. But this post compares Stellenbosch and Franshhoek in the Cape Winelands. Where I come from (many years ago) – the Cotswolds in [...]

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Are you too old for a safari in Africa? (No but…)

We have had quite a few people with disabilities enjoying a safari in Africa over the years. These safaris all work smoothly because when someone is in a wheelchair or has a clearly perceived health issue, they are usually very upfront with their tour operator as to what they can and can’t do. Similarly we [...]

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Relief from the drought – Rhino Tracking at Desert Rhino Camp

“What do the Norwegians say” is often the question my family ask when we want to know the weather forecast. For some reason the Norwegian weather website ( seems to be the most reliable and is widely used by farmers in Southern Africa.   The “Norwegians” said rain was forecast for Damaraland where we were [...]

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Big Daddy – To climb or not to climb? By Cedarberg Travel

To climb or not to climb the Big Daddy Dune, Sossusvlei, Namibia? By Mari Jacobs   The Namib desert dunes have been there for millions of years. Some believe it was the sand of the Orange river that was spilled into the strong Benguela current and carried back on land by strong winds that created [...]

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Zimbabwe Safaris – 10 reasons why you should visit…

One in a series of blog posts where we attempt to identify the distinguishing characteristics of a particular country in terms of its appeal to visitors and the major reasons why you should visit. Here are my top ten (highly subjective) reasons in favour of Zimbabwe safaris… 1)    Victoria Falls year round The Victoria Falls [...]

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Johannesburg day tours – Off the Beaten Track

We offer the full gamut of Johannesburg day tours in the city  including Soweto, downtown Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum and the Constitutional Court. Other clients like to see the neighbouring city of Pretoria, even adding in a visit to the nearby Cullinan Diamond Mine. But we also have a number of off the beaten track Johannesburg city [...]

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La Residence & Villas – Trip report by Kate

Yes, of course -  as I knew it would be – La Residence  in the Cape Winelands is in a class of its own. The place is absolutely stunning even on a cold wettish, winter’s day – so I can just imagine how lovely it is in summer. The Singita Grumeti of the Cape Winelands… [...]

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...


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