South African Tours

How NOT to do self-drive safaris in South Africa – 5 things to avoid

Top 5 aspects that you should avoid while contemplating a self-drive safari in South Africa   Self-drive safaris in South Africa, give you a glimpse of Africa’s hospitality that many miss   1)      Too much driving Usually people plan to drive too far in one day. Other times they plan a hectic trip which has [...]

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Self Drive in South Africa – use the GPS or use written directions?

Surely nowadays using a GPS is the way to go you ask for self drive in South Africa? Paper directions (even if they are displayed on your tablet) are just so old fashioned! Indeed it is now standard practice to be able to take a GPS with your rental car in South Africa and we [...]

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Franschhoek Valley Tram Service

The Franschhoek Valley will soon have a unique tram service running from Franschhoek village and stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most renowned wine estates. The Franschhoek wine tram will operate on the Franschhoek branch line, which opened in 1904. The tours will take between two and three hours and will focus on [...]

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South Africa – 6th least expensive longhaul destination

Some good news at last! A Travel Money 2011 report in the UK has ranked South Africa as the sixth most cost-effective long-haul destination for British travellers. The Holiday Costs Barometer compares the cost of a basket of 10 items, including a bottle of beer, a cup of coffee, sun cream, and a three-course meal [...]

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The Blue Train: in love with Matjiesfontein

Lee & Maddy recently travelled on The Blue Train. Here are  Lee’s thoughts: “It was an early start that morning and I was very excited as this was to be my first real train journey.  On arrival at Cape Town Station we headed for the Blue Train check-in lounge.  We were met just outside the [...]

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South African Cultural Tours?

Are South African Cultural Tours demonstrating the culture or the history of South Africa? I sometimes feel that I cannot win when promoting cultural tours within a South Africa safari. People come to the concept with such differing cultural perceptions of their own that it is hard to please everyone.

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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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