Trip Reports by Kate

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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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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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’s Review of The Alphen Hotel in Cape Town

I recently checked out the newly reopened Alphen Hotel, a lovely 17th century Cape Dutch homestead and National Monument, which is located in the beautiful Constantia valley of Cape Town. However what makes this hotel stands out for me is the stark juxtaposition of the old and the new in both its public spaces and [...]

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Kruger Safari – Private Concessions vs Private Lodges

I am aware that choosing a Kruger safari can be a confusing issue. Many people want to visit the Kruger Park and then find themselves bewildered by the choices. Do they stay at a rest camp or opt one of the Kruger luxury lodges which are private concessions within the Kruger National Park? Or do [...]

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White Elephant Safari Lodge – trip report

So many people think that a safari is about being in the bush seeing as many large animals as you can. Yet there are so many stunning little places which don’t into that mould. White Elephant Safari Lodge in northern KwaZulu Natal is one such place. I recently visited the lodge with my family after spending [...]

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Kate vist to Baraza Resort & Spa

I was expecting Baraza Resort & Spa to be a little “too much” , a little over the top. It actually isn’t, though of course it is the opposite of Breezes Beach Club’ homely style. Indeed there’s an argument to say that you should stay at places which are completely different from your home when [...]

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Cape Vidal – Bush & Beach all in one day

On a recent family holiday in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, we visited Cape Vidal from St Lucia. Cape Vidal is one of South Africa’s hidden gems – seriously beautiful and yet sufficiently remote that it is difficult to visit unless you either stay at Cape Vidal in the rather basic log cabins or at [...]

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Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours in Garden Route, South Africa

This is a great soft adventure option for your Garden Route holidays in South Africa. It’s based in the indigenous rainforest of the Tsitsikamma on the eastern side of the Garden Route. The tour consists of ten ziplines which whizz you from one treetop platform to another. The ziplines start quite gently both in terms [...]

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Kate’s Malawi safari travels – Rhino Tracking on foot in Liwonde Park

The story of rhino conservation has been one of the glorious ‘feel-good’ stories of the 20th century. Back in 1930, we were staring over the abyss and facing the extinction of this pre-historic creature with only 10 known white rhino left in the world. Yet a few individuals, such as Ian Player, spear-headed the metaphorical [...]

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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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