South Africa


A colony of “jackass” penguins lives just outside Cape Town

I’ve been twice to South Africa, in 2012 and then in 2018 in honour of Nelson Mandela’s centenary. I’ve visited Johannesburg including Soweto, plus Durban, Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Cape Peninsula, and Port Elizabeth (now renamed Gquberha), as well as Kruger National Park. I’d love to see more of Port Elizabeth in particular … I hear there’s amazing dolphin spotting there!

I was surprised how much Cape Town reminded me of Vancouver — don’t miss this city by the sea if you’re in the region.


Also on your must-see list:  a day trip down to Cape Point to see where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans supposedly meet, the jackass penguins near Simon’s Town, and strolling (and eating!) your way through the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The Victoria and Alfred Hotel is a good choice for a place to stay right on the water in Cape Town (fab breakfast buffetsP1030110 too, where I ate almost enough passionfruit to satisfy me).

A safari is also essential. All my safari tips are on the safari page. The most popular place to see game is Kruger National Park, for good reason. I loved my stay at Thornybush Game Lodge and safaris in their private reserve just on the edge of Kruger. Their staff work hard to show you both the big five and the little five.

My writing on South Africa:



Just off Cape Point, where people like to say the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet

4 responses to “South Africa

  1. The Atlantic and Indian oceans meet near Agulhas, not Cape Point


  2. Wow that is an impressive list of articles. Really awesome that you are featured in the USA Today and other travel magazines. We keep returning to South Africa and even partially live in Cape Town now to keep writing articles to inspire people to travel to this most fascinating country. I would love to get some articles published as well to reach a wider audience, just never had the guts to pitch… Feel free to check our articles out, I see that we have covered quite a few of the same topics! It is nice to read some of the similar experiences we had through your eyes :-) Keep up with the lovely writing! Marcella

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