Why to visit Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon, Namibia
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1M ago
By Roxanne Reid Fun, funky even wacky, these are words you might use to describe the Canyon Roadhouse not far from the Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia. Staid, dull and prim are definitely not. In fact, if you don’t have a sense of humour or a fondness for grinning like a basketful of baboons, don’t bother to visit; the place will be wasted on you. ​The incomparable Canyon Roadhouse pops up on the C37 about 25km to the east of the Fish River Canyon. You’ll stumble on a cavernous barn that’s the hub of all things – reception, shop, bar, and food zone. Mastermind behind this offbeat utop ..read more
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Game drive at Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, Namibia
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1M ago
By Roxanne Reid Safari guides are cool people, their brains ripe with knowledge they’re happy to share. The best ones are charismatic and make your days so much fun you never want them to end. But it’s not often you see one of them yoyo with excitement at something he’s just seen for the first time. Yet that’s what happened on a game drive at Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, Namibia. A few years ago, we were out in an open 4x4 with our guide from Desert Rhino Camp, Bons Roman. He was a fun guy, delivering heaps of information peppered with quips and jokes. Luckily, he also knew when to switc ..read more
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15 things to do in Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo
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3M ago
By Roxanne Reid If you love history and old buildings, you’ll love Graaff-Reinet in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The town has more than 220 listed heritage sites, so there’s lots of history to be explored. If you love nature, you’re in luck too, given that the town is surrounded by 195 square kilometres of national park. Here’s my pick of things to do in Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo. Founded in 1786, Graaff-Reinet is the oldest town in the Eastern Cape and the town with the most historical monuments in the country. There’s a rich tapestry of Voortrekker history, Anglo Boer War history, and his ..read more
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Paternoster restaurants worth visiting
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4M ago
By Roxanne Reid You’ve spent the day exploring the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and lighthouse, walking on the beach at Paternoster and kayaking in the sea. Now your stomach is growling. Luckily, there’s no way you’re going to go hungry in Paternoster, with restaurants offering everything from pizzas and burgers to seafood and fine dining. Here are some Paternoster restaurants worth visiting. ​One of my favourite things to do in Paternoster on South Africa’s West Coast is to eat out. Remember that most Paternoster restaurants are closed one or two days a week, so check ahead and book if you ..read more
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20 things to do in Paternoster on the West Coast
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5M ago
By Roxanne Reid For the locals, life in Paternoster revolves around the sea. Fishing is the historical lifeblood of the village and fishermen still go out almost every day in their colourful wooden boats. For visitors, of course, there’s more variety. Here are 20 things to do in Paternoster on the West Coast of South Africa. ​Paternoster lies about 160km north of Cape Town, or almost a two-hour drive. But in appearance and atmosphere, this little West Coast fishing village is worlds apart from the Big City bustle. Here, the pace is laidback and relaxed in a way that seems timeless. White-was ..read more
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Glamping in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, Overberg
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6M ago
By Roxanne Reid Yearning for a weekend glamping somewhere in the country where you can enjoy panoramic views, gourmet meals and romantic hot tubbing, even active mountain biking or hiking? Canvas Collective Africa in the greater Hemel en Aarde Valley between Caledon and Stanford in the Western Cape might be just the place.  ​​Everything in this off-the-grid posh tenting destination is intended to touch the earth lightly. They can pull up sticks from one venue and relocate the whole shebang to another without leaving a permanent imprint. And they’ve done exactly that – more than once. Th ..read more
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17 things to do in Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo
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8M ago
By Roxanne Reid The small village of Nieu Bethesda in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Karoo was once a dusty little place no one had heard of. Then it rocketed to fame on the reputation of Helen Martins’ strangely compelling Owl House and Camel Yard. But there’s much more to it than the Owl House. Here’s my pick of things to do in Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo. ​About 50km north of Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo heartland, Nieu Bethesda began life as a church town in 1875. Its biblical name means ‘place of flowing water’ and was the inspiration of Graaff-Reinet’s Reverend Charles Murray. Once most famo ..read more
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White Lion Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Little Karoo
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9M ago
By Roxanne Reid We timed our visit to White Lion Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve perfectly. Although some years this Karoo reserve in South Africa has little rain, by the end of September this year it had had lots, spawning a fiesta of colourful flowers among the green bushes. Small wonder, then, that one of our nature drives from the lodge focused on the plants and flowers, while on the second we enjoyed seeing some of the reserve’s big game. ​The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve unspools over 58 000ha between Montagu and Barrydale along Route 62 in the Little Karoo. It’s a glor ..read more
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Brilliant birding in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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10M ago
By Roxanne Reid ‘There!’ His voice is a loud whisper intense with excitement. We follow his pointed finger, peering intently through the tree branches. Nothing. He starts to explain and we trace the trunk of the tree, the branch jutting out ... and then suddenly there’s a flash of brown wings and it’s gone again. We’re birding in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and this is something special. ​Luckily, our guide has followed the bird’s movement. He coaxes us till we find the Pel’s fishing owl with our binos, a blur of feathers behind a branch. It’s a secretive bird and therefore a much sought-a ..read more
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15 things to do in Greyton in the Overberg
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1y ago
By Roxanne Reid You’ll find Greyton at the foot of the Sonderend mountains, about 35km from Caledon in South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s a blend of relaxed country village with gravel roads and sophisticated town jammed with restaurants and shops. Throw in a fat dollop of nature and you have a winner. Discover my pick of things to do in Greyton in the Overberg. The village roads are lined with oak trees and pretty little thatched and gabled houses, many of them dating back to the 19th century. When you walk or bike down one of the gravel side streets, you can almost imagine you’re back in th ..read more
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