Kruger National Park — South Africa
A photo of an elephant from a safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger’s proximity to Africa’s main hub of Johannesburg and its easy accessibility make it a favorite with locals and visitors alike. It’s one of the most popular parks in Africa, and the Kruger camps are definitely the flashiest I’ve ever stayed in. You can take your own car, and many of the roads are paved, but you can also go on game drives on unsealed tracks. The camps are surrounded by electric fences, so you won’t have to fear coming across a large cat if you need a toilet break at night. If the planned extensions into Zimbabwe and Mozambique take place, Kruger will become the largest nature reserve on the planet. Because of its high standards, though, Kruger can sometimes feel like a massive zoo. Try to avoid the school holiday periods when the camps are usually full.

Etosha National Park — Namibia
A stunning photo of a sunset from a safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha (meaning the “great white place of dry water”) in northern Namibia was my first ever safari. The best part is the Okaukeujo camping ground, located near a watering hole that is floodlit at night. Since most of the animals are active at night, you get a good look at their natural behavior. I remember watching a sole rhino having a drink, when an enormous bull elephant entered the frame. The lone rhino swiveled 180 degrees, snorted, scraped all four feet on the dusty ground and charged. The elephant panicked and accelerated into the crunchy Namibian bush. The rhino returned to his spot, finished his drink, and finally waddled off into the darkness.

South Luwangwa National Park — Zambia
A stunning sunset over South Luwangwa National Park, Zambia
While it’s not well known, this isolated part of Zambia is definitely worth the trip. This place makes you feel like you are truly in the wild. The camps are unfenced and situated next to the South Luwangwa River, where you can watch hippos and crocodiles swim past your tent. This is my favorite game park because it lacks the hordes of vehicles you see in so many other parks. South Luwangwa has one of the highest concentrations of leopards — the most elusive member of the Big 5 — and this is the only place in Africa I’ve seen one.

Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Park — Tanzania and Kenya
Female lion in Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Park in Tanzania and Kenya
The Serengeti and Masai Mara National Parks are probably the most famous parks in this list, and for good reason. Since most of the landscape is savannah (or flat grasslands), wildlife visibility is very high. The parks adjoin each other across two countries and are best known for the annual wildebeest migration that involves the treacherous crossing of the Mara River, usually around July or August. It’s also easy to spot many of the great cats here. For example, I took the picture above from my car window.

Ngorogoro Crater — Tanzania
Three wildebeest on the Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania
This crater formed millions of years ago when a giant volcano exploded. Now it’s a large natural zoo, containing thousands of animals that use this area as a good place to munch on grass and each other. You can camp at the edge of the crater, but don’t walk out of your tent at night. You might walk into a lion, elephant, or warthog! The best thing about the Ngorogoro Crater is the campground itself. Animals freely walk in and out of the crater and often through the unfenced campground. I love trying to fall asleep hearing hungry lions howling in the distance. That’s what makes this place great. It makes you feel alive.

Okavango Delta — Botswana
The view from the campground on a safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana
The Okavango Delta is basically a big swamp that drains inland into the Kalahari Desert. This phenomenon has caused Okavango Delta to be a haven of wildlife such as crocodiles, elephants, and lions. Once again, there are a number of accommodation options here. My favorite has been a permanent tent overlooking the swamp. You can hear elephants and hippos walk past at night. Safaris here are different — they usually involve canoeing in a mokoro (a hollowed-out piece of fiberglass). Once you reach dry land, there are walking safaris throughout the delta, and you will most likely come across animals just doing their thing.

There are many ways to book one of these safaris. You can book directly in the relevant country or before you go. You’ll usually find cheaper options if you book directly in the country. But no matter where you go or how you get there, a safari will be an adventure of a lifetime.

Anthony runs The Travel Tart, which focuses on the funny, offbeat, and weird aspects of world travel today. Feel free to say hi on Twitter. These photos are from his safaris.


South African wines, capuccinos, kudu, eland, ostrich (eggs and meat), malva pudding, bobotie, smiley (sheep’s head), pap, sausage, Jungle (granola) bars, braii (BBQ) foods, avocados, salads w/chicken.


1. Le Quartier Français

The historic village of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands, is South Africa’s undisputed culinary capital. While award-winning cuisine beckons around every bend, the Le Quartier Français hotel is home to The Tasting Room, one of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants where you can enjoy an 8-course South African menu paired with exquisite wines. Sister restaurant, Bread&Wine, is a popular choice for lingering lunches. Experience a hands-on culinary safari with Le Quartier’s cooking classes, private wine tastings, wine-blending class, and more.

Le Quartier Francais

2. Royal Malewane and Africa House

What more could you wish for on a Kruger safari than Big 5 game viewing, luxury accommodation, spa treatments, and decadent cuisine? Royal Malewane, situated in a private reserve alongside the Kruger National Park, is the only African Safari Lodge of its kind to have been awarded the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for outstanding cuisine, facilities, and hospitality. After a day in the bush, gather under the stars to feast on imaginative, yet simple food as African melodies play on your heart strings.

3. Hartford House

Listed as one of South Africa’s Top 5 Restaurants 2013, Hartford House reflects their obsession with food in every meal.  Set in Mooi River, a bountiful land of big skies and rolling green hills, Hartford holds claim to one of the planet’s greatest pantries where “in season” and “local” are key. Whether it’s in the grandeur of the dining room or by candlelight on the great veranda, dinner at Hartford is a timeless experience of African splendour.

4. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an eco-paradise with two 5-star lodges on the fynbos and forest clad hills of Walker Bay, one of the world’s top whale-watching destinations. A culinary destination in its own right, Grootbos offers several spectacular settings to enjoy the best of South African cuisine. The Garden Restaurant and Red Indigo Restaurant each offer sophisticated cuisine crafted from the finest local ingredients, including seafood specialties and excellent South African wines. Guests can also enjoy picnics on the beach and enchanted candlelit dinners under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

5. Timamoon Lodge

Timamoon Lodge is a seductive hideaway high in the forested mountains of Mpumalanga, close to the Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon. Your senses will be tempted with exotic food served by candlelight in a Bali-style restaurant built on stilts. Set alongside a small pond and overlooking a tropical garden and distant emerald hills, the restaurant is perfect for romantic dinners and scenic breakfasts.  All food is prepared in house, from breads and pasta, to ice-cream and speciality chocolates.

6. Andries Stockenström Guesthouse

If you share Chef Gordon Wright’s philosophy of knowing the origins of your food and sourcing it yourself if need be, make a trip to the small Karoo village of Graaff Reinet. Gordon’s Restaurant at Andries Stockenström Guesthouse is internationally renowned for its simple, elegant cuisine. Gordon also runs a 3-night “Veld to Fork” cooking school where you can learn African bush craft and ethical hunting skills, and prepare a 4-course dinner in his restaurant. Vegetarian-friendly options and tailor-made packages with day trips to working Karoo farms are available.

7. Mimosa Lodge

The award-winning restaurant at Mimosa Lodge has put the small hamlet of Montagu on the culinary map. Swiss Chef, Bernhard Hess, uses only the freshest ingredients and incorporates local specialities like lamb, springbok, and ostrich. Montagu lies along the Cape Wine Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world – and you’ll find dishes paired with local wines from the Robertson Wine Valley.

Mimosa Lodge

8. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve offers a Big 5 safari adventure in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. The Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is a classic-contemporary African lodge enhanced by the untouched surrounds. The focus is on fresh seasonal produce and local Karoo cooking, with a contemporary flair and French influence. On clear nights, the brilliant display of stars will have you lingering long after your plates have been cleared.

9. Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse offers an intimate gourmet getaway in the Drakensberg Mountains.  Perched on the edge of a trout-filled dam, with mountains soaring from the gardens, the secluded retreat is an unbeatable romantic escape.  Owner and chef, Richard Poynton, is passionate about food and sources only the finest ingredients, whether they be herbs freshly plucked from his garden or salmon imported from Norway. Dinners are an extravagant 7-course affair while the 3-course breakfasts promise an unusual treat.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

10. Babylonstoren Farm

Once an unused kraal, Babel restaurant is the flagship of Babylonstoren Farm in Franschhoek. Their approach to food is “pick, clean, serve”, opting not to tamper, but rather to serve simple dishes with an edge. Aside from the chic country-style guest rooms that echo old Cape Dutch farm buildings, a highlight at Babylonstoren is the legendary Babel breakfast with only the freshest farm-style produce.

highlights when visiting SoutH Africa

Highlights –

  • meeting up with Warren at the airport
  • wine tasting tour
  • Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point tour
  • District Six Museum and visiting the townships
  • Visiting Robben Island
  • couchsurfing with Hannes for 3 nights
  • couchsurfing with Christal for 5 nights
  • climbing Lion’s Head at sunrise and walking around atop Table Mountain
  • people watching at cafes
  • lunch in Camp’s Bay
  • whale watching in Hermanus
  • cage diving with Great White sharks in Gansbaii
  • riding an ostrich in Outdshorn
  • petting cheetahs
  • Rasta homestay with Brother Paul in Knysna
  • horseback riding in Storms River
  • sandboarding, partying, and shopping in Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Addo Elephant National Park safari
  • wineball and hanging out at Buccaneers hostel in Chiantsa
  • Xhosa village tour at Bulungula
  • dinner and dancing at a Xhosa village in Coffee Bay
  • hiking to rock art in the southern Drankensberg Mountains
  • riding in a Land Rover up the Sani Pass, hiking and exploring the Kingdom of Lesotho (including a beer at the highest pub in Africa)
  • 5-day safari to Kruger Park (seeing all the animals, especially the lions, and buffalo during the game walk)
  • staying at Bob’s Bunkhouse
  • touring Soweto township near Johannesburg
  • Apartheid Museum
  • eating a smiley (sheep’s head) to complete a dare
  • 7-day camping trip to Botswana’s Okavango Delta (mokoro rides, seeing lots of elephants, hanging out with Dion (guide), and getting to know Ingrid, Richard, and Peter)
  • Johannesburg city tour


Christmas in Africa 25 December 2014

Christmas day was a real blessing. We came together as a family and had a braai. Ons the menu was beer braai chicken, sweet potato, gammon, ham and potato salad (among other things) My husband made the most amazing bread! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you don’t forget the real reason for Christmas. Jesus Christ was born and He died for our sins.

How did you celebrate Christmas?

HAPPY Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are having a pre Thanksgiving dinner tonight because everyone had to work today. We tried to make it a public holiday in South Africa but couldn’t manage.  What are we having tonight?  TACOS whilst watching Macy’s Thanksgiving parade:-) The turkey and pumpkin pie will follow on Saturday.  Have a blessed day! How are you celebrating Thanksgiving today?

I will post pictures about our SA Thanksgiving after Saturday


Day 30: My Top ten places that you should visit when you visit South Africa

Day 30: My Top ten places that you should visit when you visit South Africa

I’ve chosen these 10 because in my view it will give you an all round experience of South Africa: wildlife, culture and food.

  1. Johannesburg
  2. Cape Town
  3. Kaapse Hoop
  4. Augrabies
  5. Kruger National park
  6. Soweto
  7. Pilanesberg
  8. Bo- Kaap
  9. A cultural village
  10. A traditional food restaurant and taste umqosho, boerekos and maybe have a braai.


31 days

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A fatal death…

Living in South Africa with all the different languages English is not the first language of a lot of people. English is also not my first language.

When I was in Grade 9 we had to write an essay about a car accident. I wrote the essay and was very proud of myself. One of the sentences in my essay was “she died a fatal death”

When I got the essay back the teacher told me that it is impossible to die twice. To this day I smile when I think about this.


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