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Tea estates outside Thohoyandou in the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains - one of the friendliest towns in South Africa
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Thohoyandou - friendliest town in Limpopo, rich in legends

It's arguably Limpopo's friendliest town and certainly one of the province's more wealthy. If you want to explore South Africa, it must be in your itinerary. You'll get a glimpse of Africa you won't find anywhere else. This is the heart of Venda, with one of the richest cultures in southern Africa, where legends abound. Up in the north-western sector of Limpopo, near the borders of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Thohoyandou is about a five-hour drive from Johannesburg (or the same as Cape Town to…

One of the packs of the almost 40 wolves at the Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary.  Photo: Tania Thompson Poole
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South Africa's little-known Wolf Sanctuary - Travels with Beezus

I visited David Daitz about 15 years ago when he was CEO of CapeNature, and was surprised to see a very large and stunning poster of a wolf on his wall. “What on earth?” I asked. David had recently visited the wolf sanctuary in the south of France which, he pointed out, at that time […]

Franschhoek - Alleys lead off the main street into leafy courtyards - one could be in the south of France.
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How Franschhoek became such a successful tourist town - Travels with Beezus

Thirty years ago, Franschhoek was sleepy hollow personified, and very little had changed in the preceding 70 years. It was a farming dorp which attracted a few city folk on a Sunday drive to escape the city and the only attractions were the Huguenot Museum (which was — unusually for a small country town — […]

Point of Human Origins: This was home to modern man 180,000 years ago.
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The most memorable & thought-provoking experience anywhere!

Much has been made of the fact that the earliest artifacts of modern man were discovered at Mossel Bay. So this is where modern man evolved, on the southern coast of the African continent. So wha…

Point of Human Origins: This was home to modern man 180,000 years ago.
Africa DestinationsHow To Memorize ThingsThe OriginalsBeach

The most memorable & thought-provoking experience anywhere!

Much has been made of the fact that the earliest artifacts of modern man were discovered at Mossel Bay. So this is where modern man evolved, on the southern coast of the African continent. So wha…

Is Paternoster the best beach village in South Africa?
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Exploring the West Coast

CapeInfo has struggled for years to get generic destination and event information for most West Coast towns from the tourism offices there. And it’s not been for lack of trying. So I phoned …

Franschhoek - The mountains tower above everything else.

How Franschhoek became such a successful tourist town - Travels with Beezus

Thirty years ago, Franschhoek was sleepy hollow personified, and very little had changed in the preceding 70 years. It was a farming dorp which attracted a few city folk on a Sunday drive to escape the city and the only attractions were the Huguenot Museum (which was — unusually for a small country town — […]

Huge and Delicious Breakfast

Mrs Gram goes Travelling

Being invited to attend a media ‘educational’ in neighbouring Robertson on the strength and reputation of my blog was, at the same time, both flattering and disconcerting. Had they act…