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Epic destinations in Southern Africa

Ever wanted to get up close to elephants? Getaway’s Vuyi Qubeka did, so she headed to Namibia’s Zambezi Region. Photographs by Melanie van Zyl. Travel News, Wildlife Photography, Walking, Elephants, Adventure, Awesome, Van, Animals, South Africa

Wildlife photography by Melanie

Wildlife photography by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, River, Adventure, Mountains, Places, Nature, Outdoor, Outdoors, Naturaleza

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, Grand Canyon, Adventure, Places, Nature, Travel, Naturaleza, Viajes, Destinations

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Beach, Places, Water, Outdoor, Gripe Water, Outdoors, The Beach, Beaches

Mozambique

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl

This African Quadripoint, where Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana meet, is a quirky confluence that occurs nowhere else in the world. This easy road trip will have you exploring four African countries in a week. Kruger National Park, National Parks, Namib Desert, Victoria Falls, Floating In Water, African Countries, Tourism, Road Trip, Country Roads

Explore Four African Countries in One Easy Road Trip

This African Quadripoint, where Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana meet, is a quirky confluence that occurs nowhere else in the world. This easy road trip will have you exploring four African countries in a week.

Botswana is one of the top safari destinations in Africa. But did you know the best way to explore the country is with a road trip? Here’s a one-week Botswana itinerary that will take you to highlights like the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari, Chobe Natio Okavango Delta, Camping, Backpacking, Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Travel Diys, Travel Bag, Air Travel, Travel Packing

The Perfect Self-Drive Botswana Itinerary for an Epic Safari Trip

When my friend Melanie told me about her plans to go to Botswana, my eyes lit up, my heart started pounding, and my hands got a wee bit sweaty. I hadn't been to Botswana since 2015 (omg where has the time gone?!) when I travelled overland from South Africa to the Vic Falls Carnival New Years Eve Festival. But I had only had enough time in the country to see dusty roads and drive past small towns. Since then, I've been daydreaming about exploring the Kalahari, going on game drives through…

The eastern part of South Africa’s Free State province, lying along the Maluti mountains, is a place for all seasons. Here’s my pick of 15 things to do in Clarens. Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Stuff To Do, Things To Do, Free State, Country Scenes, Africa Travel, Horse Riding, Golden Gate

15 things to do in Clarens in the Free State

The eastern part of South Africa’s Free State province, lying along the Maluti mountains, is a place for all seasons. Here’s my pick of 15 things to do in Clarens.

Sleep in comfort under the stars on the edge of the Namib Desert. Namib Desert, Under The Stars, South Africa, Sleep, Adventure, Places, Travel, Viajes, Destinations

Namibia

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Namibia by Melanie van Zyl

Want to watch thousands of flamingos turn the sky pink? Book a night at Nata Lodge for a unique wildlife experience in Botswana! Chobe National Park, National Parks, National Trust, Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travel Advise, Travel Plan

Staying at Nata Lodge in Botswana

Nata Lodge is located in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana. It's home to one of the largest salt flats in the world and the remains of Africa's largest inland sea. Stay at the rustic Nata Lodge and you'll be in prime position to watch thousands of flamingos turn the sky pink over Botswana's wet season. #botswana #safari #africa #travel #hotels via @wanderlustmvmnt

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, River, Adventure, Places, Outdoor, Outdoors, Adventure Movies, Outdoor Games, Adventure Books

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Bliss, Elephant, Adventure, Places, Animals, Animales, Animaux, Elephants

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie Stargazing, Pisa, South Africa, Tower, Adventure, Building, Places, Travel, Rook

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, Camping, Adventure, Places, Campsite, Adventure Movies, Adventure Books, Campers, Tent Camping

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, Adventure, Places, Water, Outdoor, Gripe Water, Outdoors, Adventure Movies, Outdoor Games

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

See the sunrise over the Botswana pans at Kubu Island. South Africa, Bliss, Sunrise, Country Roads, Island, Adventure, Amazing, Places, Outdoor

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Glamping on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga. Glamping, Banks, South Africa, Road Trip, River, Adventure, Places, Go Glamping, Road Trips

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Waves, Adventure, Beach, Outdoor, Outdoors, The Beach, Beaches, Ocean Waves

Mozambique

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Adventure, Places, Adventure Movies, Adventure Books, Lugares

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Lion cubs in the wilds of Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Lion Cub, Wildlife Photography, Cubs, South Africa, Animals, Animales, Bear Cubs, Animaux

Wildlife photography by Melanie

Wildlife photography by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, Adventure, Adventure Movies, Adventure Books

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

An eerie trip an abandoned mining town - Kolmanskop. Namib Desert, Ghost Towns, South Africa, Abandoned, Adventure, Places, Home, Left Out, Ad Home

Kolmanskop: An eerie ghost town in Namibia

Kolmanskop is a famous deserted diamond-mining town, which has slowly been taken over by time and sand, blown in from the Namib Desert.

Land Rover with Baines' Baobabs, Botswana Baobab Tree, South Africa, Road Trip, Country Roads, Adventure, Nice Things, Places, Wheels, Travel

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

The Spitzkoppe Mountains are one of Namibia's most distinctive landmarks. We paid them a visit. Luxury Travel, Bouldering, Family Travel, Travel Photos, Monument Valley, South Africa, Travel Destinations, Travel Photography, Adventure

The fascinating Spitzkoppe Mountains of Namibia

The Spitzkoppe Mountains of Namibia North-east of Swakopmund in Namibia, in the Southern Damaraland, you will find a group of mountains with striking granite peaks and smooth boulders in unusual shapes and sizes. More than 700 million years old, the main peak is often referred to as the 'Matterhorn of Namibia', due to its resemblance to its Swiss counterpart. The other-worldly mountains are among Namibia's most distinctive landmarks. In fact, they have featured in a few movies including…

Find exquisite views in the . South Africa, River, Adventure, Mountains, Places, Painting, Outdoor, African, Outdoors

Africana Stories

Stories and smiles from extraordinary places by Melanie van Zyl.

Heres What To Put On Your South Africa Packing List - This South Africa Packing List Has You Covered Whether Youre Hanging Out In Cape Town Taking Off Into The Wilderness On A Safari Or Savoring Local Wine Wilderness South Africa, Africa Destinations, Garden Route, Africa Travel, Meteor Garden 2018, Tourism, National Parks, Knysna, Cool Stuff

Back to nature on the Garden Route

Back to nature on the Garden Route - Roxanne Reid

Melanie van Zyl - Freelance Travel Writer and Destination Photographer Forbes Africa, Responsible Travel, Travel Magazines, Field Guide, Africa Travel, Solo Travel, Wilderness, Adventure Travel, Storytelling

Howzit - Destination Photographer & Travel Writer

Howzit - Destination Photographer & Travel Writer

Africa has it all - adventure activities, safaris, deserts, rivers and snow-capped peaks. Discover 27 of the best African countries to visit for travel adventure. Africa Travel, Ethiopia Travel, Kenya Travel, Morocco Travel, West Africa, South Africa, Africa Destinations, Wildlife Safari, Countries To Visit

27 of the best African countries to visit for travel adventure

Africa has it all - adventure activities, safaris, deserts, rivers and snow-capped peaks. Discover 27 of the best African countries to visit for travel adventure.

Wildlife photography by Melanie Wildlife Photography, South Africa, Animals, Animales, Animaux, Animal, Animais, Nature Photography

Wildlife photography by Melanie

Wildlife photography by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Cabin, Adventure, House Styles, Places, Home Decor, Decoration Home, Room Decor, Cabins

Mozambique

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl

Where to eat, sleep, fish and relax in southern Mozambique: we figured out how to beat the crowds in our March issue. South Africa, Shot Glass, Eat, Tableware, Dinnerware, Tablewares, Dishes, Place Settings, Shot Glasses

Mozambique

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl

Kraalbaai in the West Coast National Park, South Africa. Cape Town South Africa, West Coast, Wild Flowers, Road Trip, National Parks, Adventure, Beach, Places, Water

See the West Coast Spring Spectacular on this easy weekend road trip

Every year, there's a spectacular floral show on the West Coast of South Africa. Here's how to find those astonishing wildflower fields in an easy weekend from Cape Town.

Photographing wildlife in Africa is a life-changing experience. If you've dreamed of doing so, the most economical (relatively speaking) way is to join a group. There are many great African photo…More Wildlife Photography Tips, Travel Photography, Travel Couple, Family Travel, All About Africa, Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travel Photos, Travel Destinations

10 of the Best African Photo Safari Tours in the World

There are many great African photo safari companies but which is best for you? To make it easier to choose, here are 10 of the best for you to peruse.

Staying at Nxai Pan Camp in Botswana Travel Vacation List Holiday Tour Trip Chobe National Park, National Parks, National Trust, Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travel Advise, Koh Tao, African Safari, Africa Travel

Staying at Nxai Pan Camp in Botswana

Nxai Pan Camp is located in the remote, unspoilt wilderness of Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. What's so special about the lodge? It's where you'll find the largest zebra migration on Earth, and it's completely off-the-grid and solar-powered. If you love staying at eco-lodges that prioritise luxury travel and adventurous safari experiences, you'll fall head over heels in love with Nxai Pan Camp! #botswana #safari #safarilodge #hotel #africa #travel via @wanderlustmvmnt

Safari honeymoon in Africa: romantic breaks for nature lovers - Roxanne Reid - Safari honeymoon in Africa: romantic breaks for nature lovers – Roxanne Reid - Africa Safari Lodge, Tanzania Safari, Tanzania Flag, Africa Destinations, Honeymoon Destinations, Honeymoon Ideas, Zanzibar Honeymoon, Honeymoon In Africa, Romantic Breaks

Safari honeymoon in Africa: romantic breaks for nature lovers

Safari lover? Here are some places to enjoy a safari honeymoon in Africa or find romantic breaks for nature lovers.

20 things to do in McGregor in Robertson valley - Roxanne Reid Kruger National Park, National Parks, Stuff To Do, Things To Do, Diving Course, Victoria Falls, Koh Tao, Padi Diving, Scuba Diving

20 things to do in McGregor in Route62’s Robertson valley

It may be a peaceful little village, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do. Here are 20 things to do in McGregor in Route62’s Robertson valley.

Experience Kalahari wilderness magic when you visit Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Kruger National Park, Brown Hyena, Bat Eared Fox, Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, All About Africa, Okavango Delta, Sleeping Under The Stars

Kalahari Plains Camp: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Experience Kalahari wilderness magic when you visit Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana.

Duba Explorers Camp for an Okavanga Delta safari, Botswana - Roxanne Reid Kruger National Park, National Parks, Dugout Canoe, Okavango Delta, Slow Travel, Luxury Camping, African Safari, Africa Travel, Places To See

Duba Explorers Camp for an Okavanga Delta safari, Botswana

Discover many reasons to include Duba Explorers Camp on your luxury Okavango Delta safari in Botswana.

Seven women share where they go on their own, why they love it, and their solo-travel strategy is. Here are 14 epic destinations for women who travel solo. Beach Adventure, Exotic Places, Travelling Tips, In 2015, Solo Travel, South Africa, Travel Inspiration, Places To Go, African

14 epic destinations for women who travel solo - Getaway Magazine

Seven women share where they go on their own, why they love it, and their solo-travel strategy is. Here are 14 epic destinations for women who travel solo.

So when is the best time to visit Botswana? It all depends if you want to see Big Cats, baby animals or the sky turn pink from flamingos. Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travel Advise, Budget Travel, Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Amazing Destinations, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta

The Best Time to Visit Botswana: What You NEED to Know

When it comes to planning your Botswana itinerary, knowing when is the best time to visit for YOU is key. Are you wanting easily spot the Big Cats? See loads of baby animals being born? Sail down the Okavango Delta? Or do you want to watch the sky turn pink with flamingos? To help you book the perfect safari experience, here's my guide on the best time to visit Botswana! #botswana #africa #traveltips #safari via @wanderlustmvmnt

Staying at Nxai Pan Camp in Botswana Travel Vacation List Holiday Tour Trip Chobe National Park, National Parks, National Trust, Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travel Advise, Koh Tao, African Safari, Africa Travel

Staying at Nxai Pan Camp in Botswana

For an exceptional safari experience in Botswana, book a night or two at Nxai Pan Camp. You'll have elephants meters from you and the pool!

See the zebra migration in Botswana. Zebras, South Africa, Adventure, Places, Animals, Animales, Animaux, Animal, Adventure Movies

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Wildlife photography by Melanie Wildlife Photography, South Africa, Nature, Naturaleza, Nature Illustration, Off Grid, Nature Photography, Natural

Wildlife photography by Melanie

Wildlife photography by Melanie van Zyl

Kolmanskop: An eerie ghost town in Namibia Namib Desert, Ghost Towns, South Africa, Adventure, Adventure Movies, Adventure Books

Kolmanskop: An eerie ghost town in Namibia

Kolmanskop is a famous deserted diamond-mining town, which has slowly been taken over by time and sand, blown in from the Namib Desert.

Climb above Cape Town. Cape Town, Climbing, South Africa, Adventure, Mountains, Places, Nature, Travel, Naturaleza

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

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Off the grid in the Little Karoo is part of Guide To The Little Karoo South Africa Cn Traveller - Hit Route 62 to find South Africa's alternative to the Garden Route and the closest safari to Cape Town Places To Travel, Places To See, Travel Destinations, Garden Route, Wale, Vacation Trips, Vacation Travel, Budget Travel, Vacations

Off the grid in the Little Karoo

Hit Route 62 to find South Africa's alternative to the Garden Route - and the closest safari to Cape Town

Ever wanted to get up close to elephants? Getaway’s Vuyi Qubeka did, so she headed to Namibia’s Zambezi Region. Photographs by Melanie van Zyl. Travel News, Wildlife Photography, Walking, Elephants, Adventure, Awesome, Van, Animals, South Africa

Wildlife photography by Melanie

Wildlife photography by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, River, Adventure, Mountains, Places, Nature, Outdoor, Outdoors, Naturaleza

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, Grand Canyon, Adventure, Places, Nature, Travel, Naturaleza, Viajes, Destinations

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Beach, Places, Water, Outdoor, Gripe Water, Outdoors, The Beach, Beaches

Mozambique

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Mozambique by Melanie van Zyl

This African Quadripoint, where Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana meet, is a quirky confluence that occurs nowhere else in the world. This easy road trip will have you exploring four African countries in a week. Kruger National Park, National Parks, Namib Desert, Victoria Falls, Floating In Water, African Countries, Tourism, Road Trip, Country Roads

Explore Four African Countries in One Easy Road Trip

This African Quadripoint, where Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana meet, is a quirky confluence that occurs nowhere else in the world. This easy road trip will have you exploring four African countries in a week.

Botswana is one of the top safari destinations in Africa. But did you know the best way to explore the country is with a road trip? Here’s a one-week Botswana itinerary that will take you to highlights like the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari, Chobe Natio Okavango Delta, Camping, Backpacking, Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Travel Diys, Travel Bag, Air Travel, Travel Packing

The Perfect Self-Drive Botswana Itinerary for an Epic Safari Trip

When my friend Melanie told me about her plans to go to Botswana, my eyes lit up, my heart started pounding, and my hands got a wee bit sweaty. I hadn't been to Botswana since 2015 (omg where has the time gone?!) when I travelled overland from South Africa to the Vic Falls Carnival New Years Eve Festival. But I had only had enough time in the country to see dusty roads and drive past small towns. Since then, I've been daydreaming about exploring the Kalahari, going on game drives through…

The eastern part of South Africa’s Free State province, lying along the Maluti mountains, is a place for all seasons. Here’s my pick of 15 things to do in Clarens. Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Stuff To Do, Things To Do, Free State, Country Scenes, Africa Travel, Horse Riding, Golden Gate

15 things to do in Clarens in the Free State

The eastern part of South Africa’s Free State province, lying along the Maluti mountains, is a place for all seasons. Here’s my pick of 15 things to do in Clarens.

Sleep in comfort under the stars on the edge of the Namib Desert. Namib Desert, Under The Stars, South Africa, Sleep, Adventure, Places, Travel, Viajes, Destinations

Namibia

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Namibia by Melanie van Zyl

Want to watch thousands of flamingos turn the sky pink? Book a night at Nata Lodge for a unique wildlife experience in Botswana! Chobe National Park, National Parks, National Trust, Africa Destinations, Travel Destinations, Travel Guides, Travel Tips, Travel Advise, Travel Plan

Staying at Nata Lodge in Botswana

Nata Lodge is located in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana. It's home to one of the largest salt flats in the world and the remains of Africa's largest inland sea. Stay at the rustic Nata Lodge and you'll be in prime position to watch thousands of flamingos turn the sky pink over Botswana's wet season. #botswana #safari #africa #travel #hotels via @wanderlustmvmnt

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, River, Adventure, Places, Outdoor, Outdoors, Adventure Movies, Outdoor Games, Adventure Books

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl South Africa, Bliss, Elephant, Adventure, Places, Animals, Animales, Animaux, Elephants

Botswana

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across Botswana by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie Stargazing, Pisa, South Africa, Tower, Adventure, Building, Places, Travel, Rook

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl

South Africa by Melanie South Africa, Camping, Adventure, Places, Campsite, Adventure Movies, Adventure Books, Campers, Tent Camping

South Africa by Melanie

Photographs of various destinations and adventures across South Africa by Melanie van Zyl