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Scenic ways and Cape Town braais – 10 days on South Africa’s garden route

Today’s blog comes from Chris Newnham, the Assistant Manager in our Reading store 

Incredible landscapes, stunning city views, poignant history, adrenalin activities galore and sparkling modern culture – South Africa has it all in abundance. I had the pleasure of exploring the famous Garden Route for 10 days from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth– and what a pleasure it was!

The impressive Garden Route

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The African Big Five

You might hear the word Africa and immediately think of Simba; a cute little lion cub in the vast Savannah plains. You might also think of the big five; lions, rhinos, leopards, buffalo and elephants, but Africa has more to boast about than just its epic safaris. Here’s our list of the top 5 African destinations you can’t miss.

Morocco

Morocco is full of beautiful towns and villages, but two to note for any Moroccan tourist has to be Fes and Marrakech. You’ll feel like you’re in Assassin’s Creed as you explore and barter in the markets and back streets! If you’ve got some time to spare, take a 4×4 into the Sahara for a night under the stars – or if you’d rather a more authentic form of transport, you can also go by camel! Don’t forget to try the food, just thinking about tagines is making us slobber.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s Africa’s biggest mountain, we couldn’t not talk about it! If you want an active holiday then this is for you. Enjoy rainforest slopes, glaciers and a tower of lava as you hike to the summit. We would recommend a night hike on the final leg of the climb so you can see the sunrise from Stella Point. After all that, head back down to Moshi Camp for a celebratory (and much needed) hot shower and drink! 

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South Africa Cheat Sheet

From the wildlife of Shamwari, to the beautiful views of the Winelands, South Africa has scenery to please everyone. If you prefer city hopping and discovering culture and art, Johannesburg and Cape Town will fill your urban desires. Interested? Here’s a few useful tips to help plan your adventure.

When to visit

May to September (South Africa’s Winter) 

You’ll be able to spot wildlife easier on safaris because there’s less rainfall, so animals can be found gathering around waterholes and rivers. You’ll find the parks will be less crowded due to it being South Africa’s low season. There’s also less mosquitos too! However, it will be cold at night and in the mornings.

October to April (South Africa’s Summer)

The temperature gets VERY hot! So if you’re not a fan of the sun, visit during the winter instead. Wildlife viewing can be more difficult due to the bushes being thicker. It will rain but mostly during the afternoons in short bursts of showers.
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10 reasons why it’s time you went to South Africa

South Africa is diverse in more ways than on. The ‘Rainbow Nation’ is a land of opportunity when it comes to unique travel experiences. Incredible views, beaches, unforgettable safaris and PENGUINS! We countdown the top 10 reasons why it’s time you went to South Africa, you best go buy yourself a safari hat…

The Views

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Cool off in Dubai

So you are heading to Dubai? Or maybe you are looking for a good reason to stop over in this rapidly growing desert city. Here is one solid (and very fun) reason – the water parks are INSANE. What better way to conquer the heat than to cool off by relaxing on a lazy river or plummeting down an extreme water slide? Take a look at Dubai’s top two water parks and see where you could be making a splash…

Aquaventure Waterpark

Wild Wadi Tantrum Alley

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