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Category: Northern Cape

Stargazing in Sutherland: visit the white dwarves and the red giants

Is your only glimpse of the Milky Way that time your toddler hurled his vanilla shake from Milky Lane all the way to the other side of the food court? Maybe you think Sutherland is a snowy town too far, far away for a getaway. Or maybe you just haven’t had the chance to experience […]

Have you heard about astro-tourism in the Northern Cape?

When I think of the Northern Cape, the first things that come to mind are the vast landscapes, extreme heat ─ and of course sheep! But there’s so much more to this unique province than we think. Recently the Northern Cape’s sweeping landscapes and clean air has been recognised for its advantageous astro-tourism opportunities. This […]

Our Stay at the Orange River Rafting Lodge

A couple of years ago I spent one of the best weeks of my life on the mighty Orange River. I vividly remember the hot summer days paddling on the river, the delicious and well-deserved lunches on our midday stops, the not-so-easy second half of rafting after lunch and evenings beneath the stars! It was […]

All Roads Lead to the Karoo: An Alternative Route to Sutherland

Living in a city that never seems to sleep, we tend to take the route of least resistance to our destinations, ignoring everything in our wake. But due to unforeseen circumstances on a sultry Friday morning near De Doorns, Schalk and I had to amend our perfectly-planned trip to avoid the N1 ─ something that’s […]

’Tis the Season to be Peaceful: Where to Avoid the Crowds this Christmas

I can’t help but gasp internally each time I look at the calendar and realise that it’s December. It feels like just the other day when my family and I were running around trying to arrange last-minute Christmas meals and presents. If this time of year leaves you feeling slightly panicked thinking of crowded coastlines, […]

Celebrate National Braai Day at South Africa’s Top Public Braai Spots

If there’s one thing all South Africans love even more than our Ouma rusks and Hilux bakkies, it’s a good old-fashioned braai. Sizzling coals, the smell of searing meat and the sun on our skin ─ give South Africans these things, and we’re in shisanyama Shangri-La. We’re so fond of this pastime, we’ve even given […]

Seeking Olive Schreiner: The Story of a Karoo Nomad

Schreiner wrote that the Karoo makes one realise “many so-called important things are really insignificant, so many insignificant things important.” So, when the city’s starless nights and cordial, cramped offices become too much, I try to recall the dusty solitude of the Karoo to gain some perspective. I learned this teleportation trick in my third […]

Have you been to the most Instagrammable places in SA?

We love capturing that perfect picture and sharing it on social media, but do you know where the most Instagrammable places in South Africa are? Recently Big 7 Travel investigated the top spots in SA where the most Instagrammed pictures have been taken. Let’s take a look at the top provinces in South Africa and […]

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