Nowhere but Africa are you so pampered when embarking into the wilderness, and this is very true for the Wild Coast too. You might think of deserted landscapes and rugged terrain to be conquered by sheer power of will, but in reality porters carry your bags and you walk along mostly flat stretches of beach ending at a nice hotel – and inevitably its bar – every afternoon.
In the three and a half years since we left South Africa, so many things have changed. I guess it's normal that things change. But it feels as if nothing much changed at all while we lived in Johannesburg, and then boom! - the minute we are gone, new stuff sprouts up all over the place. What kind of stuff am I talking about? Read this to find out!
The South African Wild Coast along the Indian Ocean in the Southeast of the country is one of the most beautiful and untouched wild places on Earth. If you hike along it on the Wild Coast Meander, you encounter nothing but pristine beaches, a few cows, and an occasional rondavel. Look for yourself and you'll see what I mean.
Over the years, I've answered many questions about expat life in South Africa. "I want to come visit; what is the best time of year?" is the most frequently asked question by many prospective travelers. I'm always tempted to say, it doesn't matter. There really isn't a bad time to visit South Africa. But there are some factors to consider before you plan your trip.
"Hi, I have recently moved to Johannesburg and will be here for couple of years. Would it be possible for you to share the top 10 must visit places in SA with me. Thanks in advance!" - Find the answer to this question from an expat on Joburg Expat.
My brother recently unearthed the ancient travel guide he had used when traveling as a student to South Africa in the 1980s. It is called South Africa: On R10 and R20 a day and is dated 1981-82. Of course, I immediately peeked into the Johannesburg section. Some parts sound just like today, but then there are those that do not, like the chapter titled "Accommodation for Non-Whites."
Crime is almost always the first thing that comes to anybody's mind when the word Johannesburg is mentioned. At least to any outsider's mind. I wanted to ridicule that single-minded focus on what we insiders know is only a small sideshow of life in South Africa, and instead highlight some of the good stuff. All this without sounding preachy, so I threw in some fun facts as well.
The cabins are a throw back to old time train travel, in a good way. There were two "couches" facing each other that obviously would later get reconfigured as beds. Our children LOVED having their own compartment. There was a shared toilet for your car and a shower. There were also bathrobes, slippers, and towels in the room. We were on a Premier Classe train.
The Drakensberg: What a spectacular mountain range. When you see its spiky ridges you can easily understand how it got its name. What I wasn't expecting was how green everything was. You could imagine being in Ireland or Scotland or even Hawaii, not somewhere in Africa. During winter of course everything turns brown, but when we were there they were a vivid green.
In May 2012 we finally made it to Durban more than two years after arriving in South Africa. I've always been intrigued to get to know it, but never intrigued enough to actually visit it, what with Cape Town and Mauritius and the ever amazing bush competing for Noisette's precious vacation days. Here is what we found.