It’s rare that we publish straight-up hotel reviews here on Vagabondish. But it’s not often that we find near-perfect accommodations either. Which is why South Africa’s Teremok Marine Lodge is well worth a mention (it’s clear that plenty of other travelers agree). I’ve been singing its praises to anyone and everyone since my stay in [...]
The driver wore a crisp, neatly pressed black suit and silk, powder blue tie – an ensemble far nicer than any I owned at home. I’d phoned requesting a transfer approximately thirty seconds ago. It was like he teleported to meet me at the train station. “Mr. Richard?” he asked. He shook my hand, flashed [...]
Cape Town may well be the hub of South African adventure experiences. If Johannesburg is the country’s more cultured, debonair, older son, Cape Town is the younger, more adventurous, and (dare I say) “bad ass” little brother. We listed the city’s myriad adventure travel offerings among our 8 Reasons to Drop Everything & Visit South [...]
At more than two-thirds the size of Alaska, South Africa is a massive country – the world’s 25th largest to be precise. Throughout the last century, the effects of apartheid there were felt in every corner, every city, and every town in the country. But perhaps nowhere more so than in Johannesburg (“Joburg” as the [...]
Every destination promises “something for everyone”, but let’s be honest: that’s almost always a lie. Or at the very least, an extreme exaggeration. But South Africa truly offers scores of once in a lifetime experiences to enthrall any traveler – adventurer, foodie, historian, nature lover, culture vulture and on and on. Here are just eight [...]
They lie on the rocks like the carcasses of strange, beached sea creatures. Hulking wrecks of metal, tossed up by the ocean, slowly disintegrating in the wet, salty sea air. The water behind them may look calm in these photographs, but don’t be fooled: this is one of the world’s most dangerous coastal stretches for [...]
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French advertising campaign ©Daily Mail France’s tourism bosses spent more than £500,000 on a ad campaign to showcase northern France, and the French Mediterranean coast only to discover that one of the images used is of a South African beach. The advertising campaign–an attempt to lure British holidaymakers to France during the Olympic Games–shows a [...]
Heineken beer bottle ©Creative Tools Irish ultra-marathon runner Richard Donovan has become the first man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days–thanks to a bottle of beer. In just four days, 22 hours and three minutes, Donovan completed marathons at the Russian Novo science base in Antarctica, [...]
Albaik ©toyohara When most people think of fast food the American chain McDonald’s is the first thing that comes to mind. And while McDonald’s chains seem to be popping up everywhere, there is a growing number of local homegrown fast food resturants that are challenging McDonald’s around the world. These local chains present travelers with [...]
Are you heading to Cape Town soon? Isabel Eva Bohrer shares five things to do while you are there.
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Joshua Hammer gets up close and personal with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa. And lives to tell the tale. A great read. I’m reminded of this post from years ago.
© Bradypus Cape Town officials can’t catch a break. First they land in global hot water for World Cup-related mass animal sacrifices. Then they have to go out of their way to promise athletes that they won’t get raped and murdered in the streets. And now they’ve got to deal with a crime wave being [...]
Charming: South African Leaders Want To Bless 2010 World Cup By Soaking Stadiums With Blood of Sacrificed Animals
© legio09 The high point of the ancient Greek Olympiads is said to have occurred on the third day of each Games, when 100 oxen were killed in honor of Zeus. So on one hand this idea of inaugurating the 2010 South African World Cup via ritual animal slaughter – the stated goal of the [...]
Amanda Kendle explores poverty tourism in the slums of India, Brazil and South Africa.
A South African family has found a novel place to set up bar – inside the hollow of a huge 72 ft high tree in their backyard. Before you think claustrophobia, read on. The circumference of the trunk is 155 ft, enough to seat up to 15 people comfortably. The ceilings are four meters high [...]