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Donate $5, Possibly Win a $40,000 South African Safari

June 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Phelophepa Train of Hope is looking for your help in reaching their goal of dispensing 50,000 pairs of eyeglasses in Africa this year and in return you'll be entered to win a mega $40,000 vacation.

The unique Phelophepa Trains utilize the railways of South Africa to deliver health care to under-served areas and, in doing so, they've helped more than 14 million people since 1994.

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Road Tripping South Africa via the Garden Route: Attacking Swartberg Pass

June 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

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Snaking through the Black Mountains ("Swartberg" is the Afrikaans translation of "Black Mountain"), the winding Swartberg Pass connects the towns of Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn. It is relatively unchanged since its completion some 125 years ago, which means that drivers are in for unpaved, dusty roads and hairpin turns at a range of altitudes. Also, because the road is thin with few run-off areas, there's little room for error. Luckily for us, the Subaru Forester was designed precisely for conditions such as these.

This is not a road for your BMW Z4; take care in selecting your rental car if Swartberg Pass is on your itinerary.

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Road Tripping South Africa via the Garden Route: Out from Plettenberg Bay

June 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

First things first. We flew into Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport and, minutes after the passport stamp, hopped on a charter flight to Plettenberg Bay (onboard a Beechcraft Super King Air), where the on-the-road action finally began. A more popular airport with frequent commercial service on both Kulula and South African Express is George Airport (GRJ).

We departed Plettenberg Bay after a jet lag-heavy sleep and immediately came across the vistas for which we'd traveled halfway across the world. This part of the route, from Plettenberg Bay west, took us north through the Meiringspoort, up and around the Swartberg Mountain range, and eventually back down through the Swartberg Pass to the town of Oudtshoorn.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Koeksister Donuts of South Africa

June 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

In further celebration of National Doughnut Day, we bring to you the Koeksister"donut" from South Africa. Although not the classic doughnut shape, it retains the same basic ingredients, with a twist. The dough is usually braided and fried in hot oil followed by an immediate dunk in a special, sweet syrup.

The temperature difference allows the syrup to be sucked right into the heart of the dough, causing ooey-gooey goodness. It's a favorite treat in South Africa and usually served as a dessert at gatherings and parties.

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Where to Find Adam Sandler Filming His Annual Summer Movie Project

April 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's fast approaching, which means it's time for Adam Sandler to plan his next family vacation goofy summer-themed movie project.

Sandler has spent the past three summers filming Grown Ups, That's My Boy, and Grown Ups 2 in New England with his family and friends. But, this year he's trying something new and bringing the gang (which includes his wife, kids, and some combination of David Spade, Nick Swardson, Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, or Chris Rock) to Sun City, South Africa.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Durban, South Africa

May 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Durban, South Africa.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Maryke VanBeuzekom, who spotted Travel Cat during the World Cup in 2010. You can check out the full photo album on Maryke's Facebook here, and here's a little of the backstory:

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Knysna, South Africa

March 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: Bamboo Guest House in Knysna, on Western Cape's Garden Route in South Africa.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Rebecca Metz, Community Manager at AirportParkingReservations.com. Her story:

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This Could Get Weird: South African Taxi Drivers Launch Their Very Own Airline

September 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (3)

Oh boy this sounds like a slice of travel hell just waiting to happen. Officials from South Africa’s taxi industry are planning to get into the airline business, and even the organizers of the new airline are calling their new venture a “unique traveling experience.” The operators of these mini-bus type taxi services are probably best known for their less than friendly battles—that even sometimes turn violent—over routes, territory, and turf. Let’s just hope the airline stuff remains pretty peaceful.

They want to link locals to areas of the country considered a little less accessible, along with giving those who have maybe never boarded a plane the opportunity to do so. Everything will be run by the South African National Taxi Council, and they’re going with Santaco Airlines. Apparently the taxi industry is trying to clean up its image a little bit, so hopefully the new carrier is a step in the right direction.

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Is Kim Kardashian Planning a Secret Honeymoon in South Africa?

June 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

Kim Kardashian and her fiance Kris Humphries are busy making plans for a lavish wedding worthy of her $2 million engagement ring, but their honeymoon may be a bit less luxurious.

Kim recently told Hollywood Life that her dream getaway is a safari in South Africa:

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In-Flight Cocktail of the Month: South African Airways' La Chanson

March 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.

Red sparkling wine is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, the fruity stuff isn't nearly as easy to find as, say, regular French champagne or good old Freixenet. Instead, you've often to grab it when you see it, like perhaps on an Africa-bound South African Airways flight.

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Go to South Africa with the Humane Society for the Sake of Cute Animals

November 11, 2010 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Animal lovers who've admired Humane Society International's work can now go behind the scenes—and see some cutie creatures while you're there. The organization launched Humane Travels, a new program that allows you to tour sites where Humane Society International has worked to protect animals and help the cause with your travel dollars.

Humane Travels plans to offer trips to Bhutan, Canada and Guatemala, but the inaugural trek will be to South Africa.

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Cape Town Asks Visitors to Donate One Vacation Day to Cleaning Up the Community

October 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Table Bay Hotel, in Cape Town, South Africa, is getting involved in the community by helping to restore several streets in Langa, one of the Cape's oldest townships, and they are asking their guests to help too.

The initiative is part of the “One Street at a Time” project which aims to build Langa into a sustainable tourism destination. The first street they are tackling is Harlem Avenue, a historic boulevard lined with shops and historic homes, including the home of Chris Hani, the influential anti-apartheid activist. Volunteers will help clean up the area and make needed repairs to homes and businesses along the avenue, which adds a nice positive, active slant to a South Africa vacation.

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