Microlighting, Hoedspruit, South Africa

Microlighting the Blyde River Canyon

There was one experience, above all others, that I was looking forward to the most on our latest South Africa trip. It wasn’t the possibility of seeing leopards. It wasn’t tracking rhino on foot. And it wasn’t going wine tasting by tram. Nope, it was having our first ever mircolight flight, and what better place to do it than 3,000 feet above the third largest
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Elephant Whispers, Hazyview, South Africa

The Elephant Whisperers of South Africa

I don’t do animals. I run a mile when I see a dog, and stand on chairs when I encounter a spider. So just what was I doing standing beneath the head of a 6 ton elephant in the middle of South Africa? Not sharing my aversion to animals, hubbie had been wanting an elephant experience for years. He’d been disappointed when I vetoed the idea
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Afternoon Tea – it’s not just a girl thing

More at home half way up a mountain in his waterproofs cooking boil in the bag whilst huddled over a camp stove, hubbie was somewhat sceptical when I suggested he join me on one of my London afternoon tea forays. After all, it’s just for girls, right? Wrong, gentlemen, wrong! It may not be manly to delicately nibble miniscule morsels, or elegantly sip shimmering cocktails
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Franschhoek wine estate corks

A vintage day out on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

    I’m getting ripened berries. I’m getting tones of dark chocolate. I’m getting flavours of mature oak. Actually I wasn’t getting anything as I had a cold, but one thing was certain. I was getting drunker by the minute, and thankfully I didn’t have to drive! The Franschhoek Wine Tram has to be the best invention. EVER! The scenic hop-on hop-off tour takes visitors
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Early morning game drive in Ulusaba

Ulusaba – where everybody knows your name

Ulusaba literally means ‘place of little fear’ in the local Shangaan language, and whilst this is certainly true, after our visit we like to think fondly of it as ‘Ulusaba – where everybody knows your name’. Either way, it’s a really special place and certainly somewhere we’ve left a little piece of our hearts. Ulusaba occupies a vast swathe of the western flank of Sabi Sand
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Ulusaba male leopard, Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Ulusaba’s BIG Five – and I’m not talking about animals

Licking the chocolate sauce from around his chops and swigging the remnants of his champagne, hubbie scampered back to our bush vehicle and deposited his bottom in the jump seat up front. This precarious perch was usually occupied by our expert tracker Jimmy, who an hour earlier had the pleasure of a leopard brushing up against his legs. Fancying himself a bit of a bush warrior
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