March in Africa is an interesting ‘shoulder month’ between high summer and the start of autumn.
I Dreamed of Africa is one of the most famous books about one woman’s lifelong love affair with this mesmerising continent. Africa gets under your skin and into your soul like no other. It is a spellbinding place to celebrate love affairs of all sorts – your babymoon, honeymoon or even your diamond anniversary.
South Africa’s 1996 Constitution specifically protects full and equal rights for LGBT people. In 2006, the rainbow nation legalized same-sex marriages - the first country in Africa and the fifth in the world to do so.
There are few destinations as romantic as Africa. Vast blue skies curve down to golden grasslands that roll to the horizon, framed by distant mountains marching away in shades of navy and purple. Africa awakens your senses: the scent of wild sage, the cry of a fish eagle, and goosebump-inducing leopard sightings. The days are deliciously hot and the nights comfortably cool. African hospitality is warm and sincere, and when it comes to fine dining or lavish luxury, a leading safari lodge is hard to beat.
Special occasion holidays – honeymoons, family vacations, anniversaries and important milestones – deserve an unforgettable setting. They also need to be as foolproof as possible: you may be travelling with several generations of your family, which means different individuals with different interests. The challenge is to tailor-make your itinerary to balance everyone's appetite for relaxation and action. You need exceptional service throughout your stay, a rich variety of activities, and a daily routine that is as flexible as possible.
Cape Town is an starting point for a South Africa family holiday: from the city’s many local attractions it’s a comfortable drive up the West Coast to one of the most child-friendly reserves in Africa: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, a South African Natural Heritage Site set in the beautiful foothills of the Cederberg. Home to Bushman rock art sites and plenty of flora and mountain wildlife (including the very rare and elusive Cape leopard), Bushmans Kloof offers a range of activities that make the most of the great outdoors.
Floating down a papyrus-lined channel with only a mokoro canoe between me and the water lilies, I’m awestruck by this wild place. Bird song follows us, punctuating the soft rhythm of the pole as it dips in and out the clear water, its cool freshness enveloping my fingers as they trail in the wake. I am in the heart of the magical Okavango Delta, undoubtedly one of Africa’s most inspirational destinations.
In November 2015, I set off to rediscover Zimbabwe with three Go2Africa safari experts: Rikke Williams, Anza Snyman and Shelley Hess. We were the happy guests of African Bush Camps, owners of superb camps in private reserves bordering two of Zimbabwe’s game rich national reserves, Hwange and Mana Pools.
When it’s summer in Cape Town (November to April), the best place to be is on the beach, especially if you are travelling with your kids. While you soak up the sun, read a book or sip on a sundowner, your children can run and play to their hearts’ content. For more adventurous families, it's a chance to bond and try something new together - learn to surf or even kite board! We’ve selected our favourite family beach moments to inspire your vacation planning.
South Africa’s accommodation options are as diverse as its landscape of craggy mountains, golden savannah, sub-tropical forest and haunting desert. I’ve selected some of the best hotels the country’s most popular travel destinations where you can feel like you’re splurging without breaking the bank…