For my first article as the Namibian brand ambassador of Visiter L’Afrique, I thought I would share 1 of my favourite places to visit in Windhoek with you. I am always amused each time I head over to the Old Breweries complex here in Windhoek. It is basically a courtyard/complex featuring various stores. At this complex, you find a café, a restaurant, a music instruments store, hair salon, a sports clothing store, 2 bars, a diamond store and many craft stores. There is even a book exchange store right opposite the complex. The complex is situated in the centre of town, in Tal Street and is amazing! I will take you on a bit of a tour through the images I took which all say a thousand words. Although there are many stores as I stated prior, my main focus for this article is on craft and uniqueness. I only pictured 3 stores & 1 bar. The craft stores are all filled with inspiration and tell a very vivid story of Namibia, all with different & unique perceptions f Namibia; these craftsmen portray Windhoek in its most raw form. […]
Born from a local event called the Falls Fest in 2009, the Vic Falls Carnival has evolved into a top destination festival extravaganza that draws thousands of music lovers from all over the world. Usher in the new year against the backdrop of one of the 7 wonders of the world. The festival runs from the 29th to the 31st of December and this year’s line-up includes an amazing selection of southern Africa’s top musical acts including Black Coffee, multi award-winning South African DJ and TRESOR, singer-songwriter & producer from Congo. Kicking off the 3 day extravaganza is their famous 5-hour Train Party which makes its way through the Victoria Falls National Park to a secluded hideaway deep in the bush where you will be treated to an amazing concert, food and drinks. Spend your days white water rafting or taking relaxing cruises and going on safaris and your nights partying till sun up! Click HERE for more information on the Vic Falls Carnival, tickets and travel package deals.
We all know it: The Garden Route is a magic way to experience the Western Cape. But what you need to know: Route 62 is a spectacular alternative. Less crowded, adventurous and at least as fabulous. It will lead you through the winelands up to the Little Karoo. It winds through marvellous mountains and over windy, breath-taking passes. And the perfect place for a stop-over is the dreamy little town Montagu. 3 phantastic things that will prolong your stay at the not-at-all-sleepy town Montagu: 1. Walk your miles Prepare your hiking shoes! There are plenty of trails starting at Montagu, and each leads you through a magnificent landscape. The romantic Lover’s Walk trail is a short walk for relaxation in between your long road trip. By walking on, it leads you to the relaxing hot springs, I will tell you soon more about. If you are up to a longer hiking tour, check out the Bloupunt Trail. The waterfalls are worth a visit, so walk on, even if you don’t want to hike the mountains all up. You will finally land in a small cave hosting the last waterfall and hundreds of bats. A magic moment that […]
The FNB JoburgArtFair is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. Now in its tenth year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives. Since its inception in 2008, Artlogic has set out to grow a sustainable industry for the arts with a solid base of local and international buyers. Loyal commitment from all of our participating galleries and partners each year has allowed the fair to reach record sales and visitor numbers. Now a vibrant programme of collateral events happens throughout the city of Johannesburg, reinforcing the demand for an annual event where the continent’s artists, curators, collectors and enthusiasts can congregate. Special features of the Fair include a series of curated Special Projects, a VIP Programme that has hosted top international curators and directors from institutions like The Tate Modern, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and CCA Lagos, as well as a Talks Programme that invites art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists to deliver key-note lectures and participate in panel discussions. The 2017 Fair will also see the seventh edition of the FNB Art Prize – a major opportunity for an […]
They are Cape Town’s first boutique artisan cheese hub and fermented foods hotspot and restaurant. With 80% local and 20% imported cheese, husband and wife Luke and Jessica are seeking to turn Cape Town into South Africa’s cheese capital. Luke is a cheesemaker, monger and affineur from the UK, who has made cheese all over England and worked with the world’s biggest names in cheese whilst working as cheesemonger at London’s most prestigious cheese shop, La Fromagerie for several years. They spent 2014 travelling SA to meet the makers, and proudly sell only the best of South Africa’s handmade cheeses from grass fed, happy animals. They work with suppliers who are motivated by the quality, integrity and provenance of their product, focusing on hand crafted, preservative-free creations from small producers. We aim to be the best cheese shop in South Africa. They sell cheese, bread, wine, beer, Deluxe coffee, charcuterie, condiments and lots of store cupboard essentials. They have a restaurant with honest, local food and wifi. How ? 0724289572/ 021 422 3515 Where ? 215 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre When ? Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm; Thursday to Saturday 9am -11pm; Sundays 9am to 3pm Their Website : HERE. […]
The jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi, “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago. Although totally landlocked, Malawi is not denied its “inland sea”. This vast body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, hence the sobriquet: “the calendar lake”. The Lake, in the north, is quite extraordinarily deep: 2300 ft/700 m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the Lake. The width of the lake’s shorelands vary from nothing to over 25 kilometres (16 miles), the edge of the Rift Valley rising steeply in places and more gently in others. Because of its rich fish harvest, the Lake plays an important part in the economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the shore and the traditional industry and practices are an attraction to visitors. Access to the Lake is possible along much of its length but it […]
If you have an African passport, you already know the hassle of applying for visas to travel almost everywhere. While dreams of a borderless Africa are still far away, some governments are already taking steps to insure smoother travels for africans to their african neighbours. Regional blocks like ECOWAS and SADC allow for relatively free moments for member nation passport holders. To make your life easier, we at Visiter l’Afrique have decided to compile a list of all the African countries with visa free entry or offer visas upon arrival. Click on the countries to find our articles about these destinations, dust off your passports and take those vacation days! Benin Visa free access: Yes – All African countries Visa on arrival: – E-visa: – Regional bloc: ECOWAS Cape Verde Visa free access: Yes – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo Visa on arrival: Yes – All other African nations except Morocco E-visa: – Regional bloc: ECOWAS Comoros Visa free access: – Visa on arrival: Yes – All African countries E-visa: – Regional bloc: COMESA, EAC, Indian Ocean Commission Djibouti Visa free access: – Visa […]
Built to commemorate the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s 100th anniversary in 2013, the ‘Boomslang’ is a 130m canopy walkway discreetly located in the tree tops of this famous garden’s arboretum. It offers striking views of the garden, the mountain and beyond, and should not be missed. DID YOU KNOW? In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tucked away between some 430 trees, visitors to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden should not forego the opportunity to traverse the Boomslang, an arboreal ‘bridge’ that offers stunning views over the garden and the mountain. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is often described as ‘the most beautiful garden in Africa’ for its magnificent views, showcasing the exceptional biodiversity of the Cape’s flora. It is also home to many birds and animals, and the walkway offers the opportunity to enjoy birdlife at tree level. The walkway was built to commemorate Kirstenbosch’s 100 th year in 2013 but, due to construction delays, only opened to the public in May 2014. It is a steel-and-timber structure of 130m, starting at ground level and rising to some 12m above the ground. Because it’s crescent-shaped, the walkway ends a short distance […]
t’s no secret that Visiter l’Afrique is a collaborative platform. Every day, travellers publish their travel logs and locals share stories of their daily lives. Some of these locals have even become our ambassadors, always quick to let us know what’s popping and take us along with them around their villages, cities and countries. It’s about time we put them in the spotlight. Johanesburg is her homeland, let’s discover a bit more about Wendy. She is so funny, she like to help people whenever she can, espacially helping children in education. She loves her country and travel as much as she can. Why do you decide to be an ambassador? I believe strongly in Visiter l’Afrique’s mission to overcome misconceptions about Africa. As a South African traveling the world I have encountered more stereotypes and examples of ignorance about the continent than I can even remember! But the truth is that we are an incredibly diverse, colourful, talented, industrious and innovative group of communities and there is so much to be discovered here. I want to be a part of unveiling the real Africa and, in doing so, empowering Africans to engage fully and productively with the rest of […]
This nation overlooking the Atlantic ocean is home to 2 UNESCO World heritage sites. From giving insight into the world of our ancestors to allowing us to witness geological rarity, they’re sure to make any trip! Natural sites The Namib Sand Sea The Namib Sand Sea is a coastal fog desert on Africa’s South Atlantic coast in Namibia. This impressive expanse (it covers an area of 3,077,700 hectares, with an additional 899,500 hectares designated buffer zone) also happens to be one of the biggest UNESCO World heritage sites on the continent. Inscribed in 2013, this unique geographical phenomenon is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Its sands travel quite the journey, thousands of kilometres from southern Africa’s major rivers carried by river, ocean current and wind to the desert where they form gravel plains, coastal flats, rocky hills, inselbergs within the sand sea, a coastal lagoon and ephemeral rivers. The diversity of the landscape is astonishing! The plant and animal life that flourishes here is just as amazing. It has had to constantly evolve to be very resilient and resourceful in this quite hostile environment. Some species have developed ways to extract […]
This landlocked country southern Africa counts 5 sites on the UNESCO world heritage list. Come check them out with us! Natural sites 1. Victoria Falls/Mosi-oa-Tunya The Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls is the world’s greatest sheet of falling water. Its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows have gained it world wide recognition. It extends over 6860 ha and comprises 3779 ha of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia), 2340 ha of Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), 741 ha of the riverine strip of Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe). The waterfall stands at an altitude of about 915 m above mean sea level (a.m.s.l.) and spans to about 1708 m wide with an average depth of 100 m and the deepest point being 108 m. Sprays from this giant waterfall can be seen from a distance of 30 km from the Lusaka road, Zambia and 50 km from Bulawayo road, Zimbabwe. 2. Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas Recognized in 1984, this World heritage site is composed of three contiguous protected areas comprising the Mana Pools National Park (219,600 ha), Sapi Safari Area (118,000 ha) and Chewore […]
The Ha Kome Cave Village is situated at Pulane area in Berea district. The caves were a hideout for the Basia and one Bataung clans during the Lifaqane Wars and cannibalism. The cave is still inhabited by their descendants to this day. There are also faded San paintings in the cave which indicates that the San also occupied the cave some time prior to their arrival albeit briefly. The Kome Crafts and Information Office that is about 500 metres up the road from the caves houses locally-made crafts including crafts from Lesotho Mountain Crafts in Teyateyaneng, 21 km from the centre. You will also find a tuck shop and a small café at the centre. At the Kome Crafts and Information Centre you can have picnic and even strike up a barbecue/braai at one of its many stands. The helpful staff at the centre can help you organise pony treks around the Pulane area and even assist you with guided tours of the Kome Cave Village. Catering is available upon request. Camping is permitted but there aren’t any shower facilities. A high clearance vehicle is recommended if you driving down to the centre and sensible footwear for the the […]
The Victoria Falls Bridge Tour The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls and is built over the Second Gorge of the falls. As the river is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge links the two countries and has border posts on the approaches to both ends, at the towns of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia. Zip Line As the river zigzags down the Batoka Gorges, the cable is suspended across from one side to the other. For this product you are harnessed and attached to a pulley, then launched over the edge picking up speed as you descend over the water and reaching a speed of 106 km an hour. Big Tree Tour The Big Tree – one of the best-known trees in the world – is a huge baobab of the species Adansonia digitata in Zimbabwe, close to the Victoria Falls. It has sometimes been called Livingstone’s tree erroneously. Unusually for a baobab it has both an impressive girth and is very tall. It measures 22.40 metres in girth (2004) and is 24 metres tall (1985). Big Tree is in fact roughly 2 km from the river, the falls […]
Mokoro Ride in Okavango Delta The Mokoro is a common type of canoe used to get around in the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta. The oarsman stands in the stern and pushes it with the pole. Traditionally Mokoros are made from dug out trunks of a large straight trees, like ebony, and kigelia and but today, for conservation purposes they are more commonly made from fiber-glass. A Mokoro ride in the Delta is an absolute “must do” even if it at first seems terrifying. All guides learned to handle a Mokoro at a very tender age as low as seven, making them expert polers. It’s a careful balancing act – the simplest sudden turn or twist could land the passengers in the water. This vessel allows you to experience the delta in stealth and tranquility. Allowing you to get close to birds and other animals. Scenic Flights in Moremi Enjoy scenic flights over the Moremi that makes up the greatest experience in Botswana. Focus down onto the wildlife and surrounding natures that will forever change your perception of this timeless land while you enjoy the scenic flights over the Delta getting the overall perspective of the area. when weather […]
CRUISES Explore a whole new universe off the Malagasy shores: set sails towards an untouched environment, the beauty of which has been preserved from excessive tourism. Enjoy the sandy beaches and turquoise water, take a moment to inhale the fresh air of the sea and discover the unexpected around the islands. In the far North of Diégo Suarez, many excursions are available: ship out from the Baie du Courrier and its desert islands towards the Cap Sébastien and its moorings, and then proceed to Nosy Lava, the northernmost island of the Mitsio islands. This archipelago is worth the detour before heading towards Nosy Be and its neighboring islands. From the “Perfume Island” starts a new adventure… Why not a loop around Nosy Mamoko, Kisimany, the Baie des Russes, Nosy Iranja and Sakatia? The Radama Islands are a paradise where the water slightly darkens only during rainy season. Day excursions to the small islands around Nosy Be, or special trips are available, through various means of transportation: in a sailboat, a boat, a traditional pirogue, a speedboat, or a catamaran. Put the western fast pace way of life behind and enjoy the virtues of farniente, the stunning sunsets, the […]
To reach Mount Mulanje, you must drive through the tea plantation fields of the Thyolo district. The landscape is shaped by little hills and mountains, some peaking out of the meandering horizons, others nearly completely covered in tea plants and trees. You’ll also pass through the bubbling market towns of Bvumbwe and Thyolo. The memories shored up are bittersweet, taking me back to weekly grocery shopping trips. All of their produce comes from small local farmers and thanks to the climate in Thyolo district, the variety could compete with most urban vegetable markets not only in Africa but in Western countries too. The difference, however, is that these little markets are as grass roots as it gets and you’re more likely to buy your tomatoes and aubergines from neat little stacks on carefully cleaned fabric on the ground than in air-conditioned aisles in supermarkets. Do make sure to buy some delicious roasted Macadamian nuts while passing through Thyolo market on your way to Mulanje – they’ll probably be offered to you through a minibus window. Often referred to by locals as Mount Kilimanjaro’s little brother in Tanzania, at little over 3000m above sea level, Mulanje Mountain is the […]
More and more people are opting to get off the beaten path on their travels to new exciting destinations. The tourism industry has responded in kind to this rising demand, providing carefully tailored packages that promise an unforgettable vacation experience. Whether you’re looking for an agency arranged trip or prefer to explore Malawi independently, I hope these 5 thrilling activities I’ve carefully selected inspire you to visit the heart of Africa in unconventional ways and to discover all the natural beauty Malawi has to offer. 1. Quad biking on Likoma Island Likoma is one of two inhabited islands on Lake Malawi and is surrounded by Mozambican waters. That alone is a great selling point for those looking for new breathtaking locations. Aside from being a little slice of heaven on earth, it’s also one of the few places in Malawi where you can go quad biking. It may not be widely advertised as there are so many other activities and services offered on the island but honestly, who would want to miss out on exploring this paradise on four wheels?! Find out more here 2. Yoga at The Mushroom Farm I am particularly excited to present this […]
I am a market aficionado. And after this past weekend I think I can safely say that I’ve been to every market in Joburg and tasted a fair share of the all the food they produce. After a year living in this crazy city I finally feel qualified enough to pick out my favourites and recommendations. 1. Neighbourgoods: Braamfontein Neighbourgoods is the market that started it all. Sure, there have been farmers markets and small town markets scattered around Joburg since who knows when, but Neighbourgoods is the one that truly kick-started ‘market culture’ in South Africa (along with its Capetonian counterpart in Woodstock). Since its inception, spending a lazy Saturday morning on a rooftop in the sun with some craft beer and market food has become every Joburger’s favourite pastime. Now, visiting all the different markets in Joburg has become not only a trendy way to spend a weekend, but a thoroughly enjoyable one as well, as the quality and vibrancy of the city’s markets has continued to grow. The thing with markets is that instead of crowding each other out when more begin to pop up, they instead feed the industry with new craftsmen and women able […]
I was recently invited to a birthday breakfast at the African Pride Hotel at Melrose Arch. We spent the morning in the lap of luxury, devouring delicious and beautifully presented dishes until we couldn’t fit anymore. It’s an ideal location to spoil a loved one or take some time out with good company for a leisurely meal (that could last at least half a day). The African Pride is well-known around Joburg for its buffet breakfast. The hotel is a lavishly indulgent illustration of African design style. Centrally located close to Sandton, and not too far from the CBD or the northern suburbs, Melrose Arch is a fairly new residential and commercial development that quickly has become one of the most popular spots around town. Besides luxury flats, hotels and a wide range of restaurants, Melrose Arch also provides ample opportunity to shop for clothes, home goods, art, antiques or just about anything else. It’s certainly on the upper end in terms of price, but there are also occasional street markets selling food, antiques and other goods. On this special occasion we splurged for the breakfast at the African Pride. We started off with the savoury dishes: oysters, cured meat, […]
It doesn’t matter if you hit Route 62 or the Garden Route: Oudtshoorn, the capital of ostrich farming, is worth a visit. There are at least 3 marvellous things to do in and around Oudtshoorn. Combined with a trip up the Swartberg Pass you can stuff your day with adventurous experiences. Meet the ostriches Alright, there is no chance to not meet ostriches when you are at Oudtshoorn. But there are different ways to experience the: First of all, you will see the ostrich farms, when you drive up to the town. But that is not what I mean. Get closer and visit an ostrich farm to learn more about the bird’s lifestyle, personality and behaviour: How they attract a partner by intense dancing moving patterns. Why they eat stones and small materials. Or how their fighting skills work, that I would rather compare with Kung Fu. Sometimes you get the chance to even pet or feed an ostrich. Some farms offer ostrich runs, but in terms of animal welfare I would disadvise to try it. Another possibility to experience an ostrich, is by eating it. In nearly each restaurant you can get ostrich steaks or burgers. The meat […]
Let me tell you the first thought I had about Swaziland: It is just worth a two-day trip from South Africa. A must-see when being around. One more visa in the passport to pimp it up. But I was wrong: There is far more to see than expected. And what really stroke me is the joyful atmosphere and the landscape’s beauty. There are at least 3 good reasons to expand your planned one-day-trip: Relaxed nature reserves Wonderful handcraft Cultural events I won’t tell you more about the peaceful landscape, the friendly people and the tasty food. Just stay a while and it will lead you to spectacular new travel experiences. Nature reserves – close-up experience The only areas you shouldn’t come too close are the ponds. There are crocodiles and hippos –we were lucky to see a couple of crocs floating like tree trunks in the lake. Their target were birds sitting on a branch over the lake. So there is the chance to see a “kill” too, even if there are no cats of prey around. Special hint: Stay one night at a game reserve and experience a morning drive or walk. You will see wildlife that […]
Built in 1905 exactly 100 years before my birth there she stood in front of me, the Cape town City hall. When I was dropped off in front of this awe inspiring building, my friend Laetitia made sure to tell me that this was the place where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech after 27 years in prison. South Africa’s infamous reputation made me hesitant to capture the beauty of this historical building with my phone. I wanted to take loads of pictures but was still warming up to the idea of being alone in down town Cape Town. I crossed the road to get a full picture of the building and while I was doing so, I had my first encounter with a local. “Let me take a picture of you and the building,” he said. He was a security guard who’d kindly offered to take a picture of me, but I was down right scared. In fact, I was downright scared he’d run away with my phone. “Let’s take a selfie,” I replied, hopefully trusting in the safety of still being able to hold my own phone. In that moment his humility and humanity showed. “No, no […]
“It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in flight.” Thus spoke Dr. David Livingstone, the first European to visit Mosi-oa- Tunya, which he named Victoria Falls. I cannot help but agree with him as setting eyes on the falls – Mosi -oa- Tunya which translates to “the smoke that thunders”, is a breath taking experience. The falls are located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and hold the distinction of being the largest falls in the world. The recommended route is set up as 16 viewpoints starting at the statue of David Livingstone and ending at the Railway Bridge. Viewpoint 3, the Devil’s Cataract is the lowest of the falls, separated from the rest by Boaruka Island and this is where I started. Next is the Main Falls, then Livingstone Island from which Dr. Livingtone first viewed the falls. I visited during the rainy season and was unable to see it as the sprays were too dense. Horseshoe Falls, named for their shape and Rainbow Falls are next but once again dense spray made these impossible to see. […]
Hi guys, I’m Tuwilika Shaimemanya of theeartsytype an architecture student living in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m originally from Windhoek, Namibia and I’ve recently moved to Cape Town and adopted the habit of documenting my travels and discoveries in this vibrant city, unique to our part in Africa. I hope to show you the magic of Cape Town, which surpasses the perception of Africa as a homogenous continent, while simultaneously telling a compelling story to encourage travel to other African cities. Lets get started! Things to do Watch the Sunset on Signal Hill For those of you that prefer to hike to the summit in the comfort of their car, this is the ideal sunset and drive and what better way to watch the sun go down over Cape Town- your picnic basket packed, your favourite drink in your hand, a slice of lemon, some snacks and arguably the best views of Cape Town stretched out before you. Besides the delightful environment, the hikers and loungers are the friendliest and bubbliest people you’ll meet. Kirstenbosch gardens: Visit the gardens The Kirstenbosch gardens which stretch across the landscape of the eastern slopes of Cape Town are extremely beautiful. The site has a […]
Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe. A landlocked country nestled in between South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia. Zimbabwe is most famous for the Victoria Falls, known locally as the Smoke That Thunders; it is considered the largest waterfall in the world. To the east of Victoria Falls rests the gem called Harare, a vibrant city well worth visiting. Harare is rich in history, arts, culture and a variety of activities to take part in. Mbare Market and Downtown Harare Situated through the CBD lies downtown Harare, a thriving part of the city well worth a visit. Vendors and shops sell an assortment of goods from clothing to electronics. Just further is Mbare Market, famous for constant activity and Zimbabwean curios, sculpture and traditional herbs. Fruits and vegetables come straight from the farms to be sold here. It is a poor part of Harare but not without energy, work starts early and ends late. Watch your belongings, but the people are generally friendly and will just be curious. Domboshava and Ngomokurira Domboshava (Red Hills) Rock is a popular hiking spot located just 27 kilometres outside of Harare. It’s a quick walk to the top and well worth […]
Newtown is probably THE up-and-coming neighbourhood in Johannesburg right now. Old factories and warehouses are being renovated into chic new blocks of flats, and clubs and restaurants are popping up everywhere. The venerable Museum of Africa calls it home, as does the Market Theatre, one of Joburg’s most prized pieces of cultural history, and the SAB World of Beer. If you were betting on an area for property values to increase dramatically in the next few years, Newtown must be it. And as always with up-and-coming neighbourhoods, artists and creatives were the first to move in and spruce the place up. It all centres around one popular and vibey place: Newtown Junction. This mall/open square/general hang out spot opened its doors in 2014 to much fanfare. It’s one of the biggest developments to be done in Joburg’s CBD in many years, so served as a signal for the turning tides of our downtown area that’s had a tough time of it of late. The CBD (short for Central Business District) used to be just that: the epicentre of all industry and activity in South Africa’s biggest metropolis. Since the days of the gold rush, the CBD made the City of […]
Anyone who’s been to Cape Town will not hesitate to tell you the same thing: it is the most beautiful city on the planet. No doubt about it. Joburg, for all its grit and quirkiness, is charming for reasons other than its physical beauty. Cape Town, on the other hand, is the beautiful cheerleader who’s never had to think twice about being the most popular kid in school. Framed by perfectly flat Table Mountain and surrounded by jaw-dropping sapphire oceans, Cape Town is African glamour at its best. And at the centre of all this lies the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the luxurious tourist hub of the city. But while you can always be sure there will be throngs of people from every corner of the world strolling around in the sunshine and shopping for curios, there is also plenty to do for those who prefer to avoid the typical tourist activities, and there are always plenty of local Capetonians mixed in with the bunch as well. The most popular activity is of course, shopping, for which the Waterfront is reknowned, housing famous international brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and as well more affordable brands like […]
Sometimes all you want to do is just get away, to just get into your car and get the open road and head towards seeing something beautiful. I live in Cape Town and if you’ve been here before, you know there is no shortage of beautiful sights to see, and one of my favourites has to be watching the sunset over the ocean; usually enjoyed at the end of a hike, but this time I took the easy way to the top and drove out to watch the city lights come on (it was too cloudy to watch the sunset). Signal Hill is where I drove to, a popular viewing point here in the Cape, which gives you stunning views of the ocean, Sea Point area and the city. I enjoy the city view most after the sun has set, I sit there and watch as the city lights come on and just let my mind wander, thinking about life, and all that’s happening in it; it’s a great way for me to clear my mind. We all have things we do to keep us at peace and sane… that is a glimpse into one of the things […]
I like to think of Fox Street as the centre of town – the very middle of a massive and pulsating city that never actually stops to think about such things as where its core might be, but rather just keeps expanding and shifting and rushing around to envelop new and exciting areas. But the CBD, when you look closely enough, can take you back to a time when Joburg was a lot more single-minded, when it was a mining town centred around the bars and factories that had popped up around the dusty horse and carriage tracks dug into the ground by gold-hungry prospectors and adventurers come to the City of Gold to make their fortunes. Something about the CBD still exudes this spirit of slight recklessness, of adventure, and of history. It’s most likely the architecture that tells this tale: crumbling, golden colonnades and Victorian lace balconies standing alongside shiny glass skyscrapers and blocks of modern cement. The CBD has a long and complicated history that saw it go from bustling mining town, to abandoned industrial wasteland, which is now gritting its teeth and pulling itself back into the realm of great urban centres of the world. […]
Located in the Eastern Highlands is a scenically diverse area known as Nyanga. The African name, Nyanga, means the Shaman’s horn and it is as mysterious and intriguing as the name implies. Regarded by Hararians as the perfect weekend getaway, it’s only a 3 – 4 hour drive from the capital. There are a wide array of adventures and activities in Nyanga to keep you on your toes. Mount Nyangani, which is flat topped and at 2593 metres is the highest mountain in the country, will, depending on your fitness level, give you a one to three hour hike to the summit. The mountain has earned an eerie reputation due to its habit of consuming unprepared climbers. However, to avoid any misfortune, follow the local rules by hiring a guide and setting out as early as possible to avoid bad weather. Mtarazi Falls, located inside the Nyanga National Park, are the highest waterfalls in Zimbabwe. The surrounding area vaunts beautiful hiking trails and rivers to dip in. Due to the cold temperatures of the higher altitude, it is one of the few places you can swim without fear of crocodiles lurking in the water. The area is […]
There are various ways of getting to Harare, by air, road, or rail. When jetting in from abroad and heading to Harare you will land at Harare International Airport. This airport has one of the longest runways in Africa. Air Zimbabwe the national airline has its head office located at the airport. Airlines that operate and use the airport are as follows Air Botswana flying to and from Gaborone Botswana. Air Namibia flying to and from Lusaka and Windhoek. Air Zimbabwe flying to and from Bulawayo, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Kariba. Airlink and British Airwasys operated by Comair flying to Johannesburg. Egypt Air flying to and from Cairo. Emirates to Dubai via Lusaka. Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa via Lusaka. Kenya Airways to Nairobi via Lusaka. LAM Mozambique Airlines to and from Maputo and Beira. Malawian Airlines to and from Lilongwe and Blantyre. South African Airways to and from Johannesburg. TAAG Angola Airlines to and from Luanda. There are two low budget airlines with cheap flights now operating in Zimbabwe, Fastjet and Fly Africa. Fastjet flies to and from Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Fly Africa flies to and from Johannesburg, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. A taxi from […]
Situated about 3km north of the CBD of Harare is a suburb called Avondale. At the pivot of this dynamic suburb is its vibrant shopping centre. To get to this place from the CBD of Harare you can use a cab and you will pay $5 or you can go the combi route and pay with 50 cents. A combi is 17 seater public form of transport, the choice is yours. This ever busy shopping complex has a book shop (Avondale Book Shop) which is filled with a variety of books to satisfy your cognative needs. If you are interested in art The Framing Centre is the place to go to it deals in everything pertaining in framing it sells art supplies and art by local prominent artists. Other shops include Techtools for all your genuine Apple products, TV Sales and Hire to mention a few. When running out cash don’t despair for there is Barclays Bank, Standard Bank and MBCA Bank at your service including their ATMs. There are two large grocery outlets which are Pick n Pay and Bon Marche so when running low in supplies drop by in any of the two. On gastronomy, there is a […]
Vuyiswa Mutshekwane describes herself as a serial entrepreneur and a strategist who has built a successful career in fashion retail, marketing and events. Today, she’s the CEO of saibpp. She is the co-founder of Joburg’s first and most popular inner-city brunch events, “The WKND Social”. She hopes to spend the rest of her days being an inspiration to and making a difference in the lives of young women and Africans across the globe. How would you describe Johannesburg to someone who has never been? Work. Diversity. Food. Traffic. Summer rain. Pulsating energy. Endless possibility. African. Green & leafy. Big. Intoxicating. Infuriating. What is your favorite neighborhood and why? My favourite neighbourhood is called “Maboneng” which is also the colloquial name for Joburg meaning “place of lights” – it’s a formerly run down slum that has been gentrified in the last 5 years and is now a cultural and architectural centre of creativity. It has really redefined the urban landscape of Johannesburg and demonstrates the endless possibility that Joburg is renowned for. What hotel do you recommend to visiting friends? I personally love Boutique Hotels. The Munroe Boutique Hotel in Westcliff is one of my favourites. It is […]
The National Art Gallery Of Zimbabwe was opened on 16 of July 1957. It is situated in the CBD of Harare with its back surrounded by Harare park, Monomotapa Hotel to its right and a busy Juluis Nyerere Way in front. As one walks towards the gallery you are greeted by a historic, clean, modern looking double story building. Its outlook is amazing with the 1970s architectural look topped off with a flat roof, oh what splendor. To the left and right of the main entrance there are several huge sculptures in various mediums, the prominent been stone.On the top floor the front face of the gallery is covered by huge glass windows except on the right where there is a beautiful large colourful abstract mosaic infact it is huge. Two to three meters below the mosaic is a water fountain with a huge pool of water, one can sit on the ledge with their back facing the pool of water and just watch everyday people walk on and drive by. The entrance is made up of glass doors and as you enter the well lit up (from all the natural light freely beaming through) foyer on the right there […]
Traveling more is on my list of resolutions this year, though this time around, my focus is on what’s in my own back yard. I plan on exploring more of my beautiful country, South Africa, as well as Africa; and hope to not only see beautiful places, but also experience the many different cultures that make those places special. Love was in the air this past weekend, whether it was with a significant other or one spoiling themselves, and I thought it was only fitting to go out and spend a morning picking some fresh roses for the occasion. I love fresh flowers and I heard about the Chart Farm from my friend Tegan, who is also the beauty behind the camera (read about her HERE), and I don’t think I was ready, cause I was pleasantly surprised to find it was even more beautiful than I imagined. I must admit to lilies being my first love, but I still felt like a kid in a candy store, with so many different types of roses, in a variety of shades blossoming all around me. And I was even more excited to be able to pick some, to take home with […]
DIANA BEACH, KENYA Diani Beach is a seaside resort located 30 km south of Mombasa. This is one of the most popular beaches of Kenya known for its palm trees, its fine sand, its clear, shallow water. A heavenly setting ! Relaxation and water pleasures await you. Perk: perfect for kitesurfing enthusiasts BELLE MARE, MAURICE is the iconic beach on the east side of Mauritius, ten kilometers of white sand, shaded by casuarina trees. Shades of turquoise water will leave you in awe ! Plus side: Waterpark still located in Belle Mare offers water attractions such as slides, buoys, pools with and without waves … A good place to spend quality time. NUNGWI, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA The Nungwi Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. What was once a simple fishing village has now become a popular holiday destination. It is located on the northern tip of the island, there is no coral on the beach and the shallow sea makes this place an ideal place for swimming. Perk: The sunsets are beautiful, a wonder to admire. BE READY ! TOFO (PRAIA DO TOFO), MOZAMBIQUE Tofo beach stretches over […]
For many people, especially visitors to Johannesburg, Vilakazi Street is the epicentre of Soweto life. On the one hand this makes it one of the most lively and interesting places to visit, but on the other it also means it has very quickly become ‘tourist central.’ Even so, a visit to Vilakazi Street provides something for every member of the family and is a must-do for visitors to the city- provided you take a few precautions to avoid the worst of the tourist bustle. At the heart of the Vilakazi Precinct, the Street runs east to west through a mostly very normal-seeming residential neighbourhood in Orlando West, Soweto. Its main claim to fame, of course, is Nelson Mandela’s former house which sits at number 8115. Madiba lived here with his family for most of his life, from 1946 until into the 1990s, keeping the house even after he became President. The property was donated to the Soweto Heritage Trust in 1997 and turned into a museum of the life and legacy of the man so revered by South Africans and foreigners alike. What many people don’t realize though, is that Vilakazi Street is home to another Nobel Prize Winner as […]
Any trip to South Africa is not complete without a visit to a game reserve to see the beautiful creatures that make our country and our continent famous. Visitors to Johannesburg can count themselves lucky that they are in easy reach of hundreds of spots perfect for spotting wildlife and spending a relaxing few days in nature. There are more options to choose from than you would believe, ranging from low-cost camping in the Kruger National Park to the highest end luxury resorts at private reserves and everything in between. Spotting wildlife can be an unpredictable endeavour though, since these are gigantic and completely wild reserves where guides, despite their incredible tracking skills, can’t control the many factors like weather, other animals, fire or simply pure luck that determine how many animals will appear in front of your car. One thing that can be done though, is research. Certain areas or reserves are better known for having large numbers of certain animals, and usually this can be found out by talking to people in the industry if there are specific species you’re dying to see. By far the best place I’ve been to so far is in the Sabie […]
Tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Lee Litumbe, and I’m a 26 year old Cameroonian American currently based in Atlanta, GA. After graduating from college and working primarily in Business & Finance, I realized my life needed balance. I was in desperate need of a creative outlet at the time, and longed to produce work which was a true reflection of the things I am passionate about such as travel, photography, and design. Thus I created Spirited Pursuit, an online travel and lifestyle destination which works as a visual daydream and inspiration source for the travel obsessed. Heavily influenced by my own personal interests, I publish dynamic stories and captivating photography surrounding the adventurous, cultural, and international experiences from both myself and a community of spirited world travelers. Although I was born and spent my childhood in Douala, Cameroon, I moved to The States at the tender age of nine and did not go back for another twelve years, which left me somewhat displaced and isolated from my culture. Finally returning at the age of twenty-one, the experience served as a grand awakening to my spirit. Reconnecting with the most authentic version of myself, rediscovering forgotten yet […]
Warning: this activity is not for the faint of heart. But it definitely is for those looking for a thrill and a taste of the adventurous South African lifestyle. Everyone knows South Africans are slightly crazy. We go crazy over sports, parties, food and we certainly like a bit of adventure every now and then. The Orlando Towers are the perfect place to experience this spirit. At the heart of Soweto, overlooking Orlando Stadium, sit two enormous towers looking like a giants’ salt and pepper pots. They were originally built in the 1950s to serve as cooling towers for the local power station, but were converted in the early 2000s to be a tourist attraction. One tower is now the largest mural painting in the country. Janine Kleinschmidt has covered the once ugly, grey building with vibrant swirls of colour and images that reflect the energy and diversity of the people of Soweto living below it. The other tower, while equally bright and engaging, serves as advertising to bring in revenue for the Orlando Towers area. But what is most intriguing is the narrow and wobbly suspension bridge that connects the two towers 100m above ground-level. From this precarious […]
Stepping in to the swirl of colour, spirit and motion that is the Maboneng Precinct is like arriving at an oasis in the middle of the desert. Johannesburg is, of course, no desert when it comes to beautiful and intriguing things to see and do, but the vibrancy of Maboneng could almost make one feel like you’ve stepped out of the real world and into one that is bigger, brighter and more fantastical. Many people are critical of what’s sprung up in Maboneng, calling it gentrification and exclusionary development. But when you are drawn into its beautiful, colourful, crazy bubble (and yes, it really is a bubble), you can’t help but be agree it is a dream-world. Its spirit of partying, pleasure and sunny relaxation is infectious. There are artists and musicians and photographers roaming the street, fashion designers nonchalantly selling their wares from trendy concept stores lining the streets, the smell of artisanal fusion food wafting through the air mixed with simple traditional braai meat and pap. Most of all, what makes it special are the hordes of revellers of all shapes and sizes strolling the area dressed in quirky hats and chic dungarees. Not even 8 years ago, […]
Despite what the history books often tell us, Africa’s human history goes back to more than 2 million years ago. There’s a lot that we don’t know yet about the time between then and the arrival of modern humans to regions all over the world. But there’s also a surprisingly large amount that we do actually know, starting with the fact that humans originated right here in Africa. There are few places better to learn about this history than the Cradle of Humankind, a large area about an hour’s drive north-west of Johannesburg. The Cradle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; some of the oldest, most important and best preserved fossils of humans ever found were discovered right here near the tip of Africa. There’s a surprising amount more to discover at the Cradle than just old bones. For starters there is a huge network of limestone caves that spread out under the roads, farms and homes of the area. Known as the Sterkfontein caves, they’re home to one of the richest collections of fossils in the world. Amazingly, Sterkfontein is only one of 12 sites in the Cradle area that have been excavated so far, and there are […]
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