To find a place that changes your life or just allows you to switch off under a beautiful South African sky is what you want, but just where do you go? Here are some ideas from a South African road a little less traveled than others…
Many locals in Cape Town know Langebaan very well and with it being less than 2-hours drive from the heart of the Mother City, it really is a great escape. Yes, there is Club Mykonos and all its trimmings, but the Langebaan Lagoon has a certain tranquility that even the local may not have truly explored. The soft sandy beaches and warmer water make Langebaan lagoon a family treasure and a tourist’s secret piece of quiet. You may decide to kayak on the water or try one of a handful of other water sports or you may just choose to lay down a towel and soak up the sun from the windless shore. There are Bed and Breakfast guesthouses and options for self-catering accommodation so come for the day or stay for a few days, the choice is yours. Enter the Langebaan Lagoon via the West Coast Nature Reserve. A popular spot to stop and visit the lagoon is called 'Preekstoel', so do watch out for the signs!
If you want peace and tranquility with as few distractions as possible the Tankwa National Park on the Western and Northern Cape Border is where you want to be. If you want to watch the stars at night this is one of the most unpolluted places on earth with the Sutherland Observatory not too far away. There are places to stay or you can camp out and make the most of the semi-desert environment and soak up barren yet strangely beautiful surroundings.
Easily one of the most under-marketed and lesser known places of absolute natural beauty, the Drakensberg Amphitheatre will quite simply blow your mind. Visited by very few tourists, this spectacular natural phenomenon feels like something right out of a science fiction book. Majestic mountains provide the backdrop of this outstanding place. Step back in awe at the bottom and then take a climb to the top of the Tugela falls and if you thought your mind was blown below it will be even more so from above. This is a place very few people visit, and those who do will never forget.
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The oceans around Cape Town are heavily polluted with a variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are now being found in the flesh of fish being caught. Fish found in waters off Kalk Bay have been found to contain everything from antibiotics and pain killers to cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances with at least 15 different chemical compounds being found in alarming numbers.
It is always good news to hear about declining levels of poaching of any kind. For decades the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique was one of the top spots for illegal elephant ivory poaching. We are elated to report the good news that this once “ivory factory” has not seen a single elephant killed since 2018.
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