Beyond the windpumps and sheep, Melanie van Zyl finds something wild in the Karoo.
Melanie van Zyl
I love diving along the warm African coast, sussing out South Africa's best stargazing spots, setting up tents in Botswana, snorkelling with seals in Cape Town, clambering up Namibian dunes and once I walked 250km through the Karoo. Find more on my website, www.melanievanzyl.comFollow @melanie_vanZyl
In the April issue of Getaway, Melanie van Zyl discovers down-to-earth locals and foul-mouthed amusement in the birders’ paradise of Wakkerstroom, and loves every minute of it.
For the first time in 150 years, a group of 28 elephants will roam again in Darlington, the northern-most area of Addo Elephant National Park.
There are 13 campsites in this national park, but only seven we’d pitch our tent at. Find the right one to suit the kind of camper you are.
We test out the Panorama Route’s latest attraction.
Love a bit of lounger-lazing? So did Melanie van Zyl, but the resort she stayed at also encouraged a lot of cultural exploration.
Love the sea, snorkelling and chilling? A dhow safari is an affordable way to slow down and soak up the beauty of Bazaruto.
The Karoo is famed for its windmills, quirky roadside padstals and infinite plains, but exciting projects in place create a wilder country space.
Whether you overnight in one of the entry-level double rooms or a more magnificent suite with sweeping views, The Cellars-Hohenort sure is a special stay.
Famed for its beaches and alluring water, Mauritius has a fascinating cultural side often missed by tourists who stay glued to the resort loungers.