Love a bit of lounger-lazing? So did Melanie van Zyl, but the resort she stayed at also encouraged a lot of cultural exploration.
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.Follow @melanie_vanZyl
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.
If you like to have the best of both worlds – access to city comforts and exceptional natural beauty – the Golden Gate Hotel makes the perfect weekend away.
The Tok Tokkie Trail is one of Namibia’s most wonderful and affordable walking safari experiences with wide sands, big skies and superb sundowners.
Nope. It’s not the Panorama Route. Try the Barberton geology route on Mpumalanga’s highest roads and explore its impressive heights.
Despite being a huge city, Joburg has her share of indigenous green spaces too. These two reserves are an easy escape from the hustle and bustle but lie less than 30km from the city centre.
To get the best views at Golden Gate stay at these charming cabins perched on the top of a mountain at 2200 metres above sea level.