Spion Kop: a battle of blunders

Mistakes, miscommunication, bungles and blunders. That’s the story of the Battle of Spion Kop in KwaZulu-Natal. You can visit the site alone but it’s far better to go with a guide who can make history rear up and come to technicolour life.

Goukamma: a hidden retreat on the Garden Route

Much of Goukamma Nature Reserve’s charm lies in its walking, kayaking, birding and sense of peace and isolation – all this despite its position between Knysna and Sedgefield on the busy Garden Route coast .

First-timer’s guide to the Kgalagadi

An all-you-need-to-know guide to visiting this semi-desert of red dunes and star-crammed skies where African animals run wild and visitors get a wilderness ‘fix’ that’s Prozac for the soul.

Paradise in the Kalahari: the new Kgalagadi Lodge

Kgalagadi Lodge, a new lodge, has opened just 5km from Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It has chalets, camping, pool, restaurant and a shop selling fruit and veg, cold meats, even fresh bread baked on site – previously unheard of luxuries in these parts.

Schizophrenia and contradiction in Livingstone

Africa is bold and it is beautiful. It’s also a schizophrenic puzzle of haves and have-nots, as you will discover if you visit Livingstone on the edge of the Victoria Falls in southern Zambia.

Confessions of a Kalahari addict

The Kalahari. It’s vast and ageless, a semi-desert of photogenic red dunes and star-crammed skies where African animals run wild. Visit it once and it may capture your heart forever. That’s certainly what happened to me. Now you can read about it in a new book called ‘Travels in the Kalahari’.