Hippos grumbled and hyenas called as we waited for the hot air balloon to inflate and our safari over Kenya’s Maasai Mara to get off the ground.
I've walked through the Kalahari with a San tracker, driven along the Roof of Africa in Lesotho, ventured among the wild horses of the Namib and felt the spray of the Victoria Falls on my face. I'm happiest halfway between nowhere and nothing, trying something new or simply watching the grass grow. I'm a book editor and writer but get my best kicks hitting the road with the excuse that I'm researching contributions to magazines like Getaway, Country Life and Wild, or my travel blog.Follow @RoxanneReidSA
Mokala is a malaria-free national park off the N12 near Kimberley, a perfect stopover between Cape Town and Joburg. Get your nature fix with these activities.
At Canyon Roadhouse 15 km from Namibia’s famous Fish River Canyon, make a pit stop to discover a funky world of old cars and droll signs.
Visit northern Mozambique’s Pemba in Cabo Delgado province and Medjumbe Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago for creamy beaches, clear seas, great food, and to experience the contrasts between unvarnished Africa and an island paradise.
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.
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 .
Go on a taste adventure in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus in the Overberg – visit Creation Wines for a fabulous wine and food pairing (or wine and chocolate). You’ll be glad you did.
If you’re lured to the small Karoo town of Sutherland by the promise of stars or snow, The Galaxy B&B is a friendly place to stay while you explore.
Dizu Plaatjjies loves African traditional music. It has taken him all over the world but in performances at the Darling Voorkamerfest in September he shared this love with local audiences.
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.