A trip to Pemba and Medjumbe Island

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.

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.