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Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain South Africa

FUNNY PICS Dassie defends its territory in South Africa

[ 0 ] October 12, 2011

Planning to hike up Table Mountain? Keep an eye out for the territorial dassies! Scroll down to to see what happens when this little bird gets too close.

TRAVEL PHOTO - Dassie on Table Mountain - South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

TRAVEL PHOTO - Dassie on Table Mountain - South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURES Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain

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Have fun in the swimming pool at Thornycroft Lodge, South Africa

Thornycroft Lodge and Spa, South Africa*

[ 0 ] September 8, 2011

Planning a trip to East London in South Africa? Thornycroft Lodge and Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a day out in the bush.

Thornycroft Lodge, South Africa - Thornycorft Lodge and Spa - South Africa accommodation

Have fun in the swimming pool at Thornycroft Lodge, South Africa

Nestled in the heart of Horseshoe Valley, this beautiful country estate boasts luxurious suites, a large swimming pool, spa facilities and even an auditorium for conferences and functions.

What to do

Whether you’re a nature lover or sports fan, there’s loads to keep you occupied at Thornycroft Lodge. Try your hand at badminton, play a round of pool or hit the outdoors for a game drive or nature walk. Afterwards book a therapeutic massage in the spa, snuggle up with a book in the winter lounge or chill out in the mini-cinema.

Got kids? Take advantage of the babysitting services or leave them to splash around in the pool and play on the Nintendo WII. And if all else fails, paintballing and horseriding is only a short drive away.

Conferences, weddings and school trips

Thornycroft Lodge in South Africa is the perfect venue for a wedding or conference

Thornycroft Lodge is well equiped for large groups and special events. There’s a conference centre which can seat up to 150 guests, a seperate bar and even braii facilities. School trips are welcome and the secluded camp area (which caters for 80 guests) is perfect for kids.

To make a booking email info@thornycroft.co.za or call +27 (o)437307300. Click here for directions.

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PICTURES Wild Spirit Lodge, Nature’s Valley

PICTURES Wild Spirit Lodge, Nature’s Valley

[ 0 ] September 5, 2011

Wild Spirit Lodge is one of the prettiest hostels we’ve seen in South Africa.

Surrounded by indigenous forests and the beautiful Tsitsikamma mountains, this farm is a great base for exploring the countryside. Check out our photo gallery to see why we fell in love with it…

PICTURES Wild Spirit hostel, Nature's Valley

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Hippo and croc tour - St Lucia Estuary, South Africa - Pictures of hippos in South Africa

Hippo and croc tours in St Lucia

[ 0 ] August 29, 2011

Fancy seeing hippos playing in the water and crocodiles lurking in the reeds? Go on a river boat cruise in St Lucia and spend the day animal spotting.

St Lucia Estuary is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a recently declared World Heritage Site. It’s home to over 800 hippos, 1000 crocodiles and many different species of birds.

Hippo and croc tour - St Lucia Estuary, South Africa - Pictures of hippos in South Africa
Hippo and croc tour – St Lucia Estuary, South Africa – Pictures of hippos in South Africa
Booking your tour

Tours leave the dock hourly and take around 30 passengers on a 2-hour tour of the river. Get ready for weird and wonderful facts, plenty of laughter and even sound effects! Guides are massively enthusiastic and will happily answer all your questions.

Enjoy a river boat cruise in St Lucia, South Africa - Pictures of St Lucia Estuary
Enjoy a river boat cruise in St Lucia, South Africa – Pictures of St Lucia Estuary

Prices cost from 170ZAR and can be bought from tour agencies or the dock. Look out for special offers – Budget Backpackers is currently offering 10% off 10am tours.

Looking for more things to do in South Africa? Spot lions on safari or go caving in Oudtshoorn. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

See turtles in Sodwana Bay, South Africa

Go diving in Sodwana Bay

[ 2 ] August 27, 2011

Planning to get your PADI diving certificate in South Africa? Sodwana Bay is a fantastic place to learn.

Lying within the boundaries if the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay is home to unspoilt coral reefs teaming with different species of fish, turtles, moray eels and even sharks.
See turtles in Sodwana Bay, South Africa - Pictures of diving in Sodwana Bay - South Africa diving

See turtles in Sodwana Bay, South Africa

Were to stay

Coral Divers is a great place to stay, whether you want your PADI or experience the Adventure Dives. Located within the park itself, this resort caters for large groups and solo travellers alike. Stay in one of their safari tents (125ZAR) or opt for a cosy cabin.
Sodwana Bay, South Africa - Diving in Sodwana Bay - Pictures Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay, South Africa - Diving in Sodwana Bay - Pictures Sodwana Bay

How to get there

Drive all the way through Sodwana Bay following the road until you come to Isimangaliso Wetland Park. You’ll need to pay 25ZAR per person to enter the park and fill out some forms. Once inside follow signs for Coral Divers.

Looking for more things to do in South Africa? Don’t miss Schotia safari park and go cage diving with Great Whites.
Lions get a little too close at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Lions stalk 4×4 during game drive in South Africa

[ 2 ] August 20, 2011

Fancy going on safari in South Africa? Check out this lioness and her mate getting a little too close for comfort at Schotia Private Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth.

Lions get a little too close at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lions get a little too close at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Think you’re brave enough? Book a safari at Schotia Private Game Reserve and you’re guaranteed lion sightings!

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Kylie Minogue adopts baby lion cub in South Africa

Kylie Minogue adopts baby lion cub in South Africa

[ 0 ] August 14, 2011

Kylie Minogue has adopted a 2-day-old lion club in South Africa.

The singer, who finished her Aphrodite tour in Cape Town last month, fell in love with the little cub when she visited Ukutula, a game farm near Johannesburg.

PICTURES Kylie Minogue adopts baby lion cub in South Africa - Volunteer with lions in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Kylie Minogue adopts baby lion cub in South Africa

And she was so taken with it she decided to call it Kylie. Fancy meeting her too? Simply book a trip to South Africa and get stuck in!

Ukutula Lion Park takes on volunteers from all over the world to help research, breed and aid in the conservation of lions and other animals. Not only will you assist in feeding, cleaning and maintaining enclosures, you’ll also get the chance to care for the cubs by bottle feeding them and seeing to their every need.

How to volunteer

Visit www.i-to-i.com or call 0113 205 4609. Prices start from £1,399 for 2 weeks land only and £410 for each additional week. The trip includes accommodation in chalets within the reserve, all meals, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24 hour support.

Looking for cheap safaris in South Africa? See lions at Schotia or trail elephants at Addo Elephant Park. Don’t forget to follow us onTwitter for more updates!

See elephants at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa

Go on safari at Addo Elephant National Park

[ 1 ] August 8, 2011

Looking for cheap safaris in South Africa? Addo Elephant National Park gives visitors the chance to see hundreds of elephants, black rhino, buffalo and zebra.

Spaning the Zuurberg mountains, the Sundays River Valley and the indigenous forest at Woody Cape, this park boasts an impressive 180,000 hectares.

Pictures of elephants at Addo Elephant National Park - Addo safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

See elephants at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa

Take your time to spot redhartebeest skipping through the trees, warthogs foraging in the bushes and Kudus standing proud. The real treat comes when a herd of elephants stumble into your path or an inquisitive buffalo appears at the side of your vehicle grunting softly.

Picture of buffalo at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa - Addo Safaris South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

A buffalo takes us by surprise at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa

Booking your tour

Addo Elephant National Park a malaria-free area situated just 60 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth. Choose from guided tours, self drives in the Wildlife area, horse trails and even accommodation for those who can’t drag themselves away. Email addoenquiuires@sanparks.org for more info.

Looking for more animal adventures in South Africa? See lions at Schotia Private Game Reserve and Go cage diving with Great White sharks! Follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Spot lions at Schotia Private Game Reserve

[ 4 ] August 4, 2011

Looking for an unforgettable safari experience in South Africa? Schotia Private Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth is a great choice.

This park actually guarantees lion sightings and is thought to be ‘the most densely stocked reserve in Africa’ with over 2000 animals. So if you’re desperate to see the Big Five then Schotia is a a safe bet.

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

As well as lions, this reserve is home to hundreds of game species including zebra, wilderbeest, hippos, giraffes, monkey, springbuck and even crocodiles – so expect an afternoon packed full of adventure!

Giraffes at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Giraffes at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Tours usually take place in an open-top Land Rover and last around 4 hours. Blankets are provided for the evening drives – but it’s always book to wear gloves and take a warm jacket. TOP TIP Take a spare camera battery!

Booking your tour

Addo/Schotia full day tour: Our favourite tour includes a morning drive through Addo Elephant Park, followed by an afternoon/evening drive through Schotia. Price includes lunch, drinks and a delicious dinner around the bonfire.

Tooth & Claw: Enjoy a 4-hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover where you’ll spot lions, giraffe, rhino and hippo. Afterwards, feast on a delicious buffet dinner prepared on open fires.

We want to say a big thanks to Peter de Witt for making our tour unforgettable! Get more information about tours or email schotia@intekom.co.za to make a booking.

Looking for more animal adventures in South Africa? Go cage diving with Great White sharks for an adrenaline rush you’ll never forget! Follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

Adrian Watson getting ready for the world's hightest bungee!

Bloukrans Bridge – the world’s highest bungee jump!

[ 0 ] July 31, 2011

Fancy doing the world’s highest bungee jump? Visit Stormsriver in South Africa and face your fears!

Standing proud at 216m, Bloukrans Bridge attracts backpackers from all over the world. Even Prince Harry and Jack Osbourne have walked the gauntlet! Think you can handle it? Read on for more info…

Bloukrans Bridge, Stormsriver bungee jump - World's highest bungee jump - Fabulous Travel Guide

Bloukrans Bridge, Stormsriver bungee jump - World's highest bungee jump - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

After being fitted with a harness, you’ll make your way to the centre of the bridge where experienced guides are waiting, music pumping! There will be around 5-10 people per group so expect an adrenaline-fuelled party, plenty of nerves and a death-defying leap of faith.

Booking your bungee

Bungee jump costs from 690ZAR (£62). The DVD (highly recommended!) is another 300ZAR (£27) and professional pictures from 70ZAR (£6). You can also buy T-shirts, hoodies and other memorabilia in the tourist shop.

Looking for more adventures in South Africa? Go cage diving with Great White sharks – our photos will certainly get you in the mood. Follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

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