Garden Route beach

Road Trippin’ on the Garden Route of South Africa

Julie Itinerary, South Africa 12 Comments

Driving the Garden Route of South Africa is an amazing journey. Not only is the scenery gorgeous but the opportunities for action-packed activities are almost endless. Feed an African elephant, walk a cheetah, ride an ostrich, go whale watching, hike amazing Robberg Peninsula, and even go shark cage diving if you dare. South Africa is such a wild place to …

Cape Town Family Travel

5 Days in Cape Town with Kids

Julie South Africa 3 Comments

Cape Town is an excellent destination for families. There is the perfect blend of adventure activities, history, and culinary experiences to keep each member of the family happy. Cape Town with Kids Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for unforgettable views over Cape Town. It helps to book your tickets in …

Sunset in Knysna

14 Reasons Why You Should Visit South Africa

Julie South Africa 4 Comments

South Africa is a destination that is perfect for all ages and interests, but it tops our list as one of the best family friendly destinations in the world. Here are 14 reasons why you should consider South Africa for your next travel destination. The Garden Route of South Africa For those with only a little bit of time, this …

Earth Trekkers Cape of Good Hope

How to Visit the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

Julie South Africa 10 Comments

The Cape of Good Hope is a popular excursion for visitors staying in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a beautiful spot, with unpredictable weather, baboons that will boldly try to raid your car, and adorable penguins playing in the ocean. If you are traveling to Cape Town, don’t miss this amazing place! What is the Cape of Good Hope? …

Wild and Crazy Africa!

Julie Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe 4 Comments

We spent six weeks in Southern Africa, touring through six countries (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, and Lesotho). During this time we saw the good, the bad, and the beautiful. We saw beautiful scenery but also lots of poverty, we met very friendly, happy people but were always warned about crime and random assaults on people. I am so …

Who Was Nelson Mandela?

Kara Rivenbark South Africa 5 Comments

In this post, Kara writes about Nelson Mandela and our visit to Robben Island. Rolihlahla Mandela, or more known as, Nelson Mandela, was born in a village of Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918. When Nelson was 12, his father, the principal councilor to the King of Thembu people, died. As a child he was able to get an education …

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, South Africa

Tyler Rivenbark South Africa 3 Comments

In this post, Tyler writes about our experience shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa. On September 10, 2014, our family went shark cage diving. It was a really great experience, one of the best in Africa, and we all loved it. We drove to the office of White Shark Ecoventures in Gansbaai, South Africa, where we would meet our …

Kara South Africa

Elephants, Ostriches, and Cheetahs, Oh My! Animal Encounters on the Garden Route of South Africa

Julie South Africa 7 Comments

The Garden Route, a stretch of coastline along the southern coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, is home to a huge number of game reserves and animal sanctuaries. These animal sanctuaries, similar to zoos, offer opportunities to get up close with their animals. Our animal encounters with the elephants, lemurs, ostriches, and cheetahs were some of the …

Tranquility in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains

Julie Lesotho, South Africa 2 Comments

The Drakensberg Mountains, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, cut through the eastern portion of South Africa. The mountain range starts at Blyde River Canyon, located just west of Kruger National Park, and heads southward, through the smaller country of Swaziland, and ending near Lesotho. For four nights we stayed at the Umzimkulu River Lodge in Underberg, located in the southern …

Awesome iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St. Lucia, South Africa

Julie South Africa 4 Comments

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Africa, is located just north of St. Lucia, South Africa. We spent several days in St. Lucia, using one of these days to tour the park. This was a huge change in scenery from where we have been, as we were now staying on the east coast of South Africa, …

Baboon Mama

Why Kruger National Park Should be on Your List as a Budget Safari Destination

Julie South Africa 11 Comments

Kruger National Park, the largest national park in South Africa, and one of the largest parks in the world, is South Africa’s premiere safari destination. Spanning 200 km from north to south and 50 km from east to west, Kruger is home to the Big Five (elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, lion, and buffalo) as well as a multitude of other animals …

Sleeping with Lions in Tamboti Camp, Kruger National Park

Julie South Africa 6 Comments

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest and most famous wild animal park. There are many rest camps to choose from during your stay. Here is our experience at Tamboti Tented Camp. About Kruger National Park Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five (elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and lion) as well as other popular animals such as cheetah, …