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Welcome to Drive South Africa's Travel Blog. The writers of the Drive South Africa Blog are passionate travellers and explorers, we present a collection of our experiences, knowledge and interests

10 reasons why you should visit the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Declared South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in 1999, KwaZulu-Natal’s 332,000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to a massive variety of flora and fauna.

  • ‘iSimangaliso’ — which means ‘miracle and wonder’ in the Zulu language, is a excellent destination for travellers visiting Durban and the surrounding areas of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Here are 10 reasons why you should visit the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
10 reasons why you should visit the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

A museum guide to Durban

South Africa has a rich and diverse history and it would seem every town and area has a story to tell.

  • Durban the third biggest South African city is no different. It might be famed for its beautiful beaches and proximity to the Drakensberg Mountains and other natural areas.
  • However there is also a lot of heritage and culture to the region with a host of museums, galleries and monuments to educate one on South African history.
  • Here are 5 worthwhile museums to visit on your next trip to sunny Durban.
A museum guide to Durban

#TrekSouthAfrica explained

#TrekSouthAfrica explained

South African spring destinations to visit in 2016

South African spring destinations to visit in 2016

10 reasons why you should self-drive through Namibia’s Etosha National Park

If you’re planning a Namibia self-drive safari, then the Etosha National Park should be right at the top of your travel bucket-list.

  • Game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent. Travellers may see wildlife such as elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. If you're lucky, you may even see leopard and cheetah.
  • Here are 10 reasons why you should self-drive through Namibia’s Etosha National Park.
10 reasons why you should self-drive through Namibia’s Etosha National Park

5 of the best airlines in Africa

Travelling through Africa can be a little trickier than other more frequented destinations in Europe, Asia or North America.

  • This statement might be correct or false depending on who you ask or what you are looking for in your travel experience.
  • The continent has airlines which rank in the top 50 in the world.
  • Many of these companies travel to far reaching destinations making Africa an underrated location for anyone wishing to experience something life changing and authentic.
  • Here are 5 great African airlines to choose from when making decisions on your next adventure.
5 of the best airlines in Africa

15 reasons why you should explore the Karoo National Park

If you’re looking to escape the bustling city life in search of peace and quiet, then a visit to the Karoo National Park should be right at the top of your travel bucket list.

  • Often used a stop-over for those travelling between Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Karoo National Park is best visited during late winter, spring and autumn, as the summer months can be uncomfortably warm.
  • The Karoo National Park is accessible for any type of vehicle, and boasts some wonderful 4x4 routes, most notably the Nuweveld Trail which follows a 90-kilometre route into the western section of the park, boasting steep, rocky sections and sandy dry river crossings.
  • If you’d like to explore this tranquil South African gem, here are 15 reasons why you should explore the Karoo National Park.
15 reasons why you should explore the Karoo National Park

5 great places to slackpack in South Africa

Imagine going on your favourite hiking trails and all you had to pack was enough food and water for the day, the right type of attire for the hike and respect for the environment. At the end of each day you’re met with a warm bed, a freshly prepared meal and a hot log fire. This is what slackpacking is all about. Here are 5 glorious slack packing routes to experience in South Africa.

5 great places to slackpack in South Africa

10 interesting facts about Cape Town

Boasting sun kissed beaches, a mountain in the city, world class restaurants and a buzzing nightlife scene, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most visited destinations.

10 interesting facts about Cape Town

Meet Randy Prins - Drive South Africa’s Car Rental Consultant

Meet Randy Prins - Drive South Africa’s Car Rental Consultant

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Drive South Africa Blog Contributors
Teresa Huyzers
Teresa Huyzers Teresa loves to travel. Experiencing countless childhood road trips from the Southernmost tip of Africa to the lush tropics of Limpopo is where it all began. Even though a piece of her heart now lives in Florence, Italy, her love for Africa keeps her passion for travel and writing alive from her home in Cape Town, South Africa.

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EcoTraining
EcoTraining EcoTraining is a passionate environmentally-conscious company specialising in the training of nature-guides and those with a deep appreciation of the natural world. Courses are run in simple unfenced bush camps in the middle of great wilderness areas where participants get to truly experience what it is like to live in wild places.

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Muazzam Rahim
Muazzam Rahim As a hobby Muazzam runs his own website, dedicated to providing information on the Otter Trail in Tsitsikama. By day he's an accountant and MBA graduate, family man by night and a Kingsley Holgate wannabe every other time. He aspires to have a braai whilst exploring every place in South Africa; two things he loves dearly.

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Andre Cronje
Andre Cronje Andre is an eager traveller who enjoys writing reviews when he's not off enjoying African festivals or networking in the travel industry.

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Fiona Rossiter
Fiona Rossiter Fiona is a Capetonian blogger with a passion for all things beautiful and creative. Her inspirational lifestyle blog, Super Mom Blog, focuses on everything from fashion to motherhood. She has also started another project called “a beautiful life” in which she explores and shares her love of cooking and photography.

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Jacqueline Freer
Jacqueline Freer Jacqueline has a career background consisting of nightlife eventing and entertainment fused with hospitality then blending with branding and business and over the past few years focusing on digital media. Her personal passions include the arts, travel, food, film and photography. Please visit the Inrichmint Media Studio website.

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Ray Leathern
Ray Leathern SAGMJ’s Magazine Motoring Journalist of the year in 2011 and SAGMJ COTY Jury Member. Contributing to SACarFan.co.za, CARmagblog.co.za, AutoCirca.com and Fleet Magazine. Published in the Mail & Guardian, Independent Newspapers, TopCar, GQ, TNA. Lover of anything automotive, lover of the open road. You can follow him on twitter @Ray_AutoCirca

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Joe Lategan
Joe Lategan Joe Lategan worked in the International tourism industry for more than 20 Years. During this period Joe's work entailed travelling through Southern Africa on a weekly basis and as far as the USA and was never far from his cameras or fishing rods. Today Joe is undoubtedly one of Southern Africa’s top fine art and wildlife photographers and run photographic workshops and fine art photography safaris for small groups. For more visit www.JoeLategan.com

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Stan Rogers
Stan Rogers Stan Rogers is a recently retired Australian. He and his wife, Marianne decided that they want to explore Africa and in 2012 they will be driving from Cape Town to Cairo with their Land Rover Defender called “Tin Can” .

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Dorette Marais
Dorette Marais Dorette Marais has a degree in journalism and a postgraduate degree in media. As a child she lived in the Kruger National Park, ran away to Spain for a gap year and dabbled with the idea academics before she braved the world of online media. After a couple of years working for publications like Pasella, Nuus24 and Beeld she decided to leave everything behind to fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling Africa for an extended period of time. This journey will also be her honeymoon, a recipe for interesting stories and events.

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Corlia Goosen
Corlia Goosen Corlia Goosen is an avid traveller and foodie. She exchanged the media industry for the dynamic world of tourism. The marriage of the online world and her love for travel fits her like a glove and her diverse work environment ensures that she’s got a fresh outlook on things.

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Dalene Ingham-Brown
Dalene Ingham-Brown Passionate about travel, social media and making lists, Dalene is on a mission to nurture her love for camping in South Africa.

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Cheréne Pienaar
Cheréne Pienaar Born and bred in Bloemfontein, this Free state gal is an obsessive reader and hiker and loves discovering... all the time. As an e-marketing assistant and copywriter she believes social media is the future and plans to conquer Africa one word at a time.

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Michael Hammond
Michael Hammond Michael Hammond is a photo-journalist based in Cape Town, providing images to various news publications. He is a nature lover and also an avid hiker. He regularly hosts photographic workshops around the country and earned his B-Tech Degree at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2008.

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George van der Westhuizen
George van der Westhuizen George is a South African that now lives in Tanzania. He is a professional hunter an also the owner of a fishing company (www.proselect.co.za) in the Selous Game Reseve. He loves travelling to African countries and has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana a few times. He has also travelled to Mexico, Australia and Canada in the past.

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Anne du Plooy
Anne du Plooy Anne du Plooy is a retired teacher and markets a teaching programme that keeps her occupied as she visits schools and present workshops to teachers. This gives her the opportunity to travel quite a lot and loves doing! And enables her to see the beauty in the created world. She currently lives in WILDERNESS, GEORGE after having lived in a number of other places in South Africa.

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Andre Van Kets
Andre Van Kets (Featured on the right in this photo) Andre's passion for exploration is complimented by his interest in integrating useful technology into the journey. From road trips to smart phone apps Andre's desire to bring innovative technological solutions to the industry will keep readers on the cutting edge of travel.

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Steve Conradie
Steve Conradie Some say he is more at home in the bush than beneath a ceiling, an observation easily attributed to the sheer amount of 4WD and safari experience Steve has accrued. Well versed in 4x4 lore and African off road travel, Steve's knowledge, insight and camp fire tales are a colourful addition to the DSA blog.

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