Tag archives for South Africa

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for Traveler magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews. Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition—and how you can try them at home.

Travel journalist Paul Steyn hails from Jozi, or Johannesburg–South Africa’s largest city. After serving as a guide throughout Africa for some years, he went on to edit a prominent travel magazine in Africa. Right now he’s a freelance writer and photographer focused on covering eco-forward destinations around the world, contributing regularly to National Geographic’s News Watch blog and other publications. Here are a few of Paul’s favorite things about his hometown.

In a nod to the renaissance transforming South Africa, 
Cape Town has been crowned the World Design Capital of 2014. The art scene here particularly flourishes in the neighborhood of Woodstock, a historically industrial quarter along a shabby stretch of the city’s eastern fringes.

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories. That’s why we asked folks on National Geographic’s Travel team to share a story about the best trip they’ve taken in the past year with our Intelligent Travel readers.

The circle of life is evident everywhere you go on an African safari. It can be as mundane as a beetle working a pile of elephant dung or as spectacular as a predator stalking its prey and ultimately making a kill. As each scene plays out, we spectators are treated to a never-ending improv that is, at its essence, a fight for survival.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here’s our latest picks.

Celebrated journalist Todd Pitock started his family and effectively his working life in Johannesburg. He left in 1993, but having returned yearly since then, he now realizes that Johannesburg got really good only after it wasn’t his city anymore. Here’s his take on the South African city’s new golden age in the wake of losing its most celebrated native son.

Along the west coast of South Africa, a seemingly lifeless landscape is about to burst into bloom. As the winter rains begin to fall, millions of flowers appear as if by magic from the once-dry soil, carpeting the countryside in a blaze of color.

Sarah Khan was an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine when she visited Cape Town on a whim in early 2012. In the span of four days, she fell in love with the city…and with a Capetonian. Now she’s married, and happily freelancing from the most beautiful city on Earth. Here are some of Sarah’s favorite things about Cape Town.

After returning from a recent trip with my family, I’m more convinced than ever that South Africa is a top-notch destination for adventurous families. If you’re planning a trip to this diverse country, here are some of the places I’d recommend adding to your itinerary.

As I prepared for my sixth visit to South Africa (the second with the entire family in tow), I wanted to move beyond what we’d already seen while keeping it age-appropriate. So we decided to spend a few days in Durban before heading into the bush.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #NGTradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our roundups.

Andrew’s 10 Durban Must-Dos

Africa never leaves you. Once you’ve smelled the air, laid footprints in the red dirt, and caught a flaming hot pink sunrise you just want to go back and do it all over again.

Though my job affords me some terrific travel opportunities, Durban — a city smiling and alive with people, color, and bright lights — occupies a special place in my memory. Even though I could rave about it all day, these stood out as must-dos if you’re thinking about planning your own South African adventure.

Best Bike Tours for Foodies

What better way to sample the culinary delights of a region than by peddling along its backroads, enjoying the scenery and working up an appetite for the next meal?

Here are ten great itineraries for all you food- and wine-loving cyclists out there.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Matthew Kraus, Flickr.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by RachelF2SEA, Flickr.

Need a vacation? Traveler’s latest cover story takes you on a tour of our favorite lake escapes in North America – the perfect way to unplug and unwind this summer. Find out what else this issue has in store.

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Jo Duxbury got bitten by the travel bug early, having grown up in Cape Town, with grandparents in the UK. After spending 9 years in London – a perfect travel base and the starting point for her solo round-the-world trip in 2004 — Jo returned to Cape Town and now runs her own marketing consultancy.…

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Experience South Africa beyond the safari. Hike to the top of Table Mountain to take in glorious ocean views or explore Cape Town’s thriving wine country. [Cheapo Air] Accommodation in New York City for a mere $20 a night sounds like a steal—that is, if you don’t mind sleeping on the ground. The National Park…

Take your camera to one of Cape Town’s top photos spots, including Saint James Beach where you can capture the brightly colored bathing boxes that line the coastline. [GotSaga] “Luxury hostel” may sound like an oxymoron but StayON Beverly in Hollywood is truly an plush, hostel experience. The singular room at the fully self-service hostel comes…

Cycle through Bavaria from Rothenberg to Bamberg and back again on this seven-day, independent bike tour. Each day ends in a beer garden where you can soothe your muscles with a cold beer and local food. [Bike Sherpa] Live the expat life in Canada, Bermuda, or South Africa, named the top three welcoming cities on…