South Africa

Tips and Articles in South Africa

Lesedi cultural village is set among the rocky hills north of Johannesburg. When we arrive, a man in animal skins and fake fur takes my humiliatingly heavy bag. With a loud grunt, he hoists it onto his bare shoulders and we walk through the bushve...
When I was a little kid, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was my window to a perfect world. I would sit on the shag rug four inches from the screen of my family's wood-cabinet TV watching Marlin Perkins send his cohost to tackle crocodiles and grapp...
Leave it to Abercrombie & Kent to coin travel's next term: spafari. The firm's newest expedition adds another layer of indulgence to Big Five game viewing in South Africa—with spa treatments. The 11-day trip kicks off at Mount Grace Country House ...
African lodges usually come in one of two styles: traditional (such as MalaMala) or fantasy (Singita). Style-seekers who don't want to star in either an episode of The Flintstones or a Ralph Lauren ad have had to check their preferences at the doo...
Edited by Amy Farley We partnered with Conservation International to develop a comprehensive green-hotel assessment test to learn what properties around the world are doing to conserve water and energy, eliminate waste, and support their local ha...
OCCUPATION Chef and owner, Blue Ginger restaurant; cookbook author; host of the public television cooking show Simply Ming. HOME BASE Wellesley, Massachusetts THE DISH Tsai recently returned from a weeklong "chef's tour" of South Africa, organized...
After decades of toiling in obscurity, South African potters have made it to the world's stage. During the apartheid era, cultural boycotts forced artists here to work in isolation, often without the technical expertise ...
Historic preservationists are illuminating South Africa's Coast. The South African Lighthouse Adventure Tour Operators (Salato; 27-21/ 449-2400; cottages from $70) have fixed up the weather-beaten workers' cottages attached to five of the ...
It's lunchtime at the zone, an American-style shopping mall in the once whites-only Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, and I'm sitting in a glass-walled café on the second floor checking out the mall rats. Black teenagers, cell phones to ears, are w...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Trends. In these tumultuous times, we return to the essential pleasures of travel, rediscovering classic destinations and old-fashioned manners, seeking out comfort and serenity and quiet. What’s old is new again ...
Happy cab rides are all alike; every unhappy cab ride, however, is unhappy in its own way. In Prague I learned from expensive experience that meters can be set at different rates. The next time, I made sure the driver set the correct rate, but he...
I was, I confess, a reluctant convert to the charms of the Karoo, a vast semidesert covering more than 100,000 square miles of South Africa’s Cape region. My induction began, like an initiation into a cult, with a surprise phone call eight years a...
For years, visitors to Johannesburg have made a beeline for the barricades: flashy, pricey, but often soulless hotels in secure northern suburbs such as Sandton. Clico Guest House (27 Sturdee Ave.; 27-11/252-3300; www.clic-o.com; doubles from $20...
United States Calistoga Ranch Don’t Miss An outdoor yoga class on a lakeside redwood deck. Napa Valley; 707/254-2800; www.calistogaranch.com; doubles from $725. The Regent South Beach Most Unusual View The bar at Table 8, with skylights looking ...
In an informal poll, we asked women travelers to tell us about their concerns when they're on the road on their own, and the places around the globe they find the most appealing—despite the risks. We then consulted Travel + Leisure A-List agents a...