Author Archive | Sharon van Wyk

Kalahari dreaming at Tswalu

The Korannaberg are pretty impressive, as mountains go. And flying over them on the approach to a much anticipated exploration of the southern-most reaches of the Kalahari is quite simply [...]

Casa do Sol's two pools are perfect for family fun.
A touch of Mpumalanga magic

It’s 6am and I’m sitting in a small queue of assorted cars and bakkies at the Phabeni gate of the Kruger National Park waiting for South Africa’s flagship national park [...]

Ballooning over the Pilanesberg.
A South African safari secret revealed

Tucked away behind a veil of dramatically beautiful mountains a mere two hours by road from South Africa’s bustling commercial capital of Johannesburg lies one of the Rainbow Nation’s best-kept [...]

Knysna lagoon.
Gateway to the Tsitsikamma

It’s one of the jewels of South Africa’s Garden Route, offers a multitude of activities and attractions and is famous for its oysters… There’s no doubting Knysna’s list of accomplishments! [...]

"Are you the Fugitive" Parade - Nelson Mandela Square, in Sandton
City style – on safari in SA’s urban jungle

When you plan your safari, you invariably find yourself having to spend one or two nights in South Africa on either end of it. Instead of spending those nights wishing [...]

The falls from the air - a helicopter flip is a must.
Victoria Falls – the capital of excitement

There have been few times in my life when sheer excitement has rendered me speechless. And even fewer when that excitement has caused my mouth to hang open in a [...]

Robertson – a place of wine, mountains and endless vistas

Mention the words “wine route” and “the Cape” and immediately the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl come to mind, together with the big vineyards such as Boschendal, Nederburg and [...]

When a safari is more than a journey

I’ve just returned from a two week break in the Zambian bush. I spent the entire time helping out in a friend’s lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, greeting [...]

Leopards are plentiful at Madikwe.
Madikwe – An African success story

As I sit and watch the kingfishers hunting at the edge of the Marico river, it’s hard to remind myself that four short hours ago I was in the heart [...]

The Kafue National Park - a magical wilderness!
Busanga plains… a whole lot of wilderness

The 22,500 square kilometre Kafue National park is both the Zambia’s largest, and one of the largest on the continent. Its northern section, specifically the Busanga Plains area, where Wilderness [...]

The beautiful Drakensberg tower over Tzaneen
The land of Modjadji, the Rain Queen

Limpopo, South Africa’s most northern province, is a place of mystery where visitors can unlock the key to ancient tribal cultures while sampling breathtaking natural beauty. This is prime African [...]

Luxury and a view, to boot!
Sediba – a place of smiles

Caroline Phaho’s smile is infectious. “Welcome to Sediba Lodge!” she beams as she opens the Land Rover’s door. I smile back in thanks, grateful for the fragrant, cooling face-cloth offered [...]

A flight of fancy in a hot air balloon

It’s the oldest form of flight. And perhaps its most graceful incarnation. Indeed, hot air ballooning could be described as the pinnacle of mankind’s sortie into the skies – the [...]