Marinda Louw-Coetzee

  • Are We There Yet? Family-Friendly Lodges In Namibia

    Family-friendly lodges in Namibia By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 8:01 am

    In Namibia, where driving distances can be vast, a lodge that offers a range of activities ensures everyone has a great holiday. Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is 50km from town on a gravel road leading to the red dunes of the Kalahari. You arrive at a farmhouse to welcome drinks and friendly animals like Skunky, a tame springbok who hangs around in the lounge. There is a treatment room for massages, a pool, and telescope for stargazing. Guests can go for game drives in the reserve, walk with resident San people, go horseriding or feed orphaned cheetahs. Stay an extra day to enjoy the silence of the Kalahari.

  • Baked Beans, Gospel Music, And 8 Other Reasons To Love Swaziland

    love Swaziland By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 7:00 am

    As I sat down for breakfast under a thorn tree at the Hlane Royal National Park, two waitresses swayed in my direction, singing. They were serving plates of bacon, eggs, sausages and baked beans. “Jesus, touch me,” Millicent sang as she served me. Swazis love their baked beans and gospel music, but there are other reasons to visit this tiny country, squeezed between South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Whether you like baked beans or not, Swaziland will blow you away.

  • Color And Spice And Everything Nice: The Vivid Foods And Flowers Of Reunion Island

    flowers of reunion By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 9:27 am

    Reunion’s blend of Indian, Chinese, African and European cultures each contributes spices and herbs to create a unique Creole cuisine. The volcanic island also consists of micro-climates that are perfectly suited to grow sugar cane, tropical fruit and spices such as turmeric and vanilla. Here is a look at some of the fruit, spices and flowers of Reunion that make the island so vividly colorful.

  • 17 Namibian Pools We Want To Plunge Into

    namibian pools By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 9:14 am

    Apart from excellent beers and good food, lodges in Namibia offer some extra refreshment: their often-stunning pools. There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing pool after a hot, dusty day exploring the stunning natural wonders of Namibia, where daytime temperatures in summer often reach 40°C (104F) and the average winter temperature is around 20°C (68F). Namibian pools not only offer a perfect way to relax at the end of a blazing day, but they also offer views and ambiance that can’t be beat. Here are 17 of our favorite Namibian pools.

  • Scenes From Swaziland: The Kingdom Like You’ve Never Seen It!

    scenes from swaziland By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 6:00 pm

    South Africa-based writer/photographer Marinda Louw-Coetzee has taken numerous trips to Swaziland over the years, and never ceases to be amazed by the beauty and diversity of the culture and people. Here are some awe-inspiring scenes from Swaziland that she captured on her last trip to the country, which show not only the spectacular wildlife and geography, but also everyday life in the small towns and rural countryside.

  • Exploring Upington and Augrabies In Northern Cape

    upington By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 7:00 am

    The warm and sparsely populated region of Upington and the downstream villages along the Orange River are among the lesser-travelled area of South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Yet, between the huge swathes of grape vineyards, shrub-dotted plains and rocky mountains lie many experiences to be enjoyed. It is worthwhile to spend at least four nights in the area to fully experience this warm area’s nature, star-studded skies, vineyards and life-giving river.

  • #InLoveWithAfrica: The Earthy Appeal Of Namibia

    By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 6:30 pm

    In the latest installment of AFKTravel’s #InLoveWithAfrica series, Marinda Louw describes her passion for Namibia. “The stormy Atlantic Ocean along the Skeleton Coast, the scorching Namib Desert, crocodile-infested northern rivers and arid Kalahari Desert in the east have all created the geology of this great country, one of hauntingly beautiful moon-landish landscapes, tropical trees, palm-fringed lagoons, boulder-strewn plains and corduroy ripples of terracotta dunes.”

  • Dreamlike Desolation: A Guide To Fish River Canyon, Namibia

    By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 6:30 pm

    Over 160km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep, Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is breathtaking in its size and beauty. It is the second most visited site in this dry country in the southwestern part of Africa, and probably the second largest canyon in the world. While this area’s dreamlike mountains and huge landscapes enchant geologists and photographers, it is also popular with hikers. But even when you are not hiking, the enormity of the site will humble and astound you.

  • Hittin’ The Road: Tips For Self-Driving Holidays In South Africa

    By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 9:17 am

    A self-driving holiday is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to see the sights and meet the people of South Africa. But if you’ve ever contemplated such a trip you’ve probably had a million questions and concerns. What are the roads like? What type of vehicle do I need? Is it safe? When is the best time to go? In this article we answer those questions, and share our tips on how to make self-driving in South Africa as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible.

  • Designed By Nature: The Earthy Interiors Of Namibian Lodges

    namibia lodge interior By Marinda Louw-Coetzee, 5:00 pm

    The people of Namibia have sculpted their lives from the earth, which is evident in the way they decorate their homes. In this slideshow, we offer a glimpse inside a selection of guesthouses and lodges throughout Namibia and reveal some of the earthy details that can be found within.