Sarah Duff

  • The Greatest Hour of My Life: Tracking Mountain Gorillas In Uganda

    Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda By Sarah Duff, 8:22 am

    We felt them before we saw them. A few were up in the trees, dropping pieces of bark on our heads. The dominant gorilla sat on his own, munching vegetation and ignoring the khaki-clad tourists in a photo frenzy. A baby clung to its mother, looking like a teddy bear with shiny button eyes. An adult female walked right through our group, touching my leg as she passed. She could’ve ripped me in two. One gorilla seemed bored by us and sat with his arms crossed as if to say “And? The baby got off his mother’s back and went to his father, curling up in the gorilla’s baseball mitt-sized hand.

  • Going Nuts On Mpumalanga’s Macadamia Route, A Little-Known South African Attraction

    Macadamia safaris By Sarah Duff, 7:00 am

    Far from the crowds of the better-known South African attractions like Kruger Park, you can stay in charming guesthouses on macadamia farms. Stroll through the orchards, enjoy dishes cooked with the nuts at local farm-to-table restaurants and even get macadamia spa treatments. Going on a macadamia safari is a wonderful way to experience the pastoral beauty of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.

  • Rolling On The River: River Rafting On The Orange River In South Africa

    river rafting on the Orange River By Sarah Duff, 7:00 am

    Four hundred miles north of Cape Town, the Orange River forms a natural boundary with Namibia and traverses the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. It’s here, on both the South Africa-Namibia border, that rafting trips start. On the whole the trips are budget friendly and include all your meals. Far from any town, without cell phone signal and no need for a watch, time starts to seem irrelevant as you slip into an easy rhythm dictated by the river and the sun. At night you camp on the river bank near the dunes, and drink red wine around the campfire before nodding off under the Milky Way.

  • Bunny Chow And Other Ways To Experience Durban Like A Local

    bunny chow By Sarah Duff, 12:18 pm

    Durban is famous for spicy Indian curries, and the most famous curry dish is the locally invented bunny chow. Despite what the name suggests, there is no rabbit in this meal. It’s a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry. You use the bread to scoop it up. There’s a lively ongoing debate among locals about where the best bunny chow spot is in town. Some say it’s Goundens, an unpretentious family run eatery in Umbilo Road. Locals recommend the spicy mutton.

  • Spotlight On The Sumptuous Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo

    Polana Serena Hotel By Sarah Duff, 8:00 am

    The Polana is Maputo’s best hotel – and its priciest. What you pay for here is impeccable service, fantastic Indian Ocean views in the city’s most exclusive area and history. You can almost imagine millionaires of the 1920s having parties on the lawn, or World War II spies exchanging secrets over gin and tonics on the terrace. Now run by an East African hotel chain, the Polana Serena has all the amenities and services of a five-star international hotel, and attracts big-shot African politicians and business people.

  • The Best Camps And Lodges In Namibia’s Onguma Game Reserve

    By Sarah Duff, 12:23 am

    While most most visitors to northern Namibia go on game drives in Etosha National Park, Onguma Game Reserve is also worth exploring. The 34,000-hectare reserve is home to cheetah, lion, leopard and black rhino and loads of buck. The guides who take you on game drives at Onguma are excellent, as are all the staff on the reserve, who go out of their way to make your stay as faultless as possible.

  • South Africa’s Best Winter Hideaways

    South Africa’s Best Winter Hideaways By Sarah Duff, 11:01 pm

    South Africa is great place to visit in winter. Prices fall, there are fewer tourists, and safaris are more comfortable — no sitting in a blazing hot Land Rover for hours at a time. Though the weather might be colder and wetter than in summer, it’s not hard to find accommodation that keeps you warm and well taken care of. See yourself through South Africa’s colder months by snuggling up next by the fire in one of these cozy retreats.

  • Escape From The Crowds In These Secret Corners Of Cape Town

    secret corners of cape town By Sarah Duff, 9:52 am

    South Africa’s tourism capital, Cape Town, offers a wealth of attractions to suit just about every kind of traveler, from fun hikes and beautiful beaches to gourmet restaurants and trendy cocktail bars. But with these attractions come crowds; Cape Town’s most coveted spots are in high demand, especially in the peak summer months. To escape the masses, head to these special spots that aren’t covered in the guidebooks.

  • The Stunning Cederberg: 9 Reasons To Visit South Africa’s National Treasure

    cederberg By Sarah Duff, 7:00 pm

    Often overlooked by first-time travelers to South Africa, the Cederberg should be at the top of more itineraries as one of the Western Cape province’s most spectacular natural treasures. There are activities by the bucketload to suit the whole family (whether adventurous or not), ranging from rock climbing and rock art viewing to rooibos and wine tasting – all alluring reasons to visit this pristine wilderness.

  • How To Experience Cape Malay Food In Cape Town

    cape malay food By Sarah Duff, 4:47 am

    As a multi-cultural society, South Africa doesn’t have a national cuisine as such. Instead, its culinary traditions are as varied as its diverse population. One of the most flavorful and influence-rich of all of these is Cape Malay food. Each Cape Malay dish has a history dating back hundreds of years that is part of the story of three centuries of Cape Town’s story. Here is a brief summary of the food, and where to taste it in Cape Town.