Best spots for brunch in Johannesburg

With mild-weather mornings throughout the year, Johannesburg is a brunch lover’s paradise. In summer, take your feast outside to soak up the sun with a leisurely glass of champagne. Come autumn or winter, and the cosy cafes serve up hearty dishes and hot coffee. At the weekend, the frenetic pace of

Ten tips for tackling your first bike tour

Long-distance cycle tours are a cheap, challenging and entirely unforgettable way to see the world. But are you willing to swap planes and hotel beds for a tent, two wheels and the open road? Here are 10 bikepacking hacks to get you off the couch and onto the saddle. When it comes

Valley of the Kings

The west bank of Luxor had been the site of royal burials since around 2100 BC, but it was the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period (1550–1069 BC) who chose this isolated valley dominated by the pyramid-shaped mountain peak of Al-Qurn (The Horn). Once called the Great Necropolis of Millions

Swaziland: a kingdom’s worth of wild travel possibilities

Safari and Swaziland sound like a perfect match, though few people realise that this small African kingdom is ripe with opportunities to view iconic African wildlife. In fact, the country offers some of the best encounters with rhinos on the entire continent. But these much-heralded horns are just the tip of

Namibia’s wild northwest: 7 reasons to discover the Kaokoveld

The ruggedly beautiful Kaokoveld region is wild and under-explored even by Namibia’s standards, and therein lies much of its appeal. This is a huge paradise for adventurous self-drivers, amateur anthropologists and nature lovers alike. From the jaw-dropping vistas to the iconic desert-adapted megafauna, here’s some insight into the allure of this