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Top SA travel blog posts of 2008


One of the activities I most enjoy is reading people's accounts of their travels in southern Africa, and sharing their stories with our readers. This is SouthAfrica.TO's list of the best southern African travel blog postings of 2008 (47 in total).

12 Jan 2008

A couple from Washington experience the "Cape docter", wave at Antartica and drive on a highway to Hermanus (see our page on accommodation in Hermanus if you're interested in visiting) that gives Australia’s Great Ocean Road and Big Sur "a serious run for its money".

19 Jan 2008

Melinda, from Canada, and on a working holiday in Grahamstown, tells us of her trip down the Western Cape's Garden Route.

9 Feb 2008

Etaetzsch is seated next to a champion Aussie womaniser, on a flight from London to South Africa.

16 Feb 2008

Martin & Marianne visit Cape Town, Cape Aghulhas & Knysna.

23 Feb 2008

Sarah does the Vineyards & Table Mountain in Cape Town

1 Mar 2008

Liv and her American girlfriends Baz Bus their way along the garden route...a 60 year old guy who for some reason permanently lives in a backpackers gets friendly with them.

8 Mar 2008

Paul, Mark & Thirnam think Jeffreys Bay is "so-so".

22 Mar 2008

Ali Hassan feels like he always needs to look over his shoulder in South Africa.

11 Apr 2008

A New Yorker pats the cubs at the lion and rhino park.

26 Apr 2008

Ralph at Bundublog comprehensively covers Simonstown (link removed as it stopped working).

3 May 2008

Wild-man-Wahlen goes eye to eye with great whites in Gansbaai.

10 May 2008

Lisa the Londonite visits Stellenbosch and Cape Town for a wedding, and notices the ice-creamed coloured colonial houses and comparing the streets to San Francisco.

17 May 2008

Lionblossom takes one of the most stunning photos on a train trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

24 May 2008

Emy takes the Baz Bus to Umzumbe, and sees Nelson Mandela's home.

31 May 2008

Emy takes the boogie bus to Kirstenbosch and watches the Rudimentals.

7 Jun 2008

Ayelet's exploration of Namibia includes a stunning photo of the Fish River Canyon.

21 Jun 2008

LJ flies from Kigali to Johannesburg to holiday with her Dad, including safari at the Pilanesberg.

5 Jul 2008

Ellie flies from Washington (she stays in Delaware, where Joe Biden is senator) to Johannesburg and does a tour of Soweto.

19 Jul 2008

Gara Lamarche survives South Africa without getting shot this time, getting to see Richards Bay and Hluhluwe Lodge.

26 Jul 2008

John shares photos of the Palace of the Lost City, and sees "woofy tour guides" in Cape Town

2 Aug 2008

Stella travels from Minneapolis to Cape Town, and struggles to get used to jailing herself into her house.

9 Aug 2008

Jayne makes her way from Detroit to Gabarone (Botswana) .

16 Aug 2008

After flying from Toronto to Cape Town, Bonita stays in Tableview, and is shocked by the wealth disparities.

23 Aug 2008

Rita stays at the "Away with the Fairies" backpacker lodge in the Hogsback Mountains

30 Aug 2008

Joanna takes in the views from above Chapmans Peak.

30 Aug 2008

Niall takes the Baz Bus to the Bloukrans and bungi jumps.

5 Sep 2008

Etaetzsch and her friend Chelsea make their way to Lesotho.

13 Sep 2008

A Singapore model visits Cape Town for an Emirates photo-shoot, and gets hounded at her hotel by a desperate Joburg guy.

20 Sep 2008

Travelling from Phnom Penh, two Canadians finally get to take the cable car up Table Mountain.

4 Oct 2008

Katie travels from Birmingham to Cape Town to join a mission for African Leadership.

11 Oct 2008

Valerie, a writer par excellence, travelled from Amsterdam to Kuruman, staying 1000 k's from anywhere in Postmasburg.

18 Oct 2008

Jeff is made of the right stuff. He travelled from the USA to Lesotho to join a multi-national team of non-profit docters who look after HIV positive patients.

18 Oct 2008

Well known author, Meg Cabot, arrives in Cape Town but her clothing doesn't.

25 Oct 2008

Sharing a stunning array of photos along the way, Sebastian travels from Gabarone to Windhoek to Swakopmund.

1 Nov 2008

Alaskan students photograph the Cape Town that tourists don't usually notice - like barbed wire and African boys - nice pics, but sorry to inform you guys, the Athlone cooling towers aint Nuclear (I hope!).

8 Nov 2008

Francois Portmann plays the waiting-for-the-perfect-photo game at the cliffs of Thabazimbi, where he captures the essence of this Cape Griffon colony of vultures (link removed as page no longer exists)

15 Nov 2008

Matt Schmucker from the US Baptist church expresses how pastors (link removed as page no longer exists) in southern Africa are distracted by parishioners physical needs (such as burying those who have died of AIDS).

22 Nov 2008

3 girls hire a car and drive to Cintsa, braving it through some South African loadshedding, meet up with a kewl Portuguese guy with a broken leg and pet giraffes & a scary Cheetah.

29 Nov 2008

Venturing out from his home base in Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, Firefly posts some stunning photos of the V&A Waterfront, Hout Bay, Groot Constantia and Rhodes Memorial.

6 Dec 2008

Steph travels to Stellenbosch to complete her Masters and while here gets to see Desmond Tutu, Long Street, Robben Island and taste a traditional Zimbabwean meal.

13 Dec 2008

Janhoo metaphorically fights his way through "miserable" Johannesburg on the way to the Victoria falls, before buzzing off to Japan.

14 Dec 2008

Dave makes his way up Table Mountain, and avoids muggers by taking the cable car.

15 Dec 2008

Tanushwen and friends rented nothing less than a Mercedes Benz & GPS from Avis and ventured around Cape Town; seeing Canal Walk, Table Mountain and the views.

20 Dec 2008

Neville Hulet, a South African, flies 502km (from the Northern Cape to Lesotho) in his paraglider to break the world open distance paragliding record (link removed as page no longer exists).

21 Dec 2008

Ellen flies to Cape Town and then onwards to Joburg and the Kruger National Park's Tramisana Lodge, where she is brave enough to track lions on a bush walk.

28 Dec 2008

From O.R. Tambo to eating "voers, dung spitting and bathing in a bucket; Paul & Jessica celebrated genuine southern African life in a way few do, before relaxing at Malealea lodge in Lesotho.


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