There’s nothing like a good travel story to make you want to book your tickets, pack your bags, board the plane and jet off to your dream destination. But some of the best travel blogs can take you on a trip without you even having to get off the couch and leave the front door. Through their eloquent words and dazzling pictures, you get to experience the holiday along with them. These South African travel blogs are sure to take you on a journey, whether it be a classical safari experience, a day trip around Cape Town or a visit to the best restaurants in the country. Get ready to experience the beauty of our continent and the vibrancy of our country.
Going Somewhere Slowly
Anje is a travel writer, blogger and solo globetrotter who is based in Port Elizabeth but is ‘going somewhere slowly’ all over the world. Having travelled all corners of the country, Going Somewhere Slowly features all you need to know about South Africa – from where to visit and what to look forward to, to where to eat and what to photograph. Her blog highlights the roads less travelled and paths less come by, where travellers can be sure to experience the real heart and soul of South Africa.
Who should read Going Somewhere Slowly? Any traveller who wants to explore South Africa like a true local.
Tails of a Mermaid
Natalie is a South African travel blogger and freelance digital specialist from Cape Town. Tails of a Mermaid began as a place where she could share stories and thoughts with friends and family, but has since been mentioned as one of the Top 10 Blogs in South Africa. The blog depicts Natalie’s love of food and wine, writing and photography, exploring Cape Town and travelling throughout South Africa. She offers some brilliant travel stories and tips, as well as some of the best places to enjoy good food and wine in SA.
Who should read Tails of a Mermaid? Foodies, wine-lovers and photographers who want to discover the best places in South Africa.
TazzDiscovers is a family blog based in Cape Town and made up of Tami and Anton, and their two young children. The family sold their house, switched mainstream school for home-schooling and headed out on an extended road trip across South Africa. The blog focuses on family-friendly travel, reviews and discoveries in and around the country. It also features helpful tips, lessons and accommodation suggestions, all family-orientated.
Who should read TazzDiscovers? Tight-knit families who want to discover South Africa together.
Roxanne is a freelance writer, editor, photojournalist and blogger from Cape Town. A self-confessed lover of African travel and wildlife, she has published two books – Travels in the Kalahari and A Walk in the Park – and been featured in the likes of Getaway Magazine, Country Life, and Sawubona. Her blog is updated weekly with a fascinating mix of travel reviews, highlights and tips from various countries across the African continent.
Who should read Roxanne Reid: Anyone who is keen on visiting Africa but is not sure where to go and what to do.
The Incidental Tourist
Dawn is a conscious traveller hailing from Cape Town, with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment. Her blog is made up of stories, reviews, videos and photographs from her explorations across the globe. She has travelled across Asia, America and Europe, but always calls Africa home. The Incidental Tourist also touches on environmental issues – Dawn being a self-professed earth advocate – as well as lifestyle posts.
Who should read The Incidental Tourist? Any traveller who wants to learn how to travel in an environmentally-conscious way, and enjoy some truly fantastic photographs.
Previously the content editor for South African Tourism, Kate is a freelance online marketer and social media marketer from Jo’burg. IndiKate covers a vast range of travel topics, from which destinations to visit and where to stay, to what to see and do and where to eat and drink. The majority of her posts focus on South Africa, but Kate has also travelled through the rest of Africa as well as a few European countries.
Who should read IndiKate? Locals and foreigners in South Africa who are looking for new things to see, do and eat across the country.
The Travel Manuel
Vaughan and Lauren are husband and wife travel bloggers from Cape Town. They are on a global mission to inspire people to explore the world around them, and in the process eliminate any prejudices and misconceptions one might have. The Travel Manuel showcases their adventures through video, travel tales and photography. They also provide helpful travel tips, guidelines on where to stay and what to eat, and travel-related product reviews.
Who should read The Travel Manuel? Anyone who needs a little inspiration or encouragement to travel the world.
Boring Cape Town Chick
At the helm of Boring Cape Town Chick is Meg, a Captonian who was born in South Africa, raised in Namibia, moved to London and then returned to her hometown. Her blog documents her life in the Mother City – from where to drink, eat and party, to what events are happening and which bands are playing live. She has travelled across Africa and Europe, and enjoys regular weekend getaways.
Who should read Boring Cape Town Chick? Anyone visiting or living in Cape Town who wants to stay up-to-date with the latest events and best places to eat, drink and party.
Meruschka is an African travel activist, experience seeker and tourism thinker living in Jo’burg. She’s passionate about South Africa and is on a mission to share the beauty and diversity of this country and continent with all of her followers! Her blog showcases her local wanderings and features some of the best things to do, see and experience in South Africa. MzansiGirl also focusses on responsible tourism, lifestyle skills and travel competitions.
Who should read MzansiGirl? Any local who considers themselves ‘proudly South African’.
Go Travel Bug
Rose is an explorer of the roads less travelled, an off-the-beaten-track wanderer. Equipped with her camera and backpack, she has set out to discover the more forgotten areas of South Africa, which she explores via foot, horseback, bicycle or her trusty Opel Corsa. Her blog aims to uncover the culture, history, food and adventure of South Africa.
Who should read Go Travel Bug? Any traveller planning a trip to South Africa, specifically the Garden Route, who is unsure of which areas to visit
Lydia is a travel blogger and wine-lover from Cape Town who grew up in a family where travelling was second nature. A storyteller at heart, Lydia has a passion for sharing her favourite places, foods, wines and products with the rest of the world. She has set out to explore every town in South Africa and is determined to show people that adventure is right on their doorstep! Her blog features a collection of travel stories, as well as the best places to find good beer and wine in South Africa.
Who should read Greenlydia? Locals and foreigners alike who are looking to enjoy the best food and drinks in the lesser known areas of South Africa.
Are there any South African travel bloggers you think should have made the list? Feel free to let us know and we’ll be sure to give them a look.