A Side Trip to Jeffreys Bay (the Perfect Garden Route Stopover)

Jeffreys Bay is famous for its waves. Which is why in 2015, a World Surfing Championship was held there. In the finals of the tournament, professional surfer Mick Fanning was suddenly attacked by a Great White Shark who attempted to drag him under water. Fanning fought back by punching the shark!

Since then, Mick Fanning has now become famous for being the man who punched a shark.

Now I am not suggesting you go to Jeffreys Bay just to punch a shark. I am, however, suggesting that you do a stopover in Jeffreys Bay when you do a road trip through the Garden Route in South Africa.

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Maropeng – The Cradle of Humankind in South Africa

Whenever I ask people what they did in South Africa, the typical answer is they went on a safari, shark cage diving, and visited Table Mountain in Cape Town. I’ve heard of other places as well, but the one place I rarely hear people talk about is The Cradle of Humankind.

I stumbled upon this place while researching online on what to do in South Africa. It turns out that the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO world heritage site where fossils of the earliest ancestors of humans originated.

Upon arriving at the Cradle of Humankind, also called Maropeng by locals, my inner nerd took over as a dome shaped building covered with grass came into sight. I then eagerly went to the ticketing booth, ready to purchase my ticket when the staff asked me if I also wanted to go to Sterkfontein.

“What’s Sterkfontein?” I asked with a confused look on my face.

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Safety in South Africa – Traveling as a Backpacker

When planning my trip to South Africa, I knew it would be a huge undertaking. With so many places to see, things to do and possible disasters to avoid, planning this trip has certainly been challenging!

My number one concern while planning this trip was of course, safety. South Africa is known to be dangerous with car jackings, murders and armed robberies happening across the country, particularly in Johannesburg.

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5 Reasons to Take a Self-Driving Kruger National Park Safari

After completing my Middle Eastern segment, I was sick of being part of tours. Listening to a tour guide speak, taking a few pictures before heading to the next stop is not something I want to do again. I can’t stand it any longer!

That’s why when Karen and myself planned on going on a Kruger National Park safari, we knew we needed to take matters into our own hands and do a self-driven safari tour as oppose to having someone guide us.

This turned out to be one of the best decisions we have ever made, and has made my time in Kruger National Park my number one favourite during my entire time in South Africa.

Here are the reasons why doing your own self-driven safari in Kruger is the only way to go:

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