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Open Africa

Open Africa is a social enterprise that establishes tourism routes that offer travellers authentic experiences while generating income for local businesses in rural Africa.

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Top 5 winter routes in South Africa

When winter sets in, most of us choose to hibernate indoors with a good bottle of red wine, blankets and hours of movies. The thought of packing up the car, throwing caution to the wind and setting off on the road trip of a lifetime round some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful, off-the-beaten-track destinations isn’t quite as appealing as it is during the warmer summer months.

There’s something to be said for travelling in winter: cheaper accommodation and winter specials, less crowded destinations and flickering log fires in cosy cabins with plenty of hot comfort food.

Here is our pick of top 5 winter self-drive destinations in South Africa.


Responsible travel: what's it all about?

In a world that is slowly yet steadily becoming more ‘green’, more eco-friendly and generally more aware, people are becoming mindful of their impact on not only the environment, but also the economy. Everyone’s talking about it and it is fast becoming a global trend, but what is responsible travel? What does it really mean for us as travellers and what’s it all about?

Read more about responsible travel.



5 reasons to use a local tour guide

I love exploring new places. That feeling of excitement mixed with a slight pang of ‘fear of the unknown’ that comes with finding your way around some far-flung destination on a quest to discover your own version of it. It brings out the explorer in all of us. But like most things in life there is a time and a place for everything. 

Read more about why you should use a local guide.