Jonny Blair at Tlokweng Botswana

World Borders: How to get to Botswana from South Africa

In my ongoing series about world borders, I aim to make it sound easy for you to venture across one border and into a new country. This post deals with getting to Botswana from South Africa. I make it sound easy here, because it is. I personally LOVE border crossings, there is a thrill about Read more about World Borders: How to get to Botswana from South Africa[…]

soweto bicycle tours

Top 5 Things to do In Soweto, South Africa

Soweto is an amazing place and I must recommend it to everyone out there. It is one of the most famous townships in South Africa. Situated in Gauteng near Johannesberg, this place has so much history, you’ll end up enhancing your world history knowledge without even noticing it. It’s hard to do a top 5 Read more about Top 5 Things to do In Soweto, South Africa[…]

Joburg Beer in Soweto Shebeen

Thirsty Thursdays: Joburg Beer in Soweto Shebeens, South Africa

What’s a Shebeen? It sounds like a Scottish or Irish word, doesn’t it? Well funny you should say that, because actually the word “Shebeen” is originally Irish/Gaelic and translates into English as “illegal whiskey drinking venue” (or something of that ilk). “Shebeens” have become famous in places such as the USA and Zimbabwe. But actually I Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Joburg Beer in Soweto Shebeens, South Africa[…]

Top 5 Scenic Bus Journeys

As a traveller, long distance buses become a way of life and part of the travel routine. I personally love them – a great way to sit back, relax and let someone else drive you to your destination. Almost every bus journey I take becomes a real chance to see unique scenery from a distance. Read more about Top 5 Scenic Bus Journeys[…]

Backpacking in South Africa: Soweto Bicycle Tour

Undoubtedly one of the best tours I have ever done was the Soweto Bicycle Tour. I rarely book things far in advance but on my southern hemisphere tour in 2010 – 2011, I knew I was flying into Johannesburg and I looked into staying in the famous township of Soweto. I arrived there and stayed Read more about Backpacking in South Africa: Soweto Bicycle Tour[…]

Mandela House: 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto *

On a quiet morning while staying in the township of Soweto I walked from the backpackers hostel to Vilakazi Street. Soweto as a township is steeped in enough history as it is, but this was a special trip to the former house of a man who changed the world: Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela used to Read more about Mandela House: 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto *[…]

Homestay At Rachel’s: Ngculu Street, Orlando East, Soweto, South Africa *

As a traveller, an excellent way of getting a flavour for the real local culture and ways of a pace is to actually stay with someone who ordinarily lives there. Also known as a “homestay”. And so my South African adventure gave me a lot of various experiences, including the bonus of spending a night Read more about Homestay At Rachel’s: Ngculu Street, Orlando East, Soweto, South Africa *[…]