Topic “getaways”

Madagascar Getaway

The Tedder family packed one bag each and set sail for a four-month cruise in Madagascan waters
Nadine Tedder
In these emails to family back home, Nadine describes what it’s like to “live the dream”…
June 2010
Ahoy there, from the large island of Madagascar – a Noah’s Ark adrift in the Indian Ocean – with pearly-white beaches, swaying coconut palms and an

Bali – island of the gods

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy in beautiful Bali
Lisa Mc Namara
Those in the know don’t recommend visiting Bali in January – it’s hot and humid, it rains and many Asians and Australians are on holiday, so resorts and beaches can be crowded. However, I was invited to attend a work function in Nusa Dua, South Bali and managed to convince my husband and youngest that a three-day visit to a country we had never been to would be worth the very long flight.

Escape to Nature

Wide-open spaces, abundant wildlife and exciting outdoor activities — we recommend a few of the best national parks to visit for a family holiday
Child Magazine

Family-friendly Festivals

Have a ball at some of South Africa’s most exciting, intriguing and unusual festivals – that will be fun for you and the children
Chareen Boake
Albertinia Aloe Festival
Situated between the beautiful Langeberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Albertinia is South Africa’s foremost producer of aloe products. To celebrate this natural resource, the little town comes alive with a weekend of festivities that include wine tasting, a potjiekos competition, music, adventure sports and lots more local and lekker fun.

Happy Campers

Tips for the family of rookie campers on surviving a weekend in the great outdoors
Marina Zietsman
Under Canvas
ready steady When choosing a family tent, opt for either a cabin-style or a dome-style model. Cabin-style tents offer easy access and the vertical walls create bigger living spaces. Some cabin-style tents have extra awnings, which can be used as “room dividers”.

Campfire Safety

Cooking around a campfire is a fun part of a weekend in the great outdoors… here’s how to keep it safe
Marina Zietsman
  • Only make a fire in a designated area such as a fire pit, cement braai or steel drum. Never make a fire close to the tent or close to dry bushes, shrubbery or low hanging branches.
  • Clear the area (about a one-and-a-half metre radius) around the fire from anything that might ignite, such as twigs.

Day Tripping in Joburg

Five great outings close to your city, from a jaunt on a steam train to close encounters with elephants
Chareen Boake
Broekie Lace and Diamonds
The quaint little Victorian village of Cullinan, north of Pretoria, is lined with oak trees and broekie lace. This historical town, where the world’s largest diamond was discovered in 1905, bears witness to its rich mining history in its museums, tree-lined streets and architecture. While you stroll through the town, pop in at several arts and antique stores and museums.

Day Tripping in Durban

Five great outings close to your city, from adventurous abseiling in Oribi Gorge to art and craft shopping in the Midlands
Tamlyn Vincent


Day Tripping in Cape Town

Five great outings close to the Mother City, from Constantia to the Stellenbosch winelands
Lucille Kemp
Connecting With Mother Nature
Though Constantia Valley is close to home, it could take you a while to make it back to your front door, such is the beauty of the green belt, which extends from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to Tokai Forest. It offers large open spaces, parkland, a mountain backdrop, a valley, streams and rivers. There are nine walking routes on the green belt; not strenuous, each takes about 30 to 45 minutes (unless you get carried away with all the exploring there is to be done).

Holiday Heaven: Visiting the South of France

One mother takes her toddler across the seas for lazy summer days in the French countryside
Donna Cobban
A whole month in the South of France where my mother lives, and somewhere in the middle I would fly to the North of France to visit my son’s father’s family... The fact that all the grandparents live in France is pure luck but somewhat handy given the cost of international travel. I planned and plotted for months but as the time drew closer I wished more than anything that both the grannies lived in Potch or Polokwane, and that I would not have to undertake what seemed like a voyage of Iliad-like proportions.
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