Itchy feet? Your guide to local travel

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The pandemic has left a lot of of us with itchy toes, eager to grab our passports and head abroad. But two a long time of travel limits have also supplied rise to an appreciation for all the extraordinary places that Africa has correct on our doorstep: from the colourful Namaqualand flowers that litter the West Coast Countrywide Park, to the vineyards and luxurious wineries that dot the Cape Winelands and major-sport viewing in neighbouring African nations around the world.

This 12 months, we at Maverick Everyday living tried to do our little bit to enable you scratch your itchy toes (yuck) by giving you the practical recommendations to start out putting collectively a journey itinerary. These included our reader-vetted tips for the major holiday selects in the state and a short and detailed breakdown of the best airlines to aid you get there. We also explored developments in travel this sort of as operating and residing on the street as a digital nomad.

If you have skipped any of the travel ideas, tricks and guides that we have released, you are in luck: we have pulled out some of our best work and place collectively a listing of evergreen stories that’ll help you in your future journey endeavours.

Bon voyage and enjoy these reads.



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Vultures sit in trees silhouetted versus the placing sun in close proximity to Satara Camp in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger Park was a particular best vacation spot inside Mpumalanga, which came sixth general. (Picture: Gallo Images / Mike Copeland)

Yard miracles – our readers’ prime holiday break picks at dwelling in South Africa
DM168 readers share their favourite South African holiday locations. By Karabo Mafolo and Sahra Heuwel

Nieu-Bethesda chooses dust around tar, when it will come to their village streets. Image: Equipped / Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit

Townsizing to the Karoo
Why relocating forever to South Africa’s dry heartland could be just the experience you’ve been dreaming of. By Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit

Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The pans there were being bathed in a warm late afternoon glow and produced it really feel that we have been element of a Disney landscape. When compared to wherever we had been it was like an upmarket intricate for wild animals. Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana.
27 December 2021. Photograph: John Hogg

Street vacation to Botswana: Cowbells, expanse and splendour
The make-up to our to start with excursion to Botswana in December 2021 was a draining combine of anticipation and anxiety: Covid-19 and the fluctuating travel ramifications that are but side-displays of the pandemic there had been 3 of us – my wife Nicolene, Adele du Toit (mate and wife of the late Duif du Toit) and I. The vacation was in memory of Duif, as he and Adele travelled by Botswana in 2009. By John Hogg

Sonja and Reinholdt Van Niekerk and their small children. Picture: Louis Botha Pictures

Van Lifestyle – the beauty of residing and travelling South Africa in a cell property
As “Van Life” has turn into more popular close to the planet around the previous number of many years, some South Africans have swapped living in their brick-and-mortar houses for existence on the highway. By Malibongwe Tyilo

The magical natural phenomenon where fields of flowers appears out of dry conditions of the West Coast National Park on August 26, 2020 in Postberg, South Africa.
The magical all-natural phenomenon where fields of flowers seems out of dry circumstances of the West Coast National Park on August 26, 2020 in Postberg, South Africa. Graphic: Gallo Photographs / Jacques Stander

Flower period – checking out the blooms of the West Coast and Namaqualand
South Africa’s flower time is on us. Here is a useful guide to visiting the blooms this spring. By Sarah Hoek

Karoo Roads III Photo Essay
Copper the Fluffer Stallion – Gelykfontein Thoroughbred Stud Farm, Venterstad, Jap Cape. Image: Chris Marais

Karoo Streets III – From the studios of snowy Nieu-Bethesda to the stony heights of the Richtersveld
Right here is an additional heritage selection of journeys into the earlier and current of South Africa’s Karoo area. By Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit

Lauren Melnick, a South African freelance writer, blogger, copywriter and digital nomad, is component of the new environment of work. (Image: Lauren Melnick)

Doing the job on the street: How digital nomads have the most effective of each worlds
Always wished to travel but never assumed it would be feasible because of your get the job done? In 2022, with the earth and a lot of routines disrupted, getting your skilled action on the road could possibly be simpler than you believe. By Sarah Hoek. DM/ML