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Itching to get away from the deadly routine and explore something new? Take your pick of our Travel Buddies Lifestyle blogs, with valuable insights and pro tips. From weekend road trips to remote beaches, city escapes and wilderness safaris, we have everything you need to plan your perfect holiday! The best part is that all of our content is free!

Get inspired by fabulous travel ideas like island hopping in Greece or a trip to the Côte D’Azur. No matter what type of trip you’re seeking, Travel Buddies has got it all; grab yourself a refreshing drink and start reading up on these exciting trips! Plus, you can rest assured that each article was authored by us (Bernie or Petra), seasoned travellers who know how to get the most out of a trip.

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Are you looking for an island escape?

Your Travel Buddies are here to provide expert tips and advice on fabulous island escapes. From the best islands in Greece to hidden gems in Mauritius and beyond, we have all your island-hopping needs covered! We take pride in being able to create detailed blogs that will guarantee a stress-free getaway.

Our articles are written with seasoned and first-time travellers in mind so they can confidently explore our recommended destination. And don’t just trust our opinions– we also interview locals to get insider information. 

Visit our Travel Buddies Lifestyle Blogs now and start planning your next island escape today!

Views of Hvar from the Castle

Hvar, Croatia: Is it worth going?

Hvar, the queen of the Croatian Islands or playpen of the rich and famous? With its discreet harbour, Havr is the party island and queen of the Croatian Dalmatian Islands for many A-listers like Prince Harry (during his bachelor days) to George Clooney, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Keira Knightly. Even though big yachts, celebrities and exorbitant

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BEACH DREAMING

Looking for some inspiration to perfect the beach destination?

Travel Buddies Lifestyle’s blog is all you need! We focus on helping you learn more about the best locations in the world. Whether it is just across town or in a far-away destination, we provide detailed descriptions, photos and videos (across our various social media platforms) to let you experience these magical places without ever leaving your home.

Get lost in daydreaming of being at breathtaking locations with beautiful sunsets and many extraordinary activities. Read on our blog articles what locals say and suggest about their hometowns so you can experience it as they do. We also give you helpful tips when planning your next adventure by including things such as transportation information and suggestions for accommodation nearby.

Click here now and plan your next holiday with Travel Buddies Lifestyle

75+ things to experience in South Africa

Travelling in a country with eleven official languages such as Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Tswana, Swazi, Venda and Tsonga), four main religions (Hindu, Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim), and five distinctive races (Black, white, coloured, Indian), six climate regions over nine provinces, ensure that travellers are in for the unique experiences.

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Romantic Dinner in the bush veld at Sediba Luxury Lodge

12 Best romantic getaways for a couple’s trip in South Africa

Tourists ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over romantic European getaways like Greece and Italy, but well-informed travellers know South Africa warrants just as much attention. And with the Valentine’s weekend (in February) almost upon us, what better way to explore our accommodation and restaurant options to make your special person feel appreciated? While some couples enjoy relaxing on a secluded beach anywhere as long as it’s sunny, others prefer exciting adrenalin-rush activities.

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Victoria Bay, Garden Route, South Africa, beach scenery with surfers

Garden Route Accommodation – Our Top 5

Discover South Africa’s breathtaking Garden Route, a destination replete with luxury accommodations, thrilling adventure, and gourmet delights. Marvel at the prestigious St. James of Knysna, a five-star country hotel set on the picturesque Knysna Lagoon. Experience the charming Southern Cross Beach House in Plettenberg Bay, boasting stunning ocean views and a unique Mauritian tea plantation-inspired design. Indulge in the exquisite services of The Plettenberg, a pet-friendly hotel offering direct beach access. Stay tuned as we delve deeper into each destination’s unique features and experiences in our detailed follow-up blog articles. Whether you’re an adventurer, foodie, or seeking relaxation, the Garden Route awaits you.

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SAFARIS

Attention intrepid travellers! Are you looking for the ultimate safari adventure?

We have the inside scoop on the best wilderness safaris in Africa. Our detailed photography and captivating stories from Africa enable you to review and explore each destination as if you were there in person.

Discover the best places for game viewing during a South African safari, or embark on even more adventurous safaris across Africa. We give expert advice to ensure your dream safari is within your reach!

Start planning your once-in-a-lifetime adventure right now!

75+ things to experience in South Africa

Travelling in a country with eleven official languages such as Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Tswana, Swazi, Venda and Tsonga), four main religions (Hindu, Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim), and five distinctive races (Black, white, coloured, Indian), six climate regions over nine provinces, ensure that travellers are in for the unique experiences.

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Wildehondekloof grass with Nyalas and a pool

Wildehondekloof Oudtshoorn: Klein Karoo meets exclusive Private Game Lodge

Explore the untouched beauty of South Africa at Wildehondekloof Lodge, a haven of tranquility and adventure amidst breath-taking landscapes. This blog article offers an insider’s view into the myriad experiences – from outdoor activities and wildlife encounters to wellness and cultural immersions. Let us guide you through Ostrich safaris, and the exquisite ciabatta bread by Annelise. Discover why Wildehondekloof Lodge, operates with unmatched passion. Nyalas grazing and gastronomical delights by Chef Andre Goliath await. Dive into our article for a sneak peek into your next South African adventure.

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Eco bush lodge: Mosetlha Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

There are only a few true eco-lodges in South Africa. Mosethla is an extraordinary lodge offering incredible game viewing. This lodge is a wildlife photographer’s dream. From twice daily (3 hour) game drives to unique camping experiences. This lodge is not to be read about but to be experienced!

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CITY VIBES

Are you wondering what to do over a weekend in a city like Cape Town or Johannesburg?

Travel Buddies is a lifestyle blog that provides the best city escape recommendations. We’ve travelled to the most captivating cities worldwide to share with you narratives and stunning images from our travels. From vibrant cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Munich, Tapei, Lisbon, Tokyo and Bruges to exotic places like Marrakesh, Izmir and Istanbul, our articles are guaranteed to inspire your next adventure!

But we’re not just about exciting destinations; we also share interesting cultural experiences, tips for travelling on a budget, must-have travel items, advice for planning trips, tools to use when making bookings, etc. 

Remember to follow us on social media (Instagram and Facebook) for exclusive travel content.

Christmas Lights in garden

Christmas lights 2023: Best venues in Pretoria and Johannesburg

Discover the magic of Christmas in and around Pretoria with our ultimate guide to the most enchanting holiday events. Experience awe-inspiring Christmas lights displays at the Johannesburg Zoo’s Festival of Lights, marvel at the magical festivities at the Jacaranda Liggie Fees, or step into a Christmas wonderland at Kersliggies Oppi-Plaas. Don’t miss out on the joyous decorations that light up Lawley Street, a beloved tradition in the community. Join us as we celebrate the season of togetherness and create unforgettable memories. Click here to read more!

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Split, Croatia: Top 10 things to do

The top 10 activities to do in Split, Croatia Split is a bustling port city, the second largest in Croatia, with majestic mountain and sea views. Because of its Mediterranean climate, it has hot and moderately dry summers and mild to cold, wet winters. The warm summers make it the ideal destination to visit. Moreover,

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Split, Croatia: The secret to enjoying a family holiday

Split, Croatia: The secret to enjoying a family holiday What’s your favourite place? I don’t have a favourite place. I have favourite people. And whenever I’m with my favourite people, it becomes my favourite place. The red tile roofs of Split, Croatia Why visit Split, Croatia? A family holiday once a year has always been

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HOTEL REVIEW

Are you looking for honest hotel reviews?

We are known to write trustworthy reviews about our hotel stays. We evaluate the quality of service and amenities offered by each hotel we visited to make sure we’re giving our readers the most accurate information.

With our reviews, you can rest assured that your next hotel stay will be enjoyable. We provide detailed descriptions of all types of accommodations, from luxury resorts to business hotels for working professionals – so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong choice!

The St.James Hotel of Knysna - hotel on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon

Best Knysna lagoon hotel: The St. James of Knysna

The St James of Knysna is regraded as the best lagoon hotel. An owner-run country hotel set beside the stunning Knysna Lagoon. Awaken to breathtaking lagoon views from your well-appointed room, and start your day with a delicious breakfast served at the lagoon’s edge. This five-star hotel is nestled in a beautifully manicured three-acre garden with two pools and a private jetty, offering the ideal escape from city life. Conveniently located just 2.8 km from the centre of Knysna, it is the perfect base to explore the many pristine beaches and unique neighbouring locations. Enjoy many activities nearby, from forest horse riding to wildlife sanctuaries and adrenaline-fueled adventures. Discover why The St James of Knysna is more than just a hotel—it’s a home away from home.

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Eco bush lodge: Mosetlha Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

There are only a few true eco-lodges in South Africa. Mosethla is an extraordinary lodge offering incredible game viewing. This lodge is a wildlife photographer’s dream. From twice daily (3 hour) game drives to unique camping experiences. This lodge is not to be read about but to be experienced!

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SEASONAL TRIPS

From winter escapes for under 5 Euros in Cape Town to the most breathtaking winter holidays in the Allgäu and Christmas markets in Germany, we have an article for you.

Romantic Dinner in the bush veld at Sediba Luxury Lodge

12 Best romantic getaways for a couple’s trip in South Africa

Tourists ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over romantic European getaways like Greece and Italy, but well-informed travellers know South Africa warrants just as much attention. And with the Valentine’s weekend (in February) almost upon us, what better way to explore our accommodation and restaurant options to make your special person feel appreciated? While some couples enjoy relaxing on a secluded beach anywhere as long as it’s sunny, others prefer exciting adrenalin-rush activities.

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Christmas Lights in garden

Christmas lights 2023: Best venues in Pretoria and Johannesburg

Discover the magic of Christmas in and around Pretoria with our ultimate guide to the most enchanting holiday events. Experience awe-inspiring Christmas lights displays at the Johannesburg Zoo’s Festival of Lights, marvel at the magical festivities at the Jacaranda Liggie Fees, or step into a Christmas wonderland at Kersliggies Oppi-Plaas. Don’t miss out on the joyous decorations that light up Lawley Street, a beloved tradition in the community. Join us as we celebrate the season of togetherness and create unforgettable memories. Click here to read more!

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