Archive for May, 2012

South Africa Shows its Colors at Travel Expo

By Lark Ellen Gould It takes a lot to turn a destination such as South Africa into a successful long-haul destination for US travelers. But South Africa has done just that. At Indaba 2012 in Durban this month the numbers continue to tell the story. After a record-breaking year in 2010, when the World Cup [...]

SAA to Africa: Selling the Southern Skies

By Lark Ellen Gould South African Airways with the help of its code share partner, Ethiopian Airlines, pretty much rules the African skies, especially for travelers coming from the US. And for those fortunate enough to travel on SAA, the ride can be good indeed. The airline makes daily nonstop flights from Washington/Dulles and JFK [...]

Dreaming of Trains Through Africa

By Lark Ellen Gould You don’t have to be a rail enthusiast to appreciate the fin de siècle experience to be had on a Rovos Rail ride through the savannahs of Africa. The trip will be had in lovingly restored 1920s style Pullman steam trains and the ride will be anything but ordinary. The company [...]

Cape Town by Car: Divine Wine Drives

By Lark Ellen Gould Few Americans go the distance to South Africa without checking out the beauty and culture of Cape Town. The city is overseen from on high by iconic Table Mountain (adventure travelers skip the tram and take the path for a good 12-hour hike), and by the confluence of the Atlantic and [...]

What’s Doin’ in Durban?

  By Lark Ellen Gould As the jumping off point to the wildlife and cultural tourism offerings of KwaZulu Natal, and as South Africa’s second largest city, Durban deserves some attention of its own. It’s a compact town of some 3.5 million residents, and then more if you count the garden house suburbs and the [...]