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Alice Lane

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Having grown up traveling to South Africa almost yearly to visit family, my interest in travel was sparked from a young age. With a desire to explore this led me to travel through Europe and later Asia as soon as I could. I loved meeting different people and learniong about their cultures, however utlimately I have always been drawn back to South Africa.

An Interrailing trip across Europe after school sparked my interest in travel. I loved researching exciting ways to get off the beaten track. This led me to later travel through Russia on the trans-siberian railway, stay with a nomadic family in Mongolia and volunteer with orangutans in Borneo.

However, with family from South Africa and having been on countless trips there growing up, my heart always lies with Africa. There is nothing like landing in South Africa and feeling the dry heat hit you when you walk off the plane. As well as the incredible diversity in landscapes, the wildlife in the vast Kruger National Park and the marine life, there is Cape Town and the winelands. Cape Town really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world - with mountains, vineyards, long stretches of beaches and hidden coves, and a buzzing cosmopolitan hub - what more could you want?

My recent highlights in South Africa include seeing white lion in Kruger national park, horse riding in Waterberg up to giraffes and hiking Lion's Head in Cape Town. Next on my travel wish list is Uganda to see the mountain gorillas!

Travel nuggets

  • Take time to talk to local people - it's the best way to learn about the culture and to get top tips about less known but incredible experiences.

  • Be open minded and try new things - it's the new and different expereinces that may be the most memorable.

  • Book a car rather than driving in the Winelands as more often than not your lunch will turn into a long afternoon of wine tasting!

  • Hike to the top of Lion's Head for the most beautiful view of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the sea below.

  • Head to Nelson's Eye for the best steak in Cape Town - definitely the local's best kept secret!

My hot picks

Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa

Bushman's Kloof is an oasis in the Cederberg Mountains. If you want to relax in the most beautiful, tranquil location, enjoy spa treatments, explore the ancient rock art and kayak in the lake - this is the place for you. Tope service and delicious food.

Leobo Private Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

An exclusive private house where anything is possible - from rock climbing, heli-paintballing, or skydiving to horse riding with giraffes, cliff edge sundowners and rooftop yoga.

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Singita Lebombo will never let you down in terms of service and having the best guiding. The lodge is just beautiful with a long infinity pool overlooking the bush it really is as luxurious as it could be.

The Silo, Cape Town

Creative, contemporary, beautifully furnished and the best view of Table Mountain and the city in Cape Town.

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