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JOHANNESBURG & APARTHEID MUSEUM

Johannesburg, also called Jozi by locals, has a lousy reputation: it is said to be dangerous here, and nothing compared to Cape Town. But nothing is less true! Choose a real African city, an example of the boom that Africa is experiencing now. A city rich in history and tragedy.

THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg, one of the larger cities in South Africa, has a notorious reputation for being dangerous and nothing compared to Cape Town. The bad kid on the block! But nothing is less true. The Big Smoke’ Johannesburg is without doubt one of the most active, vibrant cities in Africa and has a lot to offer in terms of culture and history. Johannesburg is a city of international stature and is home to hundreds of nationalities. It is the city of the richer class and at the same time the city of the poorest population in South Africa. You can shop in luxury shopping malls, visit the famous township slum Soweto and learn about its gruesome history in the Apartheid Museum.

THE APARTHEID MUSEUM

Take the Apartheid Museum. It starts with the impressive architecture of the building. It looks like a bunker and everything in its design contributes to the oppressive feeling of what it must have been like to live in the times of apartheid. At the ticket office, you are given a ticket that states whether you are white or an African, and therefore which entrance you should take. You enter the museum with a sense of gnawing confusion that is only further fuelled by this. By means of photographs, videos, sound recordings and a collection of objects, you go on a journey back in time. You walk through the beginning of apartheid, through the revolution and its aftermath. This museum is not afraid to make no bones about it: the history of South Africa (and the Netherlands!) was turbulent! When you’re outside again after a couple of hours, your stomach may have turned slightly: something that will contribute to your conscious travelling through South Africa!

THE TRENDY MABONENG DISTRICT

The Maboneng district is the creative epicentre where many a hip African goes out to eat and where the nightlife is splashing, bubbling and buzzing. OK, right… If you look up Maboneng you’ll find many of the same hotspots. But that’s perhaps also because this area is really just one street. In this industrial environment you’ll find hidden hip spots everywhere. From a breakfast joint to a vintage store and from a cocktail bar to an authentic cinema. So when you land in South Africa, don’t skip this great city by going straight on a safari. Instead, take a day or two to see it all. “Jozi” is more than a stopover!

Okay back to Maboneng. This place is of course cool to visit, but if you are here on a Sunday, you are in for a real treat. From about 12 o’clock in the afternoon the streets of Maboneng are filled with people lighting braai, chilling beers and playing the best African vibes. What you immediately notice are the hipsters who love to have their picture taken. Because for the Jozis, this is the Insta spot of the city.

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HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI

The rolling hills of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal with lots of green are a paradise for the self-driver. Located in the heart of Zululand, this park was established in 1895, making it one of the oldest game reserves in Africa! It is home to Big 5, but you also have a chance of spotting cheetahs and Wild Dogs. Throughout the park you can find several hides, where you can watch the wild animals drinking and playing by the rivers.

ELEPHANT COAST

The bush to beach experience on the Elephant Coast is varied, unique and cultural in many ways. This area is located in the east of South Africa, in the Kwazulu-Natal province. Sodwana Bay is ideal for a dive into marine life, in St. Lucia you will find hundreds of hippos (sometimes even in the village itself) and in HluHluwe-iMfolozi you can spot the BIG 5.  

GREATER KRUGER

Dé safari experience van de Eastern Loop. In Greater Kruger wordt je volledig in de watten gelegd en ga je samen met een ranger op avontuur in de dichtbegroeide bush bush. Geen verharde wegen en geen self drive. Je gaat een paar dagen genieten van de kalmte en de bijzondere flora en fauna.

Mto wa mbu

Mto Wa Mbu is letterlijk vertaald ‘River of Mosquitoes’, maar gelukkig zijn er niet zoveel muggen meer, en kun je nu genieten van safari’s. Vanuit de standaard jeep, maar op de mountain bike, tuktuk, of met een lokale kano.

LOCAL LIVING IN SODWANA BAY

Sodwana Bay is a bay in South Africa on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, between St. Lucia and Lake Sibaya. It is a popular diving destination and lies in the middle of South Africa's oldest Maputaland Marine Protected Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But apart from the wonderful beach vibes, this place is also known for its rich Zulu Culture which we would like to show you.  

KOSI BAY

Kosi Bay, ook wel birder’s paradise! Kosi Bay is een reservaat van 11.000 hectare waar 6 verschillende meren samenkomen in de uiterste noordoosthoek van de provincie Kwa-Zulu Natal in Zuid-Afrika. Daarnaast is het een van de best behouden estuaria aan de Indische kustlijn! Het is een prachtig gebied met weelderige natuur vol dieren en vogels.

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI

The rolling hills of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal with lots of green are a paradise for the self-driver. Located in the heart of Zululand, this park was established in 1895, making it one of the oldest game reserves in Africa! It is home to Big 5, but you also have a chance of spotting cheetahs and Wild Dogs. Throughout the park you can find several hides, where you can watch the wild animals drinking and playing by the rivers.

ELEPHANT COAST

The bush to beach experience on the Elephant Coast is varied, unique and cultural in many ways. This area is located in the east of South Africa, in the Kwazulu-Natal province. Sodwana Bay is ideal for a dive into marine life, in St. Lucia you will find hundreds of hippos (sometimes even in the village itself) and in HluHluwe-iMfolozi you can spot the BIG 5.  

GREATER KRUGER

Dé safari experience van de Eastern Loop. In Greater Kruger wordt je volledig in de watten gelegd en ga je samen met een ranger op avontuur in de dichtbegroeide bush bush. Geen verharde wegen en geen self drive. Je gaat een paar dagen genieten van de kalmte en de bijzondere flora en fauna.

WHY TRAVEL WITH CHARLIE’S TRAVELS?

WE ARE “ON THE GROUND” IN AFRICA

The team lives and works all over Africa and therefore has a lot of first-hand knowledge and experience.

 

WE DEVELOP OUR OWN ROUTES

Wherever Charlie and his team travel, they develop new routes and experiences together with local entrepreneurs.

EVERY TRIP IS CO-CREATION

We tailor each trip based on your wishes and our African knowledge. Everything is possible and nothing is too crazy! Give us a try?

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Charlie’s Travels works together with local partners and contributes to CO2 projects to offset environmental pollution.