7 African holiday spots writers love

Winona Griggs

7 African Vacation Destinations That Capture the Hearts of Writers

When it comes to seeking inspiration for my writing, Africa continues to be a land of enchantment and intrigue. With its diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and rich history, this continent offers a treasure trove of experiences that ignite my creativity and fill my pages with vivid imagery.

One destination that never fails to captivate me is the majestic Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. As I set foot on the vast plains, I am immediately transported to a world where lions roam freely, zebras graze peacefully, and elephants bathe in pristine rivers. The breathtaking sunsets over the Acacia trees create a palette of colors that beg to be described in my stories.

Moving west, my next stop takes me to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The sheer power and majesty of this natural wonder leave me in awe as I witness the mighty Zambezi River plunging into the gorge below. The misty spray and thunderous roar fill my senses, evoking a sense of both fear and excitement that fuels my narratives.

Further south, I find solace in the tranquility of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The peacefulness of gliding through the winding waterways in a traditional mokoro canoe allows my mind to wander freely, absorbing the sights and sounds of the lush wetlands around me. The calls of hippos and the rustling of reeds create a symphony of nature that forms the backdrop of my prose.

Continuing my journey, I find myself in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands. The rolling vineyards, framed by towering mountains, lure me into a world of indulgence and refinement. The taste of rich wines and the aroma of oak barrels mingle with the stories I craft, bringing a touch of sophistication to my words.

Heading north, I discover the ancient wonders of Egypt. Standing before the Great Pyramids of Giza, I am overcome with a sense of awe and admiration for the architectural genius of the past. The mysteries of the Sphinx and the stories of pharaohs inspire tales of adventure and discovery within me, transporting readers to a time long gone.

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My journey would not be complete without a visit to the vibrant city of Marrakech in Morocco. The bustling souks, with their vibrant colors and enticing aromas, awaken my senses and ignite my imagination. The labyrinthine streets and ornate palaces offer endless inspiration, and the melding of cultures and traditions fuels my desire to explore new narratives.

In conclusion, Africa is a continent that holds a special place in the hearts of writers. Its natural wonders, cultural diversity, and rich history create a tapestry of experiences that breathe life into our words. Whether you seek adventure, serenity, or a touch of the exotic, Africa offers a myriad of destinations that will leave you spellbound and eager to tell your own unique story.

7 African holiday spots writers love

Tony Park once said that writers require three essential elements: time, place, and inspiration. Today, I will share with you the stories of seven remarkable writers who hold certain places close to their hearts.

1. Oudrif

Karina M. Szczurek

7 African holiday spots writers love

I step into the wide expanse of the veld, my senses enticed by the sweet scent of honey and the tranquil atmosphere that envelops me. It captivates me, this vast open space, filled with the essence of nature’s contentment.

If you’re seeking an immersive experience in the heart of the veld, look no further than Oudrif Cottages. The allure of this remote retreat lies in its ability to transport you to a realm of serenity and natural splendor. The full-board rates, including guided walks, are R1,350 per person. To book your escape and explore this untouched oasis, simply dial 027-482-2397 or visit oudrif.co.za.

2. Port Nolloth

David Robbins

7 African holiday spots writers love

When I first set foot in Port Nolloth, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had reached a place on the brink of the world’s edge. The vastness of the surrounding landscape seemed to stretch out endlessly before me, evoking a sense of awe and wonder.

If you’re longing to experience the magic of Port Nolloth for yourself, look no further than the Scotia Inn Hotel. This charming establishment offers a range of comfortable accommodations, starting at just R425 per person sharing, including a delicious breakfast.

A Slice of Heaven in Hermanus

For those seeking a blissful escape, there is no better place than Hermanus. Nestled along the coast, this idyllic town is a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

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With its breathtaking beauty and abundant wildlife, Hermanus is the ideal destination for a memorable getaway. Whether you enjoy whale watching, hiking along scenic trails, or simply relaxing on pristine beaches, this charming town has it all.

When it comes to finding the perfect accommodations in Hermanus, you’re in luck. The options are plentiful, ranging from cozy guesthouses to luxurious resorts. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to be greeted with warm hospitality and unforgettable experiences.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey unlike any other, pack your bags and head to Hermanus. Your slice of heaven awaits.

Image: David Robbins

‘I felt as though I’d arrived somewhere quite close to the end of the world.’

Get your fix of Port Nolloth at the Scotia Inn Hotel. From R425 pp sharing B&B. 027-851-8353

3. Hermanus

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

7 African holiday spots writers love

“I’m sitting on the peaceful veranda, gazing out at the vast ocean teeming with magnificent whales.”

Here in this charming vacation destination, there are so many options to choose from. You can visit hermanus-tourism.co.za or airbnb.co.za to explore your choices. The Marine Hotel stands proudly on the cliffs, a true icon of luxury. You can book a room starting at R4,700 per person, including breakfast. Call 021-794-5535 or visit themarinehotel.co.za for more information.

Now let’s move on to number 4 on our list: Rwanda.

Allow me to introduce Jacques Pauw, who will guide us through this amazing destination.

7 African holiday spots writers love

I can’t believe it! Kigali has transformed itself from a city scarred by genocide to a thriving, modern metropolis. It’s truly remarkable.

If you want to experience something truly grand, I recommend booking a stay at Magashi, the brand-new luxury camp from Wilderness Safaris. It’s located in Akagera National Park and offers all-inclusive packages starting from R6,930 per person. Talk about luxury!

If you’re interested in learning more about Rwanda’s rich culture and history, Go Kigali Tours is the way to go. For just R890 per person, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating stories and traditions of this beautiful country. Don’t miss out!

5. Harties

Niq Mhlongo

7 African holiday spots writers love

“Every time I visit, it feels like something amazing is calling out to me, inviting me to step inside.”

Meerhof Lodge is the place I love the most. They have these beautiful cottages near the dam, and they’re so luxurious. You can stay there for just R800 per cottage (which is perfect for two people). If you’re interested, you can reach them at 082-454-0095 or visit meerhoflodge.co.za.

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If you’re looking for a fun weekend adventure, you should definitely check out Glamping Adventures. They offer a package that includes a boat cruise, hiking, a pool party, and all meals for just R1,999 per person. If that sounds good to you, visit glamping-adventures.co.za.

6. Nantwich

Tony Park

7 African holiday spots writers love

‘Africa had it all, right there in front of me – the breathtaking beauty, the undeniable bravery, the heart-wrenching tragedies, the powerful stories of survival. It was a journey of a lifetime…’

When I and my fellow investors decided to breathe new life into the old Nantwich Camp, we had one goal in mind – to create a private eco-lodge that would transport you to a world of wonder and tranquility. And that’s exactly what we did. Now, you have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary place for yourself, for just R5,160 per person sharing. Hideaways Africa is the perfect gateway to explore the magic of Africa.
For those seeking a more budget-friendly option, look no further than Robins Camp. Located just 10 kilometers away, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Cederberg for an affordable price of just R295 per person for camping. Robins Camp offers an authentic experience without breaking the bank.

7. Cederberg

Henrietta Rose-Innes

7 African holiday spots writers love

“I’ve experienced Christmas at Traveller’s Rest, surrounded by fascinating creatures like giant centipedes, duikers, hawks, baboons, and foxes. It’s a memorable and unique getaway.”

“The 12 cottages at Traveller’s Rest are absolutely charming. They have a rustic and vibrant feel, yet still manage to be surprisingly cozy. You can book a cottage starting from R600. Give them a call at 082-554-9303 or visit their website at travellersrest.co.za.”

“This article was originally featured in the January 2020 edition of Getaway magazine. To get your hands on this issue, make sure to check it out. Please note that all prices listed here were accurate at the time of publication but may be subject to change. It’s always a good idea to verify with the establishment before making any bookings or purchases.”

7 African holiday spots writers love

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