Sophie Baker

Freelance Writer

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See Zagreb and Istanbul (On A South African Budget)

Combine the gorgeous cities of Zagreb and Istanbul for a whirlwind European experience. The magical Croatian capital is an underappreciated European wonderland, while the bustling east-meets-west metropolis of Istanbul will leave you enthralled and breathless. You might have noticed that Turkish airlines is offering some insanely cheap flights to Istanbul and the rest of Europe lately.

4 Equestrian Travel Destination Ideas For 2020

A holiday just isn’t a holiday without getting your horsey fix, however far away from home you are. My perfect vacation involves some time in the saddle or, at the very least, watching masters of their craft demonstrate their equestrian skills. Luckily, there are tons of destinations which allow you to reach veritable globetrotting status without getting horse withdrawal symptoms.

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Tulbagh - Winelands Gem

Lesser known than it's Winelands siblings of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Tulbagh is an undiscovered gem

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This Jozi Gin Distillery Is The Place To Be

Craft gin is having a moment right now, with more and more distilleries popping up and slowly but surely catching up to the wave of craft beer producers and drinkers. Like most gin lovers, I thought of myself as a sort of gin aficionado.

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Discovering Pretoria's Dinokeng Reserve

A beautiful South African safari is a common item on most travel bucket lists, but it's not always an easy goal to achieve. However, today's guest contributor, Sophie Kate Baker, is here to tell us how travelers with scheduled layovers in Johannesburg can make the most of their time by visiting the big five at theDinokeng Reserve located nearby.

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My Jozi Valentines

Spoil your Valentine this year with the best that the City of Gold has to offer

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The Green Kalahari - Where Discovery Starts as Soon as You Leave the Tar Road

The roads running through the major towns of the Northern Cape stretch out endlessly as you travel across South Africa’s largest province. The landscape is distinctive, harsh and striking, even as it shifts from Karoo farmland to the dense, vibrant vineyards of the Green Kalahari.

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Gin Route

Forget the famous wine routes or the craft beer breweries of a few years ago, gin is the new kid on the block; and it's taking South Africa by storm.

5 Best Social Networks for Female Travelers

Traveling alone can be a great adventure but it can also be daunting, especially for solo female travelers. Multiply that by ten if it's your first time going it alone! While we don't think anyone should turn down the opportunity for a solo trip, these are the best social networks for women that you might want to check out before you step on to that plane.

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Pretoria's Top Sushi Spots

By Sophie Baker There's no denying that the almost-meteoric rise of sushi to the upper echelons of the Pretoria food scene has fulfilled our foodie dreams. And we're not talking about the sushi of a bygone

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South African Towns That Locals Don't Want To Share With You

I have a confession to make; South Africans are selfish. We might have shared Cape Town and the winelands with you. We might even have let you know about the multitude of beautiful safari lodges where you can spot the Big Five or sip on a drink as you listen to lions roar at night.

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Porto's Hidden Gems

Oporto. Portugal's second city. There's something enticing about second cities, Pretoria-dwellers will agree. The term is so often said with a hint of disdain in the voice. Voted Best European Destination for 2017 by Lonely Planet, Porto might be the second largest, second most-visited and many other seconds...

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Explore Africa During the Summer Season

Africa is such a vast continent that there's always something new to see or do, and undoubtedly one of the most popular times to visit is during the summer season, especially in Southern Africa. For those from the Northern Hemisphere it provides a welcome respite from the cold and rain.

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