Travel South Africa. Eyewitness Gabriel Sithole, Radio host and wildlife conservationist talks about Durban

Durban, on the Indian Ocean, in KwaZulu-Natal province, is a mix of African, Indian and English-Dutch culture and flavours. Surfing beaches, a tropical climate and hiking opportunities galore in the Drakensberg mountains are all just around the corner.

Gabriel Sithole, radio presenter, wildlife conservationist und photographer moved from his hometown Greytown to Durban. He co-hosts the morning show on Vuma 103 FM, a (mostly) Zulu language radio station. The program sounds fun, it “… looks for the silly in the serious, and the serious in the silly. The show is opinionated but accommodating… Be prepared to be provoked, tickled, persuaded...".

Gabriel Sithole

I met Gabriel through social media and the TravelChatSA community when I realized we share the love for travelling and the passion for our environment. He is a big fan of road trips and loves to spontaneously get into a car and finding a new place to experience and to enjoy the South African landscape and her spectacular scenery. That, by the way, made him the perfect Ford Wildlife Foundation brand ambassador. He now travels around South Africa in his Ford Ranger, taking photographs along the way and raising environmental awareness.

The Ford Wildlife Foundation is supported by Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, with involvement in over 150 conservation projects. To give you an idea, the Black Rhino Project, for example, promotes conservation and growth of the black rhino population in KwaZulu Natal. The Enkangala Grasslands Project promotes the concept of biosphere reserves and the establishment and maintenance of a biosphere reserve for the high altitude moist grasslands of Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and Free State Provinces of South Africa.

Lucky us, Gabriel Sithole found some time to tell us about Durban.


Travel South Africa. Eyewitness Sarah Cangley, Publisher of Cheek2Chic talks about Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa's secret capital and most important business metropolis is the country's largest city and the capital of the Gauteng province. The city is located in the eastern highlands, the Highveld, and is home to 3.8 million people.

Sarah Cangley, a journalist from Johannesburg worked for over a decade as a columnist for The Citizen, one of the 15 in Gauteng published newspapers, until she decided to start her own magazine. She saw a gap in the online luxury magazine market took it and now publishes her own independent publication Cheek2Chic, which showcases the best of South Africa in a global context. Here she tells us all about her hometown Johannesburg.

Sarah Cangley


Travel South Africa. Eyewitness Lavinia Engelbrecht talks about Pretoria

Pretoria, in the north of Gauteng Province, once the capital of Apartheid is today better known as the city of purple jacaranda trees. When a Voortrekker (a Boer pioneer) founded the town in 1855, he named it after his father, who was a national hero for his victory over the Zulus in the Battle of Blood River at that time. A proposal to rename the town into Tshwane was made years ago, talks are ongoing. As the administrative capital of South Africa, the town is the place to be for foreign diplomats. It is the gateway to the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and Johannesburg is only a 45-minute drive away.

Lavinia Engelbrecht loves photography, writing and her garden. She is passionate about nature and committed to preserving South Africa’s natural heritage. Each year the Mail & Guardian profiles fascinating young people who have stood out and who show what to look forward to in South Africa's future. Lavinia was chosen as one of 200 young South Africans for their feats of brilliance as individuals in the environment sector. She is the director of corporate communication at the department of environmental affairs and editor-in-chief of Environment Quarterly, its official magazine. Now Lavinia tells us about her hometown Pretoria.

Lavinia Engelbrecht