About Keith Bain

Cape Town-based writer Keith Bain has co-authored guidebooks to India, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Kenya & Tanzania, Ireland, and Italy. He also co-wrote A Hedonist's guide to Cape Town, and is the co-founder of Best Kept (www.bestkeptshhh.com), a bespoke trip-planning company that tailors holidays in India and Africa.

The ultimate Durban guide

Its mix of sticky humidity, golden beaches, and warm Indian Ocean bestows on Durban an exhilarating subtropical energy resulting in a kind of lush urban jungle where everything grows. Not only its unstoppable gardens and sugar cane plantations, but human creativity, too. The thick, salty … Continue reading
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10 of the top Johannesburg art galleries

Johannesburg – South Africa’s headquarters of big business, abandoned gold mines”¦and criminally overlooked world-class art. Art is everywhere in Johannesburg. Displayed. Sold. Provoking debate. Prettifying corporate foyers, revivifying concrete flyovers. And most of Joburg’s best is free to see; you just need to know where … Continue reading
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Visiting the Western Cape: Hotel Mont Rochelle

When the light is just right – usually early mornings or at dusk – the winegrowing Franschhoek Valley, about an hour from Cape Town, attains a near-mystical quality. Its vineyards shimmer as if dusted with gold, the surrounding mountains set against a dramatic blue-and-orange sky. Its name … Continue reading
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Riding Safaris in Botswana: Discovering The Okavango Delta

The Okavango, a World Heritage Site in southern Africa, is the world’s largest inland delta, an astonishing watery wilderness of labyrinthine channels and lagoons, grassy floodplains, palm-fringed islands, clear streams, and mopane forests. It’s been described as a water meadow, a sloshy, fertile original Eden … Continue reading
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Mini Road Trip: The Panorama Route from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

South Africa’s northeast is well-known for the presence of Kruger National Park, one of the most successful and famous Big Five game reserves in the world, ranged along the country’s border with Mozambique. Between Kruger and Johannesburg, though, there exists one of the most exhilarating … Continue reading
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Visiting Swaziland: An Alternative Southern African Getaway

Sunset over Swaziland © www.thekingdomofswaziland.com A small, scenically diverse country poised at the edge of the southern Africa’s eastern escarpment, the Kingdom of Swaziland is sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, just a few hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Its dramatic topography is rugged and undulating, with numerous steeply-rising … Continue reading
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Wine & Whale Watching in Hermanus

Each year, some 2,000-or-so southern right whales migrate from their Antarctic feeding grounds, and head for warmer waters along the southern Cape’s Atlantic coastline to breed and nurse their young. They especially fancy mating and calving in the series of sheltered, deep-water bays of the … Continue reading
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South Africa’s Best Luxury Game Lodges

Options for safari accommodation in South Africa are virtually limitless, ranging from ultra-sumptuous luxury right the way through to overnight on-foot wilderness expeditions, where you sleep on the ground under the stars. Here we select a few unforgettable luxury game lodges where you’ll be pampered … Continue reading
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