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South Africa: Six Travel Tips From a World Cup Veteran

Text by Korena di Roma, reporting from South Africa; Photograph by Kyle Vermeulen, World Vision   You start to hear the vuvuzelas as soon as you step off the plane. When we arrived in Johannesburg from Nairobi the day of the World Cup opening match, the atmosphere at the airport had transformed from when we had left it a…

South Africa: 56-Mile Comrades Marathon – The Results Are In

National Geographic Digital Media’s Korena Di Roma will be traveling to South Africa to report on the Comrades Marathon, the start of the World Cup, and World Vision‘s humanitarian efforts in the country. Follow her dispatches here. Photographs by Korena di RomaSingle-leg amputee Paul Martin lifts his sponsored child—born without arms—at the 60-kilometer point near Field’s…

South Africa: In Durban, Comrades Marathon and the World Cup Take Center Stage

National Geographic Digital Media’s Korena Di Roma will be traveling to South Africa to report on the Comrades Marathon, the start of the World Cup, and World Vision‘s humanitarian efforts in the country. Follow her dispatches here. Pictured: A Team World Vision training run in Durban; photograph by Andrea Peer/World Vision I’m at the hotel…

South Africa: The World’s Oldest Ultramarathon Meets the World Cup

National Geographic Digital Media's Korena Di Roma will be traveling to South Africa to report on the Comrades Marathon, the start of the World Cup, and World Vision's humanitarian efforts in the country. Follow her dispatches here. It’s been called the greatest footrace on Earth—56 miles through the brutal, hilly terrain between two South African…

Two Historic Rides By Big Wave Surfers – And They’re Women

The last two weeks have seen historic rides by two of the best big wave surfers in the world. Oh, and, by the way, they’re both women.  First, Californian Jamilah Star (one of our 2007 Adventurers of the Year) went to Mexico in hopes of catching a monster and ended up at the famous Playa Zicatela on one…

Deal of the Week: South African Steal in Kruger, Cape Town

Photograph courtesy of African Safari Company Stay three nights, get the fourth free—we’ve all seen these. But here’s one we haven’t: Stay three nights, get three more. At a four-star hotel. In Cape Town. You heard right. African Safari Company is currently offering a killer combo package where, if you buy three nights at the…

Why Go Now? Deep Discounts Make Africa Affordable

While the global economy sinks, we're seeing the glimmer of a silver lining in pervasive travel deals—particularly in Africa. To better understand the opportunities, we asked Africa Adventure Consultants president Kent Redding to fill us in on finding deals, travelers' roles in local economies, and why the bargain tide will change in 2010. (Find a top Africa tour operator…

Music Wednesday: South African Legend Miriam Makeba Dies

South African singer Miriam Makeba died Sunday night, from a heart attack she suffered walking offstage after a show in Italy. She was 76. From the many, many obituaries and tributes (Nelson Mandela released a statement saying,"…she used her worldwide fame to focus attention on the abomination of apartheid. Her music inspired a powerful sense…

Adventurers Wanted: Enter to Win a South Africa Trip!

Here’s your chance to win a South Africa adventure trip for two sponsored by South African Tourism, South African Airways, and National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine. Just submit a real-life account of one of your best adventures—whether it’s a thrill, challenge, or unexpected adventure moment—in a 250-500 word essay with your best photo. Or, nominate your…