Seems like the hard work is paying off round here. Earlier this year we won an SA Travel Blog Award for Best Content and now we're in the running for an SA Blog Award. It's based on votes so if you think we deserve it, head on over to their website (here) and show us some love! This spurred us to have a look back at the past year to see what our best-performing blogs were. We aspire to bring our readers a combination of blogs that inspire as well as inform, and within that its the lists that people seem to most enjoy. Counting down, here are our ten most popular blogs from the past year. 10. THE 5 BEST SLEEP OUT PLATFORMS IN AFRICAIt’s not the stars. And it’s not the solitude or the scenery. But it’s the sounds you hear on a sleep out platform that really excite you. The eerie whoop of a hyena. The trembling roar of a lion. The heavy splash of a hippo. The haunting hoot of an owl. These are the noises that make our favourite sleepout decks so thrilling. 9. MY TRIP | ‘SAFARIS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER’One of our travellers had our media team nodding their heads in stunned approval à la Robert De Niro with her impressive photos of Africa’s wildlife. Lauren Coape-Arnold, from New York, had some of the best photos we’ve ever seen from one of our travellers. Lauren visited Cape Town, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi in the Sabi Sand. 8. THE 10 BEST BREAKFAST SPOTS IN CAPE TOWNFrom bakeries to diners to five-star hotels, we scaled a mountain of poached eggs, roasted tomatoes and homemade bread to find the best places in Cape Town for the day’s most important meal. 7. 5 REASONS WHY CAPE POINT IS ONE OF NATURE’S GREAT PLACESThe Cape Peninsula reaches out like an elongated claw at the bottom of the mighty beast that is Africa. Surrounded by great oceans, gale-force winds, ancient mountains and fire-dependent plants, could there be a place that is more brutally elemental than South Africa’s Cape Point? 6. THE 25 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN OUR FAVOURITE AFRICAN DESTINATIONSWe kept things simple with this blog. No long sentences. No wasted time. Just stunning photos of our favourite places in this beautiful continent. 5. 12 REASONS WHY AFRICA WILL BLOW YOUR MINDAfrica. Just saying it evokes a sense of wonder. The land of long grass, big tuskers and vivid skies. Black-maned lions, ancient baobabs and never-ending savannahs. As you may have noticed, many of our blogs celebrate the beauty of Africa and this one's no different. 4. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE: THE 56 BEST THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWNThis is the comprehensive list of things to do and see in Cape Town. Find out what the best activities are, how much it will cost and who to contact to get started. The list includes seal snorkelling, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, museums, beaches, markets, wine farms, events, restaurants and nightlife. 3. 35 AFRICAN EXPERIENCES YOU NEED TO HAVE BEFORE YOU DIEAs Karen Blixen wrote, “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” Africa is the continent which makes you feel most alive. And these are its most exhilarating experiences… 2. BIZARRE PHOTOGRAPHS OF AN ELEPHANT ATTACKING AND KILLING A RESTING BUFFALO This story started simply enough. Like many of our travellers, Kim Maurer sent in some photos of her holiday she took to Kenya with us. The only difference was that her photos were unlike any we had ever seen and the response was immediate. News agencies came knocking at our door for the rights to Kim's photos and they appeared in newspapers around the globe. 1. 36 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER TRAVEL TO AFRICAWith nearly 13,000 shares on Facebook, this blog post and its tantalising title ricocheted around the world. With its beautiful photos and simple text, it was internet catnip for the masses and we loved seeing the responses and shares. In this blog, we took a closer look at why you should never travel to Africa... Or should you? If you're now convinced our blog deserves your vote, head on over here to support us. Thanks!