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"Plants, coffee and everything else..."

Second Avenue in Harfield Villiage, Kenilworth is surprisingly quiet and peaceful at 9 in the morning. With its lively exterior of colourful flower pots on the steps, Twigs with Beans - a quaint little coffee shop/nursery/vintage furniture shop - is quite inviting.

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Apr 2014 11:26

Get it on the Concierge Digibook, so it won't be missed

Most upscale hotels will send a few pointers on things to do while visiting along with the ubiquitous 'please book your restaurant and spa reservations in advance of your arrival' request with your hotel confirmation.

By Brian Berkman 2 Apr 2014 13:00

Magical world of bucket list destinations

After more than 10 years of criss-crossing Southern Africa as the Bush Editor of SA4x4 magazine Patrick Cruywagen has produced a fascinating collection of 150 'must-do-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime' destinations and activities that throws down the gauntlet to everybody with a love for travel and new experiences.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Apr 2014 09:01

The gods must be happy

A shared love of food brought Agnes and Jonny together. The very same love has also made their restaurant, Manna Epicure ("heavenly food"), such a success.

By Eugene Yiga 31 Mar 2014 09:50

East meets best

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Unless we're talking about Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen, in which case I suggest you come right in!

By Eugene Yiga 27 Mar 2014 09:53

Married in Mauritius

No, not Seattle... Mauritius, though cynics might suggest that wherever it's intoned, the longest sentence in the English language is "I do"*.

By Rod Baker 27 Mar 2014 05:58

Ambre - 4-star with 5-star service

Feel like a getaway without the kids? Feel like getting married and need a romantic venue? Try Ambre... now Adults Only

By Rod Baker 23 Mar 2014 16:12

Orient Express rebrands: Crazy... or clever

When I first heard that Orient-Express had rebranded as Belmond my immediate reaction was what a crazy and misguided waste of brand equity. When I think Orient-Express, I think Agatha Christie, Lalique art decor crystal panels, and the elegance and romance of a bygone area.

By Brian Berkman 17 Mar 2014 12:36

Spectacular views from Zevenwacht Country Inn

Zevenwacht in Kuilsriver is perched high on a hill with magnificent Table Mountain views.

By Brian Berkman 5 Mar 2014 10:30

A different picture on publishing, marketing

When a former magazine publisher turns his hand to creating bespoke customer-orientated media, you can expect it will be rich in visual content.

By Brian Berkman 26 Feb 2014 07:20

Rise of the smaller airlines

At the start of this year I made 22 predictions for travel in South Africa, one of which was that I expected a new airline to start up. This prediction is coming true, but in a completely unexpected way.

By Rob Baker 24 Feb 2014 10:21

Good to go...like a pro

At least the GoPro Hero3+ came back with me this time. (Video)

By Brian Berkman 18 Feb 2014 09:52

A mine of hidden gems

Road Tripping South Africa provides some fascinating glimpses of hidden gems tucked away on old familiar routes and destinations, which might come as surprising delights even to seasoned travellers.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 17 Feb 2014 07:40

Big data to boost travel sector

Like all other industries, travel and tourism has traditionally been operated on gut feel, guesswork and historical data. Decisions on packages, pricing and destinations were made by operators, not travellers, and personalised packages were limited. However, big data is set to change this.

By Nadine Shenker 12 Feb 2014 08:05

Berkman takes to the bush... in luxury

I returned to Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg to find my healthier inner-self and connected with the ancestors in the process.

By Brian Berkman 3 Feb 2014 09:02

Royal Chundu, paradise on the Zambezi

"That's a Narina Trogon," Solilo Kalumba, SK to his friends, pointed out. Armed with my iPhone Bird Guide App, I disagreed. "Narina Trogons don't live here," I read from the guide, smug in my correctness...

By Brian Berkman 27 Jan 2014 09:57

InterConti's a high-flyer

Staying in an airport hotel needn't be a grudge purchase. I wish our one night at the InterContinental OR Tambo could have been a week.

By Brian Berkman 21 Jan 2014 13:00

Zebula scores a hole-in-1

Think about Zebula Golf and Safari Lodge as a Club Med experience and you couldn't be happier.

By Brian Berkman 14 Jan 2014 09:57

Take time out for a trip to Tau

There is, of course, the legend of the lost Kruger Millions but even that tenuous link to great stories suggests the gold bullion is somewhere near Machadadorp and not hidden beneath a lion's den in The Kruger National Park.

By Brian Berkman 9 Jan 2014 14:31

Clico... a rose by any other name...

Clico Boutique Hotel is in a converted grand old farm-style house with a Cape Dutch gabled roof from the time when Rosebank, Johannesburg wasn't the social and economic hub it is today.

By Brian Berkman 6 Jan 2014 11:24

Fit for Caesar

The Emperors Palace complex by hotel group Peermont provides a number of hotels, casino, entertainment centre and a convention centre where I was attending an event.

By Brian Berkman 12 Dec 2013 10:33

Roam Rhulani

When Rolf Steiner and Marisa Silva, two Swiss Re executives working out of Sao Paulo, Brazil purchased Rhulani Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, near the South African border of Botswana, passion, not profit, was their motivation.

By Brian Berkman 10 Dec 2013 11:46

Browser & Grazer opens at The Woodstock Foundy

The Woodstock Foundry, a new development in Woodstock, Cape Town, recently welcomed Browser & Grazer, a single-source catering company that provides a full range of catering needs - including healthy menu options, equipment hire, bar service and staffing hire.

By Evan-Lee Courie 5 Dec 2013 10:57

Communication etiquette at your year-end office party

The annual office year-end party is usually where some of the craziest communication of the year takes place. Colleagues are usually beyond drained and exhausted at this time of the year and yet over-jubilant and excited at the same time.

By John French 4 Dec 2013 09:34

Canned hunting cannot be acceptable

Canned hunting was unknown to me up until a few months ago, and I'm guilty of being ignorant of the fact that this is happening under my very own nose, but from the moment I discovered the truth, I haven't been able to stop thinking or talking about it.

By Angie White 3 Dec 2013 09:18

Renewed experiences at Spier

Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.

By Ruth Cooper 22 Nov 2013 09:48

Guidelines to avoid road accidents

The Festive season is almost upon us and while it a time to be happy and relax with friends and family, it is sadly also the one time of the year when many South African motorists are injured or killed in car accidents, many of which could have been avoided.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 14 Nov 2013 13:21

Cape Town's very own Ambassador

The Ambassador Hotel has been a Cape Town landmark since Leon and Anthula Markowitz, at one time the city's mayoral couple, invited the world into their rock-top property in Cape Town's Bantry Bay.

By Brian Berkman 12 Nov 2013 10:45

Mykonos - the Med on our doorstep

Most of my school friends went to Langebaan for the holidays but we always went to visit family in Durban or Bloemfontein. From their stories of the warm lagoon and fun they had, Langebaan was a place I always knew I was missing out on.

By Brian Berkman 8 Nov 2013 11:43

Enjoy the view from Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel

Two of the best reasons to stay at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel, managed by Three Cities, in the city centre have nothing to do with the hotel itself.

By Brian Berkman 5 Nov 2013 13:42