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Whiling away days at De Hoop - a nature lover's respite
Whiling away days at De Hoop - a nature lover's respite

De Hoop Nature Reserve, situated in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, has remained a firm fixture on many a South African travel itinerary. And it's more than worthy of bragging rights...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 May 2018

#WTMA18: Experiencing the wild with Aquila Safaris
#WTMA18: Experiencing the wild with Aquila Safaris

Aquila Safaris in association with World Travel Market Africa invited us to get a taste of its own brand of wild during an overnight stay. Just two hours' drive from Cape Town, this gem of natural beauty welcomed us to its vibrant and breathtaking surrounds which could easily leave anyone in awe...

By Robin Fredericks 3 May 2018

Art, artisan food, and loads more at Spier
Art, artisan food, and loads more at Spier

Although easily accessed via Baden Powel Drive off the N2, the Spier Estate feels like a world away.

By Brian Berkman 24 Apr 2018

Refurbished Ritz Hotel and revolving Top of the Ritz restaurant, a new Cape Town must-do
Refurbished Ritz Hotel and revolving Top of the Ritz restaurant, a new Cape Town must-do

The iconic Ritz Hotel best known for it 360° revolving restaurant which sits on the 23rd floor of the hotel like an akwardly landed spaceship, has been synonymous with the Seapoint skyline since the early 70s...

By Ruth Cooper 18 Apr 2018

Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour
Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour

The V&A Waterfront has launched a free audio walking tour, giving visitors insight into the history of the property and its evolution from an industrial port to one of the country's top attractions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Apr 2018

Five must do activities when visiting Mauritius
Five must do activities when visiting Mauritius

Mauritius is not what I had expected. As our bus travelled from Mahebourg to Port Louis, the lush greens and palm trees reminded me of Port Shepstone...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Apr 2018

Five outdoor adventure activities in Cape Town
Five outdoor adventure activities in Cape Town

Cape Town is not only a bucket list destination for its good looks, world-renowned wine and food, and bustling creativity; the city also offers a bevvy of exciting and unusual adventure activities along its many coastlines and mountain passes.

By Ruth Cooper 11 Apr 2018

Five of the best safaris in and around Cape Town
Five of the best safaris in and around Cape Town

While most visitors will travel further afield for the iconic wildlife safari experience, what many don't know is that you don't need to go far from Cape Town to tick this incredible experience off your bucket list.

By Brittany Hawkins 5 Apr 2018

Five reasons to visit Walkersons Hotel & Spa in Dullstroom
Five reasons to visit Walkersons Hotel & Spa in Dullstroom

The Walkersons Hotel & Spa, just 10km outside of Dullstroom, is a secluded estate situated on a beautiful nature reserve and nestled between rolling hills. A perfect location for some serious R&R.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Apr 2018

Twelve things to love about the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Twelve things to love about the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa has long been revered as one of the most beautiful venues in Cape Town, aptly situated along the rocky Twelve Apostle-lined Atlantic coastline, and not lacking a dozen reasons to fall in love with everything about it...

By Angie White 23 Mar 2018

Tackling Tulbagh with tents and kids is child's play
Tackling Tulbagh with tents and kids is child's play

About 30 minutes out of Cape Town en route to Tulbagh, I look in the rearview mirror and see my sister's face, happily stuck between my two nephews on either side of her. But, we all know these moments don't last very long...

By Ilse van den Berg 16 Mar 2018

AtholPlace is sensually stylish
AtholPlace is sensually stylish

When your chef has 'live to cook' tattooed down his forearm, the expectation of something delicious to eat is already set. Add to that reports that he worked in starred restaurants in Europe and at Ellerman House in Cape Town, Omar Koenen - the recently appointed head chef at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Johannesburg - has a pretty high bar to clear.

By Brian Berkman 6 Mar 2018

Wild luxury at Madikwe Private Game Reserve
Wild luxury at Madikwe Private Game Reserve

Dead Leadwood trees stretch from the ground as an arthritic wrist might claw for the sky. These sculptural forms give the 75,000 ha Madikwe Private Game Reserve a haunting quality, particularly during the dry months.

By Brian Berkman 5 Mar 2018

Relaxed vacationing in Plett
Relaxed vacationing in Plett

Aside from being green year-round, the Garden Route delivers a milder climate any time of the year and Plettenberg Bay or just Plett as locals know it has some of the best swimming beaches around.

By Brian Berkman 1 Mar 2018

An opulent view of the Radisson Blu
An opulent view of the Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is situated in the heart of Johannesburg city's upscale business district - a prime location which is only minutes away from attractions such as Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City shopping centre and many restaurants.

By Kim Lawrence 9 Feb 2018

More than an apple a day in Grabouw's tourism future
More than an apple a day in Grabouw's tourism future

Although the fruit industry is the major Grabouw employer, two retirees who have changed focus to the hospitality industry believe that tourism will be the key force for good in the valley.

By Brian Berkman 9 Feb 2018

Aye-Aye captain for ship-shape stay in Hout Bay
Aye-Aye captain for ship-shape stay in Hout Bay

With the Sentinel looming large over the bay that is caressed by Chapman's Peak scenic drive, Hout Bay may be unique in its combination of curvaceous beach, working harbour and fish factories, exclusive enclaves and costly homes as well as a large informally housed community.

By Brian Berkman 5 Feb 2018

Avukile Mabombo
Five holiday experiences to own in 2018

The world has shrunk. What hasn't shrunk, is our hunger to experience unusual, exotic, exciting places, and that's what's overwhelmingly taking over travel for 2018...

By Avukile Mabombo 24 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Travel influence - inspiring authentic and conscious travel in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Travel influence - inspiring authentic and conscious travel in 2018

Travel bloggers and influencers have become responsible for providing authentic travel experience to their readers, from destination travel best practices to providing insight into enhancing travel adventures...

By Dawn Jorgensen 16 Jan 2018

Feel at home at Paarl's Light House Boutique Suites
Feel at home at Paarl's Light House Boutique Suites

Tucked away in the suburbs of Paarl, you will find The Light House Boutique Suites. A beautiful boutique hotel which is both charming and homely, yet incredibly luxurious and glamorous and all topped with personalised and attentive service.

By Ruth Cooper 13 Dec 2017

Magical memories with MSC in Mozambique
Magical memories with MSC in Mozambique

The speedboat glided effortlessly over the see-through water and slowed down as we entered the bay. Luckily we were on the first shipment out, so we had some time to get a good spot on the beach. Soon it would be crowded with almost all the Sinfonia passengers...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Dec 2017

Eat, shop, play in Knysna
Eat, shop, play in Knysna

Somewhere about a one hour 40-minute flight from Johannesburg and a five-hour drive from Cape Town is a place said to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

By Jessica Tennant 29 Nov 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
How to claim if you're injured on holiday

Accidental injury is the worst thing that can happen to you when you are abroad in an unfamiliar environment. Not only will you be far away from friends and family, you will have no access to your usual doctor or local hospital..

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 23 Nov 2017

What to do and where to stay in Zanzibar
What to do and where to stay in Zanzibar

The heat slams your entire body in a suffocating, damp caress as soon as you step out of the plane's air-conditioned coolness; immediately curling hair into little frizzy ringlets and dew-ifying the face. It's overwhelming for a Capetonian used to fresh sea breezes and dry heats - Jambo Zanzibar, there is no mistaking we have arrived upon your welcoming shores!

By Ruth Cooper 21 Nov 2017

Five reasons to stay at Majeka House in Stellenbosch
Five reasons to stay at Majeka House in Stellenbosch

Tucked away in the suburbs of Stellenbosch is Majeka House, a hidden oasis of luxury, filled with a lush garden, beautiful and uniquely styled rooms, exquisite dining, a glamorous spa and, oh yes, countless pigs.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Oct 2017

Living le good life at Langebaan Country Estate
Living le good life at Langebaan Country Estate

Out on the R27, mountains get replaced with sand dunes and flat, stretched out spaces. But that doesn't mean it's any less beautiful. In fact, I find the West Coast allows me to breathe a bit...

By Ilse van den Berg 23 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts
#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts

Concepts Collection creates unforgettable luxury experiences. We chat to Christina and Richard Holt to find out how it all started and what it takes to run one of the leading luxury brands in SA...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

Steenberg Hotel: a luxury Cape Town escape
Steenberg Hotel: a luxury Cape Town escape

Established in 1682, Steenberg is the Cape's oldest farm. Fast-forward to the present day, and it's still going strong thanks to its luxurious offering for locals and tourists alike.

By Eugene Yiga 10 Oct 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
Seven things to know before visiting Pakistan

From its food to its hospitality to its wide variety of cultures, Pakistan is a great choice if you're looking for a unique travel experience...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 20 Sep 2017

La Petite Ferme's new chef impresses
La Petite Ferme's new chef impresses

With the recent appointment of executive chef Sidwell Yarrow, La Petite Ferme is raising its head above the culinary parapets of Franschhoek, long feted as SA's gourmet capital.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2017

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