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
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
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
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
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
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
James B Sherwood's list of What Makes A Five-Star Hotel Great is just one reason why you should read his memoire, Orient-Express: A Personal Journey.
By Brian Berkman 1 Nov 2013 11:35
"That's the biggest piece of pink quartz I've ever seen," said Trisha Bam, my former editor and now head of communications at a Cape university.
By Brian Berkman 29 Oct 2013 09:51
Being dyslexic can have unintended consequences. Sometimes, even as I type, I use a 'b' instead of a 'd' and transposing numbers happens, especially when I'm not paying careful attention, all too often.
By Brian Berkman 22 Oct 2013 10:17
If one is going to cheat death and live forever, it might as well be in Tuscany, says luxury traveller A Field.
By A. Field 21 Oct 2013 10:51
The Lord Milner in Matjiesfontein, perhaps the only hotel in the world to have its own village, will soon become the primary destination it was when it was built as a Colonial retreat in the late 1800s.
By Brian Berkman 8 Oct 2013 06:34
Grab a copy of Things to do in a Dorp - a highly informative and entertaining guide to 150 favourite local small towns.
By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 25 Sep 2013 06:28
"My husband is going to have a heart attack and we'll be interviewed on CNN", the man turned around to tell us while we waited patiently in the queue to meet the bus back to The Brilliance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Lines' newly revamped ship.
By Brian Berkman 17 Sep 2013 10:35
It is easy to be cynical about The Palace of the Lost City and to dismiss it simply as the fantasy creation of The Sun King, but it is precisely because it has been entirely envisioned by someone who, at the time, was a global celebrity for his unbridled imagination, that makes it such a fun place to visit.
By Brian Berkman 4 Sep 2013 05:52
This year's Kirstenbosch Gardens Chelsea Flower Show entry added yet another medal to its awards tally after scooping top prize for it's Come into the Garden exhibition. The display, featured at the Royal Botanic Garden in Kew, London, has been recreated and is currently available for public viewing at the V&A Waterfront's Clocktower area until 24 September.
By Sindy Peters 3 Sep 2013 13:27
The East African travel industry is stomping across the web.
By Eran Feinstein 28 Aug 2013 10:15
As the trend of families that travel together grows so does the need for self-catering apartments and houses that not only allow the unit the privacy of living together but also the cost-effectiveness of eating in.
By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2013 07:33
212121 Restaurant should really be called 313121. Initially named after the number of choices guests had for dinner, the menu is now expanded to offer three rather than two starters, one soup, three mains, cheese and two desserts.
By Brian Berkman 2 Aug 2013 10:41
A two-day corporate retreat. In the wilderness. In the middle of winter. Little did I know that what initially sounded a bit unappealing would turn into the perfect break!
By Eugene Yiga 2 Aug 2013 10:16
... Beat it... around Madagascar. So that's exactly what I did... I went kayaking there to slay some personal dragons. This is an excerpt from a piece first published in Vrouekeur, 5 July 2013.
By Brian Berkman 31 Jul 2013 10:47
Taking the train from London to Edinburgh is a gentle way to arrive at the city's Waverley Station, in the heart of the historic old town and The Knight Residence is just a few minutes away by taxi.
By Brian Berkman 27 Jul 2013 11:32
Do you need to get away from it all, I mean truly get away and unwind where technology, cellular contact, or electronics can't tempt you to step back into everyday life?
By Jordan Scott 25 Jul 2013 10:42
It's been quite a few years since we last visited the Kruger Park and in those days we towed kids with, whose viewing patience was that of a gnat. So it was with great excitement that we set off for the far northern part of the Park coming in at Punda Maria, another new experience for me.
By Marion Scher 24 Jul 2013 05:50
You want to keep your core warm in cold weather, right? Well here are some travel togs designed to do just that.
By Brian Berkman 22 Jul 2013 11:58
There is no better way to explore the coastal cities of The Baltic Sea than by ship and no better time than around the summer solstice in June and July with its storied white nights of near permanent sunshine.
By Brian Berkman 19 Jul 2013 10:47
I'm cursed with impractical desires that I cannot afford. I would, for example, like to arrive at a destination after a long flight with my jackets, shirt and trousers looking as freshly-pressed as when I packed them.
By Brian Berkman 17 Jul 2013 10:26
The choice for away nights seems to be between self-catering serviced apartments and houses or full-service hotels, but there is also an in-between option that gives you the flexibility of being in your own private space but with breakfast and other amenities available nearby as part of the package.
By Brian Berkman 11 Jul 2013 13:34
Freshly back from cruising Scandinavia and St Petersburg with Royal Caribbean, I am already planning my next cruise. Once the cruise bug bites, land-based travel seems less appealing even when there is the prospect of staying at so many superb hotels.
By Brian Berkman 8 Jul 2013 11:21
Not so long ago, reaching our smaller destinations by air was not as easy as it is now... Now we have Airlink, which has the mission to link the smaller towns, the regional centres and hubs throughout South and southern Africa, in the process making getting around a pleasure that doesn't eat into your holiday time.
By Rod Baker 28 Jun 2013 05:01
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is right on the Sabie River, so you can enjoy game up close and comfortable or... read on... perhaps too up close... (All images: Rod Baker)
By Rod Baker 26 Jun 2013 08:06
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