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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

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

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

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

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

Your top hotel checklist

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

Out of this world at The Last Word

"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

Berkman back to the Gorbals

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

The role of a state-owned airline

Whilst government has a clear role in delivering essential services to the needy, you won't find many of the millions of suffering South Africans at airports or on flights. Quite the opposite in fact, as once you've become a "jetsetter" you've arrived at a space unavailable to the poor. So, why are government involved in the airline industry?

By Rob Baker 9 Oct 2013 10:56

A new lady of the manor

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

SA Express - still trying to figure out its net asset value

The most telling bit of information released about SA Express last week, was on page 165 of the Annual Report of the Department of Public Enterprises: "No impairment for the current year for South African Express (SAX) has been provided as the current year net asset value is not available." Impairments are changes in the value of an asset, which are obviously impossible to specify if one does not know what the value of the asset was at the start and end of the period.

By Rob Baker 30 Sep 2013 09:19

Super small town info guide

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

A day in Gothenburg

"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

5 things travel writers will never tell you

Nothing is as painful as establishments talking to themselves about themselves. For starters, no one really believes the credibility of one paid to be their own praise poet and secondly, even if you are offering a superior service, what use is it if it is just you and your small community knowing about it?

By Phindiwe Nkosi 13 Sep 2013 08:09

Can your business continue to deliver, no matter the size of the event?

Next year Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an extravaganza of epic proportions, in which football players and fans the world over converge to watch and celebrate the beautiful game. In 2010, here in South Africa, we saw more than 310, 000 tourists converge on the country and the eyes of over 3.2 billion people put our country under the microscope.

By Kerry Evans 12 Sep 2013 07:33