[Brian Berkman] Not often a product comes along that does everything you want it to and then a whole lot more you did not know you wanted.
[Brian Berkman] Having a constant supply of water is what drew people to Prince Albert in the Karoo 250 years ago and it is one of the many reasons to visit now. Seeing water flow freely in channels in front of all the houses brings a cool idea to the usually hot Karoo.
[Brian Berkman] It probably won't be pristine for very much longer as Rio Tinto, the mining company that is extracting ilmenite and zircon from Fort Dauphin on Madagascar's most South Easterly coast, exploits the earth and paves the roads in return.
[Brian Berkman] Don't fool yourself into thinking you can avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in Madagascar. Even though I took all the possible precautions - long-sleeved shirts that button to the collar, slathered anti-moz cream, sprays from head to toe and slept under nets - I still got zapped.
[Brian Berkman] Having the right gear when you travel is about as essential as having a valid passport. I always seem to schlep more with me on a trip than I need and on our recent trip to Madagascar with Jenman Safaris we were asked to limit check-in luggage to one soft bag weighing less than 20kg.
[Chris Moerdyk] The Queen Mary 2 is not a cruise ship. Heaven forbid. It is an ocean liner - in fact, the only true-blue ocean liner plying the oceans of the world today.
[Brian Berkman] Having the right travel gear can make or break a trip. I'm luggage obsessed and have destination-specific baggage that, as someone that travels as much as I do, means wardrobes jammed with cases for every occasion.
[Brian Berkman] I couldn't have been more wrong about Pearl Valley. I had dismissed an earlier invitation out of hand when I was still too fat and unfit to walk around a golf estate and the thought of visiting one held no appeal whatsoever.
[Brian Berkman] It was only after hearing the owls at night and the chattering monkeys the next day that we realised we were not hearing rural Hout Bay but The World of Birds, the neighbouring property to the five-acre set up that is Riverside Estates.
[Brian Berkman] Less may be more elsewhere but at The Four Quarters suites at Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, more is more.
[Brian Berkman] If you're following a limited diet as I am, suitable take-away options are pretty hard to come by. Now the V&A Market at the Wharf is open it offers a whole selection of vendors that can satisfy even the most pernickety diet.
[Brian Berkman] Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman asked Linda Coltart, General Manager of Franschhoek's feted Le Quartier Francais Hotel and Restaurants for her view on The Hidden Franschhoek...
[Will Smith] When you think of having your holiday in a luxury villa, you imagine a lavish home with spacious rooms and shrouded by amazing beauty of nature, right? Most probably, a picture of immaculate shoreline with glimmering blue waters may also comes to mind.
[Brian Berkman] With its neighbouring Southern Sun Hotel Waterfront and Protea North Wharf, Tsogo Sun's Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel forms the triumvirate of hotels best suited to access the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Waterfront and the highways in and out of the city. The five-star Westin, of course, is connected to the CTICC by its hip, but following The Cullinan's spiffy refurbishment you can expect a deluxe experience here too, at keener rates.
[Brian Berkman] South African olive oil is among the best in the world and is better than much of the stuff we import. I remember being transfixed by Marius Malan of Slaley Wines, which also produces olive oil, when he told of some of the practices that dupe us into thinking we are consuming olive oil that is Extra Virgin or, of greater concern, from the country of origin as stated on the bottle.
[Will Smith] Preparing for a journey but you cannot find a minute to check the availability of tickets or flights or accommodation? Then a travel concierge is just what you need.
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