• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
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Missed some articles? View all posts published in October 2013 below.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

SUPPing in Durban

Tweet So what do you do in Durban when it’s raining, a bit cold and the sea is rough?  We went to Durban with the intention of sunning on the beach, getting to catch some waves and enjoy the coast.  But that was not to happen in the miserable weather. Before despair set in, I […]

Thursday, 31 October 2013

An Interview with Janine Keyser of Koffylaagte Game Lodge

Tweet Koffylaagte Game Lodge challenges the norms and traditions, and offers nature-lovers something novel and memorable. Janine Keyser is the Sales and Marketing Manager, and has a passion for this Eastern Cape retreat. She shares some insights into what makes this lodge unique and why the Eastern Cape is its ideal home. A Interview with […]

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

10 reasons to head to the Karoo Heartland

Tweet The Karoo Heartland lies at the heart of South Africa. Threatened with imminent fracking, this beautiful, water-strapped and desolate area is a series of mountains, vast plains, star studded skies, farmland, idiosyncratic little dorps reminiscent of yesteryear and space – lots of it. You may intend heading off in that direction, a mere couple […]

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans

Tweet Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve and is a holiday celebrated every year on 31 October. This devilish day originates from Samhain, which is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. During this period, Pagans would prepare for Winter and count their stock. The Gaels believed that […]

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge

Tweet From the time we pulled up at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, I knew that it was going to be a bush experience of note and a luxurious one at that.  Smiling staff came straight to the car and offered to carry all of our suitcases, backpacks and bags to our […]

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Grab A Cone At The Creamery

Tweet I popped into The Creamery yesterday for an ice-cream, on recommendation from a friend who said it was simply the best ice cream around. Well, they were right! The Creamery, which is in the very lovely area of Newlands, undoubtedly serve the tastiest and creamiest ice-cream I have ever had. Everything is handmade and […]

Monday, 28 October 2013

A Stay at Maqueda Lodge

Tweet We arrived at Maqueda Lodge in the heat of an Mpumalanga day.  It was close to 40 degrees Celius and all I wanted to do was lay my burdens (suitcase) down and dunk my head into a freezer.  Francois met us upon arrive with a smile, a smile that never seemed to leave his […]

Monday, 28 October 2013

High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel

Tweet Before I left Cape Town to move to KwaZulu Natal last year, I arranged high tea at The Mount Nelson Hotel as a combination farewell for myself and a friends surprise baby shower. It seemed fitting then that when that friend and her now one year old daughter visited me on our farm near […]

Friday, 25 October 2013

10 compelling reasons to visit the Mountain Republic of Haenertsburg – Magoebaskloof

Tweet Known by locals as ‘The Mountain Republic’ the area of lush forests and misty peaks in the reaches of the northern Drakensberg of Limpopo includes a plethora of hiking trails and mountain outdoor activities, mountain biking trails, and scenery so unfamiliar with South Africa that you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into […]

Friday, 25 October 2013

Visit Marloth Park – a unique conservation area brimming with wildlife

Tweet South of The Kruger National Park, separated only by a fence and the Crocodile River, is Marloth Park – a unique conservation area that brims with wildlife and is thick with dense bush. If you are travelling to Marloth Park from Johannesburg / Pretoria Accommodation I would recommend going via the extremely scenic N4 […]

Thursday, 24 October 2013

An Interview with Fayroush Ludick of Addo Elephant National Park

Tweet The Addo Elephant National Park is one of the Eastern Cape’s, and indeed South Africa’s most popular attractions, and is home to an impressive array of wildlife. Included in this is the Big 7. Find out what animals are part of this sought-after group and what unique attractions Addo Elephant Park has to offer, […]

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe in Durban

Tweet During the September school holiday I met friends for lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe on Durban’s beachfront. Circus Circus has been around in Durban since 1996 and although I’ve frequented both the Musgrave and Gateway franchises (and the Pietermaritzburg branch come to think of it); I’d never visited the beach café. To […]

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Visit Kimberley

Tweet We arrived in Kimberley on a mid-Sunday afternoon at its brilliantly atmospheric railway station. As you descend onto the platform you are immediately conscience of how wonderfully different it is from other modern day stations. The metal latticed roof structure is designed to allow plenty of natural light in and the wooden benches perfectly […]

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
What to wear in South Africa

What to wear in the Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Packing List

Tweet The Northern Cape has a unique climate, thanks to its being situated higher up and along the Namibian border. It is home to part of the immense Kalahari Desert, which means that a large proportion of the province is either arid or semi-arid. It is hot and dry. While this may not yield a […]

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

An Interview with Joe Cloete of the Shamwari Group

Tweet Joe Cloete is the General Manager of the Shamwari Group, which represents the exquisite Shamwari Game Reserve just outside Nelson Mandela Bay. This reserve has consistently been voted the World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company, and promises visitors an experience of sheer luxury. Mr Cloete sheds some light on the lodge, […]