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Friday, 29 November 2013

Mountain Biking in Hogsback

Tweet Hogsback is an ancient and enchanted place that lies on the R345 between Alice and Cathcart in the Eastern Cape. It is possibly most famous for its link to Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” novel and is claimed to have inspired the novel and subsequent Tolkien scenery, whether true or not, the town certainly looks as […]

Friday, 29 November 2013

Bistro 98 at Dunkirk Estate – A Review

Tweet I am always eager to try out new places to eat on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal and because Bistro 98 had been recommended to me, we booked a table for dinner on my birthday. Located within the Clubhouse of the gated Dunkirk Estate in Salt Rock, Bistro 98 is open both to […]

Thursday, 28 November 2013
Choosing the perfect hotel

Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time

Tweet It isn’t estate agents alone who mutter the mantra – location, location, location. It’s also how people choose hotels. I’m prepared to bet you thought it was all about the cost of the room? But the latest study of why people around the world choose the hotels they do reveals location as the number […]

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Sliver into the serenity of Silvermist Mountain Lodge

Tweet The very stunning 4 star graded Silvermist Mountain Lodge is set on magnificent mountain slopes of the Table Mountain National Park in Constantia Valley. The surrounds and beautiful privately owned wine farm estate offer spectacular views. The fynbos deck is a popular spot for a romantic moment, sundowners or a private picnic and is […]

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

How eco friendly is your tour operator, really?

Tweet Is your eco friendly tour operator really environmentally friendly? And how do you recognise one? So many organisers of tours and trips these days attach the prefix ‘eco’ to their offering. How far reaching this ‘umbrella’ claim is depends on a number of issues. But when is it just a wishful title, and when […]

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Sunday Lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant

Tweet I have just got home from a dear friends birthday lunch … when she turned 40 last year she convinced a group of us to go camping at Mt Splendour in the Drakensberg but luckily for us this year the celebration was a bit closer to home and didn’t involve setting up a tent. […]

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

When the Drakensberg stole my heart

Tweet Having lived in Cape Town all my life, I couldn’t believe that this was my first visit to the Drakensberg region of South Africa.  Having driven for over eight hours from the Kruger National Park, we found ourselves moving sluggishly along at a designated 40km per hour.  The heat continues to scorch the dry […]

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tea at Durban Botanic Gardens

Tweet At the beginning of November we spent the weekend in Umhlanga and being in the area, I used the opportunity to revisit, after a 20 odd year hiatus, the Durban Botanic Gardens. These gardens hold very fond memories for me; a place where, as a student at the nearby Technikon Natal, I would go […]

Monday, 25 November 2013

The secret life of South Africa’s little five

Tweet What do the leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, ant lion and rhinoceros beetle have in common with their large counterparts?  Very little other than the names they share. What they are is a sharp reminder of the neglected small creatures – the “forgotten inhabitants of the African savannah”. It’s human nature to support […]

Friday, 22 November 2013

Cape Agulhas Day Trip

Tweet We woke early, ate our breakfast and drank in the panoramic views of Walker Bay and the surrounding fynbos from the balcony of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Early this morning we had decided, spur of the moment, to go and visit the southernmost tip of the African continent, Cape Agulhas! I grew up in […]

Friday, 22 November 2013
What to wear in South Africa

What to wear in Mpumalanga – The Mpumalanga Packing List

Tweet Mpumalanga’s topography is a varied one, comprising of the Highveld (high lying) and the Lowveld (low lying) regions. Naturally, due to their altitudes and physical characteristics, these regions display different climates. This makes Mpumalanga an even more interesting place to visit at almost any time of year. The Lowveld of this province enjoys a […]

Thursday, 21 November 2013

15 Secrets of the West Coast

Tweet Do you know what makes the West Coast such an unbelievable holiday spot? Yes, it’s the white sandy beaches, white cottaged fishing villages, mountains of the Cedarberg, citrus orchards above the Swartland and the apple and pear farms of the Koue Bokkeveld.  But it’s also the historic towns along the Orange River of the […]

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Immerse yourself in the Springbok Experience

Tweet Come and visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum for the ultimate rugga experience. Here you can learn about South African rugby history as well as more about the Springboks. This extremely modern museum has so much to offer and it exudes passion and love for this magnificent sport. The rugby shrine in here is […]

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

On Safari in Sibuya Game Reserve

Tweet So when the day came for us to check in to Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton on Sea, we completely missed the boat.  Literally, at 11:30am the boat chartered all the guests across from the reception to the reserve.  Except for us.  We arrived late from Hogsback and Ranger Chris came all the way […]

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Charity Music Concert – Enjoy a fabulous night for an outstanding cause

Tweet Indulge yourself in an evening of entertainment with fabulous performers,  sparkling wine and gourmet canapés all for a good cause on 23 November 2013. The Vineyard Hotel and Spa Conference Centre will be host to the Charity Music Concert  in order to raise money for abused and neglected animals. Friends of the Animal Rescue […]