• 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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Friday, 31 January 2014

10 Hotspots in South Africa – where to go in 2014

Tweet Our hotspots in South Africa include bustling tourist attractions and low-key places that might not normally make their way onto a list, but should. All of them are inspiring and beautiful …

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

South Africa’s national symbols – a guide for dummies

Tweet I’m prepared to bet the average person knows our national flag, our national flower (king protea), and probably our national bird (blue crane). But when it comes to national symbols like the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli or even our national fish (the galjoen) some of us need a little help […]

Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city

Tweet No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city … Those who live in PE think it’s the best city in the country. Certainly it’s the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way […]

Monday, 27 January 2014

18 Travel Trends for 2014

Tweet The latest Travel Trends for 2014 show South Africa and Cape Town are to be reckoned with, airports are becoming more liveable, mobile bookings are on the up, and travellers are demanding a more ‘local’ experience … 1 – Despite the recession, tourism continues to grow 2.5 billion internet users worldwide mean that countries […]

Friday, 24 January 2014

Visit the Up.market in Umhlanga

Tweet A new market has recently opened in Umhlanga and being a market fundi, I organized to meet friends there on Sunday to see what it was all about. Up.market in Umhlanga takes place every Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00 in the covered parking area of the Umhlanga Centre. Being under cover is ideal, shelter […]

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects

Tweet Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over. Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation […]

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Our Epic Road Trip Around South Africa

Tweet I thought I knew my country until I decided to pack a month’s worth of clothes and shoes into a car and hit the road with my husband. What I experienced and saw made me realise that I had known so little about my own land and its people. I loved South Africa before, […]

Monday, 20 January 2014

Penguins in Cape Town: 2 places you can see them when you are here

Tweet The African penguin: cute little guy with a funny gait, black feet; really graceful in the water; endangered and in rapid decline. All the more reason to see them, whilst we can. Despite the peculiarity of penguins in Africa, they’ve actually been here longer than we have. Due mainly to the Benguela Current. Ten […]

Thursday, 16 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

Tweet Our guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting … Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo’burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) […]

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

What to add to your Bucket List in South Africa

Tweet We as South Africans are super lucky in that we have so much to do, see and experience right here within our own borders.  Here are some things you HAVE to add to your Mzansi bucket list: Go on Safari I fully understand how expensive it is to stay at a Game Reserve as […]

Monday, 13 January 2014

When the sun doesn’t shine in Durban

Tweet When we arrived in Durban from the sunny Drakensberg, we expected warm, humid weather.  We checked into Durban Backpackers right on the promenade opposite the beach and relaxed after driving for a few hours. Out on the beach the wild waves and grey skies indicated that this rain was going to continue for the […]

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Marvellous Meat and Music At Mzoli’s Place

Tweet Guguletu is filled with many hidden wonders and one of them is Mzoli’s Place. If you are looking for a day full of fun, or the ultimate tourist hotspot in Cape Town, then this is the place to be. It has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been to before and […]

Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

Where best to stay in Durban – our guide to choosing hotels in Durban

Tweet Durban – the country’s third largest city – is known for its 100 kilometres of beach, all-year-round warm weather, and thanks largely to the colonial British Indian indentured labour system, more people of Indian descent than anywhere else in the country. With attractions like uShaka Marine World, upmarket curry and seafood cuisine, a gammet […]

Monday, 6 January 2014

Things you have to do in the Wild Coast

Tweet I’m convinced that there isn’t another area in South Africa, as rural, unspoilt and as simply beautiful as the Wild Coast. We canoed, relaxed on empty beaches and trailed along the coastal hills.  Here are a few of our favourite things to do in the Wild Coast region …