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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

6 historic windmills, 2 mock mills, and one museum – where to see windmills in South Africa

Tweet South Africa is no stranger to windmills. The figure doing the rounds is 280 000  – the number we claim to have on farms spread across the country.  But the windmills of modern day are actually windpumps, rather than mills. Most of them pump water from the ground, although a few may be attached […]

Monday, 26 May 2014

10 top places to see leopard in South Africa

Tweet The leopard: a solitary creature that because of its preference for living in dense bush, and its nocturnal habits, remains well hidden and seldom, if ever, seen earning it the labels: secretive and elusive. They are strong, comfortable in trees, and adept climbers who think nothing of hauling their kill up into branches. Closely […]

Friday, 23 May 2014

Do the Langa Tag – a township tour with an art angle

Tweet Langa is ten minutes from my house. A few kilometres and a whole world apart. Just off Bhunga Avenue, in Rubusana Street, is the Langa Quarter – a collection of quirky, brightly painted houses that form part of Langa’s walking art gallery tour. We meet Xola Maswana, our guide, at Khaya Langa just behind […]

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Fifty Shades of Greyton

Tweet Gorgeous Greyton. A Delicious Day in Greyton. The titles and opening lines for my travel story had already been lilting in and out of my head for days. I hadn’t yet unpacked from my previous getaway when I was invited to write about the charming town that I’d somehow neglected to spend much time […]

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

10 uniquely South African foods

Tweet When you dream of Greece, you think moussaka. Italy brings pasta to mind. And where would Israel be without the falafel? Yet South Africa does not really have one ubiquitous, national dish, a food typically associated only with the south of the continent; something like paella in Spain, hamburgers in America, or roast beef […]

Thursday, 15 May 2014

7 South African Adventures that will Change Your Life

Tweet Life-changing, life-affirming events are a dime-a-dozen these days. Every adrenalin-filled activity claims to change your perspective on life and, to be fair, many of them do. But here is a list of South African adventures that are more akin to journeys; personal inward journeys to change your life. For each of them takes place […]

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sultry Swellendam

Tweet I was first drawn to Swellendam because of resident, Bruce Geils’ ‘Flyinghorse’ photography. I caught myself falling into his depictions of this town that he so clearly loved, which ached with sensitivity and seeped mystery from every inky evening shot. It takes time to capture photographs like these of a town or a place. […]

Monday, 12 May 2014

Where to see the Big Cats in South Africa

Tweet South Africa’s big cats – the lion, leopard and cheetah – are the reason so many people visit South Africa. However spotting them is not always as simple as visiting a game reserve, particularly if you want to see the leopard, who is by nature elusive. Game reserves are for those for whom the […]

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Some of the Best Venues for a Honeymoon in South Africa

Tweet How to find the perfect honeymoon destination? Here are a couple of questions to guide your selection: What type of weather do you want to experience? What is your budget? How long do you have? What type of scenery do you want to experience – sea, mountains, desert? Do you want to be catered […]

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Five Safari Breaks Near To You

Tweet All my life I had read Wilbur Smith novels, watched programmes like 50/50 and National Geographic (filmed right in my backyard) and craved the experience of the “bush.” I was a city boy though. So though I craved the experienced I never made the effort to get out there – thinking I could just […]

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Why you should visit South Africa NOW

Tweet If you were here for the World Cup in 2010 and swore blind you would return, now is the time to do so. Because things in South Africa, for the average tourist, are rather peachy. Whilst those who live here are struggling as things become more than a little tight – petrol and food […]

Monday, 5 May 2014

Where to get your cup of sustainable coffee in South Africa

Tweet There are few of us who can face a day without that initial cup to get us going. Coffee is big business as a result. But if you, like me, prefer to marry your love of the bean with the knowledge that your cuppa is not only farmed in a way that maintains the […]

Thursday, 1 May 2014

De’Ma Restaurant in Umhlanga

Tweet Tucked away in a corner on the 2nd floor of the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is a brightly decorated little restaurant in Umhlanga called De’Ma. It had been recommended to friends of ours who were on holiday in Umhlanga from Cape Town and we joined them there last week for dinner. To be honest […]