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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Tweet Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style’s most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what’s the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables are different. Rather than lying at the end of a house, […]

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Spring Into The Stihl Open Gardens

Tweet Every spring marks the return of the Stihl Open Gardens which take place in the town of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Gardeners are kind enough to open their beautiful gardens to the public and are delighted to share their gardening tips and secrets! Although some of the gardens were only open for a few […]

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you

Tweet The impression we hold of the Karoo has romance at its heart: dirt roads, windmills, sunsets that look as though someone has thrown claret on a canvas, big sky and mountain passes. The semi-desert region known as the Karoo is inspiring. Despite its droughts and extreme climate, it is a space in which to […]

Friday, 24 October 2014

South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it

Tweet The aardvark. The only surviving member of the prehistoric species Tubulidentata.  It looks like a rabbit crossed with a piglet and a kangaroo, and is sometimes called an African antbear, or a Cape anteater.  Actually, its name comes from the Afrikaans meaning ‘earth pig’ or ‘ground pig’, due in no small part to its […]

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Dining at Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane

Tweet A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining not once, but twice in the same day at the superb Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane. Located just outside the well known Leopard Creek Golf Estate and named after Stevenson Hamilton, the first Kruger National Park ranger, Hamiltons offers good quality food prepared with […]

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)

Tweet I recently heard South Africa described as the ‘deep south’ of the MTB (mountain bike) community. If you consider the MTB scene in South Africa is hotting up, this description fits.  The country is full of exceptional mountain bike trails in areas that manage to combine gobsmacking scenery with a healthy ride and a […]

Friday, 17 October 2014

4 sun-drenched day trips along the Sunshine Coast

Tweet If there was a place that guaranteed more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the country, wouldn’t you head there? Stretching between Tsitsikamma and East London is just such a place; its coastline gives you over six hours of driving pleasure along the N2. And whilst I know you’re itching to know what it […]

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Dining at The Royal Coachman in Dullstroom

Tweet We recently did a bit of a road trip to Malelane in Mpumalanga and spent a night en-route in the quaint town of Dullstroom. Although we had booked a self catering unit at Treelands Estate, who really wants to self cater when there is such a choice of restaurants to dine at? After strolling […]

Monday, 13 October 2014

15 great Garden Route adventures (something for everyone)

Tweet The 200 km strip of coastline between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is one of the country’s most beautiful. A collection of beaches, mountains, ancient forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, artists’ communities, mountain hideaways, kloofs and bustling country towns combine in such an exceptional way that thousands of visitors visit every year. The secret is […]

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Eastern Cape Beaches Go Blue

Tweet The Eastern Cape and Garden Route boast some of the prettiest and most extensive beaches in South Africa, with warm waters from the Indian Ocean making them excellent choices for water sports. In recognition of their beauty, excellent swimming conditions and commitment to the preservation of the local fauna and flora, 20 Eastern Cape […]

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

4 day trips that will have you packing a bag for the Magaliesberg

Tweet The Magaliesberg is on the back stoeps of both Pretoria Accommodation and Johannesburg.  The mountain range, once known as the Kashan Mountains, is said to be 100 times older even than Everest. It extends from Rustenburg in the west, to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam just east of Pretoria – a montage of deep gullies, impressive […]

Monday, 6 October 2014

4 jam-packed day trips to the Cederberg

Tweet The Cederberg is the place of rooibos and buchu tea, blue and cloudless skies, intensely hot summers, little towns and fertile valleys that summon holiday makers all year round. For Capetonians, it is a playground and long weekend hiking paradise, whilst hikers, rock-climbers, cyclists and nature lovers treat it as a refuge. Dominated by […]

Friday, 3 October 2014

Lighthousing South Africa – visit these 10 lighthouses in South Africa

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Tweet Lighthouses pepper the country’s coastline all the way from Port Nolloth in the west to Cape Vidal in the east. Why? Well, sailing the 3 000 km stretch that is the country’s shoreline is obviously nothing short of hazardous. Many of these lighthouses went up in direct response to a major shipwreck. But for […]

Thursday, 2 October 2014

KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tweet It’s that time of the year again; the time when the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra strut their stuff in their Spring Season series of concerts. I must admit, I’ve been half asleep and have already missed a number of the series of concerts but have made amends by booking tickets for the concert on […]