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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Spring Into The Stihl Open Gardens

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 weekends in October and have already closed, there are still a number that are open during weekends in November and December. Continued

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you

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 unwind, slow and retreat from the world.

We share 8 of the best Karoo farmstays with you… Continued

Friday, 24 October 2014

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

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 habit of burrowing under the ground to avoid the heat of the day (they only come out at night).

Despite its name, the aardvark is not even vaguely related to the pig, nor the South American anteater, despite looking fairly similar (only smaller). In fact, its closest living relatives are elephant shrews, dassies, elephants and tenrecs (a Madagascan animal that resembles a hedgehog, shrew or mouse).

So, if you’ve managed to spot an aardvark in your life time, I’m impressed… Continued

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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

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 good dose of tourist attractions.  So when things freeze over in the northern hemisphere, a trip down south sounds all the more appealing with bike trails added to the mix.

You don’t have to be hard core either. Many trails lend themselves to families and holiday riders.

It wasn’t difficult to come up with a list of favourites. Whilst I’m not a biker, I do have friends for whom time in the saddle is tantamount to meditation… Continued

Friday, 17 October 2014

4 sun-drenched day trips along the Sunshine Coast

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 is (no, it isn’t the Garden Route), you’ll be tempted to slap me when you hear it’s (ta da): the Sunshine Coast.

Obvious, yes… Continued

Monday, 13 October 2014

15 great Garden Route adventures (something for everyone)

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 to make enough time for the many adventures available to visitors.

Be warned: a week in the Garden Route is not long enough.

This list of 15 Garden Route adventures (that ranges from picnic sites to tandem skydiving) will help you get started… Continued

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

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

The Magaliesberg is on the back stoeps of both Pretoria 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 kloofs, clear mountain streams, pools and waterfalls, well wooded slopes, rocky outcrops and a series of sheer quartzite cliffs.

A weekend’s break in the Magaliesberg takes little more than a phone call and a bag on the back seat. But we’ve made it easier for you by designing 4 day trips in the Magaliesberg that include a little of this and a little of that (something for everyone, in other words). You can either choose one day trip and do it as is (we’ve tried to keep each day in a particular geographical area), or you can mix and match attractions until you have the perfect day for your friends and family… Continued

Monday, 6 October 2014

4 jam-packed day trips to the Cederberg

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 burnt orange mountains and jagged sandstone rock formations, like the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross, and ancient !Xam rock art, it is a 70 000 hectare mountainous wilderness ripe for outdoor adventure.

It gets its name from the Clanwilliam Cedar, an endemic and protected tree in this undeveloped, and largely isolated part of the Western Cape.

Choosing a list of things to do from the myriad attractions of the area is a task, but we rose to the occasion and selected a line-up for 4 day trips to the Cederberg, jam-packed with things to doContinued

Thursday, 2 October 2014

KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

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 October 9th. Continued

Monday, 29 September 2014

Old Main Brewery

We popped in to Old Main Brewery in Hilton for a quick bite to eat before heading to our evening show at the Hilton Arts Festival last week Saturday. Formerly known as Crossways, this Hilton institution has undergone a bit of rebranding and is cementing itself as the reliable place to go for good food, service and beer!

The aim of Old Main Brewery is to offer an English pub experience and with crackling fires (definitely needed in chilly Hilton), microbrewery beers and a relaxed vibe they have achieve that. The premises have a beer garden for summer days or otherwise the large deck with bright red umbrellas is the perfect place to bask in the sun while enjoying lunch. Continued

Friday, 26 September 2014

Karkloof Farmers Market

Our Saturday morning breakfast ritual when visiting my in-laws in Hilton is a visit to the popular Karkloof Farmers Market. I’m a huge market fan and I must admit that the Karkloof Market is probably my most favourite. It just seems to tick all the boxes; a large, weather proof shed, plenty of seating in the form of cosy conversation areas and tables with benches, good coffee, plenty of parking and of course the most important of all, loads of lovely things to eat and bits to buy! Continued

Thursday, 11 September 2014

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kwelera – South Africa’s 10th National Botanical Garden

Kwelera’s 164 hectares form a narrow strip of coast that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean for about five kilometres, between the beachside town of Gonubie and where the Kwelera River meets the sea just north-east of East London.

Few of us know anything about this small, unobtrusive nature reserve. Yet since late July it is the country’s 10th National Botanical Garden.

Kwelera, or Kwelegha (the ‘r’ is pronoucned as a ‘gh’ as in loch), comes from the Khoi language and means place of aloes (the Eastern Cape’s emblem). Continued

Friday, 5 September 2014

Spring Flowers Can Be A Little Rock ‘n Roll

The Cape Flower Route is a fixture on most traveller’s bucket lists around the world, but for those of you who love a little nature (while reveling at the same time), we’ve come up with a few ideas for you this spring.

We share our favourite experiences along the flower route, in locations such as Darling, Napier, Citrusdal, the West Coast and Clanwilliam, which will speak to everyone’s inner hippie.

Don’t be a shrinking violet! Let our your inner Daisy Duke come out and head off to flower country this spring. Continued

Monday, 1 September 2014

Cape Town Picnics – Pretty Places for Spring Picnics in the Mother City

Cities … living in one requires that you open your wallet countless times a day. So, when it comes to celebrations or casual get-togethers with friends (who won’t fit into your bachelor flat), meeting up for a picnic in the Mother City is not only a way to spend time soaking up some vitamin D – it’s pretty kind to your bank balance too.

We asked some city-bowl-dwellers and Cape Town locals where their secret picnic spots are, and this is what they shared with us…

Continued

Friday, 29 August 2014

Bitchin’ Breweries in Cape Town – The Craft Beer Scene

Hipsters may have helped make craft beer famous, but for those of us who’ve enjoyed sinking a cold one on a balmy day in the city, or sipping on one slowly in a field of buttercup yellow canola in the country – we know that there’s so much more to craft beer than fodder for popular urban culture.

The definition of ‘craft beer’ is simply: “… a beer with a distinctive flavour, produced and distributed in a particular region” but other sources describe the product as “…beer not brewed by one of the big “mega-brewery” corporations.

Beer made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional.” Cape Town has seen a craft beer explosion in the past few years, leading the real beer revolution in South Africa, so I awarded myself the odious (being highly facetious here) task of revisiting a few of my favourite microbreweries. Continued