Loading posts...
7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland
View

7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland

The alternative route between Bloemfontein and Cape Town - A spate of idiosyncratic towns will enchant you, as will the incredible scenery, windmills, hospitable people, corbelled houses and star-strewn skies - the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. As the crow flies it takes the average traveller 11 straight hours, and a rather deadened derriere, to travel between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The national road is easy enough to navigate despite the barrage of trucks, if mind-numbingly dull (the N1 circumnavigates most towns en route, and the road goes on forever with little ...
Continue reading
12 Hidden Spots In Cape Town You Probably Don’t Know Exist
View

12 Hidden Spots In Cape Town You Probably Don’t Know Exist

As well as one thinks one knows Cape Town there is always some little nook or cranny, deli or coffee shop left undiscovered. Here are 12 hidden spots in Cape Town... 1. Beta Beach For those of you who don't already know about this tiny, perfect square of sand in Bakoven, let me first state that I'm only sharing if you agree to treat the pad with respect. The beach looks private, which is probably why it remains inundated, but it isn't. Residents like it quiet and make sure it remains so. Get there early if you want a space. Where: alongside Oudekraal beach 2. Catholic Shrine, Schoen...
Continue reading
Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs
View

Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs

When CNN starts to refer to Johannesburg as a ‘hipster hangout’, GQ magazine calls it the ‘cool capital of the southern hemisphere’, and the BBC describes how Johannesburg has changed ‘from no-go to gotta-go’, then you know things are changing. The perception of Jo’burg as a crime-ridden and turbulent city best avoided has done an about-face. Only ten years ago the average travel blog suggested, none too subtly, that you use the city of gold merely as a launching pad to head either into the bush, or to the very tip of the country where, it was hoped, the beaches would detract from Johann...
Continue reading
The Secrets of Kalk Bay
View

The Secrets of Kalk Bay

Don’t miss our favourite 5 historical buildings, homes and churches on Kalk Bay’s main drag! Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Kalk Bay is one of the most delightful seaside fishing villages on Cape Town’s False Bay. On weekends traffic along Main Road is backed up virtually to Muizenberg by 1pm as people forget how popular it is (and about the never-ending Stop Go at Glencairn). Parking is severely limited along the narrow mountain hugging main road (despite the improvements) and Kalk Bay’s narrow, cobbled alleyways accommodate very few (additional) cars - residents already park on the...
Continue reading
48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town
View

48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town

Only 48 hours in Cape Town - What to see and where to go in Cape Town - we give you the low-down. With the rand at an all time low, now is the time to visit! A plan to enjoy the Mother City could pursue any of the following: from sipping wine and browsing farmers' markets, to heading up the famous Table, followed by a sedate drive along the Cape peninsula... FRIDAY: Land at Cape Town International Airport. We highly recommend hiring a car for the duration of your stay. Whilst Uber makes getting around a LOT easier, it is more flexible to have your own transport. Stay: Cape Town's C...
Continue reading
The Secret Of Cape Towns True History
View

The Secret Of Cape Towns True History

Lucy Campbell's myth-busting, grassroots, warts-and-all account of the little recognised pre-1652 founding of Cape Town, and the trauma of slavery, is a meaningful educational experience that few visitors can afford to overlook. 'Cape Town', says Lucy, her grey dreadlocks loosely held by an orange floral scarf, her hands painting the air in front of her as she passionately engages her audience, 'is a prime indigenous African-Indian-Asian-Eastern must-stop destination, home to the most diverse community in the world.' This, she explains, is all of our history. White or black... Photograp...
Continue reading
Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One
View

Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One

South Africa's Sunshine Coast claims the highest number of sunshine hours per annum in the country, which is quite a claim, given that the sun seems to shine any time, anywhere in South Africa. So what makes the Sunshine Coast so special? For starters its 450 km coastline combines some 10 rivers and lagoons, blue flag beaches, malaria-free game reserves, a rich cultural history, first-rate birding and the only national park in the country to host the Big 7. Sound like your kind of place? The Sunshine Coast lies between Tsitsikamma and East London, a coastline that is a favourite both ...
Continue reading
What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route
View

What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route

Driven with the wind in your sails, you can get to Namibia from Cape Town in just over eight hours, if you're prepared to forego lunch or any of the attractions vying for your attention along the way. But you could treat the 890 km (more like 1500 km if you're intent on Windhoek) route as a road trip and do it in a more leisurely fashion, savouring the chance to explore the nether regions of South Africa's north western hinterland. Most people take the N7 north but off this are numerous highways and byways that if you are prepared to explore, using the N7 as the skeleton of your route, g...
Continue reading
Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All
View

Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All

Clarence Drive is one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world. It's every bit as exciting as Chapman's Peak, without the cost of the toll. Forming part of Route 44 Clarence Drive hugs an incredibly scenic portion of the coast just south east of Cape Town, connecting the seaside towns of Rooi Els and Betty's Bay - the Hottentot Hollands Mountains on one side, the ocean on the other. Seventy seven bends, numerous wide curves and a couple of sharp corners - with plenty of opportunity to pull over, hop out of your vehicle and survey the beauty of what lies before you (including whal...
Continue reading
How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus
View

How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus

Only an hour and a half's drive from Cape Town, Hermanus hugs Walker Bay every bit like a mother who has perfected the art of the embrace – gently, but without any attachment – so that its waters appeal to a group of whales who return, year-upon-year, to mate and calve in these waters. Being animals they're unperturbed by ideas anyone on land has about their presence in these waters, and so they keep largely offshore until it suits them – usually around September – to coincide with the annual Whale Festival. Hermanus draws huge crowds of people anywhere between July and October. If it's ...
Continue reading
Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure
View

Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure

It's no secret. South Africans regard their country as the Adventure Capital of the World. And for good reason – we've the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jump, the world's only crocodile cage-diving, we free dive with tiger sharks, swim with Cape fur seals, cage dive with great whites, hike in Big Five territory, abseil off Table Mountain, kayak with crocodiles and boast an Extreme 19th hole (accessible only by helicopter) on one of our signature golf courses (we'll leave it up to you to find out where!). And that's only the highlights we managed to fit in one paragraph... B...
Continue reading
Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route
View

Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route

The winter whale watching season is upon us! From early July until October every year the Southern Right Whale makes the Cape shoreline of South Africa its nursery. Whales come to warmer waters (from the icy waters further north) to mate, give birth and nurse their young. Whilst you can catch a glimpse of them all the way from the West Coast up to Storms River Mouth, the best part of the coastline to spot them is known as the Cape Whale Coast. This centres on Walker Bay in the Overberg (also known as the 'heart of the whale coast') with whale viewing spots between Rooi Els (on the easte...
Continue reading
Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?
View

Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?

Cut through the jargon and the hype and take note of these easy to follow suggestions for the best blooming Namaqua experience you've had yet! 1. WHAT IT IS The Namaqua flower route is the greatest flower show on earth - considered a natural phenomenon and one of the world's botanical wonders. During spring what is otherwise an arid, and to all appearances barren, landscape bursts into song as thousands of flowers appear almost everywhere – along the sides of roads, along the edges of the coast, and in many nature reserves. 2. HOW MANY FLOWERS? It features around 3000 plant species, at...
Continue reading
15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)
View

15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)

It's only fair that your money should work hard for you on holiday. Let's be honest: there is nothing worse than standing in a queue, to hand over your cash, only to find that the attraction is over-hyped and underwhelming. To save you money, we've put together a list of 15 South African attractions that are worth every cent. And three that are not... 15 Attractions that are Totally Worth It ... 1. ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Cost: From R58 to R232 per adult (conservation fee) Why it's worth it: Immediate access to elephants makes this park a must. The added bonus is its accessibility...
Continue reading
The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!
View

The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!

South Africa presents so many choices to the visitor that it is hard to know just when to do what, and so we've made it easier for you by compiling a list of best places to be month by month. Here is the Ultimate Travel Calendar: Your Guide to the Best Places in South Africa for every month of the year ... JANUARY Head to: Cape Town. This time of year is brilliantly hot, the rather cool seas perfectly feasible after only moments of sun worshipping on foot-blistering sand. Cape Town is still in party mode in January (things don't get back to business-as-usual until deep into Februar...
Continue reading