Loading posts...
Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City
View

Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City

More commonly known as Jo'burg, or Jozi, Johannesburg is a rapidly changing city considered the pulse of South Africa. The hipster city, sited by Rough Guides as the number one city  to visit in 2015,  is sprawling, wired, culturally and historically rich, and the commercial heart of the country. Where before its centre was somewhere you gave a wide berth, today down town is smartening up, with a number of urban-renewal projects that have put the inner city back on the map for tourists. Johannesburg sprawls. It's bigger than greater London in terms of area, and can feel hugely intimidati...
Continue reading
9 Cape Town Food Trends You Need to Know About
View

9 Cape Town Food Trends You Need to Know About

We’re so over cauliflower, kale, burgers and doughnuts. As for macaroons (yawn), bread baskets (you are kidding, right?) and, dare I say it, carbs, it’s definitely time to move on. And move on we have. To gin, home fermentation, veldkos, ancient grains and a dozen other things that make eating out an experience. Here the Cape Town food trends you need to know about... Fermentation If you’re not already growing your own kombucha, making your own raw milk kefir, and adding turmeric to your smoothies, you will be. Soon. Because all things microbiome have gone mainstream, with a ...
Continue reading
10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Leave
View

10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Leave

Get to experience Cape Town with the keys to one of these apartments with a view. Set right in the heart of Cape Town’s city bowl, these loft-style pads lavishly follow the trend towards apartment living. Their inspirational interiors, open floor plans, classic use of colour, and flair for the unusual, will have you drooling. 10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won't Want to Leave... CAPE LOFT, Mutual Heights, Darling Street, CBD The clever use of space, the light from the floor to ceiling feature windows, the retro feel to the furnishings, and the striking spiral stairc...
Continue reading
The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal
View

The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal

What’s so great about the small towns in KwaZulu-Natal? Well, first of all there’s a lot to be said for small-town living. People love the experience, even if it’s only for a weekend, or a few days. And secondly, KwaZulu-Natal has some of the best subtropical all-year-practically-summer weather that makes a stay in any of the towns below, a seriously good option all year round. Here is our list of 9 best small towns in KwaZulu-Natal... Nottingham Road Think green rolling Drakensberg foothills, fly-fishing dams, sheep farms, historical sites, a Victorian country tavern, a rustic brew...
Continue reading
13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
View

13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Addo Elephant National Park lies only a few hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth. It’s gone from providing a small sanctuary to eleven elephants to become a richly biodiverse park with over 600 elephants... We share 13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park... No 1. If you love elephants, then this is the park for you There are now well over 600 of them, so your chances of spotting great numbers of these huge beasts, is almost guaranteed. And they’re as easy to spot asheading to the waterhole in the park’s main camp. You barely need to hit the road, Jack. They appear in family groups at t...
Continue reading
Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital
View

Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital

The French corner of the Cape Winelands is relatively small by comparison with its sister town, Stellenbosch (only twenty minutes’ away). But as a weekend, or even day, visit it packs a punch - its main road awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, grand historical buildings, wineland tours, and little tucked-out-of-the-way courtyards in which to while away the hours. We visited recently. Here is our Franschhoek guide... where to eat, what to do, and where to sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital D O  &  S E E Ride the Wine Tram Don’t miss out on this hop-on-hop-...
Continue reading
13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa
View

13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa

South Africa is as famous for its coastline as it is for the Kruger National Park. Stretching for over 2 500 kilometres from the dry and barren border with Namibia in the west, around the Cape of Good Hope and northeast to its border with Mozambique, in the east, the coastline is nothing short of magnificent. Along almost every inch of its highly varied shoreline are long strips of beach. The kind of beach that makes you ‘wish you were there’. And so we went exploring, to find you the kind of beach stays that easily equal the pull of the beaches on which they rest. These 13 beach st...
Continue reading
12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
View

12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

We’re particularly enamoured with the Mountain Zebra National Park - South Africa’s most understated, and under visited, national park. Here is why ... No 1. No-one seems to know Mountain Zebra Park exists! Even Lonely Planet ignored the Mountain Zebra National Park on their blog list of top parks and game reserves in South Africa. And we can’t think why? But this can work in your favour. Go whilst you still have the park to yourself! (the park has recently added another eight units due to the increase in visitors, so the word is already out). Mountain Zebra National Park is one of the...
Continue reading
9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape
View

9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape

Small towns of the Northern Cape ~The Northern Cape is a vast expanse of country hugging the northerly reaches of South Africa up against the borders of Namibia and Botswana. It’s hot, dry and beautiful - something of a wilderness presided over by a merciless sun. Scattered across this large semi-desert landscape are hundreds of little characterful towns, separated by kilometres of road. It’s a province made for road trips. Whilst most of the traffic confines itself to the N1, N12 and N7 there are back routes linking towns through heartstopping scenery. It is these towns that deserve exp...
Continue reading
20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo
View

20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo

Limpopo is home to South Africa’s biggest attraction - the Kruger National Park - with plenty of exceptional scenic spots to keep one camera-happy. But South Africa’s wildest province is not limited to the Kruger. There are other wonders too - baobab trees, the Nylsvley Nature Reserve - one of the top birding spots in Southern Africa - enough game reserves for a year of visits, and the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, to name but a few. To avoid the tourists we’ve put together a list of 20 best secret scenic spots in Limpopo for those perfect #instagram and #love_southafrica moments… Hangklip View...
Continue reading
10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape
View

10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape

The country’s second largest province has a great many towns. They lie dotted in amongst the Amatola Mountains, the Sunshine Coast, the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast and the Eastern Highlands; serving as holiday bases to a varied and sought-after outdoor lifestyle that has visitors throwing themselves off bridges, surfing the waves, and hiking trails that scale mountains and explore untouched beaches, cliffs and waterfalls. Narrowing down a selection of the 10 best small towns of the Eastern Cape was no easy task ... Cape St Francis You can’t really separate Cape St Francis from St Franc...
Continue reading
12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
View

12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge semi-desert wilderness in the north of South Africa - an immense stretch of red sand dunes and wide open sky, the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers (said to flow but once every 100 years) and the odd solitary camelthorn, raisin bush or shepherd tree to break the horizon. It is Africa’s first Peace Park; an amalgamation of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park (no rewards for correctly guessing the dominant antelope in the reserve) in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert wil...
Continue reading
Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet
View

Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet

Alternative Cape Town - There is much more to Cape Town than its top tourist destinations - Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island - its natural beauty and its beaches. Dig a little deeper and a series of unusual landmarks, buildings and places reveal themselves. Here are 13 Places in Cape Town you don’t know about. Yet. THE HIPPOS OF RONDEVLEI Probably because of where the nature reserve lies - on the outskirts of the city centre alongside the less promising suburbs of Grassy Park and Zeekoevlei - it isn’t high on visitors’ to do lists when in the ...
Continue reading
I Love White River Because …
View

I Love White River Because …

Hi, I’m Amanda from umSisi House and umSisi Cottage just outside White River on the way to the Kruger National Park and just minutes away from the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. White River IS BEST KNOWN FOR its proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN IN the Blyde River Canyon and show your friends what it looks like to be 'on top of the world'. THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Three Rondavels where the sign says 'Do not go any further'. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT God's Window and Wonder View. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO tak...
Continue reading
The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State
View

The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State

The landlocked Free State lies virtually in the middle of South Africa. It’s considered the traditional heartland of the Afrikaner; countryside through which one drives en route from Johannesburg or the Western Cape. Few choose to tour the province. Yet for those who do travel the Free State, it is the little artistic towns that seduce. Scattered in amongst huge swathes of farmland, snuggled up against the commanding Maluti Mountains, and clustered along the Lesotho border, they draw on the free State’s wide skies, expansive spaces and inspiring scenery to charm those who visit them. Ou...
Continue reading