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10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More
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10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More

Ever stayed in a B&B or self-catering unit where there were a couple of things you knew would just make the place sing, but did not have the courage to write it in the guest book? I have ... more than once. I've travelled a great deal around South Africa, staying mostly in modest self-catering accommodation and in B&Bs, some of them delightfully quirky, others bordering on objectionable (particularly as there seems to be a regular rate, regardless of standard). Some have wowed me while others have left me feeling resentful at having to pay hard-earned cash for an uncomfortable ni...
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Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village
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Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village

Described by many as resembling a scene from 'A River Runs Through It', Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a 'country gym session', while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains. Stanford has quietly been attracting 'swallows', investors, weekenders, visitors and residents to its sleepy river banks over the past few years, shaking things up for the better. This small Overberg town now boasts award-winning wi...
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Fifty Shades of Greyton
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Fifty Shades of Greyton

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 in, even though I live one hour away. I'd asked my Travel Blogger friend, Natalie Roos to join me for the experience and could already hear the clinking of our ice as it surfed to and fro inside our gin and tonics between sips. It was at least 32 degrees centigrade and the Cape was blowing on on...
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Sultry Swellendam
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Sultry Swellendam

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. You need to settle in and breathe the air; become familiar with the beauty, the curves, the colours and the light. But it also takes a muse to inspire an artist to pick up his paints and brushes and it was through Bruce's magnificent burning mountain sunsets shots, family ...
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Jersey Boys – What a Jol!
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Jersey Boys – What a Jol!

I am a self proclaimed musical nut. I love all things theatre, but musicals are my favourite. My dvd and music collection will affirm this should you have any doubt. When I heard that Jersey Boys was coming to Cape Town I was ready and  gathered the troops and off we went. To be honest I hadn't a clue what the show would be about - so let me give you a little bit of background. Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. Who you ask? Well you'll know who I mean once you're at the show because the music is one hit after another. This rags to riches tale unfolds as fou...
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Pepper Cottages in Plumstead – a review
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Pepper Cottages in Plumstead – a review

Pepper Cottages is a quiet little retreat, right in the heart of Plumstead. You would hardly know it was there if it were not for the discreet sign at the gate. The self-catering Red Pepper Cottage was to be my home for the night, and I was so glad it was. Tastefully furnished, the ample cottage would be ideal for corporate visitors or a couple needing a great base from which to explore the Mother City for a few days. There is a large lounge with a TV and doors that open onto a small garden, as well as a nook in which to work or read (with a number of good books to borrow while you a...
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Taim-go-loer – a farm stay where time stands still in Napier
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Taim-go-loer – a farm stay where time stands still in Napier

The first thing to grab my attention, other than the obvious prettiness of our accommodation, is the name of the place we choose to stay just outside of Napier - a little town in the Overberg close enough to Caledon not to feel like a trek-and-a-half for a weekend break. It's called Taim-go-loer. I love words, and can't resist playing with this obviously lovingly selected phrase to describe our Napier self-catering venue. Time to go and look, time for a walkabout? It sounds a little like pidgin English. That it has something to do with time standing still is obvious, as no sooner are our ba...
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A Brief Escape to Magical Wildekrans
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A Brief Escape to Magical Wildekrans

A recent midweek break found us on the road to the lovely Elgin Valley, touted as an ideal destination for nature lovers and wine enthusiasts, and generally for anyone wanting a break from city life out in the country. The first surprise is its close distance to Cape Town. Under an hours drive from the city makes this a great destination when pressed for time or for those who don't feel like driving for hours to their destination. And once you get there? The views and ambiance will have you believing you drove for hours to get to this little piece of paradise. So what do you do when you...
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Lekker Velddrif and Laaiplek – it’s bokkoms to you, sir
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Lekker Velddrif and Laaiplek – it’s bokkoms to you, sir

It isn't only bokkoms that make the town of Velddrif so famous. Enter the West Coast village across the white Carinus bridge that only recently, well historically anyway, replaced the pont across the Berg River and you will also pass hillocks of white, shiny salt. This is where we get most of our table salt. Any attempt to take photos of the Cerebos pyramid-shaped salt mountains, however, will bring you into contact with the rather surly  security guard, who might, if he doesn't mind the look of you, deign to allow you to turn your car around before you beat a hasty retreat. Cerebos, th...
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Coconut Grove in Pietermaritzburg – A review

Eating out these days is expensive and finding a restaurant that offers genuine value for money is no easy task. However, a Sunday evening visit to Coconut Grove at the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg proved that dining out can still be affordable and enjoyable at the same time. Upon arrival, a friendly manager greeted me and I was ushered to my seat where my friends were already waiting. A waitress had already taken their drinks orders and not wanting to delay proceedings any further; I promptly requested my usual red grapetiser and began to look through the menu ... Starters ...
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Grabouw for the day

Grabouw for the day: Our boot is full of apples and plums. We're talking big, red, juicy apples. The type that, the minute you get home, having travelled a two-hour round trip to get them in the first place, you wish you'd been smart enough to stock up on three times the quantity. The Peregrin farmstall is bursting with people, fruit and goodies. It is the second of at least four stalls on the side of the N2 after you leave the pinnacle of Sir Lowry's Pass in a broad sweeping descent behind you. And I can assure you, worth a drive out here simply to sample the wares, see the views and e...
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Addis in Cape Town – eating with your hands is all it’s cut out to be

As you have no doubt derived from the rather obvious name of the restaurant, Addis is a bit of Ethiopia bang smack in the middle of Cape Town. I don't usually do 'theme' restaurants, particularly those aimed at tourists. To be honest, I don't get to eat out at night much at all – funny how that stops when the 'bundle of joy' arrives, and stays stopped until he's left home, although I'm hoping I get out and about before then... another twenty odd years without culture will do my head in. But with mom-in-law down, a night on the town was obligatory, and Long Street was the obvious choice ...
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Grahamstown, the ‘Festival City’
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Grahamstown, the ‘Festival City’

Grahamstown is renowned as Festival City, as it is host to the largest arts festival in Africa - the National Arts Festival. Most people visit the town during the festival period, and experience the crazy bustle of thousands of tourists jostling their way down High Street, dodging between the hawkers touting their African wares, and on to the next fantastic show. In-between festival time, Grahamstown is a sleepy town. Grahamstown is also known for its many schools, and Rhodes University, and the town’s population seems to swell during term time when the students return to this quiet town th...
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Paternoster – a palliate for the soul
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Paternoster – a palliate for the soul

The first thing that strikes me about the gorgeous little seaside fishing village of Paternoster, is the harmony – there is no 'right' or 'wrong' side of the tracks here. Instead society is lumped into the same handbasket. The average holiday maker encased in huge utility vehicle, here for the weekend, tends to drive with head turned away from the fishermen's cottages that lie cheek by jowl with holiday homes in the village - an attempt to ignore the 'other' side of Paternoster, or craning to see the sea? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt ... I love that on one side of the road there ...
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Hebron – an oasis at the pinnacle of the Piekenierskloof pass
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Hebron – an oasis at the pinnacle of the Piekenierskloof pass

There is something about travelling that brings with it an element of the mundane. I'm talking about that glazed eyes feeling one begins to emit after an hour or two in the car so that even when faced with the incredible beauty of a pass like the Piekenierskloof, which marks the entrance to the Cederberg and Olifants River Valley (isn't it slightly freaky the way the river flows the wrong way?), and which wends its way down to the town of Citrusdal, you remain slightly impervious. To call the Piekenierskloof Pass, which links Piketberg with Citrusdal on the N7, stunning is to do it a di...
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