Category: Africa

Review: Tala Collection Private Game Reserve

Tala Collection Private Game Reserve Dusk was descending as we entered the Tala Collection Private Game Reserve gates. We had driven a short way when a lanky giraffe strode up to welcome us.  He stood and watched us for a while and then ducked his head and disappeared into the trees, once he had ascertained […]

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The Nelson Mandela Capture Site - Howick

Nelson Mandela was South Africa's most iconic leader. We may have lost him in 2013 but his memory still lives on in the legacy he left for us and the sites that have been erected in his memory. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site just outside Howick in KwaZulu Natal is one of them. Visiting these […]

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Sandton Sun - Retail therapy and five-star luxury

Sandton Sun Review Retail therapy and five-star luxury – what more could a girl ask for? I was recently invited to spend a night at Sandton Sun with my husband. I had been to the hotel before and always enjoyed my stay there but it had been a few years since my last visit, so […]

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Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge - a blissful mountain sanctuary

Once upon a time, high up within the Mpumalanga mountains, highwaymen would steal gold from passing coaches leaving the mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest. This is how the road earned its title of Robbers Pass. Today, at the top of Robbers Pass, you will find a treasure of a different sort – a blissful mountain […]

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Win a hot air balloon experience with Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris!

Win a hot air balloon experience with Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris! This competition is now closed.  549 people entered this competition. There were 1389 entries in total after taking social media follows and shares into account. I would have loved to have given everyone the prize but unfortunately that was impossible. So I asked […]

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2015 : A review of my blogging year

Thank you to all my loyal subscribers and followers for your support during 2015. As the year draws to a close, it is time to recap the events that filled it. 2015 was a busy year, even though we were limited to traveling during school holidays and weekends - for local getaways. This is a […]

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Thing to do in North West Province

The best things to do in North West Province ... ... From food and accommodation to entertainment and activities, it’s all covered. "Nature has blessed this province with breathtaking scenic beauty, rolling fieldsof maize, golden sunflowers and vast plains of African bushveld." North-West Tourism Do Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris There are few more magical […]

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How to apply for a Schengen visa for Italy

How to apply for a Schengen visa for Italy I had been avoiding Europe for a while. But when Italy and a Mediterranean cruise beckoned, I couldn’t resist any longer. This, of course, meant that I had to apply for a Schengen visa . Not for the first time, I bemoaned the fact that I […]

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Review: Clico Boutique Hotel

Clico Boutique Hotel Review The appetising welcome platter of salmon-topped crackers and macaroons was just a teaser of the delectable dinner that was awaiting us. Later that evening, we indulged in a five-course tasting menu tailored to our dietary requirements - creamy tomato soup with parmesan tuilles, seared scallops with butternut puree, kingklip with mushroom […]

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Taxi to Soweto

Taxi to Soweto I’ve been playing tourist in my city. I explored Joburg from the top of the City Sightseeing Bus. Then I took their taxi to Soweto extension to visit South Africa’s largest, and most vibrant township. It is where some of South Africa’s most historic events took place and home to more than […]

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The City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus –Seeing Joburg with fresh eyes

The City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus Whenever I travel to a foreign country, something I always enjoy doing is taking a hop-on hop-off bus. I’ve taken the bus in New York, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Cape Town amongst others. It’s a convenient way to see the city's main attractions at your own pace while listening […]

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A visit to Constitution Hill

A visit to Constitution Hill “They told you that your life was over beyond this gate.” Nolundi Ntamo. Pass offender. (1980) I’m embarrassed to admit this but even though it’s just a 10 minute drive away from my house, it took me a long while to visit Constitution Hill for the first time. My visit […]

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27 Boxes, A shopping centre built out of shipping containers

27 Boxes, Melville 27 Boxes is an innovative shopping centre in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. What makes it unique is that it is made entirely of shipping containers - a first in South Africa. Opened in 2015, it was inspired by the Boxpark in London and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris . For those of […]

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Review: Legend Golf and Safari Resort

Legend Golf and Safari Resort Take a malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the Waterberg region, and add on a signature golf course where each hole is designed by a different world golf champion. Include luxury accommodation amidst the bushes and the wildlife. Then, accessorize it with a unique 19th hole and botanical gardens planted […]

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Hotel Verde - Africa's Greenest Hotel

Hotel Verde Review It is not often that I am impressed by a hotel's green initiatives. A sign encouraging one to re-use ones towels is usually the extent of the initiative. Hotel Verde is unique in that it is the first hotel in Africa to be built with the environment in mind and offer guests carbon-neutral […]

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