Category: South Africa

11 Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg

The Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg I am often asked what the best halaal restaurants in Johannesburg are. As a South African food blogger and someone who eats out often, I have compiled the list below based on restaurants that I have personally experienced and enjoyed.  The list is updated often as I find new […]

8 Things to do in the Northern Cape … and some thoughts about the province

8 Things to do in the Northern Cape … and some thoughts about the province The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province making up over 30% of the country’s land. It was also the province we had spent the least time exploring, mainly because it seemed too far from Johannesburg. Besides Kimberley and Colesberg, […]

The President Hotel - Family-friendly comfort in a stunning location

The President Hotel Review For over 250 years, the location of the current President Hotel has been a coveted one. In the 18th century, it was the site of the Society House, a recreational retreat in Cape Town where the rich and elite of the day would travel to be seen. After several ownership changes […]

Jock Safari Lodge - Explorer-themed luxury safari

Jock Safari Lodge Review Africa has an ethereal quality…its breath whispers on plains of grass, its sound whistles in the bushveld trees, its heart sits in the souls of wild animals and its dust remains on one’s feet…forever”. J.C. Smuts We fell asleep to the sound of lions roaring on our first night at Jock […]

Augrabies Falls – A must see in South Africa !

Augrabies Falls National Park Instagram made me do it. There, I said it! Although the Augrabies Falls had been on my South African bucket list for a long time, it was the posts of the falls in full force flooding my Instagram feed over the past few months that spurred me into planning a trip […]

Walking Tour of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

Walking Tour of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town If there's one place that I must visit every time I go to Cape Town , it's the Bo-Kaap. I'm ever so fascinated by this historic, colourful district, which is always a sight for sore eyes. On my most recent trip to the Mother City, I did a walking […]

Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve – Sleeping with bats

Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve Brilliant white sand dunes surrounded by red Kalahari sands, against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains... the Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve is one of the wonders of the Northern Cape. Not to be confused with Witsand Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, the reserve spans around 3500 hectares, and is known […]

5 Best Luxury Kruger National Park Safaris

5 Best Luxury Kruger National Park Safaris Kruger National Park safaris are renowned for providing some of the world's best Big 5 game viewing, accommodation, and seamless logistics.  The best game viewing though, is from the private game reserves set along the Kruger National Park's unfenced western boundary. These private game reserves offer fewer restrictions […]

15 best hikes in Johannesburg (and Pretoria)

Where to go for the best hikes in Johannesburg and Pretoria Hike: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise. (Merriam-Webster) I never really bothered much with hiking in Johannesburg until we were locked down in our own province. We started looking for parks and nature reserves in Johannesburg and were thrilled to discover that […]

Exploring the Mother City with City Sightseeing Cape Town

City Sightseeing Cape Town Did you know that the Cape Doctor is actually the local name for the strong south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer, and that it is thus named because it is believed to clear Cape Town of smog and pollution, leaving clear blue skies […]

Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton - Homestyle staycation

Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton Review Life in Johannesburg can be so fast-paced and stressful that frequent vacations and staycations are mandatory. For our latest staycation we visited Hyatt House in Sandton which opened in November 2021.  Situated in a residential part of Sandton, it is close enough to the key business and shopping hubs in […]

Shelley Point Hotel & Spa – a West Coast retreat

Shelley Point Hotel & Spa The Cape West Coast is one of South Africa’s most picturesque and alluring regions. Offering everything from pristine beaches and striking mountain ranges to colourful wildflower carpets in spring, it is no surprise that the area is so popular with holidaymakers. For us, it was also a great stopover destination […]

Namaqua National Park - More than flowers

Namaqua National Park Namaqua National Park may be best known for its annual explosion of bright carpets of wildflowers in spring, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to offer during the rest of the year. We spent two days in the park in autumn and discovered that there was much more to […]

Red Sands Country Lodge Review

Red Sands Country Lodge Review The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, comprising over 30% of the country’s land. It was also the province we had explored the least. Besides The Big Hole of Kimberley, we hadn’t seen much of its attractions. In an effort to change that, we planned a Northern Cape road […]

The Gautrain : Advantages and disadvantages

What you need to know about The Gautrain Firstly, I must apologise that this post is delayed – by over a decade. In my defence though, I didn’t have a blog then. I began writing around that time but it was for other websites. The Gautrain began operating in June 2010 just in time for […]

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