Category: South Africa

Kosi Forest Lodge -an enchanted forest hideaway

Kosi Forest Lodge Review “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”  John Muir 2021 is all about wide, open spaces - something you’ll find in abundance at Kosi Forest Lodge. Located within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, in Northern KwaZulu Natal - near the Mozambique border - the Kosi Bay area […]

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2020 – My year in review

My 2020 year in review To borrow the words of Queen Elizabeth II, 2020 was an annus horribilis for the world. The kind of year we don't ever want to see again. The year began innocently enough. After a busy year in 2019, we spent the first few days of January 2020 “recovering” from the high […]

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The Houghton Hotel – Luxury Spa, Wellness and Golf Retreat

The Houghton Hotel Review It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for luxury accommodation and our latest staycation at The Houghton Hotel ticked all the right five-star boxes. One of Johannesburg's newest and most luxurious hotels, the hotel has already scooped up the award for Africa's Leading New Hotel 2020 in the prestigious […]

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12 Fun things to do in Hartbeespoort and surrounds

Things to do in Hartbeespoort and surrounds In this age of social media, the Instagrammability of a destination is a key factor in deciding on a getaway destination for many people. The Hartbeespoort area boasts Instagram opportunities galore, and it’s proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria make it an ideal weekend destination. Meaning “Gateway of the […]

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Black Brick – a vertical village in the heart of Sandton

Black Brick Sandton Review Corporate trimming and remote offices have led to many abandoned buildings and office blocks in cities around the world. Fortunately, there are innovative entrepreneurs out there who are repurposing these unused spaces into funky, functional ones. Once the headquarters of a global corporate, 25 Fredman Drive in Sandton found a new […]

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South Africa Itinerary (10 Days) | Road Trip Planner

South Africa Itinerary (10 Days) | Road Trip Planner Planning a trip to South Africa? What could be better than a vacation spent soaking up the sun, or going on safari in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations? For most people traveling to South Africa, the exchange rate is favourable, making it a relatively […]

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Zebra Country Lodge – where wildlife and culture meet

Zebra Country Lodge Review South Africa is a country of unexpected surprises. One moment you’re in the chaotic city, and the next in the peaceful countryside. Just 30 kilometres away from Pretoria, in a lush 400 hectare nature reserve where grazing wildlife roam free, you will find Zebra Country Lodge, a charming countryside getaway. Zebra […]

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Win a 5-star safari for 2 at Tau Game Lodge

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Abu-Bakr Nadat on winning this amazing prize! Win an amazing 5-star safari for 2 nights for 2 people sharing at Tau Game Lodge worth R25,740. About Tau Game Lodge Tau Game Lodge is a family-friendly, five-star safari lodge in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s […]

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Get high on the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway

The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway Experience There is a childlike excitement about cable car rides that is hard to beat. Perhaps it is because it is akin to flying, as you soar through the air at altitudes where you can still see the ground below you.  We enjoy riding on cable cars, whenever they’re available, even […]

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Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel – Luxury Hartbeespoort accommodation

Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel – Family-friendly Hartbeespoort accommodation These days, the Instagrammability of a destination is a key factor in deciding on a getaway destination for many people –  especially millennials. The Hartbeesport area boasts Instagram opportunities galore, including a beautiful dam with sailing boats, the Harties cableway, a mini Eiffel Tower, […]

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10 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 […]

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Bush Bliss at Safari Plains

Safari Plains Review “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again. Karen Blixen (Danish Author of "Out of Africa") Returning from an afternoon game drive, we stopped on a bridge over the river to admire the golden sunlight bathing the river below. A pod of […]

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Melville Koppies Nature Reserve - A Johannesburg Gem

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve When the desire to escape the chaos of the city becomes too strong, but you don’t have time to go far, then head for one of the city’s many green lungs. One such sanctuary is Melville Koppies, a 160-hectare nature reserve and city heritage site, and a reminder of what Johannesburg […]

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Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge - Relax among wildlife

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge "Africa remains in the realms of the magical. It is a place of spectacular beauty and unpredictable passion". Sean Frazer We trudged up the winding mountain paths surrounded by lush thickets. In the bushes ahead, a herd of impalas sprinted past us like a mirage. We rounded a bend […]

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How to apply for a passport online - an easy guide

How to apply for a South African passport online South Africans can apply for a passport online , and renew their expired passports online too. Here is my detailed guide on how to do an online passport application. For updates on the How to apply for a passport online process, be sure to enter your […]

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