Category: South Africa

Review: Zwahili Private Game Lodge

A petrifying roar pierced the stillness of the night air then another. I woke up with a start. It sounded as though the lion was right outside my door but fortunately I had been warned of this and knew that he was actually much further away than his roar would lead me to believe.  I […]

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Review: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel

I walked into the huge open-plan lobby of the Radisson Blu Gautrain and was immediately struck by its size – extending all the way from the Central One Restaurant on the one end to the bar at the other, with the reception area in–between. The public areas seemed to flow together harmoniously, welcoming me to […]

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Maboneng Precinct , Johannesburg - Place of light

I love this board in Maboneng- an African variation of a board found in many cities around the world.  Some of the quirky things others had written were "Go to Hogwarts" and "Understand Women". What do you want to do before you die? I think that I'd like to visit every country in the world... […]

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Review : Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

Having heard much in praise of Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, my curiosity had been piqued. How does one please a group of people with diverse interests at one destination? Amongst our family alone, we have a golfer, spa and wildlife enthusiasts.  When I finally got there and heard the exclamations of excitement emanating from […]

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Magnum Pleasure Experience - Indulge yourself!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design your own ice-cream? It’s every child’s dream and I daresay many adults’ too.  Now is your chance to do just that. The Magnum Pleasure pop-up store has been travelling all over the world since 2013, in celebration of Magnum’s 25th anniversary. New York, Paris […]

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Durban named one of the New 7 Wonders Cities of the World  

Breaking News: Durban was named one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World in Dubai on Sunday night, beating more than 1,200 nominees from 220 different countries. The other cities are Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Beirut (Lebanon), Doha (Qatar), Vigan (Philippines), Havana (Cuba), and La Paz (Bolivia). This is another feather in the cap for South […]

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Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures

Around 3300 years ago, in ancient Egypt, a young boy became a Pharoah at the tender age of eight. He ruled for about ten years at a time when the Egyptian Empire was at its height and died at the age of eighteen under mysterious circumstances. He was hastily buried in an underground tomb in […]

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Nizamiye Mosque - Istanbul in Johannesburg

As one travels on the busy highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is likely that one’s eye will be caught by a striking vision of domes and minarets, a sight one would be much more likely to see in Istanbul, Turkey than in Midrand, Johannesburg. It is the Nizamiye Mosque , one of the most […]

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How to travel on a budget - Part 2

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” Susan Heller Save on extra baggage costs Carry a luggage scale with you and check the weight of your baggage before going to the airport to see that your baggage is within the […]

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How to travel on a budget - Part 1

For most of my life I’ve suffered from a serious ailment – a chronic case of the travel bug. After a few weeks at home, I feel like I need to travel. But I prefer not to spend too much on my holidays because that makes me feel guilty...and indulgent.  Having a tight budget does […]

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Animal World at Emerald Resort

The Animal World at Emerald Resort in the Vaal is probably not its most popular attraction for families with children. That title would probably go to the Aquadome - a climate-controlled indoor water wonderland. But in my opinion, it is underrated.  With approximately 500 animals from over 80 species, it is worth a visit. Here […]

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Matjiesfontein – A small village with a huge history

The quaint Victorian village of Matjiesfontein whispers of a rich history filled with money, murders and ghosts. It was established in 1883/1884 by a Scotsman, James Douglas Logan, as a health resort where those with lung complaints could recuperate. Logan believed that the Karoo air had cured his own weak chest. Lampposts from London were […]

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