Category: South Africa

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 –See 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, and Hong Kong amongst others. It’s a convenient way to see the city's main attractions at your own pace while listening to the […]

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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, I visited Constitution Hill for the first time this month. That too, my visit was triggered by a Groupon deal which […]

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About the Bo-Kaap

Like the colorful houses that line its streets, the Bo-Kaap has a colourful history. Lying on the lower slopes of Signal Hill, in the shadow of Lion's Head, this historic, multi-cultural suburb in Cape Town, is a sight for sore eyes. Brightly painted houses, characteristic of Dutch and British architecture, line narrow cobble-stoned streets.  Many […]

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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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12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, an exclusive retreat

The panoramic route to the hotel was just a prelude to the luxurious haven awaiting us. It was quite befitting, I mused, as we ascended Chapman's Peak drive to the 12 Apostles Hotel . In one of the world’s most beautiful cities, on one of the world’s most spectacular routes, stands one of the world’s best […]

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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

Zebula Golf Estate and Spa Review 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 […]

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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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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

Nizamiye Mosque - "Where heart and mind meet" 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 […]

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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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