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 –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, 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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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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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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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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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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10 great tips to travel on a budget

How to travel on a budget 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 […]

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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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Kimberley - City of Diamonds

Kimberley - City of Diamonds Did you know that Kimberley in South Africa was the very first city in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the first cities in the world to have electric street lights? It actually had electric street lights before London. This “Strange but true” fact was imparted to us by our tour […]

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Dinosaurs roam South Africa

When I first heard about dinosaurs coming to South Africa, I asked my son if he wanted to go and see them. Having just watched the Jurassic Park series, his first question was “Real ones?”.  No, my son, (un)fortunately not. But this is as close as you’re going to get to the real thing. Dinosaurs […]

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