Category: South Africa

The Nest Hotel - Grand Old Lady of the Drakensberg

The welcome letter at The Nest Hotel hinted that we may return home with a few kilograms to shed. They weren't kidding. One of the few resort hotels in South Africa that still serve sumptuous cuisine a la table d'hote , the food is a big draw card here.  Hearty breakfasts, three-course lunches and six- […]

Read More...
Review: Garden Court Umhlanga

A few years ago there was a Tsogo Sun advertisement on television, where a man arrives at his hotel and feels like he’s come home. I was reminded of that advertisement when I arrived at Garden Court Umhlanga . Although I had stayed at that particular hotel only once before, I had stayed at many […]

Read More...
Explore Johannesburg's Heritage Sites

I receive a lot of invitations to events, but since it takes time and effort to attend, I have to be quite selective about which ones I accept. However,  when I received an invitation to explore Johannesburg during Heritage Month, I knew that this was one event I wanted to attend. In fact, when I […]

Read More...
Things to do in Johannesburg – Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

If your children love to fidget / experiment , are budding scientists or struggling with science, then you definitely need to take them to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg’s Newtown district. Here the words “Don’t Touch” don’t exist and they can touch, feel, press and play to their little hearts’ content. Scientific concepts are explained with […]

Read More...
Walkersons Hotel and Spa - A luxurious countryside getaway

I stopped on the mountain trail and inhaled the intoxicating fresh air. The rest of my family were far ahead of me, but I didn't mind. I wanted to enjoy the picturesque scene below me. I was just outside South Africa’s highest town, Dullstroom. Below me lay the shimmering blue dams and charming stone cottages […]

Read More...
Family time at Kruger Park Lodge

The hippos began stirring. The small one rose first. Some of the others followed, while the others remained submerged in the river.  There were about eight of them. A huge male opened his jaws wide to show his dominance. Further up the river, on the edge of the dense woodlands, a crocodile basked in the […]

Read More...
54 on Bath : Chic Urban Luxury

In the heart of the trendy suburb of Rosebank, adjoining one of Johannesburg’s largest shopping precincts, stands the chic five-star boutique hotel - 54 on Bath . Previously known as The Grace, the hotel underwent a multi-million rand makeover when it was purchased by Tsogo Sun, South Africa’s leading hospitality and entertainment company. It ranks among […]

Read More...
Review: Radisson Blu Gautrain

When it comes to hotels, it is often said that location is everything. However if the hotel also offers comfortable luxury and upscale amenities, then it becomes an even more attractive choice of accommodation. The award-winning Radisson Blu Gautrain boasts all these and more, and my family and I were looking forward to staying there. […]

Read More...
Best SA holiday destinations for every type of tourist

One important thing to consider when planning your trip is your tastes and interests. While you may already know the type of holiday you want, it can be tough picking the ideal destination. Fortunately, South Africa offers an array of great travel experiences in every province. You can Be a Tourist in Your Hometown or […]

Read More...
Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is not something one would expect to see in the greater Johannesburg area. Situated below the dramatic, 200-metre-high cliffs of the Roodekrans Ridge in the West Rand, the beautiful expansive garden is like a lush oasis amid the concrete structures. Established in 1982, it is one of South Africa's nine National Botanical […]

Read More...
The Westcliff Hotel aka Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

If you ever doubted that Johannesburg was an urban forest, then you should look at it from the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff (aka The Westcliff Hotel ). You will see a canopy of verdant treetops with sprinklings of purple jacaranda blossoms and the occasional red-tiled rooftop, stretching far into the horizons. The hotel overlooks the Johannesburg […]

Read More...
Gold Reef City has a new ride & how to get discounted tickets

I was recently invited to the launch of Gold Reef City’s new ride -The High Flying Maverick along with a bunch of other bloggers and celebrities. Thanks to my kids, I am a theme park fan too, so I jumped at the opportunity to be one of the first people to experience the latest addition […]

Read More...
Copyright © 2020 by Sara Essop. 
The content on this website may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of Sara Essop.
search linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram