Category: South Africa

Hartford House -The only world-class hotel on a world-class stud farm in the world  

Hartford House Review The picturesque Kwazulu Natal countryside is a region steeped in history. The Zulus, the Boers and the British fought fierce battles for dominion of the territory here and Mahatma Gandhi served as a stretcher bearer for the British (before the advent of satyagraha), in one of these battles. Here, Winston Churchill was […]

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Mhondoro Game Lodge – an amazing family-friendly safari getaway

Mhondoro Game Lodge Review It had been an eventful final game drive on our last morning in Welgevonden Game Reserve, even though we had encountered intermittent rain. Elated, we returned to our home away from home, the exclusive Mhondoro Game Lodge , only to find that the safari experience was far from over. Three huge elephants […]

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Walkersons Hotel and Spa - A luxurious countryside getaway

Walkersons Hotel and Spa Review 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 […]

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Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge – an unforgettable luxury safari experience

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Review There are few experiences more exhilarating than driving through the African bushveld, on an open Landrover, under the gaze of the orange sun – as you spot wild animals in their natural habitat. You are galaxies away from the concrete jungle and you are at one with nature. And when […]

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa - a luxurious hideaway

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Review A journey to forty-one different destinations. I thought that it was a rather apt way to describe the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, with its forty-one exquisitely designed units. The five-star hotel was recently crowned the ‘Best Luxury Boutique Hotel’ in South Africa by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, […]

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Sabi River Sun Resort -Golf, nature and family time

Sabi River Sun Resort Review When the city starts becoming claustrophobic, then you know it’s time to make your way to nature for a few days. Which is exactly what we did this holiday. We headed for the natural splendour and scenic surroundings of Sabi River Sun in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. It had been many […]

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The frantic rush to get home before lockdown in South Africa

Going into lockdown in South Africa When President Ramaphosa announced the impending lockdown in South Africa, I was in Cape Town. We had been staying with family for the past few days, and the following day we were leaving on a road trip where we would be doing media reviews at four amazing hotels and […]

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13 Delicious South African foods you must try

13 Delicious South African foods you must try When travelling, we love to sample the local cuisine wherever we are. It gives us insight into the local traditions, customs and tastes, and exposes our palates to new dishes. Similarly, visitors to South Africa might wonder what South African foods they should be aware of when […]

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Moledi Gorge – An Exquisite Hidden Gem in the North West

Moledi Gorge Review One of the things I love about what I do is discovering hidden gems. The uber-chic Moledi Gorge is one such treasure. Built high on a cliff, in a malaria-free private reserve near Derby in the North West province, this five-star lodge overlooks a spectacular gorge. Retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows […]

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Win A Relaxing Getaway at Kgalagadi Lodge

The competition has ended. The winner is Edna Coetzee. Congratulations, Edna! We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.  Jawaharlal Nehru Kgalagadi Lodge , situated between the red sand […]

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Hashtag Escape - Escape Room Review

An abandoned house...a missing child...a decades-old mystery…if you want to feel as though you’ve stepped into a paranormal thriller, Johannesburg’s adventure escape room game Hashtag Escape might just be the thing for you. Read my escape room review here. Some background In case you haven’t heard of them, escape rooms are a popular craze that […]

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5 Great Road Trips in South Africa

5 Great Road Trips in South Africa “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take.” -Angela N. Blount When life starts becoming claustrophobic, sometimes there’s nothing better to do than get into the car and hit the open road. You can almost feel the stress evaporating as you leave […]

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Family safari at Jaci's Safari Lodge - Madikwe Game Reserve

Jaci's Safari Lodge Review There are few more exciting ways to start one’s day - a 5am outdoor shower followed by hot coffee and muffins then an early morning game drive. The radio cackles into life as the network of rangers across the reserve begin communicating with each other. We hear the word Makhanyane repeated […]

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The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic

The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic A short drive away from Pretoria, ensconced in a 280 hectare nature reserve, stands a Moorish-inspired marvel rising like a mirage above the trees. As you enter the gateway leading to the palace-like structure, you leave the real world behind and enter a world of fantasy and make-believe, a […]

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Gwahumbe Game and Spa - a tranquil KZN getaway

Gwahumbe Game and Spa 2020 Update - A portion of this lodge was destroyed by a tragic wildfire in September 2020, however accommodation is still available. As we ascended the steep rocky cliff, our game ranger Simon advised us to hold on tight to our vehicle. I must admit - it was a bit nerve-racking […]

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