Category: South Africa

11 things to see at the Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens Did you know that the Durban Botanic Gardens are the oldest surviving botanical gardens in Africa – as well as the city’s oldest public institution? and that they are home to: the rarest cycad in the world? a tree that changes colour? the "walking tree" from India? and the plant that […]

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Timeless elegance at The Winston Hotel

The Winston Hotel Review Timeless elegance, wistful charm and understated luxury…these are the characteristics that define The Winston Hotel. The five-star boutique hotel is built in the style of Johannesburg's grand historic colonial architecture and is reminiscent of Sir Herbert Baker’s work which can be found in the surrounding neighbourhoods, once home to the city’s […]

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Hennops Hiking Trail & 5 interesting things to see there

Hennops Hiking Trail Travelling is what I missed the most during the extended lockdown period. Yes, I know that it is a first-world problem, but I can’t help it - I’m a dromomaniac. Dromomania is a term used to describe a desire for frequent traveling or wanderlust. So until travel resumed, I had to find other […]

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11 Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg

The Best Halaal Restaurants In Johannesburg I am often asked what the best halaal restaurants in Johannesburg are. As a South African food blogger and someone who eats out often, I have compiled the list below based on restaurants that I have personally experienced and enjoyed.  The list is updated often as I find new […]

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8 Unique Things to do in the Northern Cape … and some thoughts about the province

8 Things to do in the Northern Cape … and some thoughts about the province The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province making up over 30% of the country’s land. It was also the province we had spent the least time exploring, mainly because it seemed too far from Johannesburg. Besides Kimberley and Colesberg, […]

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The President Hotel - Family-friendly comfort in a stunning location

The President Hotel Review For over 250 years, the location of the current President Hotel has been a coveted one. In the 18th century, it was the site of the Society House, a recreational retreat in Cape Town where the rich and elite of the day would travel to be seen. After several ownership changes […]

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Jock Safari Lodge - Explorer-themed luxury safari

Jock Safari Lodge Review Africa has an ethereal quality…its breath whispers on plains of grass, its sound whistles in the bushveld trees, its heart sits in the souls of wild animals and its dust remains on one’s feet…forever”. J.C. Smuts We fell asleep to the sound of lions roaring on our first night at Jock […]

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The magnificent Augrabies Falls – A must see in South Africa !

Augrabies Falls National Park Instagram made me do it. There, I said it! Although the Augrabies Falls had been on my South African bucket list for a long time, it was the posts of the falls in full force flooding my Instagram feed over the past few months that spurred me into planning a trip […]

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12 Fun things to do in Hartbeespoort and surrounds

Things to do in Hartbeespoort In this age of social media, the Instagrammability of a place is a key factor in deciding on a getaway destination for many people. The Hartbeespoort area boasts Instagram opportunities galore, and it’s proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria make it an ideal weekend destination. Meaning “Gateway of the Hartebeest” (a […]

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Walking Tour of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

Walking Tour of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town If there's one place that I must visit every time I go to Cape Town , it's the Bo-Kaap. I'm ever so fascinated by this historic, colourful district, which is always a sight for sore eyes. On my most recent trip to the Mother City, I did a walking […]

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Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve – Sleeping with bats

Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve Review Brilliant white sand dunes surrounded by red Kalahari sands, against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains... the Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve is one of the wonders of the Northern Cape. Not to be confused with Witsand Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, the reserve spans around 3500 hectares, and is […]

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5 Best Luxury Kruger National Park Safaris

5 Best Luxury Kruger National Park Safaris Kruger National Park safaris are renowned for providing some of the world's best Big 5 game viewing, accommodation, and seamless logistics.  The best game viewing though, is from the private game reserves set along the Kruger National Park's unfenced western boundary. These private game reserves offer fewer restrictions […]

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15 best hikes in Johannesburg (and Pretoria)

Where to go for the best hikes in Johannesburg and Pretoria Hike: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise. (Merriam-Webster) I never really bothered much with hiking in Johannesburg until we were locked down in our own province. We started looking for parks and nature reserves in Johannesburg and were thrilled to discover that […]

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Exploring the Mother City with City Sightseeing Cape Town

City Sightseeing Cape Town Review Did you know that the Cape Doctor is actually the local name for the strong south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer, and that it is thus named because it is believed to clear Cape Town of smog and pollution, leaving clear blue […]

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Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton - A Comfortable Homestyle staycation

Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton Review Life in Johannesburg can be so fast-paced and stressful that frequent vacations and staycations are mandatory. For our latest staycation we visited Hyatt House in Sandton which opened in November 2021.  Situated in a residential part of Sandton, it is close enough to the key business and shopping hubs in […]

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