Category: South Africa

Rovos Rail - The Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail - The Pride of Africa “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson I sat at the window of my ultra-luxurious suite and watched Africa go by. As the landscape transformed from congested city […]

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Review: Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate

If you are a golfer, or married to one as I am, then you may know that Fancourt is a golfer’s paradise. With three championship Gary Player golf courses consistently rated in the Top 20 Golf Courses in South Africa, it is easy to see why. What you may not know is that Fancourt is […]

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Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa

The beauty was spectacular. I was surrounded by 2400 million year old mountains. Thirty metres below me, a pebbled stream ran through the gorge, flanked by mini-waterfalls. The air was fresh and the sun was shining through the trees. Forest birds and animals peered at us inquisitively. I was engulfed by an exhilarating feeling of […]

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Bush adventures in Kruger National Park

Bush adventures in Kruger National Park My husband and I are bush (safari) addicts. We travel to game reserves, utilising any opportunity we get. Armed with the all-important map of the reserve, our checklist promising the many different species one can see there and some snacks to keep us going until we get to the […]

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Askari Game Lodge and Spa Review

This post is based on my visit in 2014. The lodge has now been renamed to African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa and the reserve is now called Plumari Private Reserve. (2021 update) Askari Game Lodge and Spa Review I was kissed by an 18 year old elephant. It was a big, wet, slobbery kiss, but […]

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Electric atmosphere at Nelson Mandela memorial service

Nelson Mandela memorial service The atmosphere was electric – reminiscent of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a time when it was so beautiful to be South African. Despite it being a normal working day - and a gloomy, rainy day befitting the sad event- people came in their tens of thousands to the FNB stadium, the […]

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The Zoo Trot

Although I've been to the Johannesburg Zoo many times before, this was the first time I went for the Zoo Trot . It started at 7h30 which was a bit of a schlep as I had to wake up really early on the only day of the week that I can sleep in. Parking was also […]

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Maccauvlei on Vaal - Rich with history

In 1844, a colourful Voortrekker named Carel Pistorius bought a farm on the south bank of the Vaal River. Here he farmed sheep and planted a flourishing oak forest. Carel was better known as Kwaai Angus, a nickname he owed somewhat to his mistrust of women. The words "Women Deceiveth Ever" were even carved into […]

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O You! O Wow!

From the power packed presentations to the enthusiastic audience, from the many celebrities present to the biggest celebrity, Oprah herself, the O You! event was an O Wow! event. I knew that I wanted to attend it from the moment I first saw it advertised and when I received two free tickets from O, The […]

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Review: Mount Amanzi Resort

Review: Mount Amanzi Resort Mount Amanzi is an award-winning RCI Silver Crown resort, in the North West province of South Africa. Arrival: The crowd at Mount Amanzi on Friday afternoon was testament to its popularity. The car park was full of people arriving. We asked the security guard if it was like that every Friday […]

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Review: Riviera on Vaal

Riviera on Vaal had been on my local bucket list for a very long time. Just the name alone evoked images of beautiful waterside resorts that beckoned to me. Besides, I had always heard good things about it too. I finally got the opportunity to experience it first-hand a few days ago. Evidently it was […]

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Radisson Blu Sandton - Five-star Luxury In The City

Radisson Blu Sandton Review I have a soft spot for luxury hotels - especially those that come with luxurious gowns, Nespresso machines, free high-speed Wi-fi and great views. And the five-star Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel provided all of these. The modern, trendy hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Sandton's business district within walking […]

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Amani Spa Sandton - A Luxury Spa Experience

After getting a taster of Amani Spas at the SLOW Lounge at OR Tambo International a few months ago, I went for a more extensive pamper session to the luxury Amani Spa at the Radisson Blu Sandton this weekend. Now, there are spas and there are spas and the very fact that Amani Spas can […]

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OR Tambo International Airport lounges - 2 reviews

Slow Lounge and Bidvest Lounge Spending long hours at the airport can be frustrating, but long waits are made infinitely easier with airport lounges. Airport Lounges offer one a comfortable sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the airport as well as snacks and drinks. We visited two lounges at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo […]

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Review: Irene Country Lodge

Feeling stressed out by the city? Need some rest, relaxation and revitalisation in a rustic setting? You can get all this and more at the charming Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria, one of the gems in Protea Hotels By Marriott's luxurious African Pride collection. But unlike many of the others which don’t cater for children, […]

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