Category: South Africa

Hennops Hiking Trail & 5 interesting things to see there

Hennops Hiking Trail Travelling is what I’ve been missing the most during this 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 resumes, I’ve had to find […]

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50+ best things to do in Cape Town

Looking for things to do in Cape Town ? Read on... Cape Town, also known as South Africa’s Mother City, is consistently listed amongst the best cities in the world.  It is endowed with abundant natural beauty, many opportunities for adventure, world-class shopping and food, and captivating history. I often get asked about things to […]

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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

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 […]

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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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Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden: Things to do in Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden "A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” Luis Barragan 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 […]

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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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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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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 - This lodge was destroyed by a tragic wildfire in September 2020. 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 at first, but the adrenalin rush, the breath-taking […]

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Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa - a serene getaway

Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa Review During the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, long before the official on-field battles for the Cup began, two prominent teams were engaged in another sort of battle. Mexico and Portugal were both fighting for the privilege of staying at Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and […]

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Riverside Sun Hotel - a blissful stay at the Vaal

Riverside Sun Review “Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.” - (A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh) Indeed, rivers are relaxing, de-stressing and calming. And a resort by the river is one of the best places to enjoy a weekend away with the family. Especially if it is a Tsogo Sun […]

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