Stay | Mahé, Seychelles

Seychelles is a dreamy paradise destination in the Indian Ocean. This atoll of small individual islands plays host to honeymoons, romantic getaways and family holidays. One of the most popular islands, and also the main destination in Seychelles, Mahé, is home to hundreds of beach resorts covering the island’s coastline, including Kempinski, Raffles and Four Seasons. After…

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Explore | Spice Route

As a Cape Town resident, I’m familiar with the city’s vast array of tourist attractions, scenic and historic sites as well as the world acclaimed vineyards located in Constantia, Stellenbosch and the outskirts of the city. The Western Cape’s “wine region” is a must-visit for its lush produce, premium wines, and welcoming vineyards. Spice Route,…

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Stay | Silhouette Island, Seychelles

I had a dream of visiting a tropical Island surrounded by calm blue waters, golden sunsets and long white sandy beaches lined with obscure palm trees, while sipping colourful cocktails in the humidity that only an island can bring. My excitement grew and in 2018 I finally decided to visit the African island of Zanzibar,…

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Stay | La Residence, Franschhoek

Some of world’s most glamorous country hotels await in the Franschhoek (French corner); one of the oldest towns in South Africa and a mere 1 hour’s drive from Cape Town. Whether you visit this idyllic town for a wine tasting or a weekend getaway, or even plan to spend a summer vacation in South Africa’s…

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Explore | Elgin Railway Market

The Elgin Railway Market opened its doors in 2018 in the picturesque town of Elgin in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. Elgin is a large, lush area of land, circled by mountains and dominated by vineyards and apple orchards. This broad upland valley lies about 70 km southeast of Cape Town. The cool…

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Explore | Kirstenbosch botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a multitude of natural wonders of which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. Imagine stepping into a world bursting with colour. In Cape Town, South Africa; Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens preserve the best of nature – and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Acclaimed as…

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Stay | Pezula Hotel & Spa

Rated one of the best resorts in Africa; this magnificent property boasts one of the best locations on the continent, the Garden Route of South Africa. Situated in Knysna on the Pezula Private Estate, Pezula Hotel is home to the Pezula Championship Golf Course, Pezula Spa, and with easy access to Noetzie beach, it’s the place…

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Explore | Essential Cape Town travel apps

With over a million different apps available on both the Apple and Android app stores, sorting the good from the bad isn’t easy. This is as true in travel as any other category. While some apps will improve your holiday, others aren’t even worth the time they take to download. From the time you start…

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Explore | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

After a week in Zanzibar, we departed from the island and headed back to Cape Town. We broke up our trip as total travel time was 9 hours, so we stayed two nights in Ethiopia at the Hilton Addis Ababa on our way back. If you’re traveling via Addis with a connecting flight, I highly…

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Explore | Cape Town’s spirit in Ramadan

This year, Ramadan 2018 began on Thursday, 17th May in South Africa, as the crescent moon was seen on the evening of 16th May easily by naked eye. A Cape Town tradition is for the “moon watchers” to look for the new moon and once found, this indicates the start of the new Islamic month…

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Explore | Tsitsikamma, Garden Route

As the Garden Route is one of my favourite destinations in South Africa; there was still one area that I have not yet ticked of my bucket list, Tsitsikamma. This rainforest area of the Garden Route National Park is on South Africa’s southern coast, tucked between the sea and mountains. It encompasses a marine reserve,…

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Explore | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Namibia is one of the comprehensively tourist-friendly countries in Africa. The country offers visitors the chance to climb the highest sand dune in the world and descend to the floor of the deepest canyon in Africa. This landscape has seen an increase in the amount of lodges and safari camps and with almost one fifth…

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Explore | Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and a relatively small city by global contrast. The country is a tourism success story with numerous natural attractions, an abundance of wildlife and luxury accommodation. The city is well-known for its nostalgic German architecture and relaxed atmosphere. Not being your typical tourist destination; Windhoek is a vibrant city…

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Eat | Overhex Bistro

Conveniently located 7km from Worcester on the R60 wine route, Overhex Bistro promises to delight their visitor’s taste buds with mouth-watering food, quality wines and locally sourced craft beers. Overhex Wines International is home to the Balance and Survivor wines. Not only is this a trendy restaurant but also a full working winery, delivering export…

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Explore | Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is a beautiful and historic Cape Dutch farm situated in the scenic Franschoek wine valley, only minutes from Stellenbosch and Paarl. Visitors to Babylonstoren can enjoy a unique and real working South African farm experience. The farm is renowned for its extensive gardens, free roaming farm animals, vineyards, the hotel & spa and most…

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Explore | Môreson Farm

Experience the beauty of the Western Cape in a truly unique way by staying at Môreson farm, located 10km outside Malmesbury in the Swartland, and 56km from Cape Town. This scenic, working, agricultural farm also plays host to several large events throughout the year. Located in the heart of the Cape farmlands, Môreson Farm is…

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Explore | Nairobi, Kenya

  As one of the most beautiful African countries; Kenya’s rich history, abundance of wildlife and fast-growing economy is some of the reasons why it has seen an influx of tourists over the last couple of years. International hotel chains emerge from the grey skyline, one after the other throughout the capital, Nairobi. Nairobi is…

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Eat | Mont Marie

Mont Marie restaurant offers an exceptional wine tasting and culinary experience in a luxurious setting overlooking lush green lawns and the stunning farm dam. It’s not often that you stumble across a treasure right on your doorstep. It’s a Sunday morning and we took a scenic drive through Stellenbosch, looking for a quiet little café…

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Stay | De Hoop Cottages

The Robertson valley is famed for their award-winning wines, festivals, activities and scenic farm stays. De Hoop Cottages on Laaiplaas farm is no exception. The farm is located just 10 km from Robertson in the Langeberge (mountains) and boasts 5 affordable self-catering cottages. The bush cabin, located further up in the mountains and surrounded by…

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Eat | Sheckters RAW

Cape Town is becoming increasingly health focussed with vegan restaurants popping up all over the city. Kind Café, Spirit Café and Whole Earth is to name but a few. I stumbled across Scheckter’s Raw when a health-conscious friend treated me to lunch in Sea Point. As a meat lover, I was not fond of the…

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Explore | Bosjes farm & tea garden

Take a drive out to the Breëriver and discover a modern masterpiece, hidden behind gravel roads and kilometres of vineyards. Bosjes, located on the R43 between Worcester and Wolseley; opened their restaurant, tea garden and chapel to the public in 2017. The chapel is so unique, the sheer beauty of its architecture and location will…

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Explore | Cornell Skop Animal Encounters

Located 7km from Botrivier, on the Van Der Stel Pass; is a farm so well hidden that not even Google is aware of it’s existence. However, the farm can be found on Google Maps by searching “Union Pictures, Botrivier”. Cornell Skop is a 140 hectare working farm with a diverse collection of animals, from sheep…

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Explore | Knysna, Garden Route

The Garden Route is a 300-kilometer stretch of coast in the south-western coast of South Africa. Famed for its modern golf courses, the Garden Route is also home to ancient forests and secluded artists’ communities, mountain hideaways and beach holidays. Knysna with its ±70 000 residents and year-round visitors, is a small town situated between the…

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Eat | 126 Cape Kitchen & Café

The newly built 126 Cape Kitchen restaurant inside the 5-star Hilton Cape Town City Centre hotel is one of the best new additions to the long list of restaurants in Cape Town. The restaurant that’s open to the public from 06:30 to 22:30 daily, offers what the chef calls “fun dining”, a culinary twist to…

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Eat | Frater House

I decided to visit the recently opened Frater House restaurant in Cape Town’s CBD and found the restaurant to be a fresh and vibrant addition to the Loop street strip. The main visual effect of the restaurant is the organic herb feature wall. The dapper waitrons, smell of sizzling meat and friendly faces of customers…

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How hotels drive direct bookings VS OTAs

With discounted travel packages flooding the web; finding that perfect island holiday or business hotel seems like an easy task. You open a websites and the chances are you might be exposed to ads promoting hotels and luxury holidays by means of ad banners. When searching for a hotel stay in a search engine; offers…

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Explore | Table Mountain Safari

Managed by SANPARKS, Table Mountain is a UNESCO world heritage site and was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012. Table Mountain is a 600 million year old flat-topped mountain overlooking the beautiful, diverse city of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2016, the mountain alone topped the 1 million visitors, showcasing…

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