It was a cold, wintery day when we arrived at the brand new Blaauwberg Beach Hotel on the shores of Cape Town’s western seaboard. The wind was blowing, hard, bringing with it a light rain and a big swell. There was a definite nip the air, but the kitesurfers were already out in full force, taking advantage of the conditions. more “Blown away by new Blouberg hotel”
The glasshouses of Bombay Sapphire’s iconic gin distillery in the UK have become synonymous with the brand. Rising from a horseshoe of red brick, these undulating structures have lured many an Instagram-enthusiast to see just what kind of magic they hold within. To see them in person and discover the secrets behind the making of this famous gin, you have to head down to the sleepy Hampshire countryside.
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When I first met Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott, there were bang in the middle of what would be a four-year journey documenting the rhino poaching crises in South Africa. They had given up their jobs as a presenter and filmmaker and had even moved back home to go behind the scenes in a matter close to their hearts. They had a look at sadness about them, at that stage they’d seen it all, had their hearts ripped out of their chests and come a little too close for comfort dealing with dealers and end users in China. Their goal was to create a film with no sponsorship, other than public donations, so as not to show any bias to one side, while not giving solutions or opinion, just boldly showing the matter for all that it is.
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“This could be para-para-paradise. Para-para-paradise.” Rolling over to face a dappled-orange Table Mountain, I can’t get that Coldplay anthem out of my head. This really could be paradise… more “One night in paradise with Taj”
Set to open later this year, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is set to rock the hotel world. The 18-story hotel has two floors above ground, and 16 below ground, including two floors underwater! How cool is that? more “Underground hotel set to rock the world”
The beautiful Drakensberg Mountain range is home to a vast number of different accommodation options, all offering a variety of activities, with horseback riding being one of the firm favourites. However not all horsey operations are created equal as we recently discovered on a trip to the region. Deep in the heart of the Southern Drakensberg lies Dragon’s Landing and the passionate Sonja Swanepoel who delivers a horseback adventure like no other. more “Discovering the Drakensberg on horseback”
Stepping out onto the wooden balcony, a panoramic Drakensberg vista stretched out before me. Cathkin Peak was to the left and a shimmering lake reflecting the setting sun was below. The last of the day’s light reflected off the windows, bathing my hidden escape in an orange glow. I took a moment to drink in the Champagne-coloured landscape that had given the valley its name. I simply couldn’t believe my luck at finding this hidden house in the trees.
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The drive from Johannesburg or Bloemfontein to Cape Town along the N1 can be a long and tedious one and finding the perfect road trip stopover point can sometimes be tricky. You want somewhere not too far off the main drag, so as not to add too much extra time to the trip, but so many of the places close to the road are dingy, dirty and noisy. Finding a place that calms the driving nerves, while providing amazing food, excellent cuisine and a comfortable place to lay down one’s head can prove almost impossible… Almost.
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When it’s cold and miserable in Cape Town, the entire city seems to go into hibernation. Everyone snuggles down with a good book or in front of the TV, wrapped up in a duvet, not wanting to leave the warmth of the house. But on invitation by the new Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence in Cape Town this winter we decided to take a step outside our comfort zone and spent an evening as tourists in our own city!
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As Cape Town gets colder, the long-awaited rain arrives and winter takes an icy hold, I find there is nothing better to warm me up than filling the belly with delicious food, the rumble of laughter and a splash of yummy wine. That is why when I heard about an evening filled with art, bubbly, soulful tunes and gorgeous food at one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town, and a true hidden gem, Wild Fig, I simply had to sign up.
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