Having lived in Cape Town for most of life, particularly in the leafy southern suburbs, I am no stranger to Hout Bay. With a vibrant community that is a true melting pot of many cultures, Hout Bay is famous for its fantastic mountain walks, big wave surfing, seals, fishing and all things to do with the sea! more “A hop, skip and a jump to Hout Bay”
This week we were honoured to speak at the World Travel Market Africa on “Practical Tips for your Blog and Working with Bloggers.” Our talk focussed around how lodges, travel agencies and small tourism businesses can easily source great content for their blog. Selling travel is a joy; the beautiful pictures, the inspiring stories and the drool-worthy videos are right there at your fingertips – you just have to know where to look. We also provided some advice and ideas on how to work with bloggers and influencers to promote your brand.
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With its ornate palaces and glittering Crown jewels, it’s easy to get swept up by the high life when visiting London. However, all the glitz and glamour can take its toll and once you’ve whizzed around from one castle to another, you mind find yourself looking for something to see that really gets your engines going. If that’s the case, then you have to make sure you put the following attractions in your bucket list next time you find yourself in the UK (of course all of these attractions are friendly for the whole family so make sure you take everyone along)! more “6 manly attractions you have to visit in London”
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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