Cape Town’s heatwave has sent us all scuttling off to the closest cool-down joints, like thirsty hogs hunting waterholes in a parched landscape. And so it’s a good time, wherever you are – high and dry or lying low, in or out of sizzling Cape Town – to ponder some of the pool decks that could … Continue reading “Some Pretty Cool Places to Chill: Pools to Drool for”

Top honours are still with Thanda Private Game Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. Thanda has clinched the esteemed award for ‘World’s Leading Luxury Lodge’ yet again, bagging this and stunning award for the third year running. Congratulations, Thanda!

An oceanside stroll to the Slangkop Lighthouse is wonderfully easy – a toddler could manage, and it’s a good leg-stretch after a drive through Simons Town / Cape Point / Scarborough.

A fantastically rewarding safari destination, the Timbavati Game Reserve sits on the western fringe of the Kruger National Park, to the north of the Sabi Sands. Unfenced, this is a wilderness (53 000 hectares in all) where wildlife roams free. Supremely beautiful and known for its impressive bio-diversity, the Timbavati is one of South Africa’s … Continue reading “It’s a Hot Target, the Timbavati: Two Safari-Stops Second-to-None”

Whether it’s tramping rocky cliff paths that wind above fizzy cream soda-coloured oceans that blows your hair back, or catching a funicular in a clear, heaven-bound direction to catch your breath at unbelievable vistas, Cape Point is essential sightseeing for every visitor to Cape Town. 

It’s that time of year again when Best / Worst Lists do the rounds. And who-said-what that was memorable / embarrassing / downright outrageous, and so forth. Isn’t it intriguing how we always find ourselves doing this little stocktake as the blocks on the last grimy page of the calendar start hopping rapidly to the left of Today. … Continue reading “We’re Good, Thanks: South Africa’s 10 Bests for 2011”

Launch a splendid South African tour in beautiful Cape Town and conclude with an exciting Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, visiting famous wine country and fantastically scenic coastal spots along the way.

This singularly unique hotel on Knysna’s Thesen Islands has had an amazing metamorphosis from old gas station to plush hotel. In its gorgeous new guise, The Turbine Hotel and Spa entices guests with everything required for an unforgettable stay on the Garden Route.

South Africa’s landscapes have had some incredible fictional and biographical yields. Take Olive Schreiner’s Story of an African Farm, capturing the nuanced moods of the African veld from the supremely memorable setting of a farm on a Koppie in the Karoo. Or the exquisite view Eve Palmer brings us of six generations of her family in the … Continue reading “If Elizabeth Gilbert were to write in South Africa, would we have Feast Prey Tan? Our landscapes have inspired great novels, so which spot would inspire yours?”

A luxury train trip in Africa is a unique getaway experience that brings you some of the best sights of South Africa and beyond in an atmosphere of delectable luxury and opulence. Rovos Rail, also known as “the most luxurious train in the world”, offers a number of unforgettable journeys in South Africa, during which … Continue reading “Revel in the Ritz of Rail Travel: Take a Trip on Rovos Rail”

Need some ideas about how to keep the kids entertained during the holidays?

Don’t for one minute believe that an exclusive getaway is always too pricey!  Well-timed for the festive season, these three discounted getaways all come in at under R800 per person.