South Africa: Where to Stay

Looking for the right spot to stay for your visit? I’ve reviewed over 40 hotels, game/nature reserves, BnBs and more. See the interactive map below for my top picks. INTERACTIVE MAP Either see the map first for recommendations and then scroll down for my review or if you already know your destination, scroll down for the reviews….

A RED Staycation

The Silo District is the elegantly-edgy new enclave of Cape Town’s famed V & A Waterfront. Cities come alive when creative forms of reimagining take place around their older or more rougher edges, and the Silo District is one of these. What once was a working grain silo, and the tallest building in Africa, now…

Plett Wine Region: The Garden Route’s Hidden Gem

*A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Saturday Citizen, 22/09/2018 Plettenberg Bay may be known for its pristine beaches and matchless natural beauty, but a handful of wine farms are quickly proving that this part of the has a hidden gem worth sharing. 14 emerging vineyards contribute to a boutique winelands offering…

A Paarl Winelands Experience

The largest town in the Cape Winelands, Paarl, is only a 35 minute drive from Cape Town, and often overlooked for some of her wineland neighbours. Having spent a weekend there, I discovered why it’s worth taking some friends to enjoy its hidden gems. Nederburg I knew that my first Paarl farm would have to be…

Getaway Magazine: 10 Tips on Becoming a Travel Writer

* Note this article originally appeared here on Getaway Magazine Until the end of 2016, being a travel writer was only a dream filed at the back of my mind. After choosing to change careers I pulled out the drawer of dreams and decided to put my energy into seeing the idea turn into reality….

3 Unique Robertson Food & Wine Experiences

* this article first appeared here on food24.com Traveling Easterly from Cape Town, Route 62 is an inland alternative to the N2, and invites travellers to discover a string of charming towns along the way. For three days I explored Robertson, discovering unique food and wine experiences to be had in the Valley. 1. Jan…

De Kelders: The Villa and The View

Just when I thought I was alone in the ocean wonderland, a survey of the view from the bathtub revealed that I clearly was not. Several Southern Right Whales were plunging playfully in the waves only 150 meters away. We were separated only by a bank of fynbos delicately scenting the air, and then the…

A ‘Vine to Bar’ Experience

As a local tour guide,and media consultant to the Constantia Wine Route, I’m always looking for new and unique ways of telling the Constantia story. After all, not many wine routes can call themselves the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere, with 333 years of winemaking experience! On one of my recent visits to the Radisson…

My Dubai Wishlist

If I’m honest, I’ve never seen Dubai as more than just a quick stopover, at one of the biggest airports I’ve ever stepped foot in. I’ve simply never had the desire to explore more of the city, so when the team at Travelstart asked me what my top spots would be I had to do…

6 Top Durban Eateries

* Note this article originally appeared here on Food24.com Last year voted the best quality of life for any South African city, Durban had to have some top eateries up its sleeves. I was in the sun-kissed city for a long weekend and discovered some old and new favourites 1. High Tea at The Oyster…