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…

Wilderness Escapes with Cape Nature

* This article originally appeared here on Traveller24.com Outside a wild wind unfurled its energy at the exposed mountainsides, then ricocheted down to our unity at the palm of the valley. Through the glass walls, we watched the action unfold, but a roaring fire, glasses of red wine and a rather animated game of 30…

Wine Region Series: 3 Franschhoek Destinations

* Note this article originally appeared here on Food24.com Cradled by ruggedly handsome Cape Fold mountains, South Africa’s food and wine capital sits proudly, waiting to welcome both local and international visitors alike. With its elegant cuisine and vinicultural offerings, Franschhoek is an epicurean’s paradise. As part of a series on the Cape Winelands, I…

A Durban Long Weekend Staycation

* Note this article originally appeared here on Traveller24. In Mercer’s 2017 Quality of Living Survey, many South Africans – myself included – were rather surprised that Durban came out tops in South Africa. It was awarded the 83rd best quality of living for any city, followed suit a little later by Cape Town and…

Walking Italy: The Way of St Francis

Note: This article originally appeared here on Traveller24 The low-lying mist added to the mystery of the moment, as we climbed our final stretch of Italian countryside… the mist stealing our sight but not our perseverance, forcing our legs to forget their exhaustion for these final steps of ascent. A short forest walk soon gave…

Hope Crosses Any Terrain

Note: This article originally appeared here on Traveller24.com. To say I was annoyed, would be an understatement. My outbound flight was delayed by three hours, which meant I’d miss some of the opening proceedings of Land Rover’s 70th birthday celebration in Shongweni, near Durban. I was mostly frustrated because I’d be missing the speech by…

Breede River Breakaway

For eons, people have built settlements by the waterside. Of course, there have been obvious trade and agricultural advantages to this. There is one element, though, that has spoken more profoundly to the soul: the peacefulness of being close to water. Particularly for us urban creatures, we long to escape the madness of the city’s…

Stellies Day Trip

In his first year as the inaugural governor of Cape, Simon van der Stel set about enlarging the fledgeling community’s footprint. Only 50kms from Cape Town, he decided on Stellenbosch, boldly naming the town after himself. The town began to grow, and with van der Stel’s interest in wine, it’s no surprise that the town…

A Year of Wild Experiences

The first few hours of 2017 welcomed me into not only a new year, but also a brand new life. I’d just left my previous vocation of pastoral ministry, one that I proudly held for almost 15 years, but had needed a change of scenery. In this new beginning, the anxiety and excitement were equally…