Romantic South African Cities

February is the month of love, and I’ve taken up Travelstart’s challenge to write about South Africa’s most romantic cities! Since most of my thoughts revolve the three cities I’ve lived in, I thought for each of them I’ll offer three date options, ranging in price and experience. Oh, and if you’re single like me,…

4 Sensation Spa Experiences in Cape Town

Everyone deserves a little pampering every now and then, and with all the Cape Town wellness options, where should one go? As a local tour guide and writer I’m often asked for my top recommendations, so here is my coveted Top 4 list. 1. The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa Considering by many as one of…

The Four Seasons of Joburg

Many have a love-hate relationship with Johannesburg: she has the power to electrify you and hold you excitedly on the edge of her fingertips, but equally, drain you and leave you feeling high and dry. She was my home for five years, and hardly a day or two goes by without me thinking of her….

5 Midlands Eateries Worth Visiting

* This was a commissioned article for Food24, initially appearing here. With its rolling green hills, lush pastures and winding country roads, it’s easy to see why the Midlands is a firm favourite with many South Africans, and a particularly personal bias being native to the area. Beginning in Hilton, the Midlands Meander route spreads northwards;…

3 New Drinking Spots in Cape Town

* This was a commissioned article for Food24, initially appearing here. Cape Town has no shortage of excellent drinking spots, and I was on a mission to discover three new ones, making sure I covered three of the most important bases: gin, beer and wine. Here are my liquid findings: 1. New Harbour Distillery It’s no…

Island Hopping in the Philippines

This article originally appeared on Traveller24 here. We woke to a rather excited storm, with buckets of rain pummeling the shaky awning under which our six tents were scattered. Eight people from various countries, along with the three staff, were the only inhabitants in the cove of the isolated island. A simple breakfast was served;…

Kagga Kamma: A Bucket-list African Experience

As my golf slowly wound her way through the folded ridges of the Cederberg, we very quickly forgot all else that proceeded the trip.  We had travelled from Franschhoek, an equally mountainous terrain, but these rock formations were unlike anything else. In places, slivers of finger-like rock reached up in defiance to the blazing heat,…

How to Fill a (guy’s) Christmas Stocking

I’ve heard enough times, how hard it is to shop for guys, so I decided to put together a list of a couple goodies, and experiences that I’ve fallen in love with around Cape Town and beyond. Hopefully some of these may be helpful if you get stuck! Protection 50 sport spf50 From the masters…

Of Bushman and Buchu

* Originally appearing here on Traveller24 Beauty Beginnings This is a beauty treatment that goes way back – almost 10 000 years to be exact. As part of marriage preparation, women from South Africa’s Khoi San would lather the bride to be in a mixture made from the herb Buchu, and Eland fat. Centuries before…

How I Became A Travel Writer

A fireman. That’s right folks. Although I have no recollection of this, according to my mother that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. A few years later, I enjoy making a fire on a winter’s evening, but I definitely do not want a vocation in putting them out! What I do remember,…

Time to Sneak into Summer

Summer is slowly sneaking in, which means it’s time to make sure I have the right pair of sneakers. I was massively impressed with Superbalist’s 632 offerings, including of course, all the legendary Nike Sneakers and Adidas Originals Sneakers.  Jared’s Top 5 1. Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit Nike brought out their Roshe range in 2012 which were an…