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…

My 6 Birthday Drinks

My birthday was fast approaching, and knowing that I was to spend six days in the wild and rugged surrounds of the West Coast, I wanted to enjoy one of my favourite drinks on each of days. I contacted each of the brands, and thankfully my top six all responded and sent me something to…

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,…