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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…