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,…

5 New Sensory Experiences in Cape Town

Whether you’re a proud local or excited visitor to Cape Town, the Mother City constantly has something new and wonderful to offer you. Here are five new experiences guaranteed to satisfy your senses! Some were new to me, and I’m sure some will be new for you! 1. Touch – Lindt Chocolate Class More than…

Men’s Lifestyle Series 2: Meet the Skin Coach

Welcome to my four-part Men’s Lifestyle series, where each week I’ll be introducing you to an individual that I believe every gent should have in their life. Each will offer unique advice and tips in their area of expertise. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Meet the Skin Coach Since leaving school and…

Secret Season at Grootbos

When winter grabs us with her cold and wet grasp, the usual temptation is to hide away indoors and not leave the safety of Cape Town. I learnt recently that there are a couple good reasons to brave Sir Lowry’s Pass into the lands-beyond; most of them are found in a unique lodge just two…

And in the news…

Really humbled by this feature! Thanks to Clinton & team at Independant for this piece in the Weekend Argus and Sunday Tribune. Just not so sure about the celebrity bit! I crave new experiences, and because of my love for people I love taking them along. I’m forever saying something along the lines of “Hey,…

3 Must-have Items for the Modern Man

There’s a new class of gentleman on the block – the urbane modern man. With a clipped confidence he navigates the urban space, and comfortably wears his role as an aesthete and epicure. This modern man of course owes some of his suave existence to his gear and gadgets. I have surveyed some of the…

The Test Kitchen & Nederburg Wines: A match made in Heaven

We’ve all been to marriage ceremonies where we’ve thought, ‘This is the perfect fit – a marriage made in heaven’. Last week I was honoured to witness the coming together of the masterful culinary creations from South Africa’s top restaurant, The Test Kitchen, and some exceptionally fine wine from world-reknowned estate Nederburg . Coupled with…

Origin Coffee – Home Barista Course

Gone are the days where an icebreaker might be ‘what is your favourite restaurant?’ or ‘what is your most embarrassing memory?’ If you live in Cape Town, your safest bet may well be ‘how do you make your morning cup of coffee?’ There are the plunger folk, espresso aficionados, Nespresso yuppies, and of course the…

Run away with me – and Old Khaki…

I’ve had the privilege of partnering with Old Khaki with their ‘Run Away With Me’ campaign, and for my upcoming trip to the Wild Coast they made sure that I travelled in style. Here’s a little excerpt from the interview we did (view it here on their blog).  Old Khaki: The first of the April long…

Rum Cocktails with a SA Twist

I’m quite comfortable ordering a daiquiri or mojito – especially when sitting in a Cape Town restaurant with a fine sunset view. I not however, comfortable with making them! When the postman arrived with some bottles of Mount Gay Rum and the challenge to make some cocktails I just couldn’t resist. I decided to make…

What is Devastation?

I thought I was devastated by the fire yesterday/today at Hout Bay, Cape Town. I’m not. Devastated is losing almost everything you own in a fire that spread because you couldn’t afford to live somewhere safe. Devastating is not having somewhere where to sleep and start again from the beginning. Devastating is not having the…

Aquila Private Game Reserve

It was a Thursday afternoon, and I was told rather desperately: “We’d like to see the Big 5, and leave South Africa on Saturday!” I knew, and my foreign guests knew, that the Kruger National Park was just not going to work. Taking their request seriously, I went to the wisest source of all things…