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,…

South African Heritage Road Trip

Anyone who knows me, will hopefully testify to how much I love South Africa – and more importantly sharing her with others. This was part of the reason for me developing and growing my social media presence, but also why I got my certification as a tour guide. As part of my training, we learned…

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…

The Gondwana Game Reserve Love Story

While the story of Gondwanaland may have centered around the dramatic movements of tectonic plates, the story of Gondwana Game Reserve is a lot more intimate and enchanting. Owner, Mark, met his American wife, Wendy, whilst she was a guest on one of his game drives. At that stage he was the head ranger of…

Digital Detox at Jacob’s Bay

A recent NY Times article reported the alarming stat that we’re spending upwards of three hours a day looking at our mobile screen, let alone the computer, Kindle, TV Screen, etc. Although part of my vocation involves a more than average time on social media, I’m still desirous of cutting down my online time. I’ve…

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…

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Two tears raced each other down opposite ends of my face; and were soon followed by several others hot on their heels. I’m the first to admit that I wear my heart on my sleeve – and sometimes my face happily leaks as a result. This experience, however, simply overwhelmed me. I’d spent the morning…

Wild Coast Guys Road Trip

“Just ease back slowly, you can do it,” Dirk assures me confidently. I follow his instructions, leaning back gently, and then let out a yell. Turning my head I’m suddenly reminded that I’m edging off a 20m cliff, with the crashing waves below adding to the suspense.  Slowly acclimatizing, I calm myself down, and push…

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…