Hope Crosses Any Terrain

Note: This article originally appeared here on Traveller24.com. To say I was annoyed, would be an understatement. My outbound flight was delayed by three hours, which meant I’d miss some of the opening proceedings of Land Rover’s 70th birthday celebration in Shongweni, near Durban. I was mostly frustrated because I’d be missing the speech by…

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…

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…

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…