Journey to the Last Outpost

* This article first appeared here on Traveller24. The Journey Something caught Samuel’s attention. He gently brought the open-top safari vehicle to a stop. Lifting the binoculars to his eyes, a ‘wow’ followed suit, exclaimed in his deeply resonant voice. He had spotted some of the season’s first European Rollers and was eager to show…

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…

A Paarl Winelands Experience

The largest town in the Cape Winelands, Paarl, is only a 35 minute drive from Cape Town, and often overlooked for some of her wineland neighbours. Having spent a weekend there, I discovered why it’s worth taking some friends to enjoy its hidden gems. Nederburg I knew that my first Paarl farm would have to be…

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….

3 Unique Robertson Food & Wine Experiences

* this article first appeared here on food24.com Traveling Easterly from Cape Town, Route 62 is an inland alternative to the N2, and invites travellers to discover a string of charming towns along the way. For three days I explored Robertson, discovering unique food and wine experiences to be had in the Valley. 1. Jan…

De Kelders: The Villa and The View

Just when I thought I was alone in the ocean wonderland, a survey of the view from the bathtub revealed that I clearly was not. Several Southern Right Whales were plunging playfully in the waves only 150 meters away. We were separated only by a bank of fynbos delicately scenting the air, and then the…

Wilderness Escapes with Cape Nature

* This article originally appeared here on Traveller24.com Outside a wild wind unfurled its energy at the exposed mountainsides, then ricocheted down to our unity at the palm of the valley. Through the glass walls, we watched the action unfold, but a roaring fire, glasses of red wine and a rather animated game of 30…

Wine Region Series: 3 Franschhoek Destinations

* Note this article originally appeared here on Food24.com Cradled by ruggedly handsome Cape Fold mountains, South Africa’s food and wine capital sits proudly, waiting to welcome both local and international visitors alike. With its elegant cuisine and vinicultural offerings, Franschhoek is an epicurean’s paradise. As part of a series on the Cape Winelands, I…

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…