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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wellington: Exploring the southern-most Capital

Shall I tell you about the most expensive sleep of my life… With return flights starting at around R18K for the 18 hour trip from Joburg to Wellington, New Zealand (with one brief stop at Sydney), you’re looking at travel cost of around R1000 per hour. I slept for most of the flight over the Indian Ocean,…

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…

It’s Great-in Greyton

‘Trump has won’. That was all the text message on my phone read. I sat in shock at the magnitude of it – too surprised to even take a sip of my coffee. Helen was the first person I saw, and upon breaking the news to her, she simply smirked and said: “C’est La Vie…

The Joburg 101 for Capetonians

“Seriously? What do you mean you love Johannesburg?” If I had 20 bucks for every time I’ve heard that over the past five years I’d be eating at Michelin restaurants every night! Before moving to Cape  I lived in Joburg for 5 years and grew to love the crazy-exciting-edgy city. I’ve seemingly had to spend…

Cape Town Top 10: Where to Eat & Drink

Where to grab a quick bite 1.The Eastern Food Bazaar A favourite with tourists and Capetonians alike! In fact this place will give you one of the most eclectic  collection of people in any restaurant in the mother city. The affordable prices perfectly complement the wide range of foreign delights. The butter chicken and garlic…

Top 10 Capetown: from the Insider

I’ve been asked increasingly over the past weeks – particularly on Instagram (@jaredincpt)  – what my top suggestions are for those visiting Cape Town – even for locals who want to try something new. Sure you can browse Tripadvisor and you’ll get some great recommendations, but here are some of my favourites, hope you enjoy!…

To fly or not to fly Ethiopian Airlines

It was time to book flights to Europe, and so began the familiar process of scouring the online search engines for the best deal. Flying to Rome, I was surprised to see that Ethiopian Airlines keep popping up as the most affordable option. So began my little journey of investigating the airline and decided whether…