My Dubai Wishlist

If I’m honest, I’ve never seen Dubai as more than just a quick stopover, at one of the biggest airports I’ve ever stepped foot in. I’ve simply never had the desire to explore more of the city, so when the team at Travelstart asked me what my top spots would be I had to do…

Walking Italy: The Way of St Francis

Note: This article originally appeared here on Traveller24 The low-lying mist added to the mystery of the moment, as we climbed our final stretch of Italian countryside… the mist stealing our sight but not our perseverance, forcing our legs to forget their exhaustion for these final steps of ascent. A short forest walk soon gave…

Of Bushman and Buchu

* Originally appearing here on Traveller24 Beauty Beginnings This is a beauty treatment that goes way back – almost 10 000 years to be exact. As part of marriage preparation, women from South Africa’s Khoi San would lather the bride to be in a mixture made from the herb Buchu, and Eland fat. Centuries before…

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,…

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,…