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An afternoon at La Motte

La Motte is one of the finest wine estates in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Situated in the Franschhoek Valley, near the town of Franschhoek (map), against the imposing backdrop of the Wemmershoek mountains, the La Motte wine estate can trace its roots back to the 17th century. These days, La Motte is famous […]

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Finding bliss at Jordan Wine Estate

I stepped out onto the terrace of my suite at the Jordan Wine Estate. The birds chirped excitedly as the sun slowly disappeared behind the hills, blanketing the rows of vines with a soft orange glow. In the distance, the Stellenbosch mountains were a warm pink. It was a such a serene moment and I […]

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Safari at the Gondwana Game Reserve

The light was fading quickly but we were determined to find them. Our guide expertly manoeuvered the jeep around a tight bend and stopped. Silence reigned as the dust settled. I surveyed the surrounding bushes before turning my gaze to the mountains, bathed in a soft pink light, in the far distance. We sat in […]

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Ten things to do in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch (map) is an historic town in South Africa, situated about a 45-minute drive from Cape Town. Most tourists visit this vibrant university town as part of a day-trip from Cape Town but I highly recommend spending a few days there to truly appreciate the sights and attractions in and around the town. The town […]

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The wonders of Majeka House

“Good afternoon! Welcome to Majeka House! My name is Wonder. Can I help you with your bags?” I stopped in my tracks. “Sorry, did you say your name is Wonder?”, I asked. “Yes, it is”, Wonder replied with a big smile. I didn’t know it then but this would be the first of several wonders […]

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A helicopter tour of Cape Town

Cape Town (South Africa) never fails to amaze me. It truly is one of the most spectacularly situated cities in the world and each time I return, I’m always blown away by its beauty. Located at the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town is backed by the iconic Table Mountain and fronts the […]

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That feeling at the Old Biscuit Mill

That feeling when you step into a place and your senses are simply overwhelmed. Then you get accustomed to the cacophony of people and the sights start to blur but one thing lingers: the smell of food. A symphony of freshly-baked bread, smoked fish, grilled meats and fresh herbs and spices fills your nostrils, and […]

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Velvet moments: Bo Kaap in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in the world – nothing new for those of you who’ve been following me for a while. 😉 With the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean at its doorstep and the imposing Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town is such an incredibly stunning city! One of […]

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The magic of Phinda

We’d just passed the main gates of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve when we spotted something moving stealthily through the tall grasses. Someone in the van yelled “STOP” and the driver hit the brakes. We trained our eyes on the patches of tall grass that lined the road, alert for any movement. Several moments […]

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Spectacular Table Mountain views

Whether you arrive in Cape Town by air, rail, road or sea, it’s the first thing you’ll notice: Table Mountain. This flat-topped mountain, at 1,085 meters high, is Cape Town’s most iconic and photographed landmark… and rightly so. Its presence can be felt all around the city and it also influences the city’s weather! My […]

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