Luxury Meets Nature- Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa December 8, 2021
Early morning: bushbuck tiptoeing past the river facing rooms, the sounds and smells of cheerful staff preparing breakfast. The Chobe River, glistening in the morning light, awaits our early departure from the jetty of Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa. Flame of Africa’s Ben McDonald arranges for breakfast to be held over in case we’re late returning (though coffee and muffins are provided) and we’re off on the silky, calm waters, looking so different than they...
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Fancourt: Jewel in South Africa’s Golfing Crown September 20, 2021
The Western Cape’s Garden Route is rightly regarded as one of South Africa's ultimate destinations, with a breathtaking array of choices for family fun or individual pursuits. From the beaches of Plettenberg, to the holiday feel of scenic Knysna, the natural wonders of Wilderness and so much more, one could frolic for weeks on end with surprises at every turn. But there are also some amongst us who go to the Garden Route for a single...
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The Royal Portfolio, South Africa February 9, 2021
A Royal Flush Some of the best stories begin with “Once upon a time”. Such a time was 1999, when Liz and Phil Biden decided to convert their holiday home in the African bush into what is now Royal Malewane. located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the western border of the Kruger National Park. [caption id="attachment_882" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Royal Malewane Safari Lodge private plunge pool at sunrise. Photo courtesy of The Royal Portfolio[/caption] This...
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Green Corridors, KwaZulu-Natal- Ready, Steady, Camp December 5, 2020
Pop Up Camps These are a wild camping concept for exploring some of Durban’s wildest areas in accommodation under a million stars- and not the same old, same old beach and barbecue offerings associated with South Africa's bustling subtropical coastal city. [caption id="attachment_720" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Author Hilary McLernan at the Mqeku River[/caption] Mqeku Camp is the idyllic, very happy ending to a fun tale, which is filled with twists and turns, colourful characters and captivating scenarios....
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Fugitives’ Drift: the legacy, the raconteur, the guest who never left October 21, 2020
True Tales, True Beauty It’s hard to top a good story, well told- exceptionally portrayed would be more fitting. And the stories told at the sites of the battles near and on the property of Fugitives’ Drift, around the boma fire, or at the bar, are of such immense scale that one is swept up and along, heartstrings plucked as the events of 22-23 January 1879 are vividly presented. The scale is matched by the vistas,...
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Three Tree Hill Lodge- My Favourite History Lesson August 26, 2020
One learns all the time, especially when travelling. If nothing else, names of places, people and species- often forgotten or partly remembered. [caption id="attachment_742" align="aligncenter" width="2200"] Three Tree Hill rooms in the mist[/caption] I learned something I won’t forget at Three Tree Hill Lodge, which overlooks the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal. [caption id="attachment_729" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Molly Blackburn Library[/caption] Seated in the recently completed...
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Fordoun- For all the right reasons October 8, 2019
Sensory Surrounds My favourite places seem to be family owned or run and Fordoun Hotel and Spa is one such place. All five senses celebrate at five-star Fordoun … and then further celebrate as birth is given to their sixth sibling. It happens in an extremely romantic setting; weeping willows with their gentle flowing boughs, enormous organic artworks, ethereal azaleas contrasting against rolling hills, iris-lined pathways, ancient terracotta bricks mottled with age evoking a Hansel and...
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Chobe Water Villas- Inspiring Tranquility April 28, 2019
Crossing the wide expanse of Chobe waters from Botswana to Namibia, all one sees is the row of A-frame peaks, like the zigzagged scales on a crocodile’s tail. Grinning Gilbert sees us safely onto the sturdy boardwalk-jetty and then… Secluded Sophistication A tranquil, sophisticated ambience is endorsed by the warm, welcome smiles of graceful Subiya tribe staff who drift through our neutral-coloured, fascinatingly designed “home” for the next few days. The simplicity, the open spaces, the...
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Distillery 031- A Home Run April 28, 2019
“I call this my gateway spirit” said Andrew, swirling the amber liquid in his glass. Well, through the gateway, down the hatch and the rabbit hole and colour me impressed, well impressed! Andrew Rall, owner of Durban's Distillery 031 is a singular man whose burgeoning craft distillery is a portal to some unique, top-notch craft spirits. He was referring to his D’Urban Barrel Aged Gin- something rather special. Serve it on ice to guests without telling...
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