South Africa

Western Cape
Fishing boats on Paternoster Beach at sunset
Paternoster, the quaint seaside fishing village on the Cape’s West Coast, was the venue for my birthday weekend. Just 2 hours north of Cape Town, it made for a relaxing getaway and was picture perfect. Here are a few photos from the weekend. You might also like reading these: Out […]

Paternoster in pictures


North West
Rhino at Pilanesberg National Park
One of the benefits of having a conference in the bush is that a game drive is almost certain to be included on the program. So during the day and a half of brainstorming and collaborating with work colleagues in the Pilanesberg National Park recently, we were treated to a […]

Pilanesberg jaunt



Limpopo
Debengeni Falls in the Magoebaskloof 1
Beyond the dusty bushveld and koppies, and rising at the north eastern tip of the Drakensberg escarpment, Magoebaskloof is a treasure of verdant hills, valleys and a dense forest. Between Polokwane and Tzaneen in the Limpopo province, Magoesbaskloof is surprisingly close to Joburg and made for an ideal weekend getaway […]

Magoebaskloof Weekend


Limpopo
The cottages at Kuhestan 1
A few weekends ago, I broke free from the confines of urban Joburg (my new home again, albeit temporarily) to the verdant hills and valleys of the Magoebaskloof. Far from the corporate rush, I stayed at a fruit farm hidden off one of the dirt tracks. The place is called […]

Review: Kuhestan Organic Farm



Western Cape
Elephant Walk
It’s the end of year school holidays, and the Garden Route is teeming with visitors – Gautengers escaping urbanism and Capetonians escaping other inlanders who’ve overtaken Cape Town. Yet, even with all the additional temporary residents, it’s still possible to find Eden on the Garden Route. My most recent visit […]

Evading holidaymakers on the Garden Route


Essaouira sunset
2015 has been another enchanting year that I can add to my travel memory collection. From lazy beach walks at Clifton to the manic chaos of Delhi.

2015 in review



International

Reunion
Villa Delilse
On a recent trip to Reunion Island, I spent some time in the harbour town of Saint Pierre. It’s a small, tourist-friendly town with a sheltered lagoon. Our choice of accommodation was Hotel Villa Delisle, perfectly positioned across from the beachfront. The beach at Saint Pierre fringes a coral lagoon […]

Review: Villa Delisle


Reunion
Cayenne Picnic Site
If, after reading about my week-long trip to Reunion Island here, you’re inspired to plan your vacation, here is some useful information to get you started. Getting there Air Austral has direct flights from Joburg to Reunion, thrice weekly. It’s a four hour flight departing Joburg in the afternoon, arriving […]

Reunion Island – Planning a trip



Reunion
The lagoon at Lux* Resort Saint Gilles
Reunion is an island, and like its diverse interior (read about it here), the coastline has much to offer. The northern coastline of the island tends to be “wild”, and is not noted for swimming. There was a period when shark attacks received much publicity, leading to the closure of […]

Reunion Island – Part 2


Reunion
Bassin de la Mer, another beautiful waterfall on Reunion Island 3
Reunion Island, that tiny piece of France in the Indian Ocean, is diverse in many ways. For a small island, it features a variety of scenic landscapes, mostly formed by aeons of volcanic activity. We hired a car and spent a week circumnavigating the island to see what Reunion had […]

Reunion Island – Part 1



Germany
Alster Lake in Hamburg
I visited Hamburg at the end of October, when the city was showing off its autumn colours. Here’s my take on how to spend a day in Hamburg. Start off your day in Hamburg with a jog (or stroll) around the Alster Lake with the old city adding a charming […]

Hamburg in 24 hours


Thailand
Surin Beach, Phuket
Phuket, Thailand’s premier beach destination is mostly known for its throngs of holiday makers. From the busy tourist hot spots to isolated stretches, there’s plenty of beaches to flock to. Off the mainland peninsula, there’s even more beaches on the island’s that dot the Andaman Sea.   You might also […]

Phuket beach holiday