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

India
Kerala Backwaters
Vembanad Lake – a flat, glassy mirror, extending as far as the eye could see and merging seamlessly into the blue sky. That was the scene on the lake shore in Kerala before breakfast. The serene lake was unlike the choppy waters that we experienced the afternoon before. It begged […]

The waterways of Kerala


India
A cardamom plantation in Kerala
I have an obsession with cardamom. The sweet aromatic flavours that burst from those little pods are heavenly. It’s no wonder then that it’s known as the Queen of Spices. So when I visited Kerala recently, I looked forward to seeing just how this wonder spice is grown, along with […]

Spice journey in Kerala



India
Periyar Lake 1
What surprised me most was the chorus of bird song that filled the valley. In a country with a population explosion like India has, you’d think that nature will be overshadowed. Yet, as we waited for the sun to rise on the fringes of Periyar forest, the forest was alive. […]

Kerala explored: Periyar


India
Tea plantations fringe this lake in Munnar 2
Streaks of light reached the bottom of the lush valley. The sun hid behind a veil of clouds, only to make fleeting appearances as it sunk closer to the horizon. We were in Munnar, far from the bustling India that we’d been passing through in the days before (read about […]

Kerala explored: Munnar



India
Temple and synagogue in Kochi 2
Kochi (or commonly known by its former colonial name, Cochin), was where my Keralan journey began. From centuries before, its coastline has seen the landings of traders and colonists from far afield. Like them, I too was lured by Kerala’s natural charm. Modern Kochi is the gateway to Kerala (the […]

Kochi – gateway to Kerala


India
Mysore Palace 1
Bangalore and Mysore – a mere 160km between them and yet worlds apart. These were the first cities on my most recent trip to India as I returned to explore more of this incredible country. Both impressed me, but for very different reasons. Bangalore, capital of the Karnataka state, is […]

Palaces & parks – Mysore & Bangalore