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

Slovenia
Art deco building in Ljubljana
Ljubljana (pronounce the j’s as y’s), is the capital of Slovenia. We made a detour there from Venice en-route to Croatia. Its compact size made it ideal as a short stopover for us, but there’s enough to keep you occupied for a few days. Here’s my thoughts on how to […]

Ljubljana in a day


Italy
Venice scene from the busy Rialto Bridge
Venice, a city many dream of visiting. Some return disappointed; others captivated. I fell into the latter group, in spite of being there during the height of the July summer vacation. We arrived at Marco Polo International Airport, on the Italian mainland on a steamy Saturday afternoon. The snaking queue […]

Venice in a few days



Vietnam
Hoi An
Vietnam has become more tourist focused in recent times. Already widely known for the war atrocities that scarred it, these days Vietnam is also being recognised for other (positive) things. It has a rich history, portrayed in many monuments and buildings throughout the cities and countryside. There’s many scenic locations […]

Vietnam through my lens


Doha
A dhow boat trip to admire the Doha skyline
Recently, I travelled with Qatar Airways to Vietnam, and took advantage of having a stopover in Doha. The small, but upcoming city has a few noteworthy sights to enable you to have a mini vacation en-route to your main holiday destination. Here’s my recommendations for spending a day in Doha. […]

A day in Doha



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