Boerewors: Vinegar, spice and everything nice

It’s solace in a bun. It’s what you trade for wine with your friends from Cape Town when they visit. It’s what you buy by the metre and eat sizzling hot off the flames at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. It’s eaten with All Gold or chakalaka or smoor. It’s an ode to our collective history as […]

An adventurer’s guide to exploring the Sunshine Coast

There are two types of summer holiday-makers in South Africa. The ones who prefer beach holidays – salty, sandy days of lounging in the sun, reading a book or filling a crossword. And the buzz-seekers – those who like zooming across the water on jet-skis or being dragged behind a boat…

Major SA hotel group continues to promote lion walks

Human-wildlife interactions with iconic big cats including lions, cheetahs and their cubs are being promoted via the Ranch Protea Hotel in Limpopo, owned by Marriott International, despite statements distancing themselves from such activities.

Into the Okavango with SA’s NatGeo Adventurer

“I had made a terrible mistake…” wildlife biologist Steve Boyes says, describing the day when he and his research assistant were thrown off their mekoro into the waters of the Cuito river by an angry hippopotamus. When he saw a rustling in the reeds, he immediately thought they were approaching a crocodile and headed to deeper water, […]

Gunfire, ambush and the bush – time travelling in the Caprivi

Before visiting the SADC countries of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe last year, we were told by everyone who had been there before that we’ll see thousands of elephant. We didn’t doubt them, as it is, after all, home to the largest remaining population of elephants in the world. As our luck would have it, we drove […]

When it rains in South Africa…

South Africans have this interesting fascination with rain which, understandably, has a lot to do with the greater part of the country being a semi-desert, arid place. And for the people who are directly dependent on the rainfall and seasons, like my farming family, rain is always an otherworldly blessing. It’s like experiencing a miracle […]

Snow, stars, serenity, Sutherland

  Sutherland is what you’d call a perfect winter weekend breakaway destination in South Africa. While it may seem like a sleepy town at first glance, it offers all the iconic Karoo charm plus a few extras. Sutherland’s charm is linked directly to the weather. See, Sutherland is one of only a few places in […]

A flame-grilled road trip through the Eastern Cape

Mother Nature rules in the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast a little bit more than in any other part of SA; a fact that I’ve learnt first-hand. Time isn’t really important there. Roads aren’t either. Neither are cars. Or cellphone reception. Nor is any other basic detail that makes the modern, capitalist world function. But there is […]

Only on a South African holiday

We were booked to sail away on to a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Idyllic. In some ways, yes. But my family is 25 people strong. And if you count everybody’s ‘extras’ – the boyfriends and girlfriends and best friends – it gets very big and very loud very quickly. We always end up […]