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Wine touring in the Cape winelands of South Africa

Why should this be on your bucket list? Over the last 20 years I’ve heard wine agents and importers, whose global expertise ranges from Burgundy to Barossa, Ribera del Duero to Russian River, mention that the Cape is the most stupendously glorious wine region of them all.....

Safari near Cape Town?..

Safari near Cape Town?.. Not as impossible as it sounds.. if you’ve got a couple of days to spare. There are a dozen or so safari destinations within a 3 hour drive from Cape Town (importantly, all malaria free), and one of the most luxurious is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve 5*....

Travelling to Namibia: the highlights

If vast, expansive landscapes are what make you tick and you simply love the African wilderness and wildlife, Namibia has got to be on your bucket list. It is a magical place, with rolling dunes, desert, a rugged coastline and it’s perfect for those who have a taste for...
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Our pick of family-friendly destinations in South Africa

One of the very best things we can hope to give our children are good memories that will last a lifetime. In this crazily busy, and fast-paced world, taking time away from the usual routine, putting our iPads away and spending quality moments with the people we love, is truly...

Our favourite honeymoon destinations in South Africa

There is absolutely no doubt about it – South Africa is a dream honeymoon destination. And why is that? Well, it offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in the world as well as so much to see and do; an incredibly rich and diverse culture to experience and plenty of...

What to pack for your holiday to South Africa

So you’ve booked your trip to South Africa. You are going to have the trip of a lifetime but what to pack? Here’s a checklist you can work through before heading to the airport for that glass of champers. A note about climate We hope you are going to experience the...

The books you should read before coming on holiday to South Africa

If you’re coming on holiday to South Africa, these are the books we recommend you either read before your trip or pack in your suitcase. From bird books to history, the heart-breaking to the page turner, we hope you enjoy this selection. 1. Sasol Birds Southern Africa We...

Wine farms to visit in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

For anyone who loves their wine, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is one of the best places in the world to spend a few days or a weekend exploring. With some of South Africa’s most impressive and innovative wine farms situated along the R320 and just a stone’s throw from...

10 things to do in Hermanus

Hermanus is about a 1.5 hour trip from Cape Town and is renowned worldwide for being a fabulous spot to see Southern Right Whales. It is also a stone’s throw from the Hemel en Aarde wine region and offers visitors to the Cape a chance to experience some of South...