Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Range Topper

Over the decades I must have sat here a dozen times with peaks including the prominent Rhino Horn rearing up as a backdrop.The winter sun is gentle. Those Berg views – so inviting of bromides ranging from “awe-inspiring” to “majestic,” largely because they are so timeless and unshakeable.

Rock Up To Boulders

While Tintswalo Atlantic continue with their rebuild after the fire in February, their sister lodge, Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa  is offering a free night’s accommodation for every three nights booked.

Tzaneen’s dreamiest retreat

The best thing about wandering around the mountains is getting back to Kings Walden. The large bedrooms, with huge en-suite bathrooms (bath and shower), and king size double bed are the perfect place for nodding off with a book.

The road less travelled

Hit the tar road and into Mthatha and suddenly all of this changes for the worse. Potentially the ugliest, dirtiest hellhole of a town in South Africa, it epitomises everything that is wrong with humanity.

Zululand Zeitgeist

Bolted to cliffs, banks, and boughs, cables stretch like giant spider webs across the valley and you glide eagle-like through the forest canopy – home to more than 150 bird species. Dangling above it all like a pantomime fairy, I waited for the dreaded vertigo to strike, but it never did.

What the Carbon Tax means for travellers

yet again, a government tax is being introduced with no actual explanation of where, and how, the collected funds will be used or if, indeed, they will be put towards even more environmental safeguards – or just simply disappear into that Treasury vacuum.

Petal Power

Guests can now view the camellias in three areas: the Barlow camellias at the bottom of the Great Lawn; near the Camphors signature restaurant; and near the banks of the Lourens River, the only South African river that is officially a Protected Natural Environment.

Lethabo Life

Lying in a hot tub sipping a glass of wine, your eyes drawn across the fragrant veld to the changing light on the Rhenosterkop Mountain beyond, is one good way to sink into the laid-back Lethabo experience

Hey, Hey, Coffee Bay!

The town is part of the Tshezi Xhosa community from the once independent homeland, the Transkei, and the people here still struggle with the lack of development, basic service delivery, few schools and little education, all of which perpetuate this cycle of poverty

From Joburg to Salt Rock

Their shabby accoutrements belie the secrets and history they treasure. It’ll take time to find the intricate intimacies of their quiet gravel-road souls. The old trees, they’re singing something, I swear.

A town of two halves

Wilderness is a town of “two halves” bisected by the N2. Inland is the lagoon or “old” Wilderness, while foreign investors and the Johnny-come-latelies have gravitated to the dunes that abut the main beach.

Antbear Lodge

I like Andrew, even if he is a self-confessed “dictator”. I like what he and Conny have done and why they did it. If you want a hotel, knock yourself out. If you want something unique, laidback, and relaxing, come here.

Botanical Bounty

Gondwana - Fynbos Conservation Experience
With the richest temperate flora in the world and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve has a new surprise activity to go with their special from May to August!

West Coast hiking trails

Guests can walk along farm roads, pop in at the Turn & Slip pub (originally the bakery) watch waterfowl on the banks of the Berg River in spring, and admire wildflowers in late winter

Morgan Bay

With wide open spaces, miles of beaches and the wild rocky coastline, visitors can go horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or just laze in the sun. We walked, rode to Kei Mouth, and relaxed

Village Vibe

There's magic in Clarens amid the mountainous swells of the Rooiberge and Maloti. And the route past the bucolic beauty of the vast highland plains with cows and sheep safely grazing and sunflowers in sway, is sublime. Just ‘pas op’ for the potholes!

Caving Inn

ROXANNE REID succumbs to the life of a troglodyte with a little luxury thrown in

SA Bike Fest 2019 !

Margate will again play host to hundreds of motorcyclists and friends with good food, great music and an awesome vibe at the South Coast Bike Fest 2019, writes Colin Windell

A tale of two wetlands

JIM FREEMAN twitches the days away in Elands Bay and Wilderness

Grape Escape

ADRIAN  RORVIK  has had some fine times at Val Du Charron Wine and Olive Estate

Railbus on the right track

A new transport option for commuters looks set to change the face of the tourist industry, writes COLIN WINDELL