Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Roadhouse Blues

Frequented in the 80s by a local motorbike gang hooked on casual dining and women of easy virtue, The White Pigeon's sign got damaged and The White Pig’ throbbed out in garish neon for years. That roadhouse is no more, but these establishments are still going

Paradise at a price

While South Africa gets hung out to dry in mephitic gusts seasoned with instability, corruption, and unfavourable tax laws, the Biltong Brigade are finding meatier prospects elsewhere

Arisen from the ashes

A short scenic drive from Cape Town's CBD within easy reach of the Constantia winelands and Cape Point, Tintswalo Atlantic has reopened following a devastating fire in February

Clean, green, and smart!

A  green establishment, solar technology heats the water and provides electricity, and guests with e-cars can power up at complimentary charging points.

Fynbos Foot Safari

Expert trail guides will reveal the 11000-hectare reserve’s unique biodiversity, eco systems, Big Five, and multiple species of antelope in a fynbos-covered, malaria free landscape

Making tracks

Guided walks with visits to fine wine country cellars is a memorable and unique way of exploring the region while fueling up on fun, fresh air and South Africa's best Pinot Noir.

Amangwane Camp’s bold intent!

Amangwane Camp is as close as one can get to Kosi Mouth, being an awesome drive down a sandy 4x4 track that follows the shoreline of the estuary all the way down to the parking at the mouth and the miles of open beaches.

Summer at Tau Game Lodge

Plants that flourish in summer after the spring rains burst with life, attracting migrating birds.Summer is therefore a magical time to visit five-star Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, where conservation is key.

Solid and satisfying

Visiting Ardmore Guest Farm in a Honda BR-V leaves James Siddall feeling rather like one of Jay Gatsby’s boats … beating on against the current, borne ceaselessly back into the past

Sharing Abelana

Conveniently located between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, adjacent to the Greater Kruger's Balule Nature Reserve and neighbouring Selati Private Game Reserve, Abelana Game Reserve includes a 10km stretch of the semi-perennial Selati River.

Take a hike

With its flora and fauna, beautiful mountain and ocean vistas coupled with an intriguing animal population, South Africa is the ideal place to explore on foot. A trek allows you to experience all the sights, smells, sounds and sensations of the landscapeFor experienced trekkers, the Garden Route is one of the most rewarding areas to hike.

Pit Stops for Padkos

Forget tepid tea and stale sarmies, buy your basics from one of South Africa’s ubiquitous roadside farm stalls en route to your destination and enjoy your food al fresco. It’s an integral part of every road trip

Café Society

The little Renault Kwid provided perfect Parisian-style transport for James Siddall visiting Bellevue Café in Kloof, Durban

Gone Fishing!

After exhausting our tactics, we set course for the shore, utterly outwitted and defeated. I docked the boat and proceeded with more frivolous things, like making a fire and finding answers in the bottom of a wine bottle. That’s fishing for you. There’s always next time …

Wriggle Room!

In the 1970s Monty Python featured a skit about an invented rude and wildly inaccurate Hungarian/English phrase book. This included a wacky scene with John Cleese as a Hungarian, trying to buy cigarettes at a tobacconist and consulting his phrase book.“My hovercraft is full of eels”, was one he came up with to procure matches.

Saved by the bean!

That skinny kid who used to ride that big Honda XL 500 in matric. That’s how Savior Café founder Max Pienaar first reintroduced himself to me by email – taking me back to 1987, a life that seems unutterably distant yet just like yesterday.

Ship shape in McGregor

Easy for Dayz, an innovative hybrid container home for hire in the upper part of quaint McGregor village in the Cape was built as a tribute to the owner’s late brother

Surf into Ubuntu

While the Corona Open JBay runs, Jeffrey’s Bay is a buzz of activity with people from all walks of life descending on the town to feast their eyes on the great waves and the brave men who ride them

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.

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.