Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Full Steam Ahead

The Sandstone Spring Steam Festival in the Eastern Free State, just north of cherry-picking capital Ficksburg, is on track this November 19 to 22

The Homestead

The US-based Really Epic Dog (RED) group are investing an estimated R200 million to develop and operate a new luxury lodge in the Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, outside Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal

Karoo Roads

Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais have come out swinging after the COVID lockdown and doing what they do best: recounting the beloved stories of the Heartland of South Africa.

Awakening the Music

Biofield Tuning is an effective drug-free way to treat pain and restore systemic balance. Johannesburg-based Biofield Tuner and Sound Therapist Wendy Leppard can help restore harmony and renew our life force.

Christmas Safari

Yule love every day spent at Tau Game Lodge from the game drives to the spa pampering. What better Christmas gift could you ask for?

Corporate Madikwe

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve is an ideal corporate escape after a difficult year in business, post pandemic. 

Shamwari reopens

Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has reopened for domestic guests with some ‘unprecedented’ offers, says the CEO

Vergelegen’s new tour

A newly-launched environmental tour at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West reveals tracts of the 3000-hectare estate previously closed to the public

KZN lodge razed

A devastating fire burnt the family-owned Gwahumbe Game & Spa in KwaZulu-Natal to the ground on Sunday causing millions of rands worth in damages

#ForWaterForLife

Gugulethu Mhlungu and Sekoetlane Phamodi delve into topics that include macadamia nuts and nanotech, extracting useful materials from human urine, revitalising the Jukskei, and drilling for groundwater to survive South Africa’s extreme drought cycle.

Harri Spotter

Nine months after launching, only 18 apartments remain available for sale at The Harri in Cape Town’s East City Precinct

Vehicle of choice

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class V330 includes a 10,25 inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Smartphone integration, and Burmester sound system

Wheels of Fortune

South Africa has some excellent motor museums scattered between Franschhoek, White River and even little old Matjiesfontein. so get out your anorak, sally forth, and smell the fumes, suggests Blaise Hopkinson

Birding au Balcon

Wondering what to do during lockdown? Let's twitch again! Blaise Hopkinson on the pure joy that daily awaits the sharp-eyed and patient observers at our suburban South African aviaries

Home touring could make a comeback

With air travel for leisure purposes likely to constrained for a while yet, South Africans may well turn to visiting home-based sites for their holidays with trailers and caravans gaining a new-found popularity.

Cape Vidal camping

Thanks to Covid19, South Africans need local affordable destinations to unwind with the family. Camping at Cape Vidal amid 70km of undisturbed beach ticks all the boxes

Fuel stations of the future

Sometimes change needs an external force (like Covid-19) to kick our collective rear ends into gear. Business unusual is the new normal. Let's take a look at fuel stations of the future

Pack leaders and pups

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Lapalala Wilderness Reserve and Tintswalo Lapalala, captured and relocated to Lapalala Wilderness Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo)a free-roaming pack of 10 wild dogs  

Ziplining in the Drakensberg

From the rabbit hole, as the first platform was aptly named, I plunged like Alice into a wonderland of treetops, vines, dappled sunlight, waterfalls and rainbows. Dangling above it all like pantomime fairy, I waited for vertigo to strike

Calling Intrepid Anglers

Tintswalo Lapalala has introduced fly-fishing on a ‘catch, release and research’ basis within the pristine Waterberg Reserve. The Palala River teems with yellow fish, barbel, largemouth bass, red-breasted and blue tilapia to offer excellent nymph style fly-fishing.

Bleak road facing SA lodge owners

The coronavirus has left the tourism and the hospitality industry reeling as hotels, B&Bs, lodges and restaurants have closed their doors and sent staff home.