De Hoop is a nature lover’s paradise of unparalleled peace and tranquillity Just a 3-hour drive from Cape Town, De Hoop Reserve is situated in the Overberg region. The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline. De Hoop was … Continue Reading

It’s the start of a new year, and what better way to get inspired and excited than to plan a getaway? I’m all about local travel and discovering the beauty that our country has to offer. The Garden Route – Knysna specifically, has so much to offer from spectacular forest walks, a really great range … Continue Reading

Last week I attended the Veldskoen Experience grand opening. What an event it turned out to be! What the brand has done is so clever. Essentially, The Veldskoen Experience is a museum-style concept space that pays tribute to the iconic footwear incorporating elements of South African culture, music, art, and traditional craftsmanship. The Veldskoen Experience … Continue Reading

Last week, I spent a blissful two nights at the iconic Grande Roche Hotel  I was so excited to visit this much admired and talked about grande dame of Cape winelands hotels, often referred to as the “Pearl of Paarl”. Not only does Grande Roche offer exceptional cuisine, for those overnighting, the hotel’s generously spaced … Continue Reading

The month of love is here… Whether you’re spoiling someone special with a candlelight dinner or a sunset picnic, the L‘Ormarins Brut Rosé Vintage 2017 – with its delicate salmon colour, makes for the perfect Valentine’s accompaniment. This elegant Cap Classique is made from a blend of Pinot Noir (55%) and Chardonnay (45%) grapes. A hand-crafted wine best … Continue Reading

I was recently invited to lunch at the Terra del Capo Tasting Room on the magnificent L’Ormarins Estate where Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s award winning wines are produced. The estate itself dates back to 1694 and is quite something to behold. Should you visit, I’d suggest putting the whole day aside because there is so much … Continue Reading

I was recently invited to Haute Cabrière to experience the spring menu at the revamped Terrace restaurant, and to try out the addition of a new wine to the Réserve range – the maiden vintage Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Réserve. Haute Cabrière is situated in the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley. Views abound for … Continue Reading

Looking for a different kind of vacation – one that calms the mind and rejuvenates the soul? I highly recommend a week (or two) of sailing the turquoise waters of the Turkish Aegean with ScicSailing. Along with a few other travel writers, I was invited to spend seven blissful days sailing around the beautiful south-western … Continue Reading