Our travel photographers – Steve Brookwell

If you’re reading this blog it’s a fair bet you suffer from some form of wanderlust. It’s also likely you got it by looking at travel photos, whether in old National Geographics, friends’ holiday snaps or by surfing the web. Travel is an especially evocative … Continue reading
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Surprising holiday destinations for summer 2016

As beautiful as Europe might be in July, there’s no reason to spend every summer on the Costa del Sol. From the colourful, palm-lined shores of Antigua and Barbuda to the spectacular mountain scenery of northern Japan, the Crystal Coast of North Carolina to the … Continue reading
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The ultimate Durban guide

Its mix of sticky humidity, golden beaches, and warm Indian Ocean bestows on Durban an exhilarating subtropical energy resulting in a kind of lush urban jungle where everything grows. Not only its unstoppable gardens and sugar cane plantations, but human creativity, too. The thick, salty … Continue reading
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The South African braai: A tradition to sink your teeth into

Americans certainly know a thing or two about the act of grilling meat over a wood fire. In the United States, the term “˜barbecue’ refers not just to the social event, but an entire cultural tradition and genre of cuisine whose roots stretch back to … Continue reading
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10 of the top Johannesburg art galleries

Johannesburg – South Africa’s headquarters of big business, abandoned gold mines”¦and criminally overlooked world-class art. Art is everywhere in Johannesburg. Displayed. Sold. Provoking debate. Prettifying corporate foyers, revivifying concrete flyovers. And most of Joburg’s best is free to see; you just need to know where … Continue reading
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Visiting the Western Cape: Hotel Mont Rochelle

When the light is just right – usually early mornings or at dusk – the winegrowing Franschhoek Valley, about an hour from Cape Town, attains a near-mystical quality. Its vineyards shimmer as if dusted with gold, the surrounding mountains set against a dramatic blue-and-orange sky. Its name … Continue reading
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Riding Safaris in Botswana: Discovering The Okavango Delta

The Okavango, a World Heritage Site in southern Africa, is the world’s largest inland delta, an astonishing watery wilderness of labyrinthine channels and lagoons, grassy floodplains, palm-fringed islands, clear streams, and mopane forests. It’s been described as a water meadow, a sloshy, fertile original Eden … Continue reading
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