Bonnievale, Wine and Indulgence

Bonnievale is a beautifully situated town along the Breede river about 2 hours outside of Cape Town. With various wine cellars and cheese factories in the area, it is affectionately known as the Valley of Cheese and Wine.

The Cradle of Humankind – A whole lot of living where life began

My first visit to the Cradle of Humankind (a UNESCO World Heritage site) was an afternoon at the Maropeng visitors centre about five years ago and I was thrilled by how interactive and enjoyable it was (even though calling a dodo creeped me out a bit). This time around, I got a taste of more than just the visitors centre…

Phola Hier, sithandwa sam’ – A walking tour through Sophiatown 

Jazz, kwela, fashion and culture, all encompass the colourful character of old Sophiatown. Located to the west of Johannesburg, this freehold township of homes owned by blacks, coloureds, Indian and white people was a unique occurrence in a time when the separation of races was enforced by law. Although heavily populated and poor, the circumstances…

Exploring the Spicy Side of Life around Durban

Durban, the warmest place, is always a big hit on the road. The weather is good, the beach is warm and of course, the food is delicious. If you are in town, then you can’t leave without getting some good spices in your belly.

Soweto Storytelling Night

Stories hold within them the ability to transform situations, recall lessons and share knowledge. It is through the power of storytelling that we are able to find light in life’s experiences. The last Thursday of the month is storytelling night at Lebo’s backpackers in Soweto. The entertainment area opens up for an evening of storytelling…

Free State loving

A weekend trip to the Free State is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether it’s a day trip to enjoy the antique stores in Parys or camping along the Vaal, it’s always a fun, easy trip outside Jozi. This time we really put foot and headed down to Clarens for a weekend. A picturesque small…

Sunday Lunch in Cullinan

Tumbling tumble weeds. That is what I suspected we would find when we decided to take advantage of the good weather one Sunday and drive through to Cullinan for lunch. With only a limited amount of time (the drive there) to do research, I quickly discovered that we were essentially looking for one road: Oak Avenue.

Farm Markets in the City

Sunday is market day which means stalls with fresh (and experimental) foods, tasty craft beers and ciders, and great handmade gifts for family and friends. Markets are growing in popularity in Jozi as a place to relax during the day, meet new people or just recuperate from the night before. The good news is that…

Hiking in the city

I don’t often think about hiking when I’m home. Although I enjoy hiking, it’s something that usually comes to mind when I’m away on holiday. And to be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve hiked and due to my fitness levels it feel more like a chore than a leisure activity these days. Nonetheless,…

Rediscovering cycling in Soweto

I first heard about the Soweto cycle tours from my mom of all places. She’s one of those people who doesn’t just wonder what’s going on but rolls down the window and asks. I did the tour a while back and it’s been sitting in my drafts box, which it turns out has a lot…