The beauty of the Klein Karoo and the Langkloof

On a journey through the Klein Karoo and the Langfloof last week I couldn’t help but be astounded by the beauty of the veld and the vistas.  A canvas of yellows, purples, pinks and white was around every corner, and then it struck me how varied the colour green is.   Light green reflecting new spring growth, the lucid green of fields of lucerne, the grey green of the olive groves.   Continue reading

Prana Lodge’s Women’s retreat 20-23 October 2011

I’ve just received a mail shot from Prana Lodge, one of the top-class ‘experiences’ on the Isiko website.  They have put together a wonderful sounding 4 day women’s wellness retreat where their mission is to create the space for participants to slow down, unwind and experience health in a new way.  Nurturing body and spirit at this beautiful luxury Lodge located on a private beach estate at Chintsa sounds like an invitation that should not be missed.  Find out more about this restorative journey being offered at Prana Lodge at

Hot off the Press – The Boeke Prize winners 2011

It’s about the time of year when ‘putting away’ some good holiday reading for those December/January days on a beautiful Eastern Cape beach or under the canopy of the great Tsitsikamma forests.  Having just read a few reviews of the two winners of the Boeke Prize, these will probably both go into my backpack for my next trip.   Deon Meyer, a home grown author with his book Thirteen Hours, was judged by the Exclusive Books Fanatics members as their winner and the 40 media Judges voted for Sarah Winman’s debut novel When God was a Rabbit.

A new initiative in Khayamandi, Stellenbosch

We are all looking for ways to spread the tourism spend into disadvantaged communities and this new initiative in Stellenbosch is really encouraging.   A group of local businessman (amongst them a leading chef) and the Barnyard Theatre Production Company have teamed up with entrepreneur Loyiso Mbambo to develop an interactive South African musical and dining experience hosted at the Amazink Theatre Restaurant in Khayamandi Township.   Continue reading

Mountain Zebra National Park re-opens a 3 Day hike option

The Eastern Cape is already well known for its Addo Elephant National Park which has one of the highest occupancy rates for a National Park in South Africa.   Now the Mountain Zebra National Park is busy putting itself on ‘the map’ again having just re-opened its 3 day guided hiking trail to groups wanting to spend some time out in the wild.   Two mountain cottages serve as overnight accommodation for 10 hikers and are equipped with solar-powered fridges, gas stoves and an outside braai area.   Continue reading

New shopping format to open in Port Elizabeth

I’ve been looking for months now for a handmade visitor’s book to give as a gift.   I am sure I would have been able to buy such a thing quite easily in Johannesburg or Cape Town at the many Markets that have opened up all round those two cities.  These have proved to be wonderful outlets for many people’s creative talents.   Now I hear that something similar is going to open soon in Port Elizabeth and I can’t wait to visit it.

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