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I’m not quite sure what I would single out as my main reason for considering Rocherpan Nature Reserve, about 15 km north of Veldrift on South Africa’s West Coast, as one of my favourite weekend spots in the Cape. A beach that stretches out for miles certainly plays a huge role (and we all know how […]

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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve originates in, and penetrates to, the depths of my being. Under the custodianship of CapeNature, it reminds me that I travel not to escape life, but to not allow life to escape me. Roughly 30 kilometres south west of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo of South Africa, isolated between the Gouritz River and the Rooiberg, the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, the […]

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I’ve mentioned countless times that I’m smitten with South Africa’s Overberg – a region east of Cape Town on the far side of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range. Katarina Mancama and I travelled through Gansbaai last year – a prominent area in the Overberg – celebrating this desitination’s recent GOLD for Best Responsible Tourism Destination at the International Responsible Tourism Awards in London.  I finally got round to […]

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I often need to catch a flight at some ridiculous hour.  As much as I love travelling, I’m really not a fan of waking up at these hours to be in time for check in. Hotel Verde is like my saviour when it comes to this particular predicament. Every aspect of Hotel Verde is designed to be […]

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There are stories about lime green vineyards that rake the sheltered valley of Stellenbosch in October. There are stories about the Cape Fold mountain range; where to the south Stellenbosch Mountain, to the east and southeast Jonkershoek, Drakenstein, and Simonsberg Mountains keep long-awaited skinny dips in streams secret. There are stories about short sleeves and […]

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Daréll Lourens visits The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York City. It is a space alive with remembrance and renewal, respectively commemorating the six civilians killed in the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, and 2,507 civilians, 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel, who died on 11th September 2001. The visit takes […]

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I recently had the privilege of chatting to Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve, one of the most remote, ecologically responsible and cultural sensible Amazon Jungle Ecolodges in the world. Within minutes of hearing their stories I knew that a visit to this Amazon Jungle Lodge really contributes to sustainable socio – cultural communities and the protection […]

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Making your way from the N2 through rural Transkei to the coast is a bit of a mission, as the state of the roads is still rather poor. After dodging potholes and large muddy puddles for 2.5 hours, and just when I thought I was never going to get there, the landscape transformed from green […]

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Jan-2015

As I walk through the dry Mopani tribal grazing lands of the Mahumani Traditional Authority, towards the last salt water harvesting site of it’s kind in the country, I know I will be forever thankful to Steve Collins from the Africa Safari Lodge Foundation who introduced me to the wonders of Baleni. It is the […]

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Leshiba Wilderness Eco-friendly Private Game and Nature Reserve is not really easy to get too, and it certainly was not easy to leave. Driving north through Limpopo, the mountains of the Soutpansberg stand misty and impressive from the dense mopani and acacia bush below. With over 350 species of flora, the mountains, with their much higher rainfall, […]

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Better Places – A Rail Journey to the Nordic Capitals It must have been one balmy afternoon on the terrace at the Victoria Falls hotel that I discovered and immediately fell for the delights of high tea and especially crumbly-soft scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserve and lemon curd. Ever since that day I go […]

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“Welcome! Just give your car keys to Jabu, he will park the car and take care of your luggage”. These were the first words we heard as we pulled up outside Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the renowned Sabi Sands private game reserve. I had to pinch myself! Honestly, I only though this happened to […]

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