Category: South Africa

5 South African sundowner spots

5 South African sundowner spots

South Africa is a country famous for its dramatic landscapes, made only more exquisite during a characteristically beautiful sunset – and what better way to enjoy this than with a refreshing sundowner in hand? The notion of a sundowner, supposedly invented in the 1950s, is to enjoy a drink after completing a day’s work, usually as […]

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is […]

Top 5 safari plunge pools

Top 5 safari plunge pools

Obviously there is a lot more to a good and proper safari than whether or not your suite has a private plunge pool BUT we can’t deny that between game drives, walks or boat safaris it can be heaven to relax in your private plunge pool – often these little pieces of heaven also overlook […]

Top 5 African honeymoon destinations

Top 5 African honeymoon destinations

Whether you are looking for a honeymoon where you can witness some of the world’s most captivating wildlife encounters, spend the night under the stars or stay where the celebrities feel at home, our round up of Africa’s top honeymoon destinations  has something for everyone.  If you think of any other romantic destinations in Africa, […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

This dish is an adaption of the traditional Nicoise salad and was originally made in South Africa using the kob fish (kabeljou), a well-known saltwater fish that is readily sourced from local fishing villages. Wild sea bass would also work well as an easily sourced responsible alternative for those living in the northern hemisphere. Soft […]

The world's best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve […]

Africa's best walking safaris uncovered

Africa’s best walking safaris uncovered

Walking safaris are the best way to explore the bush – this is why they quickly become the favourite occupation of qualified safari guides, such a natural way to explore and really feel as if you are part of Africa. Head out into some of the most inaccessible places in the world, only reachable on […]

5 of the best sunsets in the world

5 of the best sunsets in the world

One of the most magical moments of any holiday is watching the sun set over stunning scenery. The sunset becomes part of the daily routine, as you sip a cold cocktail or crisp glass of wine while watching the sky become a canvas of crimson, orange and pink. Here are some of my favourite spots […]

Top 5 places to see leopard

Top 5 places to see leopard

The elusive leopard is often a target for many a game viewer when heading to Africa. Sadly we still can’t guarantee you’ll see one but if you want to give yourself the absolute best chance then these properties certainly offer that, not least because of their amazing guides and trackers who have the eyesight of […]

Today is World Rhino Day!

Today is World Rhino Day!

Did you know that today is World Rhino Day? As the survival of the rhino continues to be threatened by the scourge of poaching in South Africa, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has confirmed that one of the three female rhinos translocated from South Africa to Botswana earlier this year is pregnant and due to […]

Top 5 luxury safari spas and healing treatments

Top 5 luxury safari spas and healing treatments

The puritans out there would probably turn their nose up at a safari lodge or camp with a spa – but surely a safari is about connecting with the wilderness… really feeling it? The word spa suggests something a little more formal than what most luxury safari camps and lodges have, and as soon as […]

Top 5 safari wild swims

Top 5 safari wild swims

Wild swimming is becoming more and more popular all over the world; swimming in a natural resource is one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences, and Africa has plenty of natural resources that just beg to be explored, and of course, swam in. We have been lucky enough to visit all of these places […]

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Lorne Blythe born in Edinburgh now divides her time between Italy and Edinburgh. She is the owner of Flavours Holidays which organises getaways for people who want a cooking holiday, a painting vacation or a week practising Pilates in Italy. Flavours is a specialised niche market tour operator, and has been offering luxury holidays since […]

5 of the best luxury family holiday destinations

5 of the best luxury family holiday destinations

Planning the perfect family holiday can be difficult at the best of times; choosing where to go, where to stay, what to do, and so on and so forth. We’ve picked our top five luxury holiday destinations packed full of adventure and perfect for a family trip, guaranteed to tick all the right boxes. South […]

Top 5 city hotels with a view

Top 5 city hotels with a view

We usually think of a city hotel as just a place to rest our weary heads after we’ve been exploring the exciting streets, shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some city hotels are attractions in themselves. I’ve selected five, all very different in terms of location, style and […]

6 ultimate romantic luxury experiences

6 ultimate romantic luxury experiences

If you’re travelling with that special someone, then you deserve to stay somewhere exceptional. Whether honeymooning or a new couple, time away together provides a way to cement your relationship, pamper your partner and create memories which will last a lifetime. Romance does though mean different things to different people. Here’s my pick of the […]