Category: South Africa

7 amazing picnic spots

7 amazing picnic spots

I’ve found that in life, efficiency and health are keys to a happy (not to mention productive) existence. This plays perfectly into my role as a cyclist and CEO. Between meetings, deadlines, training rides and other traveling obligations, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This is why I’m a huge advocate for
Photograph of the week: Startled lion in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Photograph of the week: Startled lion in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

This adult male lion was preparing for a cat nap when a safari vehicle approached in the distance, headlights beaming. The lion was momentarily startled and the spotlight made for the perfect photographic opportunity for those of us a few feet away. The photo was taken in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa –
The best places in the world for afternoon tea

The best places in the world for afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a regal and delectable way to while away the afternoon, where you will be waited on hand and foot and treated to some delicious cuisine. Once reserved for society’s elite, afternoon tea is now a treat to be enjoyed by all. Although synonymous with England, afternoon tea is a concept now adopted
5 artistic stays in Cape Town – World Design Capital 2014

5 artistic stays in Cape Town – World Design Capital 2014

As World Design Capital 2014, Cape Town is a destination highlight for art- and design-lovers around the world. Throughout the year, Cape Town will be showcasing a programme of over 450 projects to delight every sense and artistic taste. If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town in 2014, we recommend staying at one of
The 10 most exotic scuba diving destinations in the world

The 10 most exotic scuba diving destinations in the world

There’s nothing quite like the scuba dive – you glide downward into what just might as well be another world, and in many ways is. You see things that are impossible anywhere else. It’s a passion that has to be lived to be fully understood. Here’s a look at 10 of the top places in
Top 3 golf holiday destinations for 2014

Top 3 golf holiday destinations for 2014

Golf holidays are becoming ever more popular and 2014 is no exception with many new destinations emerging as ‘the next big golf destination’. Each year, a staggering 3 million golfers pack up their golf clubs and head for warmers climate, sweeping golf courses with ocean views and luxurious accommodation, and it’s easy to see why.
Top 5 night safaris in Africa

Top 5 night safaris in Africa

Night drives and safaris are always a hot topic for conservationists, some people believe that it’s best to leave the wildlife alone at night – but we believe that a good guide will not harass wildlife but follow from a distance, observing but not interfering or disturbing. Of course Africa comes alive at night –
Top 5 boutique hotels in Johannesburg

Top 5 boutique hotels in Johannesburg

Affectionately known as Egoli, the “City of Gold”, Johannesburg dazzles with as much glitz as down to earth charm. To experience the opulence of Africa’s wealthiest city while appreciating the warmth of South African hospitality, we recommend staying at one of Johannesburg’s finest boutique hotels. Unlike grand hotels, boutique hotels have between 10 and 100
The ultimate bucket list - part 1

The ultimate bucket list - part 1

No matter how long or short they may be, everyone has a list of things they want to see or do before they die. From skydiving to travelling around the world in a caravan, there are endless goals to achieve before kicking the bucket. To help get you started, we’re compiling the ultimate bucket list.
Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Alison Scott joined Simpson Travel as the Commercial Director in June this year. However she is more than familiar with the Simpson Travel group having worked in Product and Operations for Simply Travel (a very successful tour operation run and owned by Graham Simpson for over 20 years and sold in the late 1990s) for over
Luxury South Africa safaris are storming ahead

Luxury South Africa safaris are storming ahead

South Africa safaris have long been known as some of the most luxurious in the world – the lodges are chic, modern and glamorous. The safaris aren’t quite as wild as those in East Africa and Botswana but thanks to the rand gbp exchange rate they are now not only half the price of safaris
Lion flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo!

Lion flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo!

The outlook did not look good for one young buffalo when it was recently brought to a halt by two lions in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Incredibly, though, an adult buffalo came to the rescue, flipping one lion five metres into the air. See the dramatic
5 of the best luxury bush lodges in South Africa to get away from it all

5 of the best luxury bush lodges in South Africa to get away from it all

When we say we want to “get away from it all”, what we really mean is that we want the romance and sanctuary of dwelling in nature while still having “it all”. We want the comfortable bed and plush down duvet; we love the luxury of cocktails on the balcony and having someone else do
Top 7 most unusual treks across Africa

Top 7 most unusual treks across Africa

Whether you’ve visited this great continent before, or are thinking of heading there for the first time, the vastness and variety of Africa has something for everyone. Its many mountain ranges, villages and national parks offer enough trekking experiences to last a lifetime. Here is a selection of the most unique. Otter Trail, South Africa
The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city
The top 10 spa hotels in the world

The top 10 spa hotels in the world

A stay at a spa hotel can bring a transformation. Everyday stress melts away in the lap of impeccable luxury and service. Add in the excitement of an interesting destination and the combination becomes too hard to resist. Here’s a look at 10 of the world’s top spa hotels that considers exotic location as well.