NEWS

Recycling is important to South Africans

Filed in News by on October 8, 2021
Recycling is important to South Africans

Recycling is important, and South Africans have long become familiar with the call to recycle their waste. This has become ever more apparent as people worked from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the waste that was normally generated in the office parks and business operations is now being generated and piling up at home. As […]

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Spier Wine Farm now has a thriving food garden

Filed in News by on October 6, 2021
Spier Wine Farm now has a thriving food garden

Over the last 18 months, an old horse paddock at Spier Wine Farm has been transformed into a thriving food garden. The roughly one-hectare garden’s bounty includes fruits, herbs, salad greens and vegetables — all cultivated using eco-friendly and regenerative techniques. After months of toiling behind the scenes, Megan McCarthy and her team are excited […]

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Tintswalo receives Condé Nast Award

Filed in News by on October 2, 2021
Tintswalo receives Condé Nast Award

Two of Tintswalo’s properties received the nod in the recently announced 2021 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Tintswalo Safari Lodge is retaining its spot as one of the Top 20 Resorts in South Africa, while Tintswalo Atlantic was included in the Top 30 Hotels in Southern Africa list for the first time. Earlier this year, Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic also received international recognition […]

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DESTINATION SOUTH AFRICA

Rebuilding Mount Savannah

Filed in Destination South Africa, Gauteng, People by on January 3, 2022
Rebuilding Mount Savannah

DREAM DIARIES CHAPTER THREE – A story of leadership, community, and resilience by Chelsey Hale Situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Mount Savannah Game Reserve is the ideal base from which to discover the birthplace of humanity. Brimming with a bounty of wildlife, this simple yet soul-filling retreat ticks all the right […]

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Come Alive at Stonehill River Lodge

Filed in Destination South Africa, Western Cape by on December 10, 2021
Come Alive at Stonehill River Lodge

DREAM DIARIES CHAPTER TWO: By Chelsey Hale Stonehill River Lodge has long-held its quiet corner along the Breede River in the Western Cape. Settled close to the town of Swellendam, this is just the place to go should you want to escape the world for a while. Just picture it: jaw-dropping mountain views, gardens brimming […]

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Groot Constantia, a sense of place

Groot Constantia, a sense of place

Wine aficionados talk of terroir, a French term that simply means ‘a sense of place’. I am on the other end of a Zoom meeting with Floricius Beukes, the Viticulturist of Groot Constantia, to discover Groot Constantia’s ‘sense of place’ but in my mind, I find myself walking through vineyards, beneath ancient oak trees and […]

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DESTINATION AFRICA

Azura Benguerra and its commitment to local

Azura Benguerra and its commitment to local

There’s nothing quite as special as a relaxing island holiday… soft sandy beaches, warm ocean, adventurous activities, and plenty of down time. But the thing that makes all this all the more memorable are the wonderful people that make it happen – and the communities that live there. I was at the barefoot luxury Azura […]

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Coping with Covid-19 tests and regional border crossings

Filed in Destination Africa, Health by on July 7, 2021
Coping with Covid-19 tests and regional border crossings

So you’re keen to travel, but not sure if now is the right time (lockdowns withstanding). What about the logistics of border crossings? And what about all the Covid-19 tests that will be required? And, is it safe to even travel? So many questions… A group of 10 media from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and […]

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Celebrating Africa Day 2021

Filed in Destination Africa, Interviews, News by on May 25, 2021
Celebrating Africa Day 2021

Whilst Africa Day is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU) from its creation on May 25, 1963 (from the fight against colonialism and apartheid, to the progress and many challenges that the continent faces), we choose to focus on the potential for growth, the […]

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DESTINATION WORLD

Elephant Hills Thailand

Elephant Hills Thailand

I was lucky enough to win a holiday to Elephant Hills, Thailand’s first Luxury Tented Jungle Camp – which comprises of two camps, the Elephant Camp, and the floating Rainforest Camp, both situated in the Khao Sok National Park in the Surat Thani province. We opted for the four-days and three-nights Rainforest Nature Safari at […]

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

Dubai has come of age in the area of conservation. In a destination known for its mega-projects, a less well-known local fact is that the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve forms 5% of the emirate of Dubai. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is the UAE’s first national park. Carefully planned rehabilitation over the years has […]

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Zeavola Resort – sustainable barefoot luxury

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Thailand by on October 3, 2020
Zeavola Resort – sustainable barefoot luxury

Despite the rough sea and potential rain, the transfer on Zeavola Resort’s private speed boat from Phuket to Phi Phi Island was a breeze – thanks to our skilled skipper. But regardless of the conditions, I think with my level of excitement to finally be visiting one of Thailand’s best barefoot luxury sustainable resorts, I […]

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CONSERVATION

Leaping back into the wild

Filed in Conservation by on October 11, 2021
Leaping back into the wild

DREAM DIARIES – CHAPTER ONE: Leaping back into the wild: Finfoot Lake Reserve welcomes first leopard – The team at Finfoot Lake Reserve recently celebrated the arrival of their newest celebrity: a leopard rescued from an illegal gin trap near the Botswanan border. Located within the Elands River Reserve in the North West Province, the […]

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Tango K9 helping to protect endangered species…

Filed in Conservation by on May 12, 2021
Tango K9 helping to protect endangered species…

They’re fast, protective and have one heck of a sense of smell. They love rewards and tickles behind the ears, and belly rubs too, I’m sure. But would I want to be on the receiving end of one of these beauties? Absolutely not. And that’s why the anti-poaching professionals of Tango K9 are such a […]

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Cheetah conservation at Mount Camdeboo

Filed in Conservation by on May 12, 2021
Cheetah conservation at Mount Camdeboo

MEDIA RELEASE – Mount Camdeboo, the private game reserve in South Africa’s vast and spectacular Great Karoo region owned by the Buchanan family, has recorded not one but two wins in the race to save wild cheetah from extinction. Both success stories involve animals born in captivity – including two brothers hand-reared in Britain – […]

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