The Encounters Documentary Film Festival is Africa’s premier documentary festival. In 2013, it will have been bringing South African and international documentaries to the attention of African audiences for 15 years.
The Encounters films traditionally incorporate a variety of feature-length and short films, all with one common thread. They tackle contemporary issues and show us parts of life and the world we might not otherwise be exposed to. As the 2013 festival director Lesedi Oluko Moche puts it, “Documentaries broaden our experience of the world, showing us places few of us would otherwise see.” Continue reading
In case you had forgotten when the winter school holidays are this year, they fall between the 21 June and 15 July 2013. Here are some ideas for fun, family friendly holidays this winter so you and your family get a break from the hum drum of everyday life. Continue reading
Whether you are visiting South Africa or have lived here all your life, there are certain experiences that need to be had in order to appreciate the full flavour of South Africa-ness. Not only is this country jaw-droppingly beautiful, but it has rich contemporary and historical cultural diversity (it’s not just something they say in the tourist brochures, promise!). If you want a taste of the real South Africa, act on these travel ideas ASAP! Continue reading
With the end of May hurtling towards us, it might be time to start discussing the South African whale watching season. Through-out the year whale watching in South Africa will lead to sightings of species like Bryde’s, Humpback and Orca whales but the jewel in South Africa’s marine crown is, without a doubt, the endangered Southern right whale. Continue reading
‘Just where are we headed to now? You do know that we passed the turn-off a good couple of kilometres back?’ These are the words that are inevitably spoken en route to Darling when I’m the designated driver. And they’re usually uttered a few kilometres outside of Malmesbury. It seems that despite (or perhaps because of?) always getting lost on this particular route, it is a firm favourite of mine. Continue reading
So, looks like mother’s day has come and gone but father’s day is going to sneak up on us before we know it. This year father’s day falls on Sunday the 16 June (banish those ‘when is father’s day?’ questions!), giving, you a month to organise something epic for dad. Here are some ideas for Father’s Day breaks; three themed weekends away to make your dad feel really extra special this father’s day. Continue reading
Africa Day is upon us and yet many don’t even know it exists. Here is a run down followed by some ways to celebrate.
The Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union or simply the AU) came into existence on the 25th of May 1963, and while this date is still celebrated, Africa Day has come to mean so much more. Continue reading
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Dargle Valley © Stephanie Traynor
Sitting out on the covered veranda, the clinking of tea cups was intermittently drowned out by loud, crashing thunder and our attention was distracted from the fresh chocolate cake by luminous bolts of lightning striking the lawn not too far away. The dogs were in a trance, yapping excitedly from their wicker baskets and the chickens were huddled quietly in their hutch, no doubt eyes wide with uncomprehending terror. Within an hour it was all over. The fog rose, exposing the rolling hills again and life in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands was restored to its peaceful bucolic state
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When is Mothers Day in South Africa you ask? Mothers’ Day is coming up on 12 May (that’s this Sunday!) and some people have still not given it a thought. If you are in need of last minute mothers day ideas, peruse this list to see if an appropriate idea for celebrating your mom catches your attention. Continue reading