Author Archives: Catherine Sempill

Win with Lavender Manor Guest Lodge

Lavender Manor Guest LodgeLavender Manor Guest Lodge is a 4 star luxury guest house in the popular Overberg town of Hermanus. It offers sophisticated accommodation in an intimate and well-appointed space. Furthermore, the lodge is owner-run and promises attentive service and boasts not only a scenic location, but a convenient one too. (more…)

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5 South African Wine Regions You May Not Have Heard Of

Wine tasting in South Africa's alternative wine regionsBy now news has reached the outside world of South Africa’s impressive offering when it comes to wine. We really do have it all, from crisp whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to velvety reds like Merlot and Pinotage. Thinking about these wines inevitably has people imagining well-known regions like Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, however, there is a mounting accoutrement of wine regions developing all over the country. (more…)

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Creative Inspiration in South African Destinations

creative escapes in South AfricaAs human beings, we are multi-faceted creatures and as such it is not just basic needs like food and shelter which ensure a satisfying existence. Along with relationships with other humans, like friends and family, it is also important that our spiritual and creative selves are fed, so to speak, if we want to live a happy and joyful life. (more…)

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6 Must See Attractions in Namibia

Sossusvlei_Dune_NamibiaSouth Africa is a wonderful destination, diverse as they come but a mind-blowing trip to the tip of Africa can be even more jaw-dropping if you incorporate one of South Africa’s neighbouring countries into your itinerary. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are fascinating, beautiful countries which play host to their own sets of cultures and landscapes just waiting to take your breath away. Today we introduce you to Namibia…. (more…)

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Win with the Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay

Protea Hotel Saldanha BayAn hour and a half from Cape Town, up the scenic West Coast lies Saldanha, a small fishing town and natural harbour. The bay upon which the town is perched is ideal for water sports while the fresh seafood available there is something to write home about too. As you can imagine, there is plenty of demand for accommodation there, but the Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay is definitely up there among the best. (more…)

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Where Would Celebs Stay if they came to Africa?

celebrity holidaysWith money to burn and highly publicised preferences (some more than others), celebrities can afford to get exactly what they want when it comes to holiday accommodation, so what do we have to offer? Hypothesising a little about what certain celebs may want from a vacation is a fun exercise, and we’re glad to announce that we think South and Southern Africa in general have such a broad range of destinations and accommodation options that even the richest and pickiest celebs will be satisfied. (more…)

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9 Places that will make you Fall in Love with Mpumalanga

Magical MpumalangaMpumalanga‘Place where the sun rises’, as it’s translated from Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa and Ndebele – is an unbelievably diverse province in the east of South Africa. Divided along its north/south axis by the Drakensberg Escarpment, the western half is characterised by high-altitude grassland known as the Highveld, while the eastern half is low altitude bushveld known as the Lowveld. (more…)

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9 Stunning South African Golf Courses to Visit on a Golfing Holiday

South African golf holidaysIf you’re a golf enthusiast you’ll know the feeling of teeing off on a new course, of mentally calculating your next move, of the tranquillity of a manicured golf course and of enjoying a rewarding drink in a beautiful setting after a rewarding round of golf. You might not know though, that South Africa is brimming with golf courses able to offer you all of those feelings and more. Here are but a few examples… (more…)

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Win with Sleeping-OUT & Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Amakhosi Safari LodgeNestled on the banks of the winding Mkhuze River, concealed amongst the indigenous vegetation, is a modest collection of chalets which form the Amakhosi Safari Lodge. On closer inspection you will discover that these chalets are decidedly luxurious, as is the communal lodge area. In short, what you are witnessing is a spectacle which epitomises the best of both worlds – Big 5 game viewing in the African bush, and luxury accommodation boasting all the mod-cons a sophisticated traveller like yourself may need. (more…)

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A Guide to Viewing South Africa’s Wild Flowers

West Coast Wild FlowersEvery year the West Coast and Namaqualand, which are usually more or less monochrome stretches of land, burst into colour, enthralling all who come across the flower display, and indeed drawing visitors from all corners who come to admire the annual spectacle. Anyone who has witnessed the spring flowers in bloom will attest to their magnificence but may well acknowledge too that a little planning goes a long way in ensuring you actually do catch the flowers in all their glory. Here is all you need to know about seeing the flowers. (more…)

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