Category: Travels

  • “What is your country’s purpose on the planet?”

    I attended the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg where the keynote speaker was Simon Anholt, someone I’ve wanted to meet for a long time. He’s been a policy advisor to over 40 governments, author and researcher. He specialises in national identity and reputation, public diplomacy and the public perceptions of nations, cities and regions. Simon […]

  • Ancient civilisations, myths & legends

    The N1 starts in Cape Town and ends at Musina near the SA border crossing to Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge — 1,919km later. Is that the longest road in South Africa? If it is, Akela, Kenya and I have driven it together! Whatever the distance, this feels like another country — harsh, rarely friendly and…

  • Qunu: Discovering Nelson Mandela’s roots

    It’s impossible to drive along the N2, see the road sign for Qunu, and not be inquisitive about the place where Nelson Mandela was born and grew up. It is like most of the Eastern Cape — serenely beautiful. Qunu still has the remains of the primary school where he started Grade One and at…

  • Cape Town — a child’s wonderland

    After living outside the Western Cape for nearly four years, the biggest highlight was returning there — and especially to Cape Town — after just over a year away.  What made it such a highlight was that it was all planned around giving a little girl the best holiday of her young life.  Jennezee was…

  • Best buddies

    If it’s Akela who’s best remembered during our travels, it’s Kenya the Staffie who makes the most friends.  He is getting old, white-faced and stiff, and turns 12 in February 2010.  Here Kenya’s even being necked by Bees the cat.

  • So is it tourism; where is Destination Marketing?

    I’ve learnt something interesting in Limpopo.  Most accommodation establishments in this province aren’t really part of tourism at all — in fact, about 70% of all bednights spent in the province have very little to do with tourism. I define tourists as discretionary spenders — they have a choice and decide where they want to…

  • People set it apart!

    IN A WORLD where global brands rule, there is a South African car rental company that is taking a wholly South African brand onto the world market.  And its commitment to people – which is all that really differentiates one car rental company from another – is so great, that there was an in-house joke…

  • Indaba 2009

    I haven’t been a regular visitor to Indaba for several years so this year I saw it with new eyes.  Yes, it’s grown and yes, most of the products are spell-binding.  It’s a marketers’ dream because I doubt that any other destination in the world can offer as much variety… coupled to unsurpassed professionalism in…

  • An old-fashioned (free) National Road

    MOST PEOPLE from the Western Cape probably find toll roads an anathema.  We only have two throughout the whole province — the Huguenot Tunnel and Chapman’s Peak Drive, and one can understand why both are toll roads (although one wonders how long Chapman’s Peak will remain one, given that it’s been such a disaster).  For…

  • Akela goes to Indaba!

    The fantastic people at Durban’s ICC who made arrangements for Akela to visit were all keen to meet her. These photos are the highlights of the people she met — the story on Indaba and our travels there will follow. Most ask if they can touch Akela but only women get lucky — she’s female…