Queen Mary 2 and Cape Town’s cruise liner season
Queen Mary 2 arrived in Cape Town today and departs tomorrow for a one-day stop in Port Elizabeth, before continuing to Mauritius. Read more
The most exciting place & space ever to open in Cape Town
Without any doubt, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will — in September 2017 — become the most exciting space and place to have ever opened in Cape Town. CNN reported that it will make Cape Town the contemporary art capital of the world. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u98dRjs2CHA Read more
What is your favourite Drive in SA?
Deciding on the Most Beautiful Drive in South Africa is no easy task! Clarence Drive – between Gordons Bay and Rooi Els, alongside mountains and ocean – should be on any shortlist. And so could the Long Tom Pass and Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, Magoesbaskloof in Limpopo, and… well, why don’t you let us… Read more
A breakfast ride on Boschendal Estate
When most people are stuck in their car in the traffic, or staring at their laptop screen, I went for a breakfast ride up the slopes of Drakenstein mountain on Boschendal Farm. Is there a better way to start the day? Read more
What’s in a name? Everything!
Only politicians, bureaucrats and the foolish think that when they choose a name to brand a destination, they have the makings of a successful brand. They usually choose what they regard as a “safe” name, catering for all interests, ignoring everything that is already well-established. And without the budgets of Unilever or SA Breweries, or … Read more
Could Elgin become SA’s adventure capital?
Why is Elgin so often overlooked as a destination? Revisiting Elgin after a long time with a media group really got me thinking. It’s so close to the city, especially the Helderberg suburbs; it has spectacular scenery and natural beauty; there are wine estates of renown; and there are so many vibey places to go. … Read more
Do you travel to be inspired? Or for a home-away-from-home?
So many accommodation establishments like to describe themselves as a “home away from home” in their publicity material… but is that what people travel for? Don’t people travel to experience something different? Something that is a lasting memory? To talk about and share with friends? Please tell us what you think by voting in our… Read more
A Treasure Trove!
If you’re driving on the R45 from the N1 towards Franschhoek, there’s a rather unprepossessing building alongside the Total garage before the Boschendal turnoff with some bric-a-brac outside. Stop! And explore inside. Koöperasie Stories is a treasure trove! And it’s open seven days a week. Read more
Towns & villages need help!
When I met Dupré Lombaard, a professional planner, soon after he took up his position as Stellenbosch municipality’s executive director of economic development & tourism, he started our meeting by saying how fortunate he had been at his first professional job to work with David Jack and Peter de Tolly at the City of Cape… Read more
Categorising towns will be the real tourism game-changer!
Not all towns are tourism towns and some towns will never become tourism towns. I first mentioned the need for towns to be categorised in “Tourism will never be Helen Zille’s game-changer until there are lots of changes.” In response to another article where I said Montagu is not a tourist town (because most businesses… Read more