Alternative hidden experiences in the Capes, South Africa

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Lake Panic at Kruger National Park

Lake Panic at Kruger National Park  |  Kruger Park, South Africa  |  One of the treasures of coming to Africa, is to be able to observe and enjoy animals in the wild, on their own habitat where there is almost to no interaction with human beings. Lake Panic is one of the spots in Kruger Park do so. Lake Panic is an earthen dam on the Mafunyana Creek. Continue reading Lake Panic at Kruger National Park

Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel

Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel  |  Franschhoek, South Africa  |  Exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, only over and hour away from Cape Town and minutes away from Stellenbosch. The perfect hotel to experience South Africa’s most renown and fine wine region. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful views, it is a fairytale-like haven of tranquility. Continue reading Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel

Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town

Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town  |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  One of the most stunning and beautiful marine drives, along the coast of the Western Cape on the Atlantic Ocean, from Noordhoek to Hout Bay. Among top in the list of MUST DO while visiting Cape Town. During our drive back to Cape Town, after a full day tour of the Western Cape, including Cape of Good Hope, our driver took us through Chapman’s Peak Drive, promising one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. And he was absolutely right. Continue reading Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town

Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town

Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town  |  Cape Town, South Africa |  A trade mark of Cape Town, Set in a lush garden estate in the heart of this fantastic destination , the Mount Nelson Hotelencapsulates the true spirit of Orient-Express. From the moment you pass through their grand entrance, to the welcome drink at their lobby and the walk to your room or cottage in my case, you get to experience luxury and guest service at its premium class without excesses. Situated close by Table Mountain and Cape Town’s spectacular beaches, it offers easy access to all that’s happening in this vibrant city, while its gardens and spa are an oasis of calm. Continue reading Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town

MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel Cape Town

MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel Cape Town  |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  My last three fabulous days I spent in Cape Town where at this small charming and lovely fine boutique hotel by the name of MannaBay. At the foot of the Table Mountain is Cape Town’s latest and most elegant boutique guesthouse, right in the heart of the city, MannaBay has just seven uniquely designed suites that set the bar for contemporary luxury. If you are looking for luxury, personalized professional service, attention to detail and great breakfast or high tea, do not look anymore. Continue reading MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel Cape Town

The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill

The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill  |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  Do you want to see and mingle with lots of locals, while enjoying great food from the farms around Cape Town? Are you into organic food and farms at all? The you must take your Saturday morning off and come to The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill. A must are the thin crust pizzas, the paella and my favorite the Cider. If you have a palate for innovative products, then the Mill Market is just for you. Continue reading The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill

Bascule Bar at Cape Grace Hotel

Bascule Bar at Cape Grace Hotel  |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  If you are looking for a HOT Social Spot in Cape Town, with beautiful views to Table Mountain, Lion Head and the V&A Waterfront Marina, the come to the Cape Grace Hotel and pop up at their famous Bascule Bar. This Cape Town whisky and wine bar looks over the calm water of a private V&A Waterfront marina. Full of gleaming yachts, it sets the scene for a relaxed gathering of Cape Town locals and international guests. Gay or Straight ? nobody cares, they are all there for fun, great drinks and to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Continue reading Bascule Bar at Cape Grace Hotel

Great White Shark Cage Diving in Hermanus

Great White Shark Cage Diving in Hermanus  |  Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa  |  So yes, today after over 20 years of dreaming about it and many Jaws movies in between, enough to scare the hell out of me, I did my own private Great White Shark Diving experience… yes of course in a cage.  Hermanus is located in the Western Cape region, only two hours drive from Cape Town. Consider to be the Whales Capital of South Africa, is also worldwide renown for being one of the few international spots for Great White Shark Diving. Continue reading Great White Shark Cage Diving in Hermanus

World Rhino Day to Stop the Poaching


World Rhino Day to Stop the Poaching
 |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  Good Morning everyone. If there is a word, I have learned and heard over and over, during my trip to Africa, unfortunately it is POACHING. That bloody word, signature of sophisticated, ruthless and heavily-armed international criminal gangs who run the illegal horn trade that is slaughtering Rhinos to extinction. 22 September 2011 is World Rhino Day. Rhino Africa Safaris along with friends from Getaway Magazine, Wildlife ACT, Africa@Heart, Green Renaissance and Aquila Private Game Reserve are calling on all concerned citizens to come down to Parliament in Cape Town and gather in front of the Louis Botha monument between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Thursday 22 September. Support the campaign by wearing red.  And I will be there to support their cause. Stop the Rhino Poaching damn it. Continue reading World Rhino Day to Stop the Poaching