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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve offers an excellent Big Five experience in the malaria free region of the Eastern Cape

Samara Private Game Reserve

Samara rhino and calf
Samara Private Game Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and is an excellent choice for a family safari in the Eastern Cape

Children on safari

children on safari
Children on safari need not cause you any (more) grey hairs! Safaris are an excellent way for children to learn more about the natural world around them.

Family travel South Africa

family travel south africa
Great hotels and wonderful activities all lend themselves to making South Africa a great family travel destination.

Dinner at La Colombe

Dinner at La Colombe
Dinner at La Colombe was a wonderful dining experience that speaks to more than just out sense of taste.

The Test Kitchen

Posted in Cape Town, Dining, Honeymoon, Things to do on 3 August 2017

Our visit to The Test Kitchen was amazing and I highly recommend it for any foodie visiting Cape Town.

Why winter is a great time to visit South Africa

Winter in South Africa varies depending on the province you’re traveling to. Let’s look at the main tourist hotspots and their typical winter weather.

Best family safari in South Africa

Here are a few ideas of our favourite lodges in which you can have the best family safari in South Africa!

Best African honeymoon safari

Posted in Africa, Botswana, Honeymoon, Romantic, Safari, Zambia, Zimbabwe on 20 June 2017

From lion to leopard, ant to ardvard and hyena to hippopotamus when it comes to selecting the best African honeymoon safari you’re spoilt for choice.

Victoria Falls

Posted in Zambia, Zimbabwe on 12 June 2017

Best months to visit the Victoria Falls and to swim in Devils Pool.

New African destinations

Posted in Beach, Honeymoon, Romantic on 23 February 2017

NEWS FLASH! Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana now included in our destination offerings!

Mauritius news flash

Posted in Mauritius on 7 December 2016

The Sheraton brand will make its debut in Mauritius in 2017

Fresh ideas for honeymoons

Posted in Honeymoon on 1 September 2016

From moonlit baths to gorgeous views, here are some fresh ideas for honeymoons

7 reasons to honeymoon in South Africa

South Africa has it all, from vibrant cities and sexy beaches to untamed wilderness and rural beauty. Here's why we think you should honeymoon in SA!

Top 10 South African restaurants

Posted in Dining on 23 November 2015

The list of the Top 10 South African restaurants for 2016

Romance in Mauritius

Posted in Mauritius on 17 November 2015

White sandy beaches, picture perfect sunsets, private catamaran cruises, these are just a few of our romance in Mauritius ideas!

Honeymoon trends for 2016

Posted in Honeymoon, Mauritius, Romantic, Safari, Volunteer on 11 November 2015

2016 is just around the corner and we have started to notice what is being most requested for honeymoons. Here are our honeymoon trends for 2016

The ultimate Cape Town bucket list

The ultimate Cape Town bucket list is a list of 100 things you need to do in Cape Town before you die.

10 Dreamy South African honeymoon suites

These 10 dreamy South African honeymoon suites are the bees knees!

5 of the best day spas in Cape Town

Posted in Cape Town, Honeymoon, Things to do on 8 September 2015

A honeymoon is never quite complete without a good pampering session, and with so many day spas in the Western Cape you are spoilt for choice.

Our favourite wine farms

Posted in Cape Town, Honeymoon, Return guests, Things to do, Winelands on 15 August 2015

Wine is plentiful in Cape Town and with so many farms to choose from, here are our favourites!

Mauritius activities

Posted in Families, Honeymoon, Mauritius, Things to do on 28 July 2015

Mauritius offers a wide variety of activities for those looking to do a little more than lie on the beach.

Get to know us a little better

Posted in Cape Town on 20 February 2015

We know what it's like, you're on one side of the world, we're on the other and you want to know that you are talking to a real person.


A night in Franschhoek is never enough to explore this great town

Constantia wine route

Posted in Cape Town, Honeymoon, Things to do, Winelands on 20 October 2014

The Constantia wine route just got easier to explore with City Sightseeing

Royal Palm, Mauritius, reopens

Posted in Beach, Honeymoon, Mauritius on 20 October 2014

Royal Palm in Mauritius reopens after more than four months of major renovations.

Planning a honeymoon in South Africa

Posted in Honeymoon on 23 August 2014

Let us help take the stress out of planning the ultimate honeymoon in South Africa.

Very important information for those travelling with children

Biometric visa information and children under 18 years travelling

Safari lodges with private plunge pools

Posted in Honeymoon, Safari on 15 July 2014

A plunge pool is a must on a South African safari, especially in summer. Here's a list of a few of our favourites!

Majeka House Stellenbosch

Just 5 minutes drive outside of Stellenbosch town lies the beautiful Majeka House offering guests a magnificent property from which to explore the winelands

Winter is a great time to explore the cultural and historical areas of Cape Town.

Winter is a great time to explore the cultural and historical areas of Cape Town

A beautiful country manor house

A beautiful country manor house located just outside of Stellenbosch is the perfect location from which to relax and enjoy the picturesque countryside

Multi-generational travel is on the increase

Multi-generational travel is becoming more and more popular! Isn't it time you planned a holiday with your children and grandchildren?

Emily Moon; a beautiful hideaway on the Garden Route

Emily Moon; a beautiful hideaway on the Garden Route offers tranquility, delicious food and plenty of local activities. A must do on your Garden Route tour

#TravelChatSA on Twitter! Come and learn about South Africa

A great conversation happens each week on Twitter; come be part of it and learn about this beautiful country we call home!

Valentine’s Day is drawing closer!

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day (14 February) is fast approaching; a romantic mini-break is the best way to spoil the one you love.

Cheese festival

Posted in Cape Town, Families, Return guests, Things to do, Uncategorized on 15 January 2014

If you love cheese as much as we do, why not plan a trip around the annual South African Cheese Festival held just outside Stellenbosch in April?

The Garden Route

The Garden Route has so much to offer visitors. From beautiful beaches to cheetah interactions, Meerkat adventures and more

Unusual things to do in South Africa

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 November 2013

From art tours to treetop canopy tours and everything in between; here are a few ideas of unusual things to do in South Africa

Honeymoons in South Africa

South Africa is able to offer a variety of options for a honeymoon couple.

Small boutique hotels in Cape Town

Posted in Boutique Hotels, Cape Town, Uncategorized on 21 October 2013

Here's a list of our top 10 favourite boutique hotels in Cape Town. Here we are only referring to hotels with less than 20 rooms

La Residence wins!

Posted in Boutique Hotels, Uncategorized, Winelands on 16 October 2013

La Residence in Franschhoek wins CNTraveler Readers Choice Best Hotel in the World!

2inn1 Kensington

Posted in Boutique Hotels, Cape Town, Return guests on 29 September 2013

2inn1 Kensington
2inn1 Kensington, located in Oranjezicht, Cape Town, and offers great views of both Table Mountain and Lion's Head. A fabulous small boutique hotel.

Four Rosmead

Posted in Boutique Hotels, Cape Town, Return guests on 29 September 2013

Four Rosmead
Four Rosmead's slogan is Cape Contemporary Classic! And they certainly stand true to that!

The classic Vineyard Hotel in Claremont

Posted in Cape Town, Return guests on 25 July 2013

A mystery guest experience at The Vineyard Hotel really gave us the opportunity to experience the hotel without anyone knowing who we were.

Client post – Under Milkwood

Posted in Beach, Families, Garden Route on 25 July 2013

A must for for young families. Best chalet: directly on the beach. The chalets are so simple but also gorgeous - modern, white cotton sheets

Volunteer whilst on holiday?

Posted in Eastern Cape, Families, Safari, Things to do, Volunteer on 17 July 2013

SA Volunteer Holiday
Volunteering; a great concept and it appears we are getting this request on a far more frequent basis than a couple of years ago.

Safari time at Phinda!

Posted in KwaZulu Natal, Safari on 16 July 2013

Phinda Game Reserve
A weekend at Phinda with lions, cheetahs, leopards and monkeys!

Schoone Oordt

Posted in Boutique Hotels, Families, Garden Route, Things to do on 15 July 2013

Schoone Oordt
A local gem in Swellendam that offers guests the comfort of 5 star boutique luxury along with homely hospitality

Building a website!

Posted in Uncategorized on 15 July 2013

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Wow, I never knew the intricacies of building a website when I decided it was time to launch my own.

Kleine Zalze Lodge – autumn in the Western Cape

Posted in Golf, Things to do, Winelands on 25 June 2013

Autumn in the Western Cape is a fabulous time of year!

Grand Dedale is always a grand affair!

Posted in Boutique Hotels, Things to do, Winelands on 24 June 2013

Grand Dedale
Grand Dedale, located on the Doolhof wine estate is a great country hideaway in Wellington, just 50 minutes outside of Cape Town.

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