Category: Africa

Hideaway Among The Trees At Tsala Treetop Lodge

I was really looking forward to staying at Tsala Treetop Lodge on the Garden Route during our South African trip. The description seemed heavenly and a private little family treehouse seemed like such good fun. It would be the opposite of the rambling country farmhouse which was our previous stay. Although very nice indeed, I

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Fine Dining Where Two Oceans Meet

It’s not often that you find a gorgeous view and great food in a restaurant at a tourist destination.  We accidentally stumbled onto the gem of a restaurant that is the Two Oceans Restaurant because our fabulous tour guide made us a reservation.  Needless to say we were very appreciative! The Location The Two Oceans

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5 Things to Do With Kids in Cape Town

Cape Town is a fabulous city to visit with children. It has got great weather, cheap and easy transportation and lots of good dining options. Here are my suggestions for 5 things to do in Cape Town that both children and their parents will enjoy.  These ideas are in Cape Town itself which is a

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It’s Very Easy to Love The Big Easy

One of the best dinners we had in South Africa was at The Big Easy in the charming town of Stellenbosch.  Stellenbosch is located near Cape Town and is a famous wine-growing region. The Restaurant The restaurant is located in a gorgeous 210 year old Dutch-era house which had formerly belonged to the minister for

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Hotel Review: Schoone Oort A Country House Hotel in Swellendam

Schoone Oordt is a charming country house hotel in Swellendam, a little town off the famous Garden Route in South Africa. The hotel is centrally located in the historic centre of Swellendam. The main hotel is a beautiful converted Dutch house dating from the 18th century – hence the country house hotel in Swellendam moniker.

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Fall in Love With Jardin Majorelle

Hidden away down a side street and behind an unassuming wall in Marrakech is a peaceful garden oasis very unlike the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.  Fear not, you’ll find it though because outside the walls are the usual taxis and hawkers that mark any tourist spot in this city. Escape

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The Best Laid New Year’s Carnival Plans…

The first part of this post was written when we were South Africa and we were looking forward to the Ministrel Carnival the day after New Years Day.  The second part of this post requires an update because the Carnival did not go according to plan. Ministrel Carnival Have you heard of the Coon Carnival

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What My Kids Loved Most About South Africa

My children loved our trip to South Africa. Of course, the extra bit of summer sunshine and pool time in the middle of an English winter was a big hit. There are lots of places in the world you could get that though. What made it a cut above the rest of the winter sun

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Artisanal Beadwork from the Ndebele Tribe

I saw intricately beaded dolls in many of the arts & crafts stores in South Africa and found out that they were created by the Ndebele tribe.  The Ndebele, a small tribe in the Northeastern part of South Africa, are known for their distinctive beadwork and their colourful houses. Beadwork is used as decoration for

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