Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Royal Livingstone, full of history

Being situated on the Zambezi River, just upstream from the iconic Vic Falls, the roaring waters and rainbow infused mist of this natural phenomenon can be experienced from The Royal Livingstone.

But to get a true feel for this famous wonder of the world, there is helicopter and microlite tours, white water rafting (some of the best in the world) and even bungy jumping! Maybe when I work up my courage. But in the meantime, I opt for testing the African fusion cuisine of the hotel eight restaurants. Relaxed, casual, formal, indoor and alfresco dining…

The Royal Livingston Whatever your mood, there is an establishment and menu to suit. Next?

The idyllic river-side spa… Decor is all about colonial sophistication and sumptous luxury. My spacious en-suite room has its own private verandah overlooking the river, and with its cool white linens, elegant furniture and Victorian-style bath, I feel pampered and indulged…just the way I like it!

“Because, apart from the ambient luxury and the disappointing food, there is something really special going on here, full of history.”


My little magic place

In search of a haven of peace combining a modern comfort but hidden in the woods? Tsala Treetop should match your search criteria. Situated just outside Plettenberg bay, Tsala Treetop is undoubtedly a place where friends meet along the Garden Route.

“Tsala, means a friend in Setswana”. With its earthy forest and African inspired architecture, this place provides a visitor with an authentic, yet luxurious African experience. Dinning is an experience of both local and exotic dishes paired with the finest local wines.

Tsala Tree Top Lodge

The lodge also offers an array of activities ranging from bird-watching, boat trips at the nearby Keurbooms River and for the more adventurous, Quad biking at the neary by Tsitsikama forest. Not forgetting the little growing minds, a visit to Monkey Land and the Elephant sanctuary will act not only as an educational experience but fun activity to balance their growing brains.

Overall it’s both a family and individual retreat in the heart of the Garden Route. Last but not the least, Tsala Treetop is member of Relais & Chateaux and Hunter Hotel group of hotels.

“I love the magic of that place, that feeling to be alone in a splendid forest surrounded by monkeys, colorful birds and stars as the only lights in the night.”


Camp Jabulani, experience with the elephants

Nestled in the Kapama Game Reserve in Limpopo, Camp Jabulani welcomes discerning guests to the lap of luxury right in the middle of the African bushveld. With only 6 suites, the camp is very exclusive and caters to only 12 guests, making it the perfect romantic escape.

The suites are designed with a mix of African and more contemporary pieces, making them both elegant and welcoming. I loved the en-suite bathrooms, especially the big bath tubs which are perfect for winding down in. And if you want a little more pampering, the camp’s spa is always willing to spoil you with the latest treatments.

Camp Jabulani South Africa

The camp is named after an elephant bull, so it’s only fitting that these majestic creatures are part and parcel of the experience here.

I loved the camp’s safaris on elephant back. This really brings you closer to the animals and their beautiful surrounds.

Sheer bliss!

”Experience with the elephants: Breath Taking!”


Jacks Camp, no signs of civilization

Many places claim to be an oasis, but not many are in the true sense of the word. Nestled on the arid grasslands and desert landscapes of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi National Park in the famed Kalahari, Jacks Camp truly is.

Complete with authentic East-African design and palm trees. Originally built in the 60s, the camp hasn’t lost any of its charm and is the perfect desert safari getaway for those who love the finer things in life and love being surrounded by luxury. Quite a feat, if you ask me, for a camp in the middle of the desert.

Jacks Camp

Accommodation is stylish and comfortable with design touches to die for. The camp is a must for those who love archaeology or those, like me, who would like to learn and love being culturally enriched.

Wildlife in the area is not as sparse as one might think, as herd of zebra and antelope regularly travel through the pans searching for water – a truly magical experience you have to see!

“Sleeping alone in the Makgadikgadi Pan was a really outstanding experience. We followed the migration for two days without any visual sign of civilization beside ourselves…”


Victoria Falls Hotel, where the time has stopped

Hidden like a treasure in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park, lies “the grand old lady of the falls”, better known as the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Built in 1904, the 5-star hotel is a majestic combination of Edwardian architecture and African influences. With 161 rooms including 4 Honeymoon suites, this hotel is the perfect place for couples to escape to the African bushveld, yet do so without giving up any modern luxuries.

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Set in a beautiful lush garden, the hotel offers guest a host of facilities.

For me, a dip in the pool to escape the African heat was almost an everyday occurrence – especially after the guided game drives or walks to the game reserve 5km away.

What is my verdict? This hotel has the best of both worlds. On the one hand, you have pure luxury everyone enjoys, and on the other the wilderness you need for a safari getaway.

Feels like the time has stopped, I could spend days there under the big tree in the gardens looking at the Victoria Falls, or getting lost the hotel’s corridor witnessing the history of this place…”


Celebrate summer with superb wines

The Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival will take place in Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard, on the 8th of February. It aims to be relaxing and intimate. The theme for this year is “elegantly white”. Franschhoek’s finest wineries will be showcasing their premium summer wines.

This year, the wineries taking part are La Bri, Morena, Moreson, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Noble Hill, Bellingham, La Motte, Solms Delta, Grande Provence, Boekenhoutskloop, Haute Cabriere and Cape Chamonix. It’s the perfect festival for wines lovers to browse at their leisure, whilst sipping on these superb wines.

Tickets cost R120 per person which includes a tasting of all the wines on show. Visitors will be able to enjoy the wines, food and view from12pm to5pm. The mouth-watering food is prepared by the chefs in the Leopard’s Leap Kitchen.

Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard

An advice to make the most of this unforgettable experience: book an overnight stay in one of luxury accommodations around Franschhoek and which nestle in a picturesque environment.

The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the larger of the two main wine growing regions in South Africa. The South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 liters of wine annually.

Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. Professor Perold was the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University.

The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971 by Frans Malan from Simonsig, Spatz Sperling from Delheim and Neil Joubert from Spier is a world renowned and popular tourist destination.