• Lifestyle,  Travel

    What to do in Clarens, Free State

    Today’s travel post is all about what to do in Clarens in the Free state. One of my favourite little towns in South Africa, Clarens is located between Bethlehem and Harrismith and is aptly titled ‘the Gem of the Free State’. Situated at the foothill of the Maloti Mountain, the location has pristine dams, rivers and streams, ideal for fly fishing which is, of course, (for Shaun and his dad) one of the major reasons we headed there… Our 4-day stay break split up into two stays –  Clarens on Collett and Sediba Lodge. Clarens on Collett Offering mountain views and crisp fresh air, Clarens on Collett has accommodation conveniently…

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    Staying at Hudson’s on 12th in Rivonia

    Established in 1995, ‘Melleneys Exclusive Guest House’ is now under new ownership and has been fully refurbished and re-launched as Hudsons on Twelfth Exclusive Guesthouse. Shaun and I were invited to spend an evening at the ‘new’ hotel – which very luckily fell over his birthday! We headed over there after work on a Friday afternoon for some R&R, as well as a specially prepared five course dinner. A little history on the hotel “Melleneys” was one of the first established Guest Houses in the Rivonia area in 1995, starting off with only four rooms and was the only premises in Johannesburg to obtain 5 stars at that time. The…

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    {Travel} Visit Cathedral Peak Hotel

    Just a four hour drive from Johannesburg, nestled in the Drakensberg mountain range, is the 4-star, family owned Cathedral Peak Hotel. The backdrop of the Cathedral Peaks and ‘bell’ blow your mind everytime you look up.     Three years ago, we stayed at a hotel in the area called Didima – which is also a great place and easier on the pocket. One night, we took the 5 minute drive to Cathedral Peak Hotel for dinner and enjoyed ourselves so much that we promised to go back. So, on my Birthday weekend, I was spoiled and we did just that – and what a beautiful place to celebrate turning the big…

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    {Travel} What to do in Cape Town for New Years 2019

    From the 27th to the 1st of December, a bunch of friends and I are going down to Cape Town for New Years and I am BEYOND excited to ring in 2019 in the Mother City! I have never experienced New Years in Cape Town before, but I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing! One of my friends is coming all the way from the UK and has been asking me on every whatsapp call what we are doing for New Years, and I really hadn’t given it much thought. Until I realised we are halfway through October. So, I started doing some research and in the process…

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    Zanzibar, Part 4: How To Go To Zanzibar & A Sneaky Proposal

    It’s my last blog post about Zanzibar, and this one’s a How to Go To Zanzibar Guide, that you can use to plan your next getaway. First things first, Zanzibar is located on the east side of Tanzania. It is an archipelago made up of many small islands and two large ones. The main island is Unguja but is more commonly referred to as ‘Zanzibar’. Mango Airlines flies to Zanzibar three times a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the flight is around three and a half hours long.   How to book When looking for accommodation, and especially if you are looking for a package deal (flight / accommodation…

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    Zanzibar Part 3: Prison Island & Stone Town

    Happy Monday and Heritage Weekend! Today I’m chatting about Prison Island and Stone Town in Zanzibar. If you have been following along, I have spoken about Spice Tours, Mnemba Island, and Safari Blue so far and I am getting to the end of this four-part blog series on Zanzibar. I am really starting to feel sad about being home for two weeks already (I know I am strange, been this way since I was a kid) and almost every night I dream about Zanzibar, which is usually a strong indication that something/someone has left its mark on me. So I really do hope to go exploring Zanzibar again soon, but…

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    {Travel} Zanzibar – Part 2: Mnemba Atoll & Safari Blue

      With The Spice Islands Tour behind us, today I want to tell you about two sea excursions in Zanzibar I think should definitely be on your bucket list. The first is Mnemba Atoll, a marine reserve near Mnemba Island. The atoll is teeming with wildlife and is considered one of the best regions for diving / snorkelling in all of Zanzibar. Mnemba is a private island, located on the Northeast coast of Zanzibar Island (where we stayed) that a really rich guy has purchased. The Island is home to the &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, and although for most travellers a stay at this hotel is not possible, the large circular reef…

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    {Travel} Part 1: Zanzibar Spice Farm

    From the moment you set foot out of the plane in Zanzibar you are warmly welcomed to the island not only from the warm tropical breezes, but from the people themselves. “JAMBO! You are welcome to our island. Hakuna Matata” That is the welcome you receive wherever you go. At first I thought the locals were just trying to relate to ‘westerners’, because they knew we really liked Disney’s ‘The Lion King’. However, I soon realised that Hakuna Matata is honestly and truly the way they go about living their lives – a mantra they embody in everything that they do. In fact, when I think back, not once did…

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    {Spa Day} Escape JHB & Visit Zau Spa

    Want to escape from grey old Jozi for a day? Then take an hours drive to the Diamond town of Cullinan and you can relax in the tranquility that is Zau Spa, set against the backdrop of the Cullinan Dam. My sister and her boyfriend were raving about this place so I decided to third wheel and gatecrashed their appointment. As we walked in to the spa we were warmly greeted by the friendly, professional staff, who seated us outside and began to wash our feet, and then hand us robes and slippers to change into. Once we were in our robes we headed to the cozy and warm dining…

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    {Travel} Sedgefield, Western Cape & where to eat?

    I am lucky enough to have spent a few weekends and holidays in Sedgefield over the last three years. This place has gone from being a town I had never heard of, to one of my favourite places to visit. Situated between Knysna and George, Sedgefield is a seaside village that is surrounded by lakes and sand dunes and covered in beautiful fynbos and other colourful plants. Everyone always raves about Cape Town, but I really think Knysna, Sedge and Wilderness are some of the most beautiful places you could ever visit in SA. The Sedgefield Lagoon from different perspectives I have had my fair share of food spotting while…

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