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    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} 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} How To Go To The Kruger – A first timer’s guide

    The Kruger is one of the most special places you will ever visit in your lifetime and it is right on your doorstep. In fact, from Joburg, the closest gate, Malelane is only four and a half hours away. That may be pretty obvious to regular Kruger goers, but I do think a lot of South Africans forget just how lucky we are to have such easy access to the park, considering that thousands of tourists from around the world, spend years saving to visit the Kruger, then take the long haul flights with stop-overs and endless road trips, all just to go on a ‘safari’ and see our big…

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    {Travel} How NOT be a Butthead in the Kruger

    As promised in my last Kruger article, I wanted to write a blog post about How Not To Be A Butthead in the Kruger.   Why? Because there are a lot of regular Kruger goers, old timers and veterans, who have been going to the park for years, who respect the rules and etiquette of the Kruger and who constantly have to deal with people who show no respect to the park and animals. What we have come to realise in our time visiting is that that nobody reads or respects the rules they receive from SANPark when driving into the park. With that in mind, here are a few…

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    {Travel} Cape Town in 72 Hours

    I love Cape Town. I cannot believe the first time I actually went there EVER was only in 2016. How had I lived my entire life without knowing such a beautiful place? Both times we’ve visited, we arrived early on a Friday morning and left on Monday morning. And, both times we crammed everything we possibly could into those 72 hours. So, I thought I’d love to write about some of the things you can do over the course of 2 – 3 days in the beautiful mother city, which you can use as guide, especially if it’s your first time going. I have also included estimated costs to help…

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    {Travel} Nooitgedacht Trout Lodge – Lydenburg

    Only three hours out of Joburg and just passed Dullstroom, lies the hidden gem that is Nooitgedacht Trout Lodge. I say hidden gem because most people prefer to visit Dullstroom – its closer to Johannesburg and is quite built up with trendy restaurants, bars and fly fishing shops. While Dullies is always fun for a weekend getaway, Shaun and I both prefer more off the beaten track type places. I had actually asked Shaun’s dad for advice (being a fly fisher too) and it turned out that this place was the ultimate LOW KEY fly fishing haven. So, I booked a getaway for his 29th Birthday last year February, and…

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    {Travel} Raddison Blu Azuri – Mauritius

    Aaah Mauritius. The island of relaxation, rum, tropical warm waters, friendly people and sunny skies. For Shaun and I, all of the above was true, except for the sun. After months of planning, research and umming and ahhing, we eventually booked a holiday through Kulula, who managed our travel arrangements, booking us into The Raddison Blu Azuri, Situated on the north-east of Mauritius, in an area known as Roches Noires, the hotel is quite isolated from everything else on the island. This could either be pro or a con – depending on what you are looking for. We were looking for a place we didn’t have to leave – the…

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