Archive for September, 2013

Bloemfontein, the City of Roses

Bloemfontein, (which means Spring of flowers), is known as the city of roses due to the vast number of rose bushes lining the streets of the city and flooding the gardens and parks with a flourish of colour. When visiting Bloem, you will notice a warm welcoming atmosphere and a city filled with friendly people enjoying life at their own pace. This is a great place to go on holiday if you would like a relaxed getaway with plenty of things to do.

BloemfonteinEnjoy accommodation in South Africa at its best in Bloemfontein’s hotels, bed & breakfasts and self catering units. There are numerous options for overnight accommodations in Bloem for your holiday or your business trip that will suit your needs and your budget and for a day of shopping, a relaxing meal or a couple of evening drinks, the best spot is the Loch Logan Waterfront. With a buzzing atmosphere and a vast selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, you are bound to have a fabulous time. There is no better place to let off some steam and enjoy the company of your friends than in this lively spot. Continue Reading


SeweweekspoortThe Great Karoo. Just after the turnoff to Amalienstein. You will find a gravel road that takes you into the Klein Swartberg and Seweweekspoort (seven weeks pass). This is undoubtedly one of the most unspoilt and naturally beautiful areas in the country with incredible scenery, rock formations that hold one spellbound, bright blue skies and mountain streams. If you’re a landscape photographer then this natural treasure, just off the R62, offers some incredible moments.

Seweweekspoort itself is a deep cleft in the rocks that is used as a pass by travellers and has been for years. Continue Reading

Thornybush Game Lodge in the Kruger

“Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours!” goes the opening jingle of a famous Australian soap-opera that inflicted Kylie Minogue and Jason Donavan on the world. And as far as neighbours go, you can’t really go wrong with one of the world’s most famous game parks. The Thornybush Game reserve may not be as famous as its world-renowned neighbour, the Kruger National Park (KNP), but it’s every bit as special.

It consists of 10 000 hectares of Africa’s unspoilt bushveld and is Home to the “big five”, as well as a large range of other wildlife species; the game viewing here is considered to be on par with the best in the world. On top of great game viewing, the reserve is also a bird watchers heaven, with more than 280 bird species having been spotted. Continue Reading

Sandton CBD

Say Sandton CBD and your immediate picture is one of the financial hub of South Africa. The midst of Sandton is overwhelmingly dominated by stock brokers, advocates, corporate consulting companies and the JSE – if the company has a high image portfolio, then they are based in Sandton. The council has invested millions of Rand in Sandton reinforcing the infrastructure and ensuring that Sandton remains the financial powerhouse that it is.

Sandton CBDIf Sandton’s CBD were not already a draw card for business, then the added advantage of the Gautrain is a real positive. This directly links the Sandton CBD with Oliver Tambo Airport, making it that much easier for local businessmen and international visitors to effortlessly travel from the airport into Sandton. Continue Reading

Santos Express Train Lodge

Spending time on train in Mossel Bay doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? I regularly take public transport and spending time being jostled by loud and overzealous commuters is possibly the exact antithesis of relaxation.

So when it was suggested that I check out the Santos Express Train Lodge for accommodations in Garden Route, my expectations weren’t high. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised.

Santos ExpressMossel Bay is beautiful. It’s one of those places that doesn’t get much advertising, so it has remained unspoilt and untouched. A quiet seaside village where you can just sit back and relax in the sunshine, Mossel Bay turned out to be a dream come true. It seems the sun is permanently shining, the water is crystal clear and the beaches stretch for miles, golden sand glistening in the heat. Emerald and lilac in the distance are the Outeniqua Mountains, imposing and rugged. Mossel Bay is the perfect place to be on a hot summer’s day, with no worries and no fuss. Continue Reading