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The Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale

The Klein Karoo and R62 can be summed up with a string of Q words, quaint, quirky and quiet being a few. At dusk Barrydale glows with an ethereal light at the foot of the Langeberg mountains. The Barrydale Karoo Art Hotel embraced us with an abundance of tasteful quirky on arrival . Art abounds from innumerable paintings on the walls to ... Read More »

Discovering the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

After mooching around the house in a brain melting heatwave, discovering Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden was a real winner.  Botanical Gardens have timeless appeal to us (we married at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Jo’burg) and our favourite places to eat or drink are those with outdoor seating. Despite visiting the Western Cape annually for about 10 years, this was a special ... Read More »

A fairytale stay at the Arts Centre’s tower in Nieu Bethesda

Some things cannot fail to enchant the inner child.  Sleeping in a tower ranks way up there.  Staying in the tower at the Nieu Bethesda Arts Centre was magical.  We shuffled in, wet clothing clinging to us during a rare Karoo downpour. The lovely lady who greeted us, brought towels and led us into the adjoining priory lounge for a ... Read More »

Villiera wines in Stellenbosch

I haven’t bothered to write about the last few wine estates which we have visited.  They have been quite forgettable.  Vines in abundance, check.  Lovely old buildings, check.  Nice wine, check, and so on.  Nothing has stood out enough to be remarkable.  Just when I was beginning to feel that wine tasting is all “been there, done that”, we discovered ... Read More »

Light and shadow at The Owl House – Nieu Bethesda

Our daughter Acacia (5) called The Owl House in Nieu Bethesda “The God place”.  True art is spiritual, a link between mankind and infinity.  It is a bridge between flesh and blood and that part of us which reaches for more, even when ‘more’ cannot be named and pinned down. Helen Martins was a troubled soul, there is a tangible ... Read More »

Lupela Lodge outside Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape

Heading for our self catering accommodation at Lupela Lodge, we passed the nearby town Lady Grey. The clouds had dressed her, to fit her name. Like the original Lady Grey, the clouds were fickle and untrue, yielding nothing to the drought stricken earth. Despite the dun shades of drought, the lodge is a haven of peace and tranquillity. After the ... Read More »

Kosi Bay lodge, sunset cruise – precious time in another world

  Growing up, family holidays centred around water.  From Dad’s boat Maciya, we explored and fished.  Fluid memories ripple out from a place where reflections echoed to infinity. On present day family holidays, we do not own a boat but now and then, find ways to take to the water.  During our stay at Kosi Bay, we answered the call ... Read More »

Walking on the wild side at Kosi Bay – KZN parks cabin

A stones throw from the Mocambique border, the Kosi Bay area has an air of remote adventure.  A sliver of South Africa with the air of an unspoilt island.  Four lakes joined by channels culminate at Kosi mouth, where the first lake meets with the ocean.  The KZN parks lodges and camp sites are at the third lake. I imagine ... Read More »