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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Bushmans Kloof Part 1

A group of travellers head into a wilderness at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. 270 km from Cape Town, from home, they are on a road trip from coast (Ellerman House), to vineyard (Delaire Graff Estate), to mountain (Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat), to secret garden (The Cellars-Hohenort) and have just reached their third destination. […]

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Woman in the Garden | The Cellars-Hohenort

Woman in the Garden, by Claude Monet, 1867  Before we let you into the life of the co-creator of one of the most beautiful gardens in South Africa – those of The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town, we’ll try to paint a picture of her for you… Imagine one particular picture, the impressionist painting by Monet featured above, and you’ll see, […]

In Natural Wonders, People of Africa

Royal Chundu
The Making of an Explorer on the Zambezi

Travel necessitates a surrendering of control. Of routine, the familiar, the habits that we create for comfort and convenience and that inevitably close us off from new things – new people, places, customs, foods. The habits that cut us off from the flow. When we travel, we return to the flow. Just as everyone needs solitude – […]

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Bees in Africa
The Unexpected Brilliance of Bees on Safari

Bees aren’t the usual reason we go on safari. (They only give us the gift of life, but anyway…) Bee eaters, perhaps, for the birders among us. But mostly, it’s the big cats and the Big 5 and other less dainty wild things that call us, excite us. ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya will make you think completely differently […]

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20 Sud Hotel
In the Company of Amazonicas and Aldabras

“The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens… Mostly, I really just enjoy saying it, even when I’m far from its stubby bottles […]

In Island Escapes, Natural Wonders

Monkeylandia
The World’s First Free-Roaming Multi-Species Primate Sanctuary

On a recent stay at The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, we were enticed by something called “the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary”. All the monkeys of the world, well, many of them, in one place. This is Monkeyland. A sanctuary in the truest sense. His name was Hamidi. I had never met anyone like him before. […]

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Bushmanskloof Little Wisdoms
The Little Wisdoms of Bushmans Kloof

Man has long gone to the mountains for solace and inspiration. John Muir was a great advocate of this. “I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news,” […]

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