The Art of the Heart-to-Heart in the Winelands

conversation noun, a talk between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged. synonyms: discussion, talk, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, powwow, chit-chat, chinwag, natter. Walking along a mountain path with Autumn’s colours spanning out from our feet and across the vines, we find ourselves falling into conversation with the people at our […]

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Delair Graff
Romancing the Stone

  You haven’t finished exploring the Cape Winelands until you’ve turned up the winding driveway to Delaire Graff Estate. Travellers visit for the cuisine and wine, the vineyards and views over the Stellenbosch Valley, and the lodges and spa. But there’s another side to the Estate’s allure. Before he started Delaire Graff Estate, owner Laurence Graff founded Graff Diamonds […]

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer – We Are Africa 2016

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” the pillar of the Great Plains Conservation stand at this year’s We Are Africa event reads. Dereck and Beverly Joubert, founders of the organisation, stand close by, dreamers themselves, but also vital agents of change. We Are Africa attracts both dreamweavers and doers. That’s what makes it so special. “The […]

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The Year of Mrs M

Is it safe to say that many of us have role models of some kind in our lives? A person, or people, who have influenced our lives, whether consciously on their part (and ours) or not. People who’s lives have inspired us, helped guide us. We can never truly know what others experience, but it is obvious […]

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The Never-Ending ‘Route Des Sens’ That is Africa

A few of our favourite people joined us for an intimate celebration at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Sandton, Johannesburg last week… It was a Spring evening intended to inspire the senses, a sensorial journey no different to a longer ‘Route du Bonheur’ (‘Road of Happiness’) through Africa. Friends and members of our greater Relais & Châteaux family in Africa were wooed […]

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Ellerman House
The Secret Garden of Ellerman House

As an outsider looking in, it’s a simple thing you see. A garden. But for the insider, it’s not simple at all. They see purpose in every corner, life in every dab of shade. It is the library lonely children retreat to, the playground for overactive imaginations, the church to marvel in, the remote island to find quiet in the storm.

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We Are Not One Story. We Are Africa.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James A. Michener Imagine the world as one film. In my imagining, Woody Allen is directing. Perhaps your version is more Spielberg or Coppola, but for most of us, Africa’s role in this film […]

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