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How To Cook Like A Malagasy: Mofo Ravina

In the name of seeing behind walls, of drawing closer to and finding each other, and of feeling more, as Walter Mitty creator, James Thurber described the purpose of life, we travel… But rather than merely passing through, we linger longer, and let ourselves melt into the landscape, trying to absorb all the elements of a […]

In Gastronomy, Island Escapes

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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 […]

In Gastronomy, Relais & Châteaux Africa News

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Table Mountain Is Calling and I Must Go

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir It is autumn in the city of […]

In Cape Town, City Life

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The New Elephant Experience at Camp Jabulani

We have always supported the elephant-back safaris at Camp Jabulani, because we know from our own experience how well the elephants are treated, how much a part of the family they are considered – not only Jabulani (the original, the namesake, the elder), but the whole herd. Jabulani’s ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, a herd connected not […]

In Safaris, Wild Things

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Safaris and the Things That Really Matter in Life

We have been inspired this week by a simple sentence. One shared by the Great Plains Conservation, the organisation encompassing a few of our favourite safari lodges and camps in Botswana and Kenya. The image accompanying the sentence, posted on Facebook, showed an elephant in the Selinda area, where Zarafa Camp can be found, lifting its […]

In Safaris, Wild Things

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The Sacred Heart of Madagascar

In moments like this, I can never tell whether my heart is beating faster, wilder, its doof doof doof building dizzily, or whether it has stopped. What I do know is that it is not rested in the in-between. And it is not on terra-firma, wherever it is, whatever it’s up to. Moments like this […]

In Art & Culture, Island Escapes

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For the Love of the Otter at Londolozi

Above: The fantastic view Chris had of the otter from the Granite Camp deck. This photograph was actually taken by a guest staying in the camp at the time. Otters are known for their elusive behaviour and can have you in a tizz trying to glimpse and photograph them. It can take a lifetime or one […]

In Photography, Safaris, Wild Things

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The Journey of Creation at Camp Jabulani

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience…” ~ James Beard What makes the chefs at Camp Jabulani’s dishes special is something beyond taste and presentation. It entails the journey of creation, the ingredients, the fresh produce sourced from local suppliers, and the spirit of all the hands involved. The hands of the gardeners, the […]

In Gastronomy, People of Africa

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The Fine Art of Mixing (and Drinking) Drinks

The fine art of mixing drinks harks back decades to the days of the Middle Ages, when people were fascinated by all kinds of infusions, macerations and sagacious compositions. For this is just what occurs in the art of mixology… a sort of alchemy, taking various ingredients and creating something of an elixir. It’s an art that […]

In Cape Town, City Life, Gastronomy

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Cheers to the Rose Coloured Glasses of Life

“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned We have paid tribute to the winemakers and sommeliers of Relais & Châteaux Africa before, but with World Bartender Day this February 24th, it is the barmen and women that are in the spotlight this week, and, of […]

In Gastronomy

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The Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect is a spell of inspiration as much as seduction, a Nina Simone-esuqe voodoo that comes from the most ancient of arts… the culinary arts. If ever there were a restaurant in Cape Town that made one feel as though you had not just dined, but had your whole world changed, this is it. […]

In City Life, Gastronomy

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Because Love Has Everything To Do With It

It has been said that there are two types of people in the world. Michael Jackson people and Prince people. Beatles people and Elvis people. Of course, this already makes four different kinds, but let me add two more… Valentine’s Day people and everyone else. I may have uttered a few sentiments in the past (few weeks) that would […]

In Romance

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How to Start the Day on the Zambezi

We wanted to share Royal Chundu in Zambia’s latest blog with you, featuring a colourful look at some of the breakfast dishes on the menu at River and Island Lodge. As published on the Royal Chundu blog, here is, “How to Start the Day on the Zambezi.” “Breakfast remains the cornerstone of every trip,” wrote Bill […]

In Gastronomy

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The Moonwalkers of Cape Town

In celebration of summer in Cape Town, the best season to explore the city’s outdoor life, we will be blogging about a few of our favourite things to do and see. This is perhaps the first thing you should do… the full moon hike up Lion’s Head. A mountain rises up in the heart of […]

In Cape Town, City Life, Natural Wonders

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Our Family & Other Animals | The Faces of Relais & Châteaux Africa

We have spent the last year getting to know our family better – our tribe of photographers, filmmakers, conservationists, winemakers, chefs, rangers, dreamers, influencers, trailblazers, peacemakers, bridge-builders, food-growers, light-bearers and life-lovers. The people behind the lodges and hotels of Relais & Châteaux Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. We’ve been, graciously, charmingly and courageously, invited into their […]

In People of Africa

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At One with the Wild Things of Madagascar

If it is true that fear is the opposite of love, Anjajavy is one place your heart can be sure to find itself again. There are many things that scare me – the more tangible in nature, like baboons, the big cats and black mambas, but also matters of the heart, like love, truth and trust, and […]

In Island Escapes, Photography

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What People Mean When They Say Madagascar is Beyond Words

Day one at Anjajavy le Lodge and Madagascar already has us questioning everything we ever thought we knew before. Such is the magic of island life. Anything I have ever said about Madagascar before this was just words. Before I boarded a plane and flew over her curves and glimpsed her rugged red hills separated […]

In Island Escapes

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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 […]

In Art & Culture, Relais & Châteaux Africa News

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10 Questions with Mara Plains Camp’s Henry Ramsden

I have never been to the wild spaces of Kenya, but I have seen the peace on the face of Annie-Claude, our Relais & Châteaux Africa Director after returning from her travels to this part of East Africa. I have read the words of Great Plains Conservation co-founder, Dereck Joubert, about the country, in his article, […]

In People of Africa, Safaris