• The Rand Club, Reinvented

    I last blogged about the Rand Club — one of the oldest, most historic, most colonial buildings in Joburg, founded by Cecil John Rhodes — more than six years ago. I just…

  • Adi Badenhorst in his winery

    Quirky Winemakers of the Swartland

    The Swartland is a rural farming region in South Africa’s Western Cape province, about an hour northwest of Cape Town. “Swartland” means “black land” in Afrikaans, referring to the endemic renosterbos plant…

  • Hermanus overlook

    36 Hours in Hermanus

    Everyone in South Africa knows Hermanus, a quaint little town about 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, as the whale-watching capital of the world. Hermanus is overtaken by tourists in whale season,…

  • Inside Mandela House, a museum on Vilakazi Street in Soweto

    A Visit to Mandela House on Vilakazi Street

    Sometimes in my quest to discover all of Joburg’s hidden places, I miss out on the un-hidden ones. Such is the case with Mandela House, the Mandela family’s former home on Vilakazi…

  • Gin cocktail from Tonic

    Five Fantastic Jozi Cocktail Bars

    There’s a cocktail revolution happening in Joburg. New cocktail bars seem to be opening on a monthly basis in this town. By “cocktail bar”, I do not mean a smokey pickup joint…

  • Cheese on display at the Cheese Gourmet in Linden

    Five Great Jozi Cheese Shops

    I love cheese. I just ate a toasted cheese sandwich like 30 seconds ago. And while Joburg is no Paris, there are a few really good spots to buy cheese in this…