• Slouw coffee trailer in Potchefstroom

    Five Things to Do in Potchefstroom

    The town of Potchefstroom, 120 kilometers southwest of Joburg in North West province, has several claims to fame: Potchefstroom is a very old town by South African standards, founded in 1838 by…

  • Heather in the Swartland at Allesverloren Wine Estate

    8 Magical Moments in the Swartland

    I visited the Swartland — a wine region about an hour northwest of Cape Town — almost two months ago. My visit was mostly about wine, which I wrote about already, but…

  • Bedroom in the deluxe suite at Mhondoro Safari Lodge

    Mhondoro: Ultimate Luxury in the South African Bush

    I have safaried in every possible fashion during my years in Africa. I’ve done low-budget camping trips, high-end tented camps, mid-range SANPark self-drives, river safaris, and walking safaris. You name it, I’ve…

  • 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…