• Chili sauce vendor in Maputo at the Mercado Central

    15 Quirky Things to Do in Maputo

    I spent six days in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Two friends joined me for the last two days but the rest of the time I was alone. Other than booking my…

  • Alexandra Township cycling group in front of the Alexandra Heritage Centre

    Not Cycling Through Alexandra Township

    I recently found myself not cycling on a cycle ride through Alexandra Township. I was supposed to cycle, but there weren’t enough bikes and it was blazing hot and when someone suggested…

  • Loretta Chamberlain, owner of Yukon House in Bezuidenhout Valley

    Afternoon Tea in Bezuidenhout Valley

    Bezuidenhout Valley, aka Bez Valley, feels like a forgotten suburb. Once home to wealthy Johannesburg socialites, the area has declined in recent decades. Many of Bez Valley’s stately old houses have been…

  • Inside the Artivist in Braamfontein

    Artivist: Braamfontein’s Must-Visit Art Bar

    In Braamfontein there is a tiny, tree-lined street called Reserve Street. It’s more of an alley really, in a block created by Jorissen and De Korte Streets to the north/south and Melle…

  • Finishing process at the Workhorse Bronze Foundry

    Casting Bronze in the Heart of the City

    I’m stating the obvious here, but making art is hard. Writing words, shooting photographs, painting paintings, printing prints…It’s all freaking difficult. But sculpting sculptures — especially sculptures made from white-hot molten metal…

  • Joburg cycling tour with Kennedy

    Cycle Joburg With Kennedy

    Over the past couple of months I’ve participated in two Joburg tours with Kennedy Tembo of Micro-adventure Tours. Kennedy offers all kinds of innovative, outdoorsy tours in Joburg and surrounding areas —…

  • O' Peri Peri restaurant in Edenvale

    This Is the East: O’ Peri Peri of Edenvale

    Fourth in an occasional blog series called This Is the East, featuring hidden spots on Johannesburg’s East Rand. The original inspiration for my “This Is the East” series was a giant tub of peri…

  • Melville cat on the table

    2019 Update From the Melville Cat

    From the the Melville Cat: Good day, dear readers. I would like to update you on recent developments. Trixie, the Midget Fluff Ball Menace 1. The Midget Fluff Ball Menace continues to…

  • Nguni cow at Brahman Hills in KwaZulu-Natal

    A Summer Weekend at Brahman Hills

    Two weeks ago I spent a weekend at Brahman Hills, a beautiful lodge near the N3 highway in the Midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal. I stayed at Brahman Hills once before in 2016.…