• Bread from Croydon Bakery

    This Is the East: Croydon Bakery

    Welcome to an occasional blog series called “This Is the East”, featuring hidden spots on Johannesburg’s East Rand. First up: the Croydon Bakery. Some background: A few weeks ago, a nice guy named…

  • Jackal in Dinokeng

    A Quick Visit to the Dinokeng Game Reserve

    I recently went to the Dinokeng Game Reserve for a quick, one-night media visit. Dinokeng opened officially in 2011 — pieced together from a bunch of private farms — and is the…

  • Hot air ballooning at Bill Harrops

    Hot Air Ballooning Over South Africa

    I have a terrible cold, my second in a month. (How is this even possible?) The last thing I felt like doing this morning was waking up at 4:30 a.m. and driving…

  • Johanna and Sunday in their food truck

    A Tour of Johannesburg Food Trucks

    Lonely Planet recently asked me to do some research about Jozi food trucks for a book about food trucks in different cities around the world. Dream assignment! Once I started investigating the…

  • Andrew, owner of Sumting Fresh

    June Restaurant of the Month: Sumting Fresh

    I can describe Sumting Fresh in one (not so) simple word: South-African-Asian-American-fried-chicken-street-food. Sumting Fresh, on Grant Avenue in Norwood. Inside Sumting Fresh. Really though, Sumting Fresh is hard to explain. It was once…

  • Downtown Joburg from 120 End Street

    On Top of Joburg at 120 End Street

    Nothing beats watching the sunset from a Joburg rooftop. Looking down at the crazy evening traffic from the roof of 120 End Street. On Sunday evening, Mark Straw from the Joburg Photowalkers…

  • Pantsula dance group in Orange Farm

    Jaw-Dropping South African Dance in Orange Farm

    On Saturday and Sunday I participated in the 2018 #JoziWalks weekend. Sponsored by the Johannesburg Development Agency, #JoziWalks invites people/groups from all over Joburg to organize walking tours in their communities. (Read…