NATURE LOVING AT BUSHMANS KLOOF I HAVE seen some spectacular sunsets during the 16,237 days spent on the planet so far but none compare to tonight’s presentation. I’m standing in the manicured gardens at Bushmans Kloof, the elegant outpost in South Africa’s wild Cederberg Mountains a three-hour drive from Cape Town, and the windswept sky isContinue reading “VISIT – BUSHMANS KLOOF”


Four new Anantara addresses opening in 2020 and Mark Thomson, Minor Hotel’s Director of PR & Communications, couldn’t be more excited about the increasing inventory HOT HOTELS AND HOLIDAYS ASKING Minor Hotels’ head honcho Mark Thomson to name his favourite hotel is like asking a parent with a big family to nominate their most cherishedContinue reading “NEWS – ANANTARA”


99 per cent of Egypt’s population utilises only 5 per cent of the total land area but nearly 100 per cent of its aquatic resources as a result of the predominantly barren ecosystem.  Egyptian Tourism Authority website ANSWERS ON EGYPT EGYPT has been tempting travellers since Georgian times when Brits of sufficient means visited on extendedContinue reading “VISIT – EGYPT”


SABI SABI SAFARI HEAVYNESS giggles mischievously when I ask him the story behind his first name. The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve tracker holds his hands in front of his chest and slumps, pretending to be carrying something substantial, and tells me his mother settled on the name when she held him for the firstContinue reading “VISIT – SABI SANDS”

South African sunset …

THE view from a window in my comfy picture-perfect cottage at Bushmans Kloof reveals that after a red-sky at night it was a red sky this morning. The days start early here with guests waking up at dawn to join a drive into the heart of the Cederberg Mountains, surrounding the isolated lodge, to enjoyContinue reading “South African sunset …”

The light of day …

THERE’S a beautiful light that seems to settle on northern Africa in the late afternoon. It’s soft and vaguely opaque, with a delicate pearl tone, like sand from the desert dunes is swirling in the air and catching the late afternoon sunbeams as they struggle to reach the ground. With this magical light comes aContinue reading “The light of day …”

New tracks in 2016 …

AUSSIE travellers are always enthusiastic about going off the beaten track but a lack of transport, absence of accommodation, or scant supply of tours often make it hard to plan a holiday. However, new air routes, hotels, ferry services and guided tours mean some quiet corners of the planet – as far-flung as the ArcticContinue reading “New tracks in 2016 …”

Hotels fit for royalty …

THE Empire Hotel in Brunei isn’t the only hotel boasting a link to royalty – the destination’s most luxurious place to stay is funded by a senior member of the country’s ruling royal family – with inns from the African jungle to the Arctic Circle offering an experience good enough for the most important ofContinue reading “Hotels fit for royalty …”