The Charming Chess Valley

We stop to tickle the horses’ noses and listen to the birdsong along the valley before cutting up to walk back through the chocolate box hamlet of Latimer and the extraordinary Boer War memorials on the green that hints of battles fought and lost in a far-off land and a horse's heart buried in Latimer.

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Mills of the Cederberg

This blog post is an unashamed excuse to celebrate one of the finest wilderness areas in the world. The Cederberg runs through my veins and I welcome any opportunity to celebrate it. Located a few hours drive north of Cape Town, it’s the place to go to really get away from it all. It's the … Continue reading Mills of the Cederberg

A road trip in the Free State and neighbouring Lesotho

This short travelogue follows the discovery of a set of images taken during a trip a relative took whilst on holiday in South Africa in 1957. His handwriting was even worse than mine, so I am unfortunately not able to identify specific locations or people. He traveled from Germany by boat, calling in at Cape Town, … Continue reading A road trip in the Free State and neighbouring Lesotho

25 years old today: what difference has the World Wide Web really made to #travel?

Today is the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, an innovation that has fundamentally changed society much as the Industrial Revolution did in the 18th century. The travel and tourism industry is one transformed - indeed is still transforming and keeping we travel and tourism professionals on our toes. No longer in control of … Continue reading 25 years old today: what difference has the World Wide Web really made to #travel?

Locals are Destinations’ Custodians

It's not just about grand vistas and easy to capture statements of beauty, it's in the detail that a landscape's story is told. Full of bold statements and a mind-boggling array of activities, I wasn't sure five night's in a resort would do the Overberg region in the Western Cape any justice. Much visited, advocated … Continue reading Locals are Destinations’ Custodians

What exactly is a Living Museum?

Historical re-enactment, tribes, tradition, culture, ethnic group or cultural show; does this reflect who the modern nation is today? An article in the online publication Tourism Update monthly magazine caught my attention yesterday; “Fresh Ideas for Selling Namibia” and being involved in outbound tourism to Southern Africa, clicked on the link to find out more. … Continue reading What exactly is a Living Museum?

A Personal Memory of Nelson Mandela on #MandelaDay

There has been a constant and insatiable newsfeed of drama, debacle and tarnished dreams, and I am at pains not to add to any of the above. In fact I have been sitting on this blog post for a while. Way back in 1992 when I was working in the marketing department at the original … Continue reading A Personal Memory of Nelson Mandela on #MandelaDay