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A weekend of wine on the Breede River

This year’s Wine on the River festival in Robertson was a great success, showing that wine tourism is growing as healthily as the vines and the grapes in the region.

The little village of Cape Maclear

Paddling around the tip of the peninsula between Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear at the southern tip of Lake Malawi, I had a quite strong feeling that I’d be rounding the bend to a small tourist city.  Having only been to Malawi once at a very young and innocent age, my memories were of sitting […]

Cheetah Outreach – moving into the future

The first week of June is going to be an exciting week for Cheetah Outreach. They’ll be relocating from their current site at Spier wine farm to their new home, Heartland’s Paardevlei site in Somerset West.  I caught up with Dawn Glover, Education Officer at Cheetah Outreach, to chat to her about the move. Why […]

Kingsley Holgate: an interview on World Malaria Day

If anyone had’ve told me two days ago that I would have the opportunity to meet the great Kingsley Holgate, I don’t think I would’ve believed them. Kingsley, the ‘Greybeard of African Adventure’, has been my role-model and hero since I was a little boy. With childish excitement and envy, I’ve always followed his amazing […]

From the Guide’s Seat #3: surviving the waterfall!

The eerie spray rising from the base of the waterfall rose higher than I’d seen it before, and I could smell it from our lunch spot above. Already a week into the wake of the floods caused by cyclone Dando in Mozambique, and Swaziland’s rivers were still pumping at near-flood level.

From the Guide’s Seat – Flooding Rivers and Flipping Rafts

Scenario #1: I could hear that familiar yet ominous thundering noise in the distance. It was the sound that gave me butterflies in my stomach every day, the sound that forced me out of my blissful, day-dreamy state on the calm water and into the present moment: the sound of white water approaching.

From the Guide’s Seat – Whitewater Rafting in Swaziland

I found it quite ironic that after spending two months working as a whitewater rafting guide in Swaziland, the first thing I noticed on my flight home was a little label on the seat in front of me : ‘lifejacket under your seat.’ “Um, excuse me Miss,” I signaled to the airhostess, “do you mind […]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Grammy Award nomination

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk-8E1AkeeU&feature=player_embedded South African musical mavericks and world-renowned traditional acapella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have done it again. Their latest release, “Songs From A Zulu Farm,” has been nominated for yet another Grammy Award in the category of Best World Music CD. This is their 16th Grammy Award nomination and an extra-special one in that there […]