Bucking the trend in Swellendam


With three hours of highway behind us (coming from Cape Town) we enter Bontebok National Park; a reserve six kilometres outside of Swellendam in the Western Cape. Already its simple charm has me winding down the window, flooding the car with the scent of fynbos.

This park is the smallest of South Africaís National Parks (SANParks), and is home to, you guessed it, a large population of bontebok and other buck. We spy some of the former in the tufted grass along the road; the white colouring on their faces bears an eerie resemblance to a tribal maskóhiding the wearer behind. Read More…



The Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel

With three hours of highway behind us (coming from Cape Town) we enter Bontebok National Park; a reserve six kilometres outside of Swellendam in the Western Cape. Already its simple charm has me winding down the window, flooding the car with the scent of fynbos.

This park is the smallest of South Africaís National Parks (SANParks), and is home to, you guessed it, a large population of bontebok and other buck. We spy some of the former in the tufted grass along the road; the white colouring on their faces bears an eerie resemblance to a tribal maskóhiding the wearer behind. Read More…



There’s no place like the Grande Roche Hotel

A stay at the Grande Roche Hotel is like suddenly finding yourself immersed in a scene from a storybook: where your every wish is granted and the setting is surreal. The historic property is in the bosom of the busy Cape Winelands town Paarl, but once youíre waved through the gates, the bustle ceases and you’re transported to a luxury country hideaway comprised of rambling gardens, charming accommodation and gastronomic adventure. Read More…