Author: Herman Botha

Herman's pilosophy of life, the universe and everything, and what makes it all bearable can be summarized as follows: Coffea Arabica. Some of his other interests include: Anchen (his wife), Rasputin (his cat), Gustav Mahler (his favourite composer), Franz Kafka (his favourite writer), Breyten Breytenbach (his favourite poet) and coral reef scuba diving (his favourite pastime).

Into the Wild: 7 Kalahari Stays

by Herman Botha on 1 February 2018

Why would you want to visit a parched landscape that turns into a furnace in summer and a deep-freeze in winter? Why would a Jo’burger follow the signposts to Kuruman, Kakamas and Kathu to get to a land where water has to be squeezed from an obese carrot-like vegetable, and where the difference between life … Continue reading “Into the Wild: 7 Kalahari Stays”

Traverse the Terrific Tankwa Karoo

by Herman Botha on 21 December 2017

“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” George Eliot may never have visited the Tankwa Karoo, but when confronted with the thundering silence of … Continue reading “Traverse the Terrific Tankwa Karoo”

5 Stunning Houseboat Getaways

by Herman Botha on 2 November 2017

Do you ever dream of a luxury cruise on the Mediterranean? Or drifting away into the sunset with your partner? Maybe you’ve fantasised about starboard stargazing while the ocean gently laps the hull of your private yacht. Unfortunately, this privilege is usually reserved for those with deep pockets. Well we’ve found the next best thing! … Continue reading “5 Stunning Houseboat Getaways”

The Elgin Valley: Bees, Blossoms, and Chardonnay

by Herman Botha on 28 September 2017

Synonymous with world-class fruit produce and Appletiser, The Elgin Valley is also the lesser-known little brother of the Cape Winelands. Nestled between endless groves of apple and pear trees, only 70 km from Cape Town, it enjoys cool sea breezes from the South Coast, allowing white wine varietals to flourish. Join us as we explore … Continue reading “The Elgin Valley: Bees, Blossoms, and Chardonnay”

10 Holiday Activities for Kids in Gauteng

by Herman Botha on 6 July 2017

Looking forward to the holidays but feeling a bit worried about your energetic kids driving you up the wall? We’ve rounded up ten great spots where your kids can play to their hearts’ content while you can just sit back and watch them have fun. 1. Cradle of Humankind Take your little ones to this … Continue reading “10 Holiday Activities for Kids in Gauteng”

7 Reasons to Wine in Winter

by Herman Botha on 14 June 2017

Winter and wine is a match made in heaven, add a fireplace and the picture is complete. If you’re dead set on spending the frigid months watching series, consuming popcorn by the kilo and generally pretending to be a bear in hibernation, don’t scroll down. Enjoy your cocoon, but be warned, before you know it … Continue reading “7 Reasons to Wine in Winter”

Stargazing in Sutherland: visit the white dwarves and the red giants

by Herman Botha on 26 January 2017

So you still haven’t seen the true beauty of the African sky even though you’ve lived in South Africa all your life? Your only glimpse of the Milky Way was that time your toddler hurled his vanilla shake from Milky Lane all the way to the Nando’s counter on the other side of the food … Continue reading “Stargazing in Sutherland: visit the white dwarves and the red giants”

Summer Fun 2016

by Herman Botha on 15 December 2016

Haven’t finalized your party plans for the summer yet? Don’t fret, have a look at this quick roundup of some of the best hot spots around South Africa. Cape Town: Camps Bay Beach Fever Festival Head to Camps Bay for volleyball and touch rugby on the beach. There is a chill-zone, lots of fun en … Continue reading “Summer Fun 2016”