Author: Heste Nortier

Hesté is originally from Durbanville and completed her Honours in Translation this year. She enjoys writing and coaching plays when the opportunity arises. She loves cats, cooking and travelling and would do any work in the world as long as she can have a braai and glass of red wine in the evening. Christmas is her favourite time of the year and she’s definitely a winter person. Her philosophy is ‘the shinier, the better’! If you don’t see her in jeans and a t-shirt, something is wrong and you should know she’s signalling for help.

Kwa Maritane: The jewel of the Pilanesberg National Park

by Heste Nortier on 30 January 2020

South Africa is known for its vastly different landscapes and the Pilanesberg region in the North West is definitely one of the jewels in the Rainbow Nation’s crown! TravelGround exchanged Cape Town and the south-eastern wind for a wild weekend in the north, where winter was indeed not coming any time soon. At 55000 hectare, … Continue reading “Kwa Maritane: The jewel of the Pilanesberg National Park”

A Night on a Knysna Houseboat and an Adventure up The Heads

by Heste Nortier on 9 January 2020

Popeye, Jack Sparrow and Captain Kid did it, and if you dream of captaining your own boat, it’s time to book a getaway on one of the Knysna Houseboats and sail off into the sunset! We decided to test the waters ourselves and put our best steering skills to the test! The Featherbed Co. not … Continue reading “A Night on a Knysna Houseboat and an Adventure up The Heads”

Character, Cuisine and a Cat called Krismis ─ a Weekend at Moolmanshof & Stables

by Heste Nortier on 14 November 2019

As a Capetonian, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many beautiful little towns in the Overberg region, but had not paid a proper visit to Swellendam yet. As luck would have it, the Swellendam Winterschool invited TravelGround to attend some of their courses and I jumped at this opportunity to spend a weekend in Swellendam. Being … Continue reading “Character, Cuisine and a Cat called Krismis ─ a Weekend at Moolmanshof & Stables”

A Wonderful Winter Weekend in Swellendam

by Heste Nortier on 11 July 2019

As a frequent visitor to the Garden Route and a Cape Town resident, spending a night in Swellendam has never crossed my mind, especially since it’s only a mere two hour’s drive from the Mother City. By that time, I’m usually not thirsty, bored or tired yet. But this time was different. What started as … Continue reading “A Wonderful Winter Weekend in Swellendam”

Seven Fairytale Castles found on TravelGround

by Heste Nortier on 13 June 2019

Who ever said only Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty can have all the fairy-tale fun? Well, with TravelGround’s castle collection, you can have that fairy-tale experience you’ve always dreamed of! All guests can be the king (or queen) of their own castle for a few nights, be it in the Namibian desert, in the middle of … Continue reading “Seven Fairytale Castles found on TravelGround”

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