Author: Nanje Lourens

Nanje is from Somerset West and just finished her Postgraduate Diploma in Translation at Stellenbosch University. She loves travelling, camping, reading, the Afrikaans language and singing in her car when no one can hear her. Her biggest dream is to explore the English countryside and to visit a Scottish castle. And lastly, she has a lot of time for her family, her friends and her cat.

Escape the city for less

by Nanje Lourens on 24 June 2021

How is it already June? On the one hand it feels like the first part of the year has flown by, and on the other hand it’s been a rough couple of months and we’re all in need of a breather. The summer weather made space for autumn leaves, and now the colder months of […]

Have you heard about these lesser-known attractions in SA?

by Nanje Lourens on 1 October 2020

We all know about South Africa’s most popular destinations ─ places like Table Mountain, the Kruger National Park and Durban’s beachfront ─ and these really do have much to commend them! But it’s the hidden gems and darling details of our country that makes us click our heels together and say, “There’s no place like […]

Escape the City of Gold: 12 Gauteng gems

by Nanje Lourens on 20 August 2020

Finally, some freedom! After almost five months of being cooped up in our houses, not allowed to see friends and family, the president announced that the provincial borders are now open and we’re free to explore our own country again.  But before you head to the Kruger National Park, Garden Route or uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, consider […]

Remote Hideaways on the West Coast

by Nanje Lourens on 9 July 2020

Who doesn’t want a beach house you can escape to when you need a little bit of a breather? Especially during this time, I wish my home was far from everything and everyone with the waves crashing on the beach just a few meters from my front door ─ somewhere I can walk long distances […]

KwaZulu-Natal Coast: 7 Secluded Beach Houses

by Nanje Lourens on 28 May 2020

Imagine waking up to waves crashing on the beach, rolling out of bed to get your hands on that first cup of coffee, and strolling out on the deck to be greeted by a magnificent sunrise and dolphins frolicking in the surf below ─ this is what holiday dreams are made of, isn’t it? Well, […]

10 Quirky Container Homes

by Nanje Lourens on 7 November 2019

Turning old shipping containers into luxurious living spaces is all the rage at the moment, and it’s easy to understand why. There are several advantages to using them for accommodation purposes: They are quite affordable, employ more eco-friendly building methods, are quicker to build, and, since you can connect or combine them in different ways, […]

Oudtshoorn: An Oasis in the semi-desert Karoo

by Nanje Lourens on 8 August 2019

Everytime I thought about Oudtshoorn, I immediately connected it with the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), and while this festival is still a great reason to visit the Grootvoëlparadys, there are so many reasons for you to travel here any other time of the year as well. With temperatures reaching a high of 36°C during […]

Which Holiday Destination Suits Your Personality Best?

by Nanje Lourens on 16 May 2019

There’s nothing worse than knowing you need a holiday and having enough of those precious leave days, but absolutely no idea where to go to recharge your batteries. Not to worry folks, TravelGround did some research and came up with a great quiz to help you pinpoint your ideal holiday destination. Simply answer these easy […]

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