• Garden Route itinerary

    Garden Route Itinerary by a local: Everything you need to know

    The garden route is one of my most favourite destinations in the world. I’m from Cape Town and grew up going on family holidays all across the Garden Route every year. Sometimes even two or three times a year. Since the garden route holds a special place in my heart and is a destination that I’ve visited too many times to count, I thought I would put together this recommended garden route itinerary. The Garden Route stretches for 300 km from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape and is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. When I was…

  • 3 Days in Lisbon

    3 Days in Lisbon: The ultimate guide

    Before our trip to Portugal I had heard only wonderful things about the capital. Bursting with culture, beautiful scenery, and a vibrant nightlife scene; Lisbon didn’t disappoint. Peter and I were lucky enough to travel around Portugal with my parents who flew out from South Africa. We spent six days in Madeira, three in Lisbon, and ended our trip off with six days in The Algarve. I thought it would be a good idea to write about our 3 days in Lisbon since it’s one of the hippest and trendiest cities in Europe at the moment. Our 3 days in Lisbon went a little something like this… We arrived off…

  • Vilanculos to Bazaruto

    Vilanculos to Bazaruto: Spending the day on Bazaruto Island

    A sanctuary for the soul – that’s the best way to describe Bazaruto island. Just think unspoiled beach, silky soft sand, large sand dunes and a bountiful of marine life; Bazaruto is a near pristine tropical paradise. It is one of the five islands found in the Bazaruto archipelago. The other four being Benguerra, Magaruque, Bangue, and Santa Carolina. At 37 km long and 7 km wide Bazaruto is the largest. Thanks to its nearby coral reefs and an array of tropical fish, Bazaruto has been rated as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world! On my recent girls trip to Vilanculos we took a day trip…

  • Kruger Park Walking Trails

    Kruger Park Walking Trails: Mathikithi trail

    The Kruger Park Walking trails are three-night guided walking tours which include a Wilderness experience like no other. From exploring areas in the park that are virtually untouched by people to learning new things, it’s one of the most surreal, intense, and special safari experiences possible. When Peter and I knew that we would be back in South Africa for a few months, we jumped at the opportunity to join the Mathikithi trail with four of our closest friends. The Kruger Park has a number of different trails to choose from, but we opted for this one since it’s close to the Satara camp. Also, we only booked a couple…

  • Vilanculos beach lodge

    Vilanculos Beach Lodge: Guide for a girls trip to remember

    Have you ever been to Mozambique? I’ve been four times now and each time I fall more and more in love with one of the most underrated countries in Africa. Mozambique is a popular destination for South Africans since the countries border each other. But to many international tourists, Mozambique is still just a place on the map. I first visited this paradise on a family trip when I was 14. We stayed in Tofo which is a coastal town in Southeastern Mozambique. We loved it so much that we went back to the same spot a few years later. Recently I got to experience a different part of Mozambique…

  • Menai Strait

    Menai Strait: Exploring North Wales with the family

    During my parents recent trip over to visit us in the UK we decided to travel up to Anglesey. My dad was born on this island off the mainland’s north west coast in Wales, where the Menai strait is well-known. He still has family there, so it was a special trip. The last time we were here was December 2007 to visit my grandmother. I was still in school at the time and, of course, it was winter; so cold, wet, and gloomy. Prior to that we spent a few months here when I was five so I didn’t remember much. But this time was different. I was older, wiser,…

  • Vilamoura things to do

    Top 5 Vilamoura things to do: Travel tips for the Algarve

    This post may contain affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. To say that the Algarve stole my heart would be a massive understatement. I’m a beach girl at heart and nothing makes me happier than sunny days, the ocean breeze and watching the sunset over the sea on another summers day at the beach. Back in July we were blessed in that we got to experience Portugal with my parents who came out from South Africa. Yes, July, I’ve had a busy few months and am only getting around to finally…

  • Lisbon – A day in Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Palace

    Have you ever visited a place that you had no expectations for and it completely blew your mind? Well I recently experienced this in Sintra while on our Portugal trip. For those of you who don’t know, Sintra is a charming little town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra mountains, near to the capital, Lisbon. It’s the most popular day trip destination for tourists who are staying in the capital city and highly recommended for those who have more than three days in Lisbon. My favourite part about Sintra you might be wondering? Well aside from the breathtaking scenery and endless amounts of Portuguese charm, it has to be the…

  • guide to Madeira

    First timers guide to Madeira: What to see and do

    This past July was our first time visiting the beautiful island of Madeira. The best part is that we got to do it with my parents who flew out from South Africa. This was our first time in Portugal, and we also made sure to visit Lisbon and the Algarve as part of our trip. But today it’s all about the magic that is Madeira. An island full of culture, amazing outdoor activities, and delectable gourmet food, here is what I consider to be the ultimate first timers guide to Madeira. About our stay in Madeira We took a direct flight from London Heathrow to Madeira Airport, full name; Cristiano…

  • Knysna Attractions

    Knysna Attractions: A dreamy destination

    Knysna is one of my favourite places in the world. The Garden route holds a special place in my heart and is a place that I will continue to visit forever. I grew up in Cape Town – well for my formative, primary school years and we used to holiday in the Garden route at least once a year. When I was 12 we moved to Pretoria but we visited Cape Town often and still took our annual Garden Route trip. We have stayed in and explored so many of the areas in this part of the country multiple times. And nothing quite lives up to the Knysna attractions. The…