Johannesburg, 2015

Joburg is a strange city. Built on rich gold fields by ruthless men who nevertheless opened up the interior for trade and development. They made obscene fortunes - generations upon generations of wealth - off their ingenuity, tenacity and cheap, unregulated labour of migrant workers whose blood and sweat turned cattle land into the richest stretch of land in Africa. It's a hard city for Capetonians to love but it has its own beauty, a thriving arts culture and some of the most important socio-political memorials in modern South African history.                     ...
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Australia 2014

My 2014 trip to Australia was the furthest East I've ever travelled. I paid a long overdue visit to friends and family who live on both sides of this enormous country, and discovered a city I could easily fall in love with #SydneyYouBeauty. I attended the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day, which was very moving and got to some famous surf spots.  ...
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Private Travel in Africa

If you’ve been on more than one long haul vacation, you know there’s travel, and then there’s Travel. That capital ‘T’ is all about smooth logistics and feeling at ease throughout your journey. It's almost always the direct effect of working with an expert who has firsthand knowledge of where you're going; someone who can place you behind the scenes and beyond brochure-ordinary for unique encounters that most travellers never even hear about. Private travel is about having hotel-standard accommodation in an independent residence, it's about private transfers, charters and guides, it's about a tailor-made holiday that's filled with moments and experiences that you'll still be talking about years later. That's my kind of travel - it's luxury that is worth every penny. For me, luxury has nothing to do with the number of stars in my hotel's rating and everything to do with how much of my vacation unfolds at my pace around my tastes and preferences versus days spent fitting...
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Top 3 Restaurants in Cape Town

Every year the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards a handful of superb eateries around the globe. The list is dominated by the biggies - Europe, North America and Australia - but every year I just about burst with pride to see restaurants located in my home city - Africa's gourmet capital - Cape Town, make it onto this prestigious list. But neither the World's 50 Best nor its off-shoot the Academy's Global List are my definitive guides to good eating in Africa. That honour belongs to good old Trip Advisor, where you'll find cumulative ratings given by real people after eating real meals. Drawn from these illustrious sources and my own adventures, here are my Top 3 Restaurants in Cape Town. 1. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is currently ranked 28th on the 50 Best list. His restaurant is a focused, industrial space in Cape Town's uber groovy Woodstock. Trip Advisor travellers said: “Art on a plate and tasted divine” and “adventurous without being over the top" and 92% recommend it....
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My Top 8 Africa Travel Trends 2015

Africa's travel industry has had a tough year. We felt the impact of Kenya's troubles with Somalia, Air Malaysia's air disasters and the violent unrest in Gaza and Ukraine, and then ebola combined with electioneering in the US to sucker-punch the safari industry. But Africa is nothing if not resilient, and travel will recover because this continent speaks to human beings on a level that nowhere else quite matches. My Top 8 Africa travel trends are based on industry predictions, market developments, and insights real travellers have shared with me. Trend #1 Breathing Space Work stress, city smog, global recession, and information overload… It’s no surprise that the number one trend for 2015 is taking time out where there is space to breathe in the quiet beauty of nature and soak up endless views in places where personal technology fades into an afterthought. My favourite destinations for a digital detox are places where the sky arches grandly over the landscape and you see no...
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