Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Karoo – a foodie haven

It was probably the largest block of Belgian chocolate I had ever seen. The interior of the La Chocolaterie Rococo, with its chocolate treats There it was, lying on a kitchen table in the middle of the Karoo, nogal. Next to it was a pair of dainty kitten heels, made entirely out of chocolate. Chocolate pralines… Read more »

On a photographic safari

An elephant having an early morning snack. Blinkies. Bloody blinkies! Before I went on a photographic safari in the Madikwe Game Reserve, I could take pictures and blinkies didn’t exist for me. Half an hour in the bush with renowned wildlife photographer Roger de la Harpe and his author wife, Pat, and the illusion I… Read more »

Falling in love with the Karoo

Today I went up a mountain and came down in love with the Karoo. I must admit that before today I didn’t know much about the area – except, of course, that it is the site for the multimillion-rand Square Kilometre Array super-telescope project. The day started with an early-morning breakfast on a farm in… Read more »

Styling Africa

Fashion Week Africa guest Gwen Setalala shows off her simple and relaxed African-inspired cotton top   Lights, cameras … prints! That’s what stole my attention at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa, the much-anticipated fashion extravaganza that took place from 24 to 28 October at the ever-glamorous Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Guest Ridwaan Aboobakev stays on… Read more »

A game safari fit for Indiana Jones’s bucket list

The Mattanu Private Game Reserve in the Northern Cape offers a rare game experience that is definitely not for the faint-hearted – a live game-capture expedition.      Wildlife veterinarian Dr Johan Kriek during a game-capture safari at Mattanu Private Game Reserve Game capturing is an exercise that is important for wildlife conservation, and includes game relocation… Read more »

Welcome to the Diamond City – a photo essay

The capital city of the Northern Cape province, Kimberley, is also known as the ‘Diamond City’ and is most famously home to the Big Hole. Known to be the biggest man-made hole in the world, the size of 8 football fields, this famous icon never disappoints. It is both a symbol of the 1870s diamond… Read more »