Kate Els

  • South Africa’s Best Beer, Wine & Whisky Festivals

    whisky festivals By Kate Els, 7:00 am

    While you may not travel all the way to South Africa just to attend one of these festivals, any of them would be a great add-on to a trip. After all, who would turn down a chance to imbibe in a little tipple while soaking up some authentic South African culture? This selection of booze-based festivals are mostly located in the Western Cape and its Winelands. However, don’t discount the Johannesburg-based festivals or even the one in rural Clarens — it’s totally worth the drive!

  • Safari At Sayari: Seclusion And Style In The Northern Serengeti

    safari at sayari By Kate Els, 11:06 am

    A stay at Sayari Camp is luxurious and exclusive. The camp is Asilia Africa’s flagship lodge and offers a contemporary twist amongst the typically colonial-style lodges scattered across Tanzania and Kenya. I would imagine that the definition of ‘glamping’ or ‘glamorous camping’ was born here. Set atop wooden decks, the hillside suites offer uninterrupted views over the Serengeti facing into Tanzania’s famous national park. The privacy is astounding, with barely a whisper heard from other guests when you’re cozied in your suite.

  • Haut Espoir Estate: Great Wine, And A Win For Nature

    haut espoir estate By Kate Els, 7:00 pm

    Haut Espoir Estate is not as old as some of its counterparts in the surrounding valley of Franschhoek; in fact it was only established in 1999. The wines produced here are special, and not just because of their established quality, but also because they are produced in a way that is both respectful and conscious of the surrounding indigenous flora of the area.

  • Fit For A King: Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn

    Rosenhof Country House By Kate Els, 7:00 am

    Rosenhof, a family homestead built circa 1852, lies on the edge of the small tourist town of Oudtshoorn. Other than a very popular annual arts festival, the town is dominated by the ostrich-farming industry. Travellers normally pass through onwards to the Garden Route or back towards Cape Town, and stay for just a few nights. Don’t let my description mislead you however, as Oudtshoorn is an idyllic getaway and my stay at Rosenhof was absolutely lux.

  • Wine, Wind And Water: Cruising The Cape Town Coast

    By Kate Els, 7:06 am

    The natural mouth of Cape Town’s harbour opens onto the Atlantic Ocean, and sunset champagne cruises offer a variety of routes to choose from depending on how much time you may have and what your interests are. Our cruise was just under two hours and aimed to show off the beauty of Table Bay, the hulking mountain and it’s pink cotton candy clouds, and the stretch of coast to the west of the harbour including the iconic Cape Town Stadium.