Lucy Corne

  • Spiritual Hiking On Mount Sinai: The First Test Is Getting To The Starting Line

    Spiritual Hiking on Mount Sinai By Lucy Corne, 8:17 am

    The last thing I wanted to do was tie up my hiking boots and climb the mountain where Moses is thought to have received the Ten Commandments. The hike is traditionally done before sunrise. We’d spent the night counting shooting stars, huddled under a rented blanket, bones chilled as only the desert can. Jews, Muslims, and Christians flock to this sacred spot. I am none of the above, and while religious sites often wow me, it is usually for their architecture. Hiking Mount Sinai was different. Orion and Sirius proved to be the best hiking companions you could ask for.

  • Just Plain Quirky: Luxury Lodgings Outside Cape Town In An Airstream Trailer Park

    Airstream trailer park By Lucy Corne, 7:00 am

    When I got offered a one-night stay at a trailer park called Old Mac Daddy in Elgin, South Africa, I pictured a mobile home with the bare essentials – a bed, a tiny bathroom, a mini fridge. Instead, what I found on this working farm was 12 pimped-out luxury Airstream trailers, each with a different theme. Old Mac Daddy is on a hill overlooking a dam. It’s more like a luxury lodge with private chalets on wheels than a trailer park. Each Airstream trailer is decorated by a local artist. It’s one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had.

  • Seeing Red: Exploring South Africa’s Rooibos Tea Route

    rooibos tea By Lucy Corne, 6:42 am

    Nothing says South Africa like rooibos tea. It’s available in hotel rooms and supermarket shelves. Chefs use it to enhance flavor and it’s found in beauty products. Grown commercially since the 1930s, rooibos was valued by the San people, the country’s earliest people. The hardy plant is endemic to the Cederberg Mountains region. At The Rooibos Teahouse in Clanwilliam, you can get a tutored tea tasting.

  • 10 Things To Do In Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

    By Lucy Corne, 7:00 pm

    In Cape Town, which is renowned for its natural beauty, there are few places that contribute so clearly to the Mother City’s pretty face than Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, with its perfect emerald lawns spreading out from the foot of Table Mountain. Bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes and declared a botanical garden in 1913, the garden celebrates its 103rd birthday this year – and there’s never been a better time to visit. Here are 10 things to do when you visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

  • 9 Unusual Places To Stay In South Africa

    unusual places to stay in south africa By Lucy Corne, 9:44 am

    South Africa prides itself on its variety — travellers can taste traditional dishes from an array of different cultures, take photographs of landscapes ranging from beach to desert to jagged mountains, and indulge in anything from spas and sunbathing to bungee jumping, wildlife walks or shark-cage diving. And the variety doesn’t stop there; if you’d like to spice up your nights, you can step away from the usual range of superb guest houses, lively backpacker hostels or upmarket hotels. From hanging out in an old jail cell to sleeping inside a cave, here are nine unusual places to stay in South Africa.

  • Going Off The Beaten Path In South Africa’s Overberg

    overberg - South Africa's Overberg By Lucy Corne, 7:00 pm

    One of the most amazing things about South Africa is that you can live there for years and dedicate every weekend to exploring, yet on any given trip you’ll still find a previously unknown eating experience, a nature reserve you’ve never heard of, or a tiny town harbouring a marvellous guest house or a must-follow art route. The Overberg region is particularly replete with these type of unexpected discoveries.

  • Kid-Friendly Cape Town: Where To Go For Family Fun In And Around The ‘Mother City’

    Kid-Friendly Cape Town By Lucy Corne, 6:30 pm

    When it comes to taking care of children, the Mother City certainly lives up to its name. From animal encounters on sheltered beaches to amusement parks with rides galore, all manner of kid-friendly fun is on offer. But what about the rest of the family? Sure, it’s fun to watch the little ones screaming on a rollercoaster or cooing over a baby penguin, but it’s nice to have a little grown-up fun as well. Here are 10 Cape Town days out designed with the entire family in mind.

  • Going To Extremes: Get An Outdoor Adrenaline Rush In South Africa

    Adrenaline Rush In South Africa By Lucy Corne, 9:15 am

    It should come as no surprise that a country featuring such a huge variety of landscapes also boasts pretty much every type of adrenaline activity imaginable. Pick a part of the country and see it from the end of a rope, the bottom of a cliff, above the clouds, flying past on a mountain bike, gliding on a surfboard, or even astride a pair of skis. From up-close encounters with sharp-toothed creatures to even closer encounters with crashing waves, South Africa has something for every grade of adventure addict.

  • Beyond Backpacking: Where To Go Slackpacking In South Africa

    slackpacking By Lucy Corne, 5:00 pm

    Welcome to slackpacking: a touring style that allows you to swap hiking boots for slippers in the evening, and tackle multi-day treks without giving up creature comforts. You carry only what you’ll need during a day’s trek, and at sundown you’ll find your baggage by your bed in a luxurious lodge or charming guest house. If this sounds appealing to you, read on for details of seven of South Africa’s swankiest slackpacking trails.

  • Addo To Mountain Zebra: A South African Park For Every Purpose

    kruger national park By Lucy Corne, 6:00 pm

    Of the five million people who visit South Africa’s national parks every year, a whopping 80% end up either roaming Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park, or seeking out a self-drive safari in the mighty Kruger. But South Africa has another 17 national parks within its borders. Whether you’re looking for big game or big waves, multi-day hikes or serious 4×4 adventure, lush green landscapes or stark scenery that makes you wonder how any animal life can be sustained, there’s definitely a South African park to please every type of traveller.