destinations

A family affair in the Maldives

The Maldives is largely regarded as a honeymooners’ paradise. And while that is still most certainly true, the destination is starting to become an ideal holiday destination for families. With the likes of Club Med offering all-inclusive kids’ clubs, more families are escaping to this sun-kissed destination than ever before.

Perhaps best known for its idyllic white beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea, rhe Republic of the Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean. This tropical nation is composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1 000 coral islands – many still uninhabited.

Having contributed the…
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A family affair in the Maldives

ECO-CONSCIOUS LUXURY

BISATE LODGE, RWANDA

Bisate Lodge, which is situated adjacent to Volcanoes National Park and is eco-tourism operator Wilderness Safaris’ first-ever project in Rwanda, is more than an exceptional gorilla conservation experience. It’s a shining example of sustainability in action.

As with Wilderness Safari camps, Bisate underwent an external environmental impact assessment and the result is a lodge “that will run with an exceptionally light footprint in terms of energy supply, water resources and recycling”.

The lodge blends the traditional and the contemporary, and the materials used – steel, timber, synthetic thatch, volcanic stone, bamboo, reed and papyrus – reflect this. A serious…
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ECO-CONSCIOUS LUXURY

THE SCENIC TREASURES OF THE NORTHERN CAPE

On my first visit to the Northern Cape, I bypassed almost the entire province. With a group of friends, I drove straight up the N7 from Cape Town, only stopping once – in Springbok for pies and petrol – before crossing the Namibian border at Vioolsdrif and climbing into a canoe to paddle down the Orange River for several days.

The trip delivered a special kind of off-grid magic: days of floating along beside the Richtersveld’s rippled sand dunes and craggy volcanic mountains and nights spent camping on the river banks, sleeping under a sky heavily laden with stars. With…
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THE SCENIC TREASURES OF THE NORTHERN CAPE

FIVE OF SOME OF THE REMOTEST PLACES ON EARTH

Indulge your need for adventure by scouting out some of the remotest places on earth.

The Tibetan Plateau

The Tibetan Plateau,- often referred to as the ‘Roof of the World’- is home to Namtso Lake at a dizzy altitude of 15 479 feet. Years ago, pilgrims would walk across the frozen water at the end of winter and live on one of the lake’s islands, returning only when the lake froze over again. (Fortunately this is no longer allowed!) Tip: If you’re in the area and looking for civilisation, it will take you…
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FIVE OF SOME OF THE REMOTEST PLACES ON EARTH

THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST’S GUIDE TO LONDON

I’ll never forget it. We arrived in London in July after a killer 17-hour flight from South Africa. I was feeling grubby, tired and nervous about making the big move from outdoor-centric Cape Town to built-up London. Family welcomed us to their home in the north-east, where we unpacked and caught up on some sleep. As soon as we were ready to explore, my fiancé Adam and I headed out for a run.

“Run towards the canals,” advised our hosts.

Within 10 minutes, we arrived at the charming River Lea. Like a scene out of the Dutch countryside, the River Lea…
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THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST’S GUIDE TO LONDON

SOUL, STYLE AND ANCIENT HISTORY IN ILHA DE MOCAMBIQUE

From the mainland, a surreal single-lane bridge crosses the Indian Ocean, leading onto Ilha de Moҫambique – a tiny little island whose powerful ancient soul makes you want to drop to your knees, clutch your heart and break into song.

Ilha is a spicy mix of Swahili, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, Indian and Chinese, with a torrid history of explorers and occupations, missionaries, slavery, colonialism and civil war. Yet it is utterly charming – the whole island is a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its unique coral rock buildings and architecture – and the people are even more charming.

The sun…
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SOUL, STYLE AND ANCIENT HISTORY IN ILHA DE MOCAMBIQUE