When snowboarding started in the USA in the 1960s – quite by accident, apparently – it was perceived as the ugly cousin of skiing. Invented by Sherman Poppen, an engineer who loved to surf, Poppen was keen to experience the exhilaration of surfing on the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. By lashing two kids’ skis together, he created the first “snow surfboard” for his daughter, which he controlled with a rope. He developed the concept commercially, and in the first 10 years of production no less than a million “snurfers” (snow-surfers) were sold in the USA.
When you save up to take a trip somewhere, whether local or international, you want it to be just right, and you don’t want to regret a moment. The truth is, though, that as you mature and change, you have different priorities and different interests, and how you travel ties in with this.
What you love in your 20s may not be quite right when you’re in your 60s (not that we’re pigeon-holing – you do you!). But it may help to browse through some suggested trips we’ve pulled together for every stage of your life, to find the one that… Read More
Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better place to soak in the natural beauty of the Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. The elegant and warm atmosphere, evident in every fine detail, begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to the spacious harbour and mountain-facing rooms. Stories of the Cape’s colourful past present themselves in the exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair… Read More
The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, with desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones. Together with Botswana, it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its red sand dunes that shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typically arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia.
Holiday season is coming up and everyone has something in mind for a getaway. “The Northern Cape is a melting pot of activities, ranging from long road trips, safaris and game drives, hunting lodges and charming old Karoo towns,” says Jean Lambrechts, owner of Northern Cape Famous Lodges.
For those who look forward to vacationing in sunny KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) over the festive period, but dread the thought of jostling for elbow room on crowded beaches or sitting in traffic in the summer heat, rest assured there are plenty more fun and relaxing holiday options just a few hours’ drive from South Africa’s playground. Here are a few charming KZN attractions that holidaymakers can add to their December itinerary.
Bundu-bashing at Sani Pass
Just two hours’ drive from Durban, on the road that connects KZN and Lesotho, lies Sani Pass, a mountain pass that rises 2 876m above sea level. This… Read More
There’s nothing quite like really learning and experiencing a place through its own memories and history. Think of it as reading the entire book, instead of just the synopsis – you’re guaranteed to remember far more from the experience. And experiences are what shape our memories.
One unmissable experience in South Africa is Cape Point, located in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park.
Whether a domestic or international traveller, chances are you’ve visited the destination at least once – or it’s certainly on your Cape Town to-do list. Maybe you’ve taken a trip on the Flying Dutchman… Read More