I arrived in India a few days ago and as always, India is a beautiful paradox. The beautiful temples amongst the dreaded pollution, the smelly streets in contrast with the aromatic flavored foods, the absolute methodical madness to the traffic amongst the jaywalking people and the holy cows! The extremely poor amongst the wealthy. A huge part of my heart lies in India. Maybe because I am Indian (South African Indian), maybe it is a past birth affinity, so many unknowns and as I always say “something’s don’t need an explanation”. All I know is that I have a huge affinity to this very special country, I love India. So many experiences have literally brought tears to my eyes. So many moments of pure joy […]
It is often said that the best way to discover a city is to put on your walking shoes and get lost in the nooks and crannies. It is the best way to stumble upon quaint shops, learn about the locals and see a city. A better way to discover a city is to join a free walking tour which will take you through the nooks and crannies but with the benefit of learning about the history, myths and stories behind the streets you walk through. If you haven’t previously heard of free walking tours (where have you been), no, I just joke. So most cities around the world offer these guided tours on foot. The next time you decide to take a trip, remember […]
Nestled a short way out of the bustle of Johannesburg city life, rests the Hennops Hiking Trail. A short drive from Fourways left me lost in nature. I couldn’t understand why I hadn’t made my way to Hennops sooner. I guess it is the story of “I must do this”…but never got around to doing it, until now. So here’s what you need to know about the hike. Hennops Hiking Trail Options The Hennops Hiking Trail and picnic spot is the perfect getaway into a tranquil environment. It has different trails ranging from 6km to 11 km. It is a well maintained trail, with marked directions throughout. There is also a picnic area for those who would like to spend time outdoors and not […]
Mangwa Valley Game Lodge is home to 3 of the South Africa’s Big 5. Like most bush lodges, Mangwa Valley Game Lodge is peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of big city life and immerses you within nature.
Today marks four years since I returned my first solo travel trip overseas. With that memory in mind, I have decided to write this piece and share my thoughts on being a solo female traveller. Who are you going with? I often get asked. When the response comes “by myself” there is a deafening silence or a strange facial expression or… Now what makes a solo traveling female so close to alien status I keep thinking? If you were wondering, (just in case) my first solo trip landed me in Frankfurt and then onto Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome and Berlin. My main concern when I first thought about traveling by myself was the safety factor. Being alone, getting around in a foreign country, not being able […]