South Africa: once upon a time, a small village in the Karoo…

  Prince Albert is a typical small village in the Karoo, the vast semi-arid wilderness which covers once third of South Africa. First settled in 1762 by Dutch “voortrekkers”,┬áit is a small green oasis in an isolated valley surrounded by a harsh semi-desertic landscape and accessed by a hair raising mountain road, the Swartberg Pass.(…)

South Africa: exclusively for classic car nuts

  About 10km out of Franschhoek, in the heart of a large wine estate, l’Ormelins, lies Africa’s best kept secret: with an almost anonymous entrance, quite deserted, Johann Rupert’s priceless collection of classic cars is exhibited in four large Dutch-style buildings among the vineyards, surrounded by mountains which look so crisps and clear in the(…)

South Africa: Bacchus in Africa

  With its dramatic mountains as backdrop, winding country lanes and quaint Dutch villages, the Western Cape province’s “wine country” has not changed much since the first Dutch and Huguenot settlers discovered it in the mid 1600’s. Stellenbosch, the second oldest European city in South Africa was founded in 1679. While it is a major(…)

South Africa: the Mother City

  South Africa’s “mother city”, Cape Town, was originally set up as a supply station by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century for its ships plying the route from Europe to the East Indies. After 350 years of constant blending, Cape Town is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.(…)

South Africa: Madikwe

  Madikwe is a small (760sqkm) game reserve in the North of the country, on the border with Botswana. From the deck of our lodge we can see the bright lights of Gaborone shining at night. Madikwe is a true Garden of Eden, with every major species represented. We had forgotten how addictive it is(…)