For the better part of a decade I have travelled hard, fast and continuously- chasing deadlines for weekly travel features linked to prizes. Not being quite a tourist, or on holiday, affords a different perspective. I’m kinda speed dating with owners and staff and, like in movies, associations and relationships are accelerated and in most cases I get a peek behind the scenes. I’ll share some of those, some tips and plenty of my favourite places. And you can get to go to some of them too.
I like pretty things and I’m sort of arty, but I know people who are more so- and experts in their field- so I’ll leave this bit to my old friend Quentin, who I met when studying art back in ’82.
Tipples and Tastebuds
I love tastes and textures but am more gourmand than gourmet. Quentin has more refined tastebuds than me and will share his take on bites he’s had. Check out Q’s Reviews.
Here in South Africa we are most fortunate to have wonderful wines at prices that tourists can’t resist. Nor can we. Our craft beers and ciders are a hit too, there’s decent coffee to be found and South Africa produces some of the world’s finest whiskies and brandies.
Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski
I met Aaron six years ago at a lovely lodge on the lower Zambezi River. He is a force of- and passionate about- nature and a brilliant photographer, videographer, tv presenter and writer. Check out his stuff at http://www.aarongekoski.com/
Riaan van Wyk
South Africa, in Conde Nast’s Readers’ Travel Awards, was voted 4th Best Country in the World for 2016. We are proud of our diverse beauty and think it should be higher on that list. Riaan’s stunning pics of-and insights into- just one relatively unknown and overlooked area lend weight to that. Riaan’s posts regularly, with some fascinating anecdotes and info, at http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/263776-Zululand-Travels-and-Pictures
His website is http://www.riaanvanwyk.co.za