Local Travel is Lekker – Farirai from Go Phari

Local Travel is Lekker – Farirai from Go Phari

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything proudly South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Farirai from Go Phari.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? I love how each province has something different to offer so much that you don’t have to go far to find a new adventure. 2) What is your first local travel memory? Durban beach front is my first local travel memory. I remember building sandcastles, finding shells, eating ice cream and enjoying the warm waves as a young girl.     3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? I live in Secunda, Mpumalanga. I absolutely love the Panorama route in Mpumalanga – from the pancakes in Graskop, to the lush green of God’s Window viewpoint and the grand spectacle of Blyde River Canyon. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? I need to go to Northern Cape because it’s the only province that I have never visited.   5) What are your top tips for planning a local getaway? Check the weather before you book Use Airbnb for accommodation and save Follow airlines on social... read more
For The Love of African Travel

For The Love of African Travel

“I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land. The dramatic shapes of the Drakensberg, the soil-coloured waters of the Lekoa, iGqili noThukela, and the sands of the Kgalagadi, have all been panels of the set on the natural stage on which we act out the foolish deeds of the theatre of our day”. Now if that excerpt from Thabo Mbeki’s speech doesn’t give you goose bumps and evoke some African travel wanderlust in your soul; nothing will. I’m a big advocate for local travel. The African continent is vast, diverse and most importantly, budget-friendly – so I see absolutely no reason to seek adventure beyond its borders.     But why the love for African travel? In all honesty, I too was nearly lured into the ‘must do European vacation’ a few years ago. Due to various reasons, our plans were foiled and we ended up booking a full-board South African safari getaway at game lode in the Karoo. Our itinerary included; a game drive spotting majestic giraffes, an early morning river cruise, a picnic overlooking the Kamanassie River and daily three course authentic South African food – all at unbelievable value for money.  I was sold. South Africa had captured me with her beauty and I vowed never to betray her again with thoughts of an overseas holiday.   South Africa you beauty! It comes as no surprise then that when I took the Travelstart South... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Heather from 2 Summers

Local Travel is Lekker – Heather from 2 Summers

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything proudly South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Heather from 2 Summers.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? I love South Africa’s diversity, in terms of people, geography, wildlife, and cultural experiences. Since I’m originally from America, I often say that South Africa has everything that America has, just in a smaller space. Plus lions and elephants.   2) What is your first local travel memory? I moved to Johannesburg from Washington DC in August 2010. During my first week here my boyfriend took me on a whirlwind car tour, from Fourways in the north to Soweto in the south. That drive was my first inkling of how vast and diverse this city really is. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? Assuming you mean Joburg (my adopted hometown), Fordsburg is my favorite place to visit. Fordsburg is a primarily Indian area filled with cheap and delicious curry restaurants, a boisterous outdoor market, and the Oriental Plaza, which has the best samoosas in the country.   4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? I... read more
My Favourite Durbanville Wine Valley Restaurants

My Favourite Durbanville Wine Valley Restaurants

The Durbanville Wine Valley is truly one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. A mere 20-minute drive from Cape Town, the Durbanville wine route is the perfect alternative to the longer drives to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. But perhaps the real hidden gems in this part of the Cape Winelands are the Durbanville Wine Valley restaurants situated on the picturesque wine estates in Durbanville. With the yearly Season of Sauvignon festival just a few days away, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Durbanville wine route restaurants.   Tables At Nitida This little café nestled on the beautiful Nitída Wine Estate is quite popular amongst Capetonians and attracts its fair share of visitors. Our first visit to Tables At Nitída came as a pleasant surprise because our breakfast was served in less than 15 minutes during the busy festive season! Needless to say, we could immediately see why it’s one of the Durbanville Wine Valley restaurants that are never short of patrons. Tables At Nitida is suited for children of all ages and is also wheelchair friendly.     Crown Restaurant Crown restaurant, situated on Meerendal Wine Estate, is one of those all-rounder Durbanville wine estate restaurants – it can easily be booked for a birthday, baby shower and anything in between. We celebrated our wedding anniversary here with an amazing lamb shank and Meerendal Shiraz. Time flew by so quickly that before we knew it, they were closing for the evening! For a small donation, you can also use the cycling and walking trails on Meerendal to work off your meal or to work up an appetite... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Roxanne Reid

Local Travel is Lekker – Roxanne Reid

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything proudly South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Roxanne Reid.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? Definitely its diversity, with everything from mountains and desert to forest and coast, cities with a vibrant arts and restaurant scene to country towns and wide open spaces, wildlife big and small, culture and heritage, beautiful winelands, the floral riches of places like Namaqualand and the Cape Floral Kingdom. As far as activities go, our country is rich in choices from 4×4 trails, hiking and horse riding to diving, canoeing, mountain biking, kite-surfing – you name it. And best of all, the people can be amazingly friendly and welcoming. There’s simply no excuse to be bored on a holiday in South Africa.   2) What is your first local travel memory?  From when I was a toddler we used to make an annual trek to the KwaZulu-Natal coast to visit family. These aren’t the happiest of travel memories because my brother was usually crabby with hayfever and I hated beach sand in my swimming cozzie. When I was eight we went... read more
5 Stops To Make On The West Coast Road

5 Stops To Make On The West Coast Road

With summer fast approaching, everyone is planning a trip up the Cape West Coast for some fun in the sun. A West Coast road trip is undoubtedly one of the best road trips to take in South Africa. And because of its close proximity to Cape Town, a drive up the West Coast makes for a good day road trip from Cape Town.  As the local saying goes; Weskus is die bes kus. But with the sheer amount of Cape West Coast activities and attractions, one could easily become overwhelmed and as a result miss out on quite a few gems. But don’t despair! If you’re heading to that coastal town along the R27, here are 5 stops to make on the West Coast Road.   Route 27 Roosterkoek I’m sure quite a few of you are familiar with the popular Vygevallei Farmstall on the West Coast road. But did you know about Route 27 Roosterkoek where you can get the most delicious, generously filled curry mince roosterkoek (bread made on the grill)? Well now you do! They’re situated on the same premises as Vygevallei so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone when you make the stop. I promise it’s the best padkos (road trip food) you’ll have on your trip and it’ll fuel your belly up for the road ahead too.   !Khwa ttu If you’ve got an hour to spare, do yourself a favour and book a San guided tour at !Khwa ttu situated just outside the town of Yzerfontein off the West Coast road. The tour offers insight into the San culture – the... read more
tulips and phoenixes

Hi, I'm Gaynor!

A hidden gem discoverer who’s all about that South African lifestyle – food, road trips and fun!

Subscribe to the Blog's Fortnightly Mailing List

* indicates required

Join Me on Social Media

Pin It on Pinterest