How To Spend 2 Hours In Riebeek Kasteel

How To Spend 2 Hours In Riebeek Kasteel

You might be thinking why the heck you’d want to drive all the way to Riebeek Kasteel to spend a mere two hours there. Well, when you’ve got a baby on board (human or fur baby for that matter) things can change very quickly. We took an hour’s drive to the town of Riebeek Kasteel a few days after the masses who’d attended the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival had left. The intention was to spend the day in the quaint little town and possibly discover a few hidden gems. As you can see from the title of this post, it didn’t quite work out that way. So should you find yourself with only a few hours to spend in Riebeek Kasteel, here’s what to do. 20min – Start by taking a stroll down the Main road As with most small towns in the Western Cape, there’s mainly only one street where all the action is and this one is no different. So you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s a lack of things to do in Riebeek Kasteel but you’d also be wrong. The main road has a wide variety of shops, art galleries and places to eat so you might very well end up spending quite some time there.  I have a thing for old churches so we purposefully parked opposite the Dutch Reformed Church so we that we could start our walk up the Main road from this architectural beauty. 15min – Take a slight left into Short street Just as we passed the Royal Hotel the quirky Short street just off the main road caught our... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Dominique from Dominique In The City

Local Travel is Lekker – Dominique from Dominique In The City

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 Dominique from Dominique in the City.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? It’s beauty, its nature and it’s people! We have one of the most beautiful countries in the world! 2) What is your first local travel memory? I grew up in a very small mining town in Namibia, it had one shop, so we did many road trips to Cape Town to stock up on all the lekker things we couldn’t get in Nam. My first memories is driving at night and watching the stars from the car window. I am also instantly transported to those days whenever I fill up my car with petrol – that smell gets me every time. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? My mom’s house. I know it’s boring, but really it’s my favourite place. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? The Garden Route. I did it years ago, and I want to go back and take lots of photos. And the Northern Cape –... read more
Making Memories Out of Moments With Travelstart

Making Memories Out of Moments With Travelstart

I attended the Travelstart Making Memories out of Moments event this past Thursday, held at their incredible headquarters in Longkloof Studios. The event was all about creating awesome travel photography and videos.  The evening started with some light snacks and chats to break the ice and mingle. I cosied up to a cappuccino while others opted to warm up with a glass of red wine.  We were then ushered to the seating area where the talks led by industry leaders were about to commence. Yes you can make great videos with your phone First up were Dean Paarman and Darren Barker of Travelvids who showed us just how easy it was to create a cool Instagram worthy video with merely an iPhone and an editing app. Dean’s advice was to start by jotting down the shots you wanted to include in your video in order for it to be considered complete. Tick them off as you go along creating short five second videos and when you’ve gone through your whole list, you’re ready to combine and  edit with the easy Splice app. It can literally take as little as ten minutes to make a cool video and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your event rather than spending it stuck behind your phone. Just be sure to use royalty free music or get permission from the artist and record company to avoid having your cool video blocked! Building your Insta Empire Next up was Instagram legend, travel photographer and Socomunity founder Craig Howes. With almost 300k followers and having been featured by major brands on their accounts,... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Neeta from Love Art by Neeta

Local Travel is Lekker – Neeta from Love Art by Neeta

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 Neeta from Love Art By Neeta. 1) What do you love most about South Africa? What I love most about South Africa, is the multicultural rainbow nation we live in, the diversity, warm South African welcome we spread amongst one another. 2) What is your first local travel memory? My first Travel memory was exploring the Eastern Cape with family, I recall going on long road trips. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? Born in the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, it would definitely be Hobbie Beach; the ocean is my favourite destination. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? Paragliding in Cape Town over the most beautiful scenes. A post shared by Neeta Raga-Dullabh (@loveartbyneeta) on Jun 13, 2017 at 2:04am PDT 5) What are your top tips for planning a local getaway? Pack insect repellent Travel light Keep hydrated, carry plenty water and some re-hydrate in case. Pack comfortable shoes Cleanser and a good moisturizer Camera or phone camera of a good quality is essential for any trip. 6) Where can we... read more
Me Time With a Post Pregnancy Massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa

Me Time With a Post Pregnancy Massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa

I’m back with the first post in over two months. After haphazardly posting my Local Travel is Lekker series posts I’ve decided to try and get back into blogging. And yet as I’m typing this I’m down with the flu. Damn you Murphy. I did however get some of my rhythm back two weeks ago with a post pregnancy massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa in Durbanville. A close friend of mine gifted me with the massage after pitying my swollen ankles. But Why a Post Natal and Not Pre-Natal Massage? I had been Google’ing the crap out of pregnancy massages and spas in Cape Town but more particularly, pregnancy massages in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town as I just never have the patience for Southern Surburbs traffic and lack of parking.  So I’d heard of Mommy Wellness before and had mentioned it casually to my friend. Needless to say, I was a bit surprised when I received the gift voucher for a post natal massage as it was after all my swollen pregnancy ankles that prompted the gift. But my friend knowingly stated (having two boys herself) that I would need it way more after the baby was born. Boy was she right. My Post Pregnancy Massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa  – Bliss! I had been dreaming of my full body aromatherapy massage for weeks but as luck (and a newborn) would have it, I arrived nearly an half an hour late for my massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa in Durbanville. Having called them to say I’d be late, I arrived flustered as we’d gotten... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Roelia from GP Boozy Foodie

Local Travel is Lekker – Roelia from GP Boozy Foodie

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything 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 Roelia who runs two blogs Social Savage (with her husband) and Boozy Foodie.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? The pure diversity – landscape, cultures, people.  There is a travel destination for everyone – from bungalows in the Kruger, to luxury suites in Sandton hotels, to backpacking in the Drakensberg. In one country you will find glorious beaches that goes on for miles, impressive and imposing mountain ranges, vineyards as far as the eye can see and the vast landscapes of the Karoo.  Truly magical, isn’t it? 2) What is your first local travel memory? Travelling to visit my Gran in the small little town of Adelaide, in the Eastern Cape.  In the middle of winter. My Dad preferred to drive at night, so I remember lying on the back seat – watching the brightest stars in the darkest night, barely moving.  And the soft soothing sound of the moving car lulling me to sleep.  Then, waking up with the smell of Gran’s freshly baked bread and moerkoffie.  Ahhh, happy place!... read more
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