Tag Archives: South Africa

Reflections on Cape Town

Reflections on Cape Town

Having grown up in Australia during South Africa’s apartheid era, I became aware of what was going on there through the South African rugby team’s tour of Australia in 1971. I can remember, even as a small boy, being aware of the controversy and protests...
Wine Tasting on a Wine Tour in Cape Town’s Winelands

Wine Tasting on a Wine Tour in Cape Town’s Winelands

“We’ve been making Cape wine for three centuries, since 1659, and we’ve been exporting it to Europe since 1761,” our guide Carl tells us. “Wine is now our number one agricultural export, yet ironically South Africans have traditionally been beer drinkers!” We’ve just left Cape...
Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

This was our first visit to Cape Town so we didn’t have any expectations about what things cost or the cost of living generally, so we were surprised to find it fairly affordable, especially when it came to grocery shopping. While the cost of groceries...
A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

We’d heard a lot about South African music before coming to Cape Town and were eager to experience as much of Cape Town music as we could, so much so that Terence even signed up for a drumming workshop! We were particularly keen to see...
Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

I am, perhaps, the least ‘African’ person I know. However, I do, for a very white guy have rhythm enough to play rhythm and bass guitar and drums without embarrassing myself. Dancing, however, is another matter altogether… All the same, coming to Africa as a...
The Art of African Beading

The Art of African Beading

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year...
Touring the Townships of Cape Town

Touring the Townships of Cape Town

Faldela had already taught us the meaning of Ubuntu – sharing, interconnectedness, being open and available – and we would see it in action during a day spent touring the townships of Cape Town. There had been no question about it. We had to visit...
Local Knowledge: Sabelo from Cape Town

Local Knowledge: Sabelo from Cape Town

Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He’s the kind of person who epitomises the African concept...
The Dish: Tomato Bredie, a Classic Cape Town Stew

The Dish: Tomato Bredie, a Classic Cape Town Stew

Jet lag makes you do the strangest things. We had arrived at our holiday rental in Cape Town in the late afternoon after three flights that took us half way around the world, desperate to try to get our body clocks – by this stage...