Africa Travels

My Top 3 Food Finds in Swakopmund, Namibia

This enchanting little town stole my heart the moment I entered it. The variety of restaurants and coffee shops astounded me. However my top three food find stood out from the rest.

Jetty 1905 Swakopmund Namibia

The very end of the old jetty was transformed into a great restaurant, called Jetty 1905

Jetty 1905
From all my food experiences I had in Namibia this one was probably my favourite. Located on the very end of the old jetty, which is a famous “model” in photographs of this town. That was also how we stumbled onto this restaurant. Unfortunately it was fully booked the day we first saw it(make sure you book well in advance!)but we came back…twice! This is also where this restaurant gets its name from. The old jetty was renovated and then named after the date it was build. It is hard to say exactly why it is so great. There is a variety of elements that probably influenced me. The strange location, the minimalistic but modern interior in sharp contrast to its “old” exterior, the fantastic seafood and sushi on offer, friendly service or the absolutely divine chocolate volcano cake(that was one of the reasons we came back the second time) They’ve added glass windows in the floor to make it possible for you to see the waves underneath the jetty as you dine. Continue reading

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My Top 3 Food Finds in Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beer House

Joe’s Beer House is an xperience you shouldn’t miss out on

Joe’s Beer House

Yes, it is probably the most “touristy” restaurant in Windhoek…but I would highly recommend it to anyone who are in the mood for great food, buzzing atmosphere and an African experience with a German twist. Even though the restaurant is quite big it doesn’t feel like it with the different sections it’s divided in. The interior is absurdly interesting with all the souvenirs the owner has collected over time. These include a Mini Cooper and a toilet, that is used as a chair, with very fascinating stories, you will only hear if you visit the restaurant. They are so busy they usually have a second seating during the evenings, thus you have to book in advance. There is basically three places you can sit: the Boma, with a huge bonfire in the middle, the bar area and the dining area where the seating, with long tables that you share with a couple of other people, is almost exactly as it is in the Hofbrauhaus. I would highly recommend the Oryx steak with the Crepe Suzette for dessert. If you do plan on going, just make sure, it seems like there is one day during the week when it is closed. Continue reading

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Staying Green in Durban KZN – The Gateway Hotel

The iconic green “leafy” screen is an literally indication of just how “green” the hotel really is and keeps the solar radiation out of the building

Going green is the in thing today with people trying all sorts of things in doing their part for the environment. So naturally it’s now becoming increasingly possible to go green while on vacation or on a business trip.

The Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga is the perfect destination for an eco-friendly holiday.

Green in every sense of the word, the vibe begins with an actual iconic “leafy” green screen, made of recycled material, covering the whole of the Northern facade of the hotel. This is a cleverly designed shading technique to make sure the amount of solar radiation from outside is reduced inside the building.

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Namaqualand beauty starting to bloom

Flower beauty in Namaqualand

Flower beauty in Namaqualand

Namaqualand must be one of the harshest of regions in South Africa, yet once a year it becomes a canvas wildly splashed with magnificent colours that leaves visitors dumbstruck at its beauty.

My first introduction to this area on the west Coast, roughly between Namibia and Cape Town, was when I was four years old.  My family and I drove all the way from Pretoria crammed in an old Dutsun to go and view the flowers. We passed through the dusty town of Springbok driving along the N7 and visiting Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Vanrhynsdorp and Lambertsbaai and going all the way down the Cedarberg Valley.More recently I drove the route again and it was wonderful to experience  the flowers that were even prettier than I remembered.  The time around we decided to go on a day trip driving up from Cape Town. Going on a hunch we decided to go to the Biedouw Valley,close to Clanwilliam and allegedly the closest place to Cape Town where a tourist will find the prettiest flowers in the Namaqualand. Continue reading

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Bastille Day in Franschhoek

The French flag is everywhere and side walk cafe feel of Paris is enhanced

The French flag is everywhere and side walk cafe feel of Paris is enhanced

There is a small little town in the Western Cape that  is famous for being the French district in South Africa—Fransschhoek.

Therefore it is just natural that on 14 July, Bastille Day in France, this little town becomes buzzing  and busting at the seams with not only people from all over the country but also activities, including wine-tasting and typical French games, like boules and the barrel competition.

I didn’t have a glue what to expect when deciding to go, but I honestly did not expect to find the little version of France, Franschhoek transformed itself into for the weekend. Painting itself literally red, white and blue—the French flag flying all over.

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, or as the French know it, La Fête Nationale, commemorating the 1790 Fête de la Fédédation, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in 1789. A symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, during the French Revolution. Continue reading

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