The Kingdom of Dalmatia

Richard Holmes is enchanted by glorious scenery, living history and the laid-back lifestyle on offer as one cycles and cruises around the Dalmatian Islands of southern Croatia.

The Great Labyrinth of Africa

Creating labyrinths and mazes out of hedges or stones is a concept that dates back over millennia. And soon Stellenbosch will be home to the biggest labyrinth in Africa, and this landmark will help play a role in the neutralising of our carbon footprint. 

Things to do this weekend in Stellenbosch

It’s only the second weekend of 2020 and Wineland’s events are starting to take off in serious fashion. Enjoy incredible views of the sunset at Alto Vineyards, catch the legendary local band Spoegwolf at Franschhoek Cellar and get your fitness goals in line at the Resolution Trail Run and Medihelp Cycle Tour outdoor events.

Art tourism comes to the Cape

Summer 2020 will be remembered in South African art and tourism circles as the time when the Cape – Cape Town and Stellenbosch – emerged as a fully-fledged art tourism destination. Melvyn Minnaar looks forward to what visitors can expect.

Bespoke, detailed designs

Over the past 15 years Wynand Wilsenach Architects has worked on many interesting projects in and around Stellenbosch and will continue to do so. Marguerite Van Wyk spoke to Wynand about the latest trends in architecture, the challenges of the trade and why he loves his craft.

Bentley: ruling the road

Bentley: the word exudes style, sportiness, opulence. To celebrate its 100 years in existence, Bentley Motors has produced a touring motor car that embodies all that and more. Dieter Losskarn took it for a test drive.

Getting a kick out of art – how KickstART inspires young learners

In today’s tech-driven world, the arts and creative industries come some way down learners’ lists of career choices. It needn’t be so – indeed, it shouldn’t be so – and Deloitte and the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust are helping to put creative young minds to good use.

Gaggenau: an Immersive Culinary Experience

The Gaggenau Experience Centre in Cape Town played host to a select group of guests to showcase the fabled brand’s new Vario cooling 400 series, along with its existing range of appliances.

The Old Vine Project: the wise wines

Though officially just three years old, the Old Vine Project has been simmering for much longer, dedicated to harnessing deep-rooted flavour from vines that have been absorbing the essence of the South African Winelands for 35 years or more and, discovers Emile Joubert, rejuvenating the wine industry in the process.

Hamm & Uys: hip heritage

More than 300 years in the making, Blaauwklippen Vineyards has never stopped reinventing itself. The latest development illustrating the estate’s ‘inspiration from the past and passion for the future’ is the Hamm & Uys eatery, where South African nostalgia is served with modern-day touches and quirkiness.

Places to stay: Further afield

From the perfect couple’s getaway to unforgettable family vacations, we take a look at some of the best places to stay and recharge your batteries.

Dave Pepler: Ssh! Come into my secret garden

Gardens link us to the Earth – they literally ground us – be they the hidden, private ones that evoke sensual memories for Dave Pepler, or the public ones that provide an invaluable service to locals and visitors alike.

Peace Parks: saving the wilderness

Richard Holmes finds out how Peace Parks Foundation, from its home in Stellenbosch, transcends frontiers in its bid to give Africa’s wilderness areas a future.

Rolex: a global partnership

Golf has come a long way since its origins on the windswept dunes of Scotland’s east coast some seven centuries ago.

The Robertson Small Hotel

The old adage that good things come in small packages couldn’t have proved more true during our recent stay at The Robertson Small Hotel, Robertson’s only five-star hotel.

SA’s water supply: How to stop a runaway problem

The level of Nelson Mandela Bay’s second-biggest supply dam is now so low that water cannot be pumped from it. This brings the metro dangerously close to becoming the first SA city to run out of water. So how did we get here? Drought isn’t solely to blame.

Gift Guide: most desired

We’ve got you covered this festive season with more than 50 luxury gifts to give and to get. All you need choose is the gift wrap.

Markets to visit this weekend in and around Stellenbosch

It’s the festive season and everyone is out and about gathering tokens of appreciation for their loved ones. Eschew the busy shopping malls and head out to these great markets where you can find something truly authentic and thoughtful for that special someone.

De Uitkijk se grande dame

Meer as 50 lentes al woon sy daar op die kruin van die Helshoogtepas, in ’n Herbert Baker-huis op ’n plaas wat deur die dekades om haar gegroei en toe weer gekrimp het. Hier het sy liefgehad, kinders grootgemaak, help boer en tuingemaak. Lien Botha het gaan kuier by die 95-jarige Ounooi Mostert, broerskleinkind van Jannie Marais.