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EVOO in South Africa

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Extra Virgin Olive oil is fragrant, opulent, and peppery with the promise of an unforgettable meal. With more than 500 grape-producing farms scattered throughout its...

Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic

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Chef Liam Tomlin adds the fourth jewel to his crowning achievement. On the western skirts of Chapman's Peak, where the sheer granite cliffs plunge into...

Robben Island – a journey through the darkness of South Africa’s...

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The winemaker at Weltevrede Estate, Robertson once told me a rather beguiling story about Robben Island, which made for an interesting departure from its...

The Two Oceans Aquarium – South Africa’s underwater worlds unfurled

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Look up. The cerulean surface of the water undulates urgently in the current, heads of kelp nodding with each crest and trough. Their great ropey...

An eternal icon: Liezel van der Westhuizen

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A decade on radio and television but an eternal icon of the South African entertainment industry. TV personality, actor, voice-over artist, personal branding coach, and marketing...

Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen: a galaxy of achievements, brightest...

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To be born a boy in Middelburg, in the heart of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, is to be born with a destiny....

Destination Boschendal

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A cornucopia of Cape winelands luxury and hospitality. In 1685, the Dutch East India Company granted Huguenot Jean le Long a vast swath of land,...

Smart watches – the future is here

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The future is here (and WOW does it look good!) with these Swiss luxury smart watches. A few decades ago, smart watches were as alien...

The Summit of style and everest of elegance – this is...

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Patek Philippe is many things. It's a luxury Swiss watchmaker of show-stopping timepieces. It is a tireless innovator and a fashion statement. It is...

Glamtrails: the glamour of the winelands meets the rugged thrill and...

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The Cape’s rugged topography, scalloped coastline, and Atlantic-embraced peninsula are the outdoor enthusiast’s dream. With walking trails of every grade and challenge—through forest, vineyard,...