by Inge Triegaardt When referring to a romantic getaway, one often thinks of candle light dinners in lodges with white linen, sparkling wine flowing in abundance, soft music, rose petals and some beautiful words spoken over a four course meal while looking deep into someone’s eyes and whispering sweet nothings into the depth of night. We focus on destinations where natural romantic settings is available all year round. Although we would love to have romantic getaways as the ones described above, being in our favourite places along the Garden Route on a regular basis, we keep in touch with our romantic side as often as we can. Our first stop is usually a place called Kaaimansgat. It is one of the most photogenic places along this beautiful route stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River. The Kaaimansgat Restaurant, set amongst some big trees at the water’s edge, is a perfect… Read more >
Solo travelling may not be for everyone, unless you like your own company and enjoy everything by your own-some lone-some and do not want to consider anybody else. If this describes you – go for it! However, there are a few things that you need to get in place to make the trip, not only for yourself but also those that you left behind, easier and comforting. Sticking to these five easy rules can make a huge difference to a solo trip experience. Read on! Rule 1: Start off on a good foot or will that be a good tyre? Before you spread your wings and leave home base, check your car’s tyre pressure. This can easily make or break a trip. It is also a good habit to form to check the overall conditions of your tyres on a regular basis. Rule 2: Keep hydrated, especially during summertime. Know… Read more >
Like many old artefacts there is a story behind the story and so does the Sacramento canon also have a back story. This canon was on the deck of the Portuguese galleon Sacramento when it ran aground on 30 June 1647 off the coast of Port Elizabeth – for those of you who do not know Jan van Riebeeck only arrived in 1652 in the Cape of Good Hope so five years prior to old Jan setting foot ashore at the Cape of Good Hope. What caused the disaster and how many people were aboard the Sacramento is unknown, but 72 made it to shore. After 10 days the group decided to walk from Port Elizabeth to Maputo – which is about 1 300 km away by the way – from where they planned to get a ship to Europe. It must have been hostile and wild country back then… Read more >
I have just finished reading the book Scent of Fear and what a captivating story it is. It is all about the passion of protecting and preserving the wildlife of Africa. Although being an Aussie Tony Park writes about what is close to his heart – Africa and its every day realities. Let’s be honest there is only one African continent. If you were not born on this continent, then you will probably not understand the passion that we harbor for this conflicting continent where nothing can surprise you. Scent of Fear is a gripping read that centres around the use of specially trained dogs and their handlers of the anti-poaching unit to hunt down poachers in the Lowveld of South Africa and gives a true insight into what extent poachers will go to, to reach their goals. The author definitely researched his facts well and managed to weave it… Read more >
I am pretty sure most South Africans has one or another Volkswagen advertisement that lingers in their minds. Be it Gugu Zulu with his little rally car or David Kramer and his red veldskoene and the Volksie bus. Which one is your favourite? As the interest in motor sport runs deep in our veins we have visited a couple of motor museums in Europe in the past. This is no Porsche Museum or Alfa Romeo museum that spread over several floors and hosts any model that you can think of and more. This is rather an intimate display of loved Volkswagen products on the premises of the factory located at 130 Algoa Road in Uitenhage. In the “Meet the Beetles” area you will meet Herbie from the movies who needs no introduction. Delilah which is in pristine condition with no plastic surgery done and less than 1 000 km on… Read more >
One of the things that you will always find in any of our vehicles, is a travel mug. We have learned over the years to carry them with us wherever we go. We have tried and tested so many different shapes and sizes, makes and models, but we finally found the one! And we simply had to share it with you. Being environmentally conscious, we are constantly aware of the products used in the production of the travel mug and even though the now very popular bamboo cups are better than the styrofoam cups, they too have some bad elements that keep them together such as formaldehyde and melamine, which ends up in your hot drink after a couple of uses. Therefore, we decided to make use of a silicone cup. We believe in it so much, that we decided to stock it in our online store. The silicone cup… Read more >
One can easily get entrapped in all the available stuff so my advice will be take time to think things over and make a proper list of what your habits are and what you like and dislike in the department of convenience.