SOUTH AFRICA: A Journey in Memoriam

After his father's passing, Brad Auerbach travels to Cape Town with his mother and siblings and along the way, discovers ties to a loved one in unexpected places. When my Dad died two years ago, my Mom discovered the proceeds of an otherwise unknown life insurance policy. She decided to celebrate his life by taking their three kids to South Africa. We live in four different states, and … [Read more...]

South African Style: One & Only Cape Town

Cape Town is certainly one of the most picturesque places on the continent, and visitors to the Mother City are spoilt for choice when it comes to interesting or dramatic places to stay. A pulsating playground of sandy beaches and nightclubs, Cape Town is a one-of-a-kind city cradled between the scenic splendors of sandstone cliffs towering over the glittering waters of two great oceans. If … [Read more...]

Five-Star Adventure: Samara Private Game Reserve

We all dream of the perfect trip to Africa: jeep safaris across the expansive plains with close encounters with the Big 5,  thatched-roof lodges overlooking watering holes, majestic lions wrestling with their cubs in the glow of sunset.  And while these romantic notions stir the soul, there are certain precautions one must take when traveling in South Africa, in particular regard to  those … [Read more...]

HOTEL BUZZ: Tata Suite Opens at Taj Cape Town

There is a buzz in Cape Town surrounding the opening of the new Presidential suite located in the renowned Taj Cape Town hotel. Specifically designed for discerning travelers, the Tata Suite overlooks Cape Town and the stunning Table Mountain. This spectacular 4,800 square foot, two-story space, named after the hotel’s founder, features ultra luxurious accommodations and state-of-the-art … [Read more...]

Safari In Style At South Africa’s Lion Sands

Lion Sands, a private safari lodge in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province, meshes luxe touches with the true spirit of the bush. Peering through the gray-blue haze of a descending bushveld night, I crane my neck from the idling Land Rover’s passenger seat to see what has fixed the attention of my driver, Enoch.  Although something is certainly emitting the distinct smell of death mixed … [Read more...]

Rooibos: The Flavor of South Africa

New tea company brings Certified Organic Rooibos to the US from South Africa’s mystical Cederberg region. With its vaunted health benefits, sweet flavor and appealing rich mahogany color, Rooibos tea (pronounced “roy-boss”) is becoming increasingly popular outside its native South Africa. Although health food outlets and boutique stores have been selling the tea Stateside for some time, a … [Read more...]

World Cup Links: Tickets and Travel to South Africa and Other Important Stuff for Goal-Oriented Travelers

Just back from South Africa, I’m fired-up about travel opportunities there, most notably, the imminent World Cup. The Big News: it’s not too late to go, tickets and hotels are still available! The world is stricken every four years by an all-consuming fever that is so catchy, so virulent, that literally billions of people succumb. But don’t be alarmed, nothing to be scared about, unless you … [Read more...]

World Cup Soccer Madness: Let the Parties Begin

For World Cup 2010, the parties will extend far beyond South Africa, with soccer-centric cities around the globe throwing bashes for you and millions of your fellow fanatics. With the growing excitement over the World Cup soccer which runs June 11 through July 11, cities around the globe are planning extravagant parties for soccer devotees to cheer on their favorite teams.  If you can’t make it … [Read more...]

Discovery Adventures

Discovery is jumping into the adventure trip game, inviting intrepid explorers and armchair travelers alike to join them on odysseys across the globe.  A tantalizing proposition indeed, as these journeys are inspired by the shows they are famous for and guided by erudite and entertaining experts, many of whom have advanced degrees in archaeology, biology and anthropology, not to mention the … [Read more...]

Cape Town Cuisine

With eleven official languages from Zulu to Afrikans,  global ethnic influences, and a highly diverse population, South Africa is truly a melting pot with a "rainbow nation" of residents.  Founded as a refreshment station along the trade route of the Dutch East India Company in 1652, Cape Town mesmerizes visitors with its Table Mountain towering over the city, penguin-filled beaches, white-washed … [Read more...]