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Mauritius Hiking Adventures

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Into the green LUX* Le Morne is a springboard into eye-opening hiking adventures, both on the rugged landscape of the peninsula and in Mauritius’ lush jungle interior. Admire the Unesco-honoured majesty of Le Morne Brabant – spotting an astonishing array of indigenous flowers and wildlife en route to the summit – or venture inland to discover the natural wonders of the island.   Three–four-hour treks take in such sights as the seven cascades of the spectacular Tamararind Falls; the breathtaking waterfalls of Chamarel; and the untamed wilderness of Black River Gorges National Park, its emerald forests rich with rare plants and flowers, unique animals and colourful birdlife – many of them found nowhere else in the world.   The team of experienced hiking guides lead regular expeditions to the island’s most spectacular spots, sharing their peerless knowledge of the island’s geography, fascinating history and native island flora and fauna. WhereverRead More

Francolin Cottage – Greyton, South Africa

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We recently spent a few nights in Greyton, one of my favourite places near Cape Town.   Turning left off the N2, you’ll find Greyton at the end of the R406 tar road, nestled in a hollow in the majestic Riviersonderend Mountain range.   This gorgeous village manages to maintain a quaint and natural feeling, while offering several excellent restaurants and gorgeous vintage shops and galleries.   There are lovely hikes in the nature reserve and along the rivers, and we also enjoyed strolling down the dirt roads checking out all the beautifully renovated and maintained cottages.   We stayed at Francolin Cottage, which sleeps four, and combines the romance of a peaceful riverside cottage with all the amenities you might need. It was raining for the first few days, so we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful garden much, but on a sunny day, sitting under the shade of the oak tree would be obligatory.   We spentRead More

Bay Harbour Market Fun

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This Sunday afternoon we took a drive down to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay for some lunch and retail therapy. It does get busy, so best you get there early to shop and then find a spot to enjoy some of the many delicious food choices on offer.   Happy Mamma   Yummy cheezy breadsticks   Lamb Salad                   There’s something for everyone at the Bay Harbour Market. Bring the kids, there’s plenty of treats and shopping for them too, plus a kids play area which is relatively quiet. Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 9pm Saturday & Sunday:  9:30am – 4pm Website: http://www.bayharbour.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bayharbourmkt    

Four & Twenty – Cafe & Pantry

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YUM! Yummety yum! Seriously just had the BEST breakfast ever!    Met up with a friend for brekkie at Four & Twenty at 10am and it was packed! Luckily we managed to grab one of the last tables.   The menu is heavenly and it was hard to choose but everything we had was exceptional.   I can highly recommend the Eggs Be-Lean:Two Free-range Poached Eggs on an Aubergine, Mushroom & Truffle Rosti with Confit Baby Tomatoes & a light Yoghurt Hollandaise R80 ***Add Crispy Bacon R90   I forgot to take a pic, so there’s their Poached Eggs & Hollandaise served on Ciabatta.   What a stunning cafe. Do yourself a favour, call a friend and haul yourself on over there soon xxx   http://www.fourandtwentycafe.co.za/ 23 Wolfe StreetChelsea VillageWynberg7800 Telephone: 021 762 0975Email:  info@fourandtwentycafe.co.za

Amazing Abalone House & Spa Paternoster – Review

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My husband and I were invited to experience the Abalone House & Spa in August 2015.   We’ve stayed and several B&B’s before in Paternoster, which we’ve always enjoyed, but this time we were looking forward to a romantic break away from the kids.   Arriving at Abalone House, we immediately felt relaxed amidst the eclectic bohemian decor and settled into our room before enjoying a glass of bubbles on the deck.     We then went for a wander around the village and popped into one of the wonderful local restaurants for a mouth watering lunch. We wanted to go for a long stroll along the beach, but as it was drizzling, we opted to enjoy the hotel facilities instead. We’d booked a table at 7pm for dinner, but they suggested that we should come down a little earlier to see the sunset on the deck. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play along,Read More