Category Archives: accommodation

Corona Virus: V&A Waterfront closes key attractions, but continues to trade!


After a crisis meeting on Tuesday, the management of the V & A Waterfront has announced the temporary closure of the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, as well as the cancellation of all public events at its precinct, in its reaction to the National Disaster announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday. Other internal measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus were announced by the biggest tourist attraction in our country to its tenants yesterday. Continue reading →

City of Cape Town takes action against refugees at Greenmarket Square, all back to normal!


As a Tourist Guide I have had the unpleasant task of showing tourists the unsightly, smelly, and sad settlement of about 600 African refugees that had developed over four months around Greenmarket Square, outside the Central Methodist Church, and the historic Town House building which houses the Michaelis Art Collection. Yesterday the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department took action in encouraging the refugees to leave, after it had won a court case and followed the process which had been prescribed. Continue reading →

Babylonstoren 2 opens as The Newt in Somerset in the UK, celebrates local produce, history, and beauty!


It was by chance that I heard about The Newt in Somerset opening in the UK last year, a property which Babylonstoren owners Koos Bekker and Karen Roos bought in 2013 as Hadspen House, renaming the renovated estate, and turning it into a property similar to Babylonstoren outside Franschhoek. Continue reading →

Cape Town Top 20 World Travel Destination, home to 7 of South Africa’s Top 10 Hotels, according to 2020 Forbes Travel Guide!


The Forbes Travel Guide has included ten top South African hotels in its 2020 Star Award winner list, seven of which are in Cape Town, one in Stellenbosch, and two in Johannesburg. Cape Town also made the Guide’s Top 20;Travel Destination List. Continue reading →

High Tea goes even higher on Table Mountain, in aid of StreetSmart!


In celebration of the 15th anniversary of StreetSmart, an organisation that raises funds for the upliftment of street children, it is going up Table Mountain on 27 February 2020 to host a High Tea, the highest High Tea served in Cape Town on that day! Continue reading →

‘Match in Africa’ Roger Federer Foundation Charity Tennis match a huge win for Cape Town and Southern Africa!


Last week I wrote about the charity ‘Match in Africa’ between two tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in aid of the Roger Federer Foundation, played in the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening 7 February. Figures presented in it were estimates, but the impact of this star event for Cape Town, our country, and Southern Africa is even bigger than anticipated. Continue reading →

Excerpt from SwitchBitch Book 3: Making the most of two unplanned days in Madrid!


On my trip to Havana from Madrid, after completing the Portuguese Coastal Camino in July last year, I was forced to spend two unplanned days in Madrid.  Whilst upset initially, I was grateful for being able to spend the time in a city which I had only briefly met a year before.  Continue reading →

Welcome to Camps Bay, the French Riviera of Cape Town!


For my Tourist Guiding course we have to present a project about an area in the Cape Peninsula or the Wineland, depending on which tour we have been allocated a practical task. I was very lucky to have been given the area between Maidens Cove in Clifton to Llandudno, along the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, the French Riviera of Cape Town. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to The Bay Hotel; Sour Service Award goes to ESKOM!


The Sweet Service Award goes to The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, and its GM Reinard Gerber, for the offer to provide a daily food box as well as 200 garbage bags per week to my Camps Bay Clean initiative, in which we clean up the Camps Bay Promenade on weekdays and public holidays.



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Resting in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil: visiting tourist highlights and best restaurants!


There is only one way to get back to South Africa from South America, and that is from São Paulo in Brazil. I decided to grant myself a little rest break in Rio de Janeiro, while I was in the country, rather than visit São Paulo, at the end of a three-month trip in Cuba and in South America. I visited the top tourist attractions and restaurants in this city. Continue reading →