Mauritius SO Sofitel

Mauritius SO Sofitel

At the end of January, I hopped on a plane and headed off to one of my favourite destinations… Mauritius! If you’re a regular here on StyleScoop, you probably already know my love affair with this Island. It’s so close to home (literally a four and a half hour flight away) and I would go back every year if I could. More than once too – haha It was my third visit to the island, and this time, I was very fortunate to have been invited by Accor to experience their magnificent SO Sofitel Mauritius on the South Coast of the island. Having been to Mauritius twice before, I thought I knew the island pretty well. Turns out, I got to experience a whole new kind of Mauritius in the South. On previous trips with my hubby, we stayed on the North Coast – and I pretty much know Grand Baie like the back of my hand. But this time the Mauritius I experienced was wilder, more idyllic, peaceful, serene and very different from the “buzzing touristy” island I’ve always know. The South Coast of Mauritius is wild. It’s even referred to as the “Wild South” and you can tell.…

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Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon has been on my bucket list for ages. Funny thing is, every year (for the past five) we head out on an amazing African Bush Getaway to the Timbevati. And every time, we drive straight past the town of Graskop, home to the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. This year, I decided to surprise the hubby with a stay-over on our way back and if you haven’t experienced the sheer magnificence of the Blyde River Canyon, you are missing out on one of God’s most magnificent creations! I kid you not! I thought hiking in the Drakensberg was amazing! Not that it wasn’t, but hiking at Blyde River Canyon blew our Drakensberg hike out of the park! We went on the Guinea Fowl Trail, and it was one of the most amazing eye-candy, soul inspiring activities I’ve ever done. We started close to the Lower Viewpoint at Blyde Canyon and hiked all the way down to the bottom of the valley. Then hiked back up again to the other side of the canyon. So basically, when we completed our 5,1km distance (in 3 hours and 17 minutes in case you’re wondering) we had gone around and seen the…

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Mauritius Wild South

Mauritius Wild South

One of my favourite experiences on our Mauritius trip, and one that felt – truly Mauritian – was our little rum tasting tour and touring the Mauritius Wild South. Since we did the Catamaran excursion ten years ago when we visited, we opted for an inland tour of Mauritius instead. Mauritius is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing waters, but inland Mauritius is also something to be admired. A Tour of the Wild South is a great day trip that will let you explore Mauritius’ majestic scenery. It includes a visit to the Black River National Park, the sacred lake at Grand Bassin as well as some fantastic stops at Chamarel, including; the Rum Distillery, Chamarel Waterfall and a chance to view the Seven Coloured Earths. We went with a tour group, and the big benefit there was having a tour guide – Steeve (yes with two ee’s) who made it more interesting. The only downside, was that the tour felt a bit rushed and I would have loved to spend more time at Rhumeire De Chamarel and at Grand Bassin. You can also hire a private guide, which I think would have been fantastic. The Wild South Stop at Grand Bassin Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Taloa is Mauritius’…

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Ultimate Road Trip to Limpopo

Ultimate Road Trip to Limpopo

The other day I was going through my phone and came across some photos from my Road Trip to Limpopo. Hands down, one of the best road trips I’ve ever been on. Which makes me wonder why I never sat down to write a post about it, but ya know what they say – better late than never hey! You guys know how much I love a good road trip and I’ve always said that road tripping is part of the holiday fun. Being in South Africa, we are really spoilt with an amazing road tripping landscape, where (most of the time), we have access to pretty decent roads to travel long and far! Limpopo being one of my favourite road trip destinations! Just shy of 320km driving distance from Johannesburg, Limpopo is the perfect long-ish haul road trip that isn’t too far and promises beautiful landscapes along the way. There’s a lot to see and do in Limpopo. Being en route to the Kruger National Park and having their own game reserves, going on Safari is a huge drawcard. And the region is also well known for their incredible Baobab trees, some of which are over 1 700 years old!…

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Drakensberg Mountain Getaway

Drakensberg Mountain Getaway

If you’re a regular Joburg-to-Durban (or Durbs to Jozi) road tripper and you haven’t added the majestic Drakensberg area to your stop along the way, then you’re really missing out on one of the most beautiful landscapes South Africa has to offer. A dramatic escarpment of glorious basalt peaks will take your breath away. Sweeping vistas, flawless panoramas and stunning mountains, the Drakensberg is also home to the highest peak in South Africa. Towering at 3 482 meters, the Thabana Ntlenyana mountain, which forms part the Maluti Mountain range links South Africa with the Kingdom of Lesotho. It’s name literally translates to “beautiful little mountain” which is ironic considering its spectacular height. From Durban, the Drakensberg is a short 2-2.5 hour drive, and from Jozi it’s about 4 or 5 hours, making it the ideal mid-stop for your next road trip! Since I lived in Durban, we used to travel the route passing the Berg so many times, and can’t believe it’s taken this long to actually make the stop along the way for once! Well, it’s always been at the back of my mind – but then we plan our road trip and somehow the thought of adding a Berg stop gets missed. Luckily…

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Mozambique – A foodie’s paradise

Mozambique – A foodie’s paradise

I’ll admit, I’ve never been to Mozambique before, but like a lot of African countries, it’s on my wish list! One thing I’ve heard time and time again from all those foodies who visit Moz, is that the cuisine is fantastic – and today, I’m super excited to be collaborating with Hippo.co.za to bring you an Ultimate Guide to Experiencing Mozambique as a Foodie …

If you’re planning a visit soon, these 5 dishes will delight your tastebuds.

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Fiesta’s at The Palace

Fiesta’s at The Palace

Road tripping is my favourite mini-adventure, so when Ford invited me to join them at the launch of the new Ford Fiesta, little did I know that I was in for a bucket list treat.

The destination was a secret, right up until I got behind the wheel of the styling new Ford Fiesta!

A car designed to Go Your Way! A car to match your attitude as you make your way up the ladder – and do it in style! And, since the new Ford Fiesta is all about making your way into the world of awesomeness, Sun City was the perfect destination to launch this fierce and feisty little car.

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Experience Mauritius: A Visual Story

Experience Mauritius: A Visual Story

It’s been over a month since our magical holiday to the island of Mauritius, and judging by my Instagram feed, you can tell I’m still not over this paradise island. We had such an incredible stay and today, I wanted to share some of my Mauritius Travel tips and a visual story that may help you if you’re planning a visit to this East African gem. Mauritius truly is a slice of paradise! From the beautiful beaches to the crystal clear waters with incredible sea life. Then there’s the five-star service (throughout the island), the flowing cocktails and of course, the fantastic weather. But the one true thing that makes Mauritius so incredibly special, is it’s warm and friendly people who welcome you into their little corner of paradise – if only for a few days! In March this year, for our 10 year wedding anniversary the hubby spoilt me rotten! Firstly with an incredible designer piece that I’ve lusted after for ages, but if that wasn’t enough, he also spoilt me with an 8-day surprise trip to Mauritius. He actually sneaked our flights and accommodation booking for Mauritius inside the handbag he gave me on my birthday (BTW, my birthday…

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Going on Safari? Here’s 5 Things I’ve Learnt

Going on Safari? Here’s 5 Things I’ve Learnt View Post

A Holidaymakers Guide to “Do Durban”

A Holidaymakers Guide to “Do Durban”

I recently had a lovely little break in my old city, Durban. While I was there, soaking in the winter sunshine – (yep, like true Joburger’s we spent most of our time at the beach – in winter noggal) – it reminded me of how amazing Durbs is. Having lived there for 10 years as a local, I had forgotten what made Durban such a gem!

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24 Hours in Prague; What To Do, See, Eat and My Travel Tips

24 Hours in Prague; What To Do, See, Eat and My Travel Tips

I love reading 24 hour city guides. I like to see what others would get up to if they had only 24 hours, because I think it highlights their best parts of a city. Although my recent visit to Prague was for 3 days, bear in mind that this was a business trip, so a lot of the time our schedule was packed with interviews, launches and store visits. But, I did manage to experience a full day of exploring before jetting back to SA – as well a few sights sneaked in between the agenda. If you’re planning a trip to the kingdom of Bohemia, then here’s a few of my travel tips…

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Come Walk With Me Through Old Town Prague

Come Walk With Me Through Old Town Prague

I’ve just returned from T-H-E most amazing, 3 day trip in beautiful Prague and can’t get over the beauty and charm of this magical, fairy tale like city of contrasts. I was there attending #BataFashionWeekend, as Prague is the home town of the 123 year old Bata shoe brand. In the coming weeks, I’ll have more content on the fashion show; with an insight into what you can expect to see from Bata (exciting things to come), as well more travel content,  but for today, I wanted to take you along, on a walk through Old Town Prague with me…

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Prepping for Prague

Prepping for Prague

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that pretty soon, I’ll be jetting off to Prague! A city of contrasts, the land of mystic and baroque beauty, art decor and gothic towers, where every turn provides a magical backdrop and the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in the relic of time. What you may not know, is why I’m going to Prague! As much as I am excited about crossing the infamous Charles Bridge or getting to watch the Astronomical Clock strike, I’m going for very exciting fashion weekend with Bata Shoes, which you gals will get to read all about, right here pretty soon! So stay tuned! With just 8 days left before I’m Prague bound, I wanted to share a little post about my preparations. Right now, excitement levels are pretty high – as I’m sure you can imagine.

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Jacarandas in Cullinan

Jacarandas in Cullinan

Going to see the Jacarandas in full bloom in Cullinan has been something I’ve wanted to do for ages. Last year, we attempted to go and see them, but I think we might have been a bit too late as they had already finished blooming in November. This year though, I wasn’t about to let them get away from me.

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5 Essential Girly Items You Need on A Game Drive

5 Essential Girly Items You Need on A Game Drive

If you’re planning a little bush getaway this summer, or anytime really, I’ve nailed down a few of my best “On-Landy” beauty essentials that are perfect to take along with you on your game drive experience.

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An Epic Day of Sand & Dunes With The New Ranger Auto

An Epic Day of Sand & Dunes With The New Ranger Auto

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited on an epic adventure with Ford South Africa. Myself, together with a whole bunch of super cool travel and lifestyle bloggers were flown out to George, and spent the day putting the new Ford Ranger Auto through its paces. The goal; to see how much fun you can have in this beast! And so much fun was had!

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Exploring The Bright Streets of Bo-Kaap

Exploring The Bright Streets of Bo-Kaap

Good morning gals! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Summer is on the way, which means I’m in high spirits. Bring on the heat! For today’s post, I’m doing something a little different… Showing you a quick sneak peek at the pretty, colourful streets of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town.

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Perfecting the Journey with the TUMI Fall Winter 2016 Collection

Perfecting the Journey with the TUMI Fall Winter 2016 Collection

Whenever I travel, the journey is half the fun! Whether it’s an overseas getaway to Europe, a quick flight to Durbs or a weekend roadtrip closer to home, I just love the whole experience of travel. The other thing I love is luggage! Smart, stylish luggage that not only gets your trip off to a good start, but makes the whole process of travel more seamless.

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Do It In Winter: Take a Trip Up Sani Pass

Do It In Winter: Take a Trip Up Sani Pass

I’m Throwing back this Thursday to our 2013 trip up Sani Pass in Lesotho. I’ve been thinking about this trip so much lately, and I really want to do it again! This time in winter! When we went, we went around March and it was lovely, but I remember thinking that it would be even more amazing in winter! All snuggled up in the cold with nothing but a blazing fire to keep you warm and beautiful surroundings. Oh, and not forgetting the decadently wicked Hot Chocolate with a shot of Kahlua to keep warm from the inside – at The Highest Pub In Africa!

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Romantic Weekend Getaway

Romantic Weekend Getaway

Last weekend was one of the best we’ve had in ages. In March, we celebrated our 8-year wedding anniversary and I really wanted to do something special, so we headed out to “the country” for a romantic weekend getaway at the beautiful Kievits Kroon Country Estate in Pretoria. This 16-hectare estate is a true gem! It’s like being in the beautiful Cape Winelands, without venturing too far from home. Well, if your home is in jozi that is! Lush and tranquil, Kievits Kroon is a country escape that has everything you need to relax, unwind and enjoy life’s little pleasures. From the moment you enter the estate, Manor Lane greets you a with a breathtaking pathway lined with the most beautiful setting of trees. As you drive through the estate, you cant help but appreciate all the picture perfect scenery that awaits. We took advantage of the surroundings and snapped some pics of my new trench coat which I love, but for today, I want to tell you all about our stay, and I’ll share the style post with you tomorrow. We checked into our VIP Suite on Friday afternoon and spent some time exploring and admiring the grounds before our dinner reservation at the Granita Restaurant. What I absolutely love about Kievits Kroon’s accommodation,…

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