• Blog,  Travel

    Places you can visit without a Visa

    South African passport holders will completely understand the gauntlet that needs to be endured in order to obtain a travel visa. Most times the process falls short of a blood sample and a home visit. This is despite the fact that the South African passport is the strongest in Africa. So how do you get around this complicated process? Marry someone with a stronger passport? Stay at home for the rest of your life? Why not visit one of these countries that don’t require South Africans to get a visa. Just within Africa there are quite a few. Angola, Benin, Botswana, Djibouti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda,…

  • Travel

    Best places to see the Big 5

    Having recently visited the Pilanesberg, I am now serious craving another bush holiday. However, the problem comes in when you want to visit a big 5 game reserve.   As a South African taking 2 days to drive through the bush and potentially spot some of the most magnificent creatures, sounds like a weekend well spent, the only problem is not many of us can afford it. When it comes to some lodges you are looking at forking out as much as you would on a trip to Europe.   So where can you go that isn’t too hard on the pocket? Luckily there are a few options.   Obviously,…

  • Blog,  Travel

    8 photos that will make you fall in love with Croatia

    Croatia seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment and with reason. In August 2018 we had the opportunity to visit this beautiful country and it definitely lived up to its reputation.   We decided that if you are going to travel to the gem of the Adriatic the best way to see it is by sea and boarded Sail Croatia for a 7 day roundtrip from Split to Dubrovnik and back. The trips itinerary included a different city every night with an afternoon swim stop with lunch to break up your day at sea.   The cities are each special in their own way and choosing only 8…

  • Blog,  Travel

    Travel through 5 European cities in 3 weeks

    As South Africans we honestly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. So, when it comes to picking a holiday destination we really have to choose carefully to be able to find a place that can come close to the beautiful areas we have on our doorstep. After a vast amount of research and a substantial time on Pinterest, five specific destinations were added to her itinerary:  Croatia, Vienna, Budapest, Milan and Venice. In her own words, Kriya gives us an account of her tour of Europe. Croatia The land of crystal-clear waters, great seafood and ‘Kings Landing’. Croatia is a vast country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. It…

  • Blog,  Food,  Travel

    5 Pretoria Markets you need to know about

    Everyone loves a good food market. Especially when you know you are going to get great food, craft beer, vintage clothing and maybe a little live music. Over the past few years, Pretorians have really caught onto the market trend and we are lucky enough to see a good variety of events popping up. Here is my pick of the best markets to visit in Pretoria. Deep Roots Market Date: Every first Friday of the month, 4pm to late Location: 78 Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria Deep Roots Market started a little while ago and slowly but surely become one of my favourite markets to visit in Pretoria. You can expect a…

  • Music

    ‘Skyscrapers’ are reaching for the sky!

    At the age of 14, I was more concerned about what to wear to school on “civvies day” and which boy I liked at the time, but these youngsters are dominating the South African music scene. The band consists of singer/songwriter Mila Smith (13), keyboardist Leo Letschert (12) and drummer Dan Buchalter (12).  The trio met at school and formed the band in 2015. The Cape Town-based artists play infectious pop with soul influences – from the hopeful ballad ‘There’s A Light’ to the smooth-sounding, harder-hitting ‘Politicians’. They also constantly experiment with different music styles: from hip-hop to drum ‘n bass. Mila’s voice is mature and has a distractive sound and…

  • Food

    54 on Bath’s stunning new venue

    Tsogo Sun’s luxury Johannesburg hotel, 54 On Bath, launches its new champagne bar and garden by Maison Perrier-Jouët, an enchanting space of crafted beauty inspired by the Maison’s delicate floral style. Against the backdrop of the Champagne Garden’s sweeping terrace and breath-taking views, guests will enjoy an exclusive selection of prestigious Perrier-Jouët Champagnes.   True to Maison Perrier-Jouët’s philosophy of uniting art and nature to bring beauty and wonder to everyday life, the Perrier-Jouët garden is designed to immerse guests in a refined and elegant ambiance in the Maison’s signature green, white and gold, embracing the natural beauty of its surroundings within the refined and tranquil setting of 54 on…

  • Music

    Goodluck signs a global record deal

    The big news is finally out for live-electronic trio GoodLuck! The band, who are currently touring and writing in the USA have just signed their first global record deal with Ultra Music Records in the States and Sony B1 Recordings in Germany joining some of the world’s dance music elite alongside Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, KYGO to name a few.   Consistently blowing listeners away with their live shows, ease of production and inspired pop style, GoodLuck are set to release ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’ to the world on March 31st. The track, already a huge hit here at home in South Africa with a #1…

  • Celebrities

    Celebrate the “Freedom of Comedy” with the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards

    Now in its seventh year, the Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® (Savanna CCA’s) will be the biggest – and farthest reaching – yet. For the first time, the pinnacle comedy awards event in South Africa will expand to include all African countries – a first for the industry. Held under the banner of “The Freedom of Funny”, the Awards will celebrate the power that humour has to break down barriers and open borders between African countries and encourage the free flow of comedy talent. This freedom is the cornerstone of comedians’ ability to make people laugh – and to make a living. This is the freedom they have…

  • Nails

    Kriya’s easy Christmas nail art tutorial

    Nail art has been a huge trend this year, so why not end the year in style with a beautiful yet easy nail design that will leave everyone at the Christmas party admiring your nails. Christmas is just around the corner and its time to start preparing for those year end functions. One thing I always feel is key to completing that perfect evening outfit or look, is beautifully manicured nails. So why not get into the festive spirit and mirror the most wonderful time of the year on your nails? This design is super simple and doesn’t require a large amount of time or even artistic skill to master.…