Tag Archives: Craighall

Hands on Retreat, Craighall

  Discovering ‘Hands on Retreat’ in Craighall, Johannesburg, is like discovering an oasis in the desert. It is in fact an oasis, but one in the heart of an urban jungle. This gorgeous four-star guesthouse is just a few blocks away from busy Jan Smuts Avenue, close to the hustle and bustle of Hyde Park…
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Jozi in the rain!

  We’ve had non-stop rain in Jozi for the past two or three days and it is delicious, everything is green, grey and misty, the dams are filling up, the farmers are delighted and we’re all feeling a lot cooler and calmer. We think the best thing to do in this weather is to curl…
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Garden Day in South Africa

It felt quite apt that we had our first beautiful gentle summer rains during the night, just before Garden Day South Africa. Gardens in Johannesburg were given a good soaking, the dust disappeared and everything felt cleansed and divine, just in time for the first South African Garden Day. Garden Day is all about celebration….
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Amanzi Guest House

Our Johannesburg Guesthouses are all small, intimate and super personal. Guests get to know the owners really well and a successful stay often depends on the interaction between owner and guest. But of course it is impossible for an owner to be on hand 24 hours a day. Everyone needs a break, a holiday or…
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The Braamfontein Spruit, Jozi

Yesterday we walked the Braamfontein Spruit. We smothered ourselves in Vichy sunblock 100, put on good walking shoes, filled bottles of water, grabbed our hats and off we went. We set off from the Delta Park environmental centre (tons of parking), and then followed the part of the trail that leads from the Delta, through the…
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Walking in Johannesburg

So you’re going to be in Johannesburg over Easter? Well, we think you’re lucky. No traffic, no crowds, no huge expense. And, provided the sun is shining, here are a couple of nature reserves that are close to Jozi and rather beautiful. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve This is the largest proclaimed nature reserve in the bigger…
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Science, Cocktails and Jazz

Last Tuesday night was a first for me. I sat in on a physics lecture given by Andrew Forbes, an applied laser physicist and scientist at Wits University. It wasn’t just an ordinary lecture. If it was, I would never have been there! This was at The Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein, part of their monthly series…
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