It may not be the southernmost point of Africa – that honour goes to Cape Agulhas – but Cape Point certainly makes you feel as if you are standing at the edge of the world.

It’s worth setting aside a whole day – or at least a large chunk of it – to visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve. While they tend to hog all the glory, the two peaks at the tip of the peninsula, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, form just a small part of the 7750-hectare reserve. This largely untouched stretch of land is home to buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebra, and a whopping 250 species of bird! Plus, you’ll find some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches along this stretch of Cape Town’s coast.

Of course, if you are visiting the Cape Point Nature Reserve, you have to take in the view from at least one of the peaks. Cape Point has been feared and respected by sailors since Bartolomeu Dias first rounded the Cape – which he dubbed the Cape of Storms – in 1488. The 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point are testament to the perils that await those who attempt to navigate the treacherous waters, particularly at night.

One such ship was the Flying Dutchman, which was captained by Hendrik van der Decken. Legend has it that Van der Decken – headed home to Holland from Batavia – insisted on rounding the point in stormy conditions despite the pleas of his crew. He went so far as to lash himself to the wheel and – according to a more far-fetched version – accidentally shoot an angel who appeared on deck, thus cursing the crew to an eternity lost at sea. Over the centuries, many have sworn that they have seen the ghostly ship out at sea.

These days, you can catch the Flying Dutchman Funicular – the only funicular of its kind in Africa – from the lower station near the car park up to the old lighthouse on the highest section of the Cape Point peak. The three-minute journey saves you a quad-killing climb! The old lighthouse, which was built in 1859, is currently used as a centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. The height at which the old lighthouse was built – 249 metres above sea level – actually turned out to be a disadvantage because the lighthouse became ineffective in very misty conditions. Because of this, a second lighthouse – the most powerful in South Africa – was built 87 meters above sea level in 1914.

From the top of Cape Point, you can see both peninsula coastlines – Atlantic and False Bay – and a seemingly un-ending expanse of ocean. However, if you are hoping to see a line where the Benguela and Agulhas currents collide, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This meeting point actually fluctuates somewhere between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas, and there is no distinctive line.  For a selfie next to the sign that reads ‘Most South-Western Point of the African Continent’, you’ll have to take the 45-minute hike along the cliff to the Cape of Good Hope.

The reserve offers up a number of hikes through the fynbos and along the coastline. On the Atlantic side, you’ll find a lot of flat beach walking, and on the False Bay side, routes along the cliff-tops, where you are more likely to encounter bigger game. For information about the different trails, pop in to the Buffelsfontein Visitors’ Centre and pick up a brochure.

There are a number of pristine beaches worth visiting, but be cautious about swimming in the ocean as the area is known for its strong and unpredictable currents. Dias Beach, which you can see stretching out below you from the cliffs of Cape Point, requires a little effort (20 minutes down and another 40 back up), but is well worth it. If you have the necessary permits, the secluded Maclear Beach, is great for fishing and diving, and Buffels Beach boasts tidal pools and braai spots.

If you find yourself without a packed lunch, the Two Oceans Restaurant, which has spectacular views from its wooden deck, offers up delectable seafood and sushi. There are also curio shops for those looking to take home more than memories.

On a practical note, it is worth mentioning that you’ll have to pay a conservation fee to get into the reserve. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, and take along a warm top – even if it is a hot day – because the wind (and there is almost always wind) at the top of Cape Point can be icy!

Air travel is often fraught with excitement, frustration and dramas. The people -flight attendants and passengers alike- whom you meet onboard often determine whether the flight is to be enjoyed or endured. Here is a list of the 11 types of passengers whom you will meet in the friendly skies. Which type of passenger are you?

Business Class


Donning a sharp suit, he wears a look of seriousness and displays a no-nonsense attitude from the moment he boards the aircraft. It is written all over his face that he is not one to be trifled with.

Just a trivial issue like having a filled overhead compartment above his seat – that forbids him to stow his carry-on bag near him – is enough to reveal the slightest hint of annoyance on his face. The only times he peels away from his laptop are during a meal service or when he has to answer nature’s call.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is a much-preferred group of business travellers who reject their meals and drinks in the pursuit of repaying their sleep debts. Just do not sit them next to a crying child.


I have full of admiration and empathy for parents who travel with their young children in tow, especially those who travel without their spouse.

During the entire course of the flight, the call attendant button exists as their lifeline. Many flight attendants go beyond and above their call of duty to render miscellaneous assistance to fatigue-stricken parents – be it minding their child for a moment, retrieving an item from a bag -since their hands are always full- or filling their milk bottles. Most of them do not mean to be bothersome, but they often come across as such with their endless requests.

However, what irks me most are lackadaisical parents who leave their young children starved of attention, while they keep their eyes fixated on the entertainment screen. They do little or nothing to pacify their crying child and appear more interested to finish a movie. Besides ruining the peaceful cabin ambience, they ruin the moods of neighbouring passengers too. I am not sure about you, but I would be more understanding if visible efforts have been made to turn off the waterworks of their child.


A fact that often goes unhighlighted by parents to their children: The aircraft cabin is not your playground. Unbeknownst to many parents, the aircraft is a dangerous place for kids who are left unsupervised. Moving meal carts, spilling overhead compartments and unforeseen turbulences are potential accidents waiting to happen when parents allow their children to run freely along the aisles.

It is understandable that the novelty of flying is real for young children, who are often unable to sit still or keep their volumes down because they simply cannot contain their excitement. They wear their parents’ patience thin, and at times, mine too. Can you imagine having to tolerate their screams and fidgeting on a long haul flight? Please pass me some ear plugs or try to keep your child occupied with movies, games or books.



Their faces turn as white as sheet during three important phases of the flight: Takeoff, turbulence and landing. I previously encountered a middle-aged lady, who clung on to her spouse for her dear life during an extremely turbulent phase of the flight that shook the aircraft violently for several minutes. To be honest, I was more worried that she would pass out due to anxiety, rather than the aircraft breaking apart.

For the claustrophobics, flying in an enclosed space without any exit points is a nightmare come true. Every passing minute spent in the skies is excruciating for them. They are vulnerable to panic attacks and feel uncomfortable about leaving their seats during the flight. If you ever find yourself seated beside a passenger who displays symptoms of claustrophobia, provide some relief with verbal assurances because they need it the most. I guess the fear of flying is a personal issue that is difficult to allay with age, experiences or wisdom.


They may have chalked up a huge mileage from their travels, but they are none the wiser. More often than not, they are unwilling to comply with safety regulations that inconvenience them. When instructed to raise the window shade or stow their foot rest for takeoff or landing, expect to hear a grunt from them. Likewise, expect a louder grunt when they are told to return their seats upright during a meal service. Their disgruntlement appears to be the only thing that matters to them during the flight, not their manners nor safety.

Their life is over when they do not receive their choice of meal onboard. I am gravely exaggerating, but how many times have we witnessed a passenger kicking up a big fuss over the lack of their meal choice? Fact: There is no Michelin-starred chef onboard. You are just missing out on a heavily processed meal that your body will thank you for – should you choose to skip it completely.


Have you ever sat beside a passenger who kept throwing intrusive glances your way on a public mode of transport? Or unwittingly ended up as Aunt agony while listening to the life story of a neighbouring stranger?

Don’t get me wrong though, it is wonderful to trade travel insights and interesting anecdotes. However, everyone is entitled to their own privacy in a public setting. Don’t we all dread being labelled as a broken record? Imagine having to put up with one on a long haul flight.

My tip for dealing with potential creeps or space invaders? Offer monosyllabic replies to indicate your lack of interest.

Plane food


Bearing in mind that aircraft food is notoriously unhealthy, I cannot fathom the logic behind passengers who match their appetites with the growing mileage clocked. After a full meal service and a few cocktail orders, do you really need another serving of cup noodles? Studies have shown that the effectiveness of our taste buds is altered while flying, but I highly doubt it causes our appetites to double.

A point this category of passengers is missing here: The aircraft galley is not your international buffet restaurant or charitable supermarket in the skies. Onboard service is free-flowing, but the in-flight catered food is not. Also, do they really expect others to be able to fall asleep with the tangy scent of Tom yum (read: cup noodles) wafting in the confined cabin? As if putting up with the stale, recycled cabin air isn’t bad enough…



You can spot them from a distance sporting a rugged look or some hipster dreadlocks. They usually travel alone or in a pair, but hardly ever in a group. These nomads travel light and are often in good spirits. Clad in a simple getup, most of them are easygoing and are eager to share their travel stories. Their intriguing stories will keep you entertained on a budget flight without an in-flight entertainment system at your seat. Generally a category of no-frills passengers, they are unlikely to step on anyone’s toes during the flight.


From time to time, I will encounter elderly couples who paint a heartwarming picture of love through their little gestures. They appear grateful to be able to travel with their soulmate in their golden years, in spite of their fragilities and limitations.

For them, love manifests itself in the skies through the smallest of actions like a soothing massage or making an accompanied trip to the washroom together. Rarely one without the other, they can be seen going on slow walks along the aisles during the lull period. They make me go green with envy, in a good way of course.

Window Seat


Nobody needs to know the lyrics of your favourite heavy metal tune… So spare a thought for others and turn down the volume a notch. Also, it will be wise to remove your headset while you chat with your buddy, instead of unceremoniously letting us in on your opinions of that hot flight attendant who just served you a drink.

For those who recently become of a legal drinking age, it is natural to experiment with alcohol – especially when it comes without a price tag. Expect them to host their own booze party onboard, courtesy of the bar carts that house a decent selection of liquors and wines. If it is any consolation, they should be sound asleep after the meal service, no thanks to their enthusiastic servings of in-flight tipples.


He is mindful of his behaviour and is respectful towards the needs of his fellow passengers. He is seen lending a helping hand to female or elderly passengers who struggle to stow their heavy baggage during boarding. His intentions are thoughtful, and he is a pleasant passenger to have onboard.

He will not steal your legroom or nudge your elbow off the armrest. Neither will he cut your queue during boarding nor block the aisle while rummaging through his carry-on bag to retrieve his earphones. He will not be caught dead discreetly removing his stinky socks. If you have been guilty of any of these aforementioned ungentlemanly acts, a change is always welcomed.

Europe is well known for its rich mix of culture, charm, and history. For the travel lovers, Europe has a long list of destinations that offer fascinating experiences.   Join us on a journey through some of the most exciting European destinations every tourist should visit


Every French adventure begins in the City of Light. With its chic boulevards, fabulous museums and historic cafés, Paris is one of the most loved tourists’ destinations. But France has so much more to offer, from the majestic French Alps to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean,the world love affair with France continues.


Italy is one of Europe’s hot spots. And it is not difficult to see why. From the majestic monuments of Rome, to Florence’s artistic Renaissance glories, to the charming alleyways of Venice – These are all well known. Less famous is the sublime beaches of Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast, and the culinary pleasures of Italy’s foodie capital Bologna, or the hip atmosphere of Milan. In Italy you will find a wealth of exciting activates. You can ski the Alps, go for a hike between the beautiful scenic islands of Cinque Terre, or dive off Southern Italy’s golden coast. Adrenaline junkies can catch fireworks on Sicily’s volatile volcanoes. But as much as the sights, or the sports, a trip to Italy is about getting immersed in the laid back art of living, Italians are so famous for. It’s about sipping a Cappuccino Italiano at a sidestreet café, or sampling some of Italy’s finest pasta dishes over a long lunch; it’s about looking good and putting your problems on hold.


Spain evokes images of flamenco dancers, tapas and late night dinners, and the Alhambra in the moonlight. What wonderful memories you’ll create in this historic piece of Europe, rich in art, history, delights and beautiful Mediterranean beaches! Of course, you’ll want to visit cities in different regions to give you a broad sampling of what Spain has to offer. But if you are under time constrains, a visit to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city with its surrealist architecture and entertainment galore will definitely charm you into a return visit.

The Netherlands

Many tourists come to the Netherlands to visit Amsterdam, the birth place of Van Gogh and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. What makes Amsterdam so attractive is its historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment; yet one full of fun lively night life. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares along with an active culture of cycling, create an atmosphere that tourists find unique.



The United Kingdom

Once known as “the empire on which the sun never sets”, the UK has managed to place itself at the forefront of global travel, through some excellent historical, sporting and cultural institutions. London, the great capital where history collides with art, fashion, and food is a very exciting place to visit. A perfect day is different for everyone: Art and nature lovers shouldn’t miss the great parks, grand cathedrals, royal places, and the great variety of world class museums with free-entry. Fashionisas, will find a shopping haven in Oxford Street. For foodies, Tea-time at Harrod’s or crispy fish & chips lunch offer classic London flavor. Music and book lovers will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. For all this and more, cosmopolitan London is clearly a good idea to pack up and go!

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