Entries by athanetgs


Some of the best summer memories involve ice cream, and yoghurt has advanced to a key lunchbox snack. In the Garden Route, the local artisan dairy scene has elevated playful science to an exciting niche with unexpected tastes and experimental flavours. WORDS Grethe Mattheus   PHOTOGRAPHS Melanie Maré Ice Palazzo “Ice cream is like a time […]

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Hello holidays

A holiday in the Southern Cape is about more than just hanging out on the beach. South has selected a collection of new tourism offerings, fun family activities and authentic local shopping experiences for you to explore this summer. Also have a look at our diary on page 28 and our online calendar for events […]

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World class

Gone are the days that the Garden Route was considered too remote and obscure for locals to make it big. South is proud to profile some of the increasing number of internationally outstanding individuals who call the region ‘home’. PHOTOGRAPHS Vanessa van Vreden, Melanie Maré and supplied Bianca Buitendag Professional surfer Bianca Buitendag, aged 23, […]



Tattoos, once the province of those living on the fringes of accepted society, have become part of the mainstream like never before. On the Garden Route internationally respected tattoo artists Moog Muller and Estelle van der Walt attract clients from around the world – and from all walks of life. WORDS Candice Ludick  PHOTOGRAPHS Melanie Maré […]


Sow successful

A passion for gardening, instinct for business and a chocolaty idea has grown into an award-winning business for George-based entrepreneur Vanessa Jacobs. WORDS Yolandi North  PHOTOGRAPH Desmond Scholtz Vanessa Jacobs, inventor of the Slab of Seed®, recently won the prestigious Sanlam and Business Partners Limited 2016 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award. The slab – […]

Remaking The Point

When the pioneering owners of Gondwana decided it was time to move off the game reserve to an urban centre with schools, they were not keen to forsake the wilderness completely. The Point House on a sprawling countryside property in Knysna was a perfect fit and a fun refurbishment project. WORDS Clare van Rensburg   PHOTOGRAPHS […]

Tortoise land

South Africa has the richest diversity of tortoises in the world, with the Cape – including the Garden Route – considered the epicentre of tortoise land. With a little consideration and a whole lot of awareness, Southern Cape locals are in the unique position to contribute to the survival of these ancient reptiles. WORDS Francini […]

Crowding the issue

Are there too many guesthouses, coffee shops, builders and estate agents on the Garden Route? South investigates the impact of too many similar businesses in small economies, which sectors are most affected, alternatives and opportunities. WORDS Louise F Venter Too many similar businesses clustered in one area, competing for the same market, is often felt […]


Forest spin

Take a trip into the forests on a self-balancing two-wheeler this holiday. It is amazingly easy – even for those of us who have not been blessed with athletic prowess – exhilarating, empowering and fun. WORDS Athane Scholtz   PHOTOGRAPHS Desmond Scholtz   I’m not particularly brave. Nor am I sporty. Dressed in a skirt, I’ve made […]

Planet, people, profit

Not everyone agrees about the practicality and relevance of sustainability. Three Garden Route businesses share their views on the concept, as well as their own bold steps to create an economy that works for people and planet. WORDS Francini van Staden   PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIED Gondwana Game Reserve, Herbertsdale 
 On 11 000 hectares of fynbos, Gondwana […]