Entries by Juan Verhoog

Lungs of chrome

Whether your interest in riding started on the pillion seat of a bike, or you just woke up one morning and decided you wanted to experience first-hand the thrill of the ride, there’s little more empowering than climbing onto your own motorbike and taking to the open road. WORDS Richard Webb While your love of […]

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Bringing it home

From the silent strength of stone and the lustrous versatility of silver to the decadent comfort of chocolate, three Garden Route entrepreneurs have brought home the skills they’ve learnt abroad and are finding fulfilment as they practice their traditional crafts in this digital age. WORDS Clare van Rensburg PHOTOGRAPHS Melanie Maré  The Karoo silversmith Di van […]

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Alchemist of cheese

Alje van Deemter has been serving his award-winning cheese for lunch at his off-the-beaten-track Tsitsikamma home for 18 years. South visited Alje to learn why he is known as the Alchemist of cheese.  WORDS Candice Ludick PHOTOGRAPHS Lisa Greyling Tucked away in the heart of the Tsitsikamma lies one of the Garden Route’s best kept […]

Baboon season

Urban development in the Garden Route is forcing baboons to forage for food in local homes as their habitat dwindles, but residents and authorities are banding together to find a holistic solution to increased clashes between primate and man.  WORDS Francini van Staden Locals call it baboon season – the time from May to October […]

Baroque decadence

Not so long ago, Wilja Reitz was a celebrated Cape Town interior couturier whose decadent handmade lampshades and extravagant hats found international audiences. In 2013 she gave it all up to pursue a dream that has been enticing her for more than ten years. WORDS Athane Scholtz PHOTOGRAPHS Desmond Scholtz The baroque barn outside Plettenberg Bay […]

Jewelled delights

Deliciously sweet and tangy, exceptionally healthy and unapologetically pretty, pomegranates are a welcome seasonal addition to the table. Southern Cape producers and a local chef share their tips on growing, harvesting and cooking with this superfood. WORDS Tisha Steyn PHOTOGRAPHS Melanie Maré Sitting in his kitchen at Turnberry Boutique Hotel in Oudtshoorn, well-known chef Niel Els […]

Blooming good

It is not only Proteas cricket captain AB de Villiers who has come into full bloom on the global stage. Indeed the national flower is tallying up its own astonishing records on world markets and new opportunities are waiting to be explored. WORDS Yolande Stander, Garden Route Media PHOTOGRAPHS Ewald Stander Over the past four […]


Smart new world

Motor manufacturers foresee that there will be up to four billion cars on the road by 2050, leaving roads congested and the environment under pressure. South talks to car bosses about their plans to resolve the impending personal mobility dilemma. WORDS Richard Webb As global prosperity and the populations of big cities increase, along with […]


Whale trippin’

As the world’s ocean giants swim up the Garden Route coast this season, Ocean Odyssey, the first Blue Flag nature-based boat excursion in the Greater Knysna area, takes me up close and personal with these majestic creatures of the deep. WORDS Athane Scholtz PHOTOGRAPHS Lisa Greyling, supplied (Ocean Odyssey) It’s a beautiful day on the Garden […]


Going places…slowly

It takes patience and a slow, steady approach to catch crocodiles or count birds – experience that stands the owner and manager of the Sedgefield Slow Festival in good stead as she puts the small Garden Route village on the tourist map and advocates wholesome family living. WORDS Jacques Marais PHOTOGRAPH Desmond Scholtz “The Sedgefield […]