Visit ba.com

Cape Town

South Africa’s fabulous baker boys

Desserts are the edible status symbols of the century. And who are the people behind these picture-perfect creations, the makers of SA’s most delicate pastries, tarts and cream petits fours? As Jane Broughton discovers, a bunch of blokes. Beards, tattoos and all

Wrapped up: the history of Lesotho’s Basotho blankets

Wearable blankets have hit the world’s catwalks lately, but in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho – now celebrating 50 years of independence – blankets have been stylish for over 150 years. More than that, they’re part of everyday life, as shown in Thom Pierce’s series ‘The Horsemen of Semonkong’. As these images go on exhibition this month, Ufrieda Ho unwraps the history of Basotho blankets

City hot spot: Woodstock-Salt River, Cape Town

Designers, baristas and stylists are all falling for the chic charms of these inner-city South African suburbs, says local writer Brandon de Kock

An (almost) A-Z guide to African food in South Africa

In recent years, there has been a steady influx of epicurean entrepreneurs and talented chefs from north of South Africa’s borders, bringing with them different spices, produce, culinary styles and tastes. Here is an ‘A–Z’ of exotic, authentic dishes from all around the continent

50 curious places to visit in southern Africa

To mark High Life South Africa’s 50th issue, the team asked experts from a variety of fields to give their tips on making the most of southern Africa

South Africa: Fancourt, George, Western Cape

It may boast Africa’s leading golf course, but with four pools, as many restaurants, an acclaimed spa and exemplary accommodation, this relaxed resort isn’t all about teeing off. Ianthe Butt checks in

South Africa: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Majestic mountains at the rear and the glittering ocean on its doorstep make this boutique hotel the perfect place to get back to nature. Ianthe Butt is enchanted

Cape Town: Cape Grace

Fans of tradition will love this antique-laden retreat with a South African sea breeze says Ianthe Butt

Six of the world’s best city villas

From a bastion of modern design to a 12th century palazzo, Issy D'Arcy Clark uncovers six villas in cities across the globe

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Cape Town’s corner shops

The once-ubiquitous corner café is becoming less easy to find. Which means that stepping over the threshold into one of Cape Town’s long-term survivors is even more of a treat. Could I have one Disprin, a Double O, a ripe avo, seven Fizzers and a Barbie, please?

13 ways to not watch the Rugby Cup Final in South Africa

For some, watching rugby on 31 October will be too awful. What’s more, it’s Halloween (scary! Did they plan it this way?). Here are other thrills to be had

The tales of Table Mountain

Ancient icon, new world wonder: Table Mountain’s legendary beauty caresses the city that surrounds her. In celebration of ‘the mountain’, Janine Stephen asks seven Capetonians what the landmark means to them. Photography by Michael Ellis

The Queen: a life in travel

She’s travelled to 116 countries through the jet age, the space age and now into the digital age, but still doesn’t own (or need) a passport. Ahead of 9 September, when Queen Elizabeth II will become Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Nick Curtis looks back at a very regal life of travel

South Africa safari: meet the girl guides

It’s a thrilling, dangerous and envy-inducing job, being a game ranger in Africa. But what if you don’t fit the macho mould? A few of our top safari guides talk to Jane Broughton about life on the wild side

It’s boom time: the rise of South African opera

South African opera is in the midst of a revolution, with local composers daring to make this ‘eurocentric’ art form their own. Keith Bain reports

Seven of the best home away from home hotels

Honesty kitchens, cosy communal living rooms and pillows that are just right… Hannah Hudson tracks down the best places for a ‘home suite home’ break

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Forest bathing on the Garden Route

Dianne Tipping-Woods re-visits Knysna and discovers the art of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing)

10 of South Africa’s best wine tasting spots

There’s no need to go down to the cellar to taste the pick of the crop these days. Wine-tasting experiences are getting more sophisticated and spaces more conducive to lingering for hours. Here’s where to go

South Africa’s best brunch spots

Haven’t you heard? Post-mortems for the meal midway between breakfast and lunch are echoing around the globe, including a story in the Guardian calling it ‘a potent symbol of urban decay’. Fortunately no one told South Africans, who are still brunching up a storm. Book now before local foodie fashionistas catch up and kill it

Four of Cape Town’s trendiest streets (that aren't Long Street)

Step away from the gauche tourist-bait of Long Street, Kloof Street and the Camps Bay strip, says Zane Henry, and instead experience four Cape Town streets currently enjoying a trendy regeneration

Idris Elba on location

We track the British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ on his film and television journey across the globe

South Africa's best promenades

Forget parks or town squares. In South Africa's coastal cities, it's the seaside promenade that forms a truly public space, shared by all. Join us on a stroll down three favourites

20 of the world's coolest shops

If Fashion Week wasn't enough to satisfy your couture cravings, Harriet Walker sources the best burgeoning boutiques and full-on empires

Your winter getaway planner

Need to escape the dark months ahead but without the stress of organising it all? Whether you want sand or snow beneath your feet, Francesca Syz has all you need for your great getaway

City hot spots: Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Rob Crossan selects the best of Kalk Bay's food, drink, shopping and art for this month's Cape Town hot spot

Authentic travel

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma grew up travelling to authentic destinations. Here he explains why getting under the skin of a new place is so important — and, often, affordable

Fast and slow cities

Which cities are super speedy and which are more laid-back? Nick Curtis has the results of the High Life survey...

Futuristic vs retro hotels

Some hotels tap into the nostalgia of decades past, while others are racing towards the future of hospitality

On the road with... Josh Groban

The classical singer on fruity rider requests and singing in the rain on tour

South Africa's Little Ten: the best small wildlife to spot in South Africa

Aside from the Big Five, there's another story at the end of the zoom lens. As naturalist Chris Packham and writer Emily Payne discover, sometimes it's not the size that matters — meet South Africa's Little 10

Four of South Africa's best new bars

The best watering holes for wine, cocktails or craft beers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

South Africa's best restaurants

South Africa is one of the best new food destinations, according to critic Bruce Palling. He should know. He spent 15 days eating 200 dishes, drinking 60 wines in 30 restaurants across Johannesburg, Cape Town and beyond...

Five of the best South African restaurants

The best restaurants for contemporary, experimental, sophisticated or authentic cuisine in South Africa

The World Cup guide to Cape Town

As South Africa gears up to host the World Cup and welcome thousands of visitors, Rosie Millard offers an insider’s guide to the best sights and bites in Cape Town

The best spas in Africa

For beauty that's more than skin deep, recuperate with some African-style pampering