Lovely La Colombe

Lovely La Colombe

Bells, whistles, glitz and glam are in short supply at La Colombe, but this fine-dining stalwart in the Constantia winelands continues to impress.

Maputo rising

Maputo rising

With its bitter civil war fast fading from memory, Mozambique is shaping up as the hottest new tourist destination in southern Africa. Richard Holmes gets under the skin of its vibrant capital city… 

Marked by the desert

Marked by the desert

Deserts attract a particular type of traveller and they're not for everyone, but I can't get enough of the pristine environment and absolute peace and quiet. And for me the Skeleton Coast in Namibia's far northern corner remains perhaps the most spectacular stretch of sand I've set foot on. 

Meet the elders

Meet the elders

After years of ripping out old vies to increase yields, South African winemakers and viticulturists are slowly changing tack, recognising the potential of older vines in crafting world-class wines. 

More than pub grub

More than pub grub

It’s impossible to visit London without enjoying a pint – and a bite to eat – ‘down the pub’. But not all pubs are created equal, so I took a wander through London to track down the capital’s best gastro-pubs; where fine food and real ale live happily ever after…

Old city, new look

Old city, new look

There’s more to Amsterdam than the over-hyped Red Light District and coffee shops that don’t sell coffee. Unless you have a rucksack on your back, rather seek out these highlights of the Dutch capital…

Pure island escapism

Pure island escapism

I could get used to this. And by this, I mean the seaplane transfers that swoop low over palm-fringed atolls lined by luxury resorts on seas the colour of Bombay Sapphire. Welcome to the Maldives, where the living is easy...

Review: Foliage, Franschhoek

Review: Foliage, Franschhoek

What does Franschhoek taste like? If restaurants had terroir then I’d say it’s to be found at the top of town, in a kitchen where you’re as likely to find a basket of pine needles and freshly picked ferns alongside a fillet of yellowtail. 

Roving with Rovos

Roving with Rovos

There are few better ways to cross South Africa than aboard the most luxurious train in Africa as it trundles through the 'big sky' country of the Great Karoo.

Who is OnAnotherPlane...

RIchard Holmes headshot web smallRichard Holmes is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. His work on African and international destinations has appeared in a wide range of consumer publications both in South Africa and abroad.