An Ode to Rooibos 

By |2019-09-11T14:29:14+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Destination Meals, Drinks, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Home, Published, Reported Work, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture|

An ode to Rooibos. Image: Shutterstock An elderly Khoi woman follows a trail of ants, watching them roll miniscule rooibos seeds into a nest underground. She stoops to her knees. Inside these anthills, she discovers Lilliputin granaries of seeds. Returning with a matchbox full, the doctor hands her a shilling. She will return [...]

Democratising Food Writing

By |2019-09-11T14:29:46+02:00September 11th, 2019|Chefs, Featured Articles, Food, People, Reported Work, South Africa, South African Tourism|

The future is female.. Image: Yandisa Nazo/Ekse Lens When the late U.S restaurant critic Jonathan Gold wrote about food, he invariably commented on the irrational fear white Americans have of their neighbours, forging connections along the way. Ishay Govender-Ypma breaks it down in our local context.(@IshayGovender), For Sunday Times, August 2018 Recently, a [...]

Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover

By |2017-04-04T15:10:53+02:00August 21st, 2016|Africa, Cape Town, Cities, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover - So Fun! Collage Cape Town mag Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover. Over the weekend of 12 August, the intrepid folks at Cape Town Magazine, one of the best sources of information on everything in the Mother City, asked me to curate their Instagram account. I shared a few [...]

Bright Lights, Vibrant City. Walking Johannesburg

By |2017-05-05T15:07:43+02:00August 8th, 2016|Africa, Cities, Featured Articles, Johannesburg, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Walking Johannesburg. Exploring the expansive inner city districts The expansive inner city districts of Johannesburg, once sidestepped by tourists, are now thriving with a boost from investment and passionate locals. Ishay Govender-Ypma hits the lively streets and spends some time walking Johannesburg. For SAA Sawubona Magazine, May 2015.  The Prince of Newtown  Just outside the [...]

Open Streets Cape Town

By |2017-05-05T15:35:27+02:00May 16th, 2016|Cape Town, Featured Articles, Portfolio, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Open Streets Cape Town - Q&A with Founder Meet the founder of Open Streets, Cape Town - Marcela Guerrero Casas  Ishay: Why did you pick Bree Street to incorporate in the Open Street initiative? Marcella: When we first chose it in 2015 we thought it’d be an interesting street to test for some of the [...]

Slaying Dragons in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre

By |2017-05-05T15:45:29+02:00April 10th, 2016|Adventure, Africa, Featured Articles, Hiking, Portfolio, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Slaying Dragons in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre - Beginner's Hiking Guide The hike to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre in northern range, declared by National Geographic to be one of the world’s best trails, is where Ishay Govender-Ypma faces her fears and discovers a new hobby. For SAA Sawubona, April 2016. Returning to my home province of Kwa-Zulu Natal [...]

Durban’s Art Scene

By |2017-05-05T15:53:06+02:00February 25th, 2016|Africa, Art, Cities, Durban, Featured Articles, People, Portfolio, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Durban's Art Scene - Up and Coming, South Africa   A tough city for artists, Ishay Govender-Ypma explores the heart of the Durban’s Art Scene and creative spirit. For AFK Travel Undercover City Durban Taxi Mural Durban’s potential tends to bubble beneath the surface, not quite as bold and direct as Johannesburg or Cape [...]

Cape Town Music Safari

By |2017-05-05T15:56:42+02:00January 2nd, 2016|Africa, Cape Town, Cities, Music, Portfolio, Restaurants, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Cape Town Music Safari: Food stories and all that jazz A new take on cultural tourism - Cape Town Music Safari. Follow Ishay-Govender-Ypma as she takes a look at this new phenomenon and good food, of course. For The Times (SA), 13 Jan 2016. Hilton Schilder’s living room is so reassuringly familiar, you’d be forgiven [...]

How Durban, My Hometown, Made Me Who I Am

By |2017-05-05T15:57:53+02:00December 28th, 2015|Africa, Cities, Durban, Featured Articles, Home, Portfolio, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel in Africa|

A Love Letter to Durban, city of my birth - South Africa  Durban, my hometown - the love I have for the city that made me who I am today. Durban ("Durbs") will forever live in my heart. For AFK Travel, 15 Dec 2015.  From the chilly west coast of South Africa, I find myself looking [...]

Cape Town Corner Stores

By |2017-05-05T16:00:06+02:00December 1st, 2015|Adventure, Africa, Cape Town, Cities, Featured Articles, History, People, Portfolio, Published, Review, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Show Me the Way to the Next Corner Store - Cape Town, South Africa The small, independently run Cape Town Corner Stores are a dying breed, and those that still exist, do so valiantly and against the odds. Ishay Govender-Ypma shares the stories of seven local old stores, institutions to their loyal customers. For High Life, [...]