About me

I'm Lesley, a freelance travel and leisure journalist based in stunning South Africa. I write for a wide variety of publications including Sawubona, Business Day, Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian, Brainstorm, some travel trade magazines and a US website. 

Here you'll find some of my travel articles, hotel and lodge reviews and my quirky, warped and opinionated ideas on life, love, cheesecake, the theatre and everything else crucial for survival. 

I’m happy to travel pretty much anywhere at any time, so if you want to invite me on a trip or to an event, or commission me for some work, I’d love to hear from you! I’m good at interviews, personality profiles, reviews and opinion pieces, with a strong background in business and IT journalism too. Have fun, and travel safely.

Cine Shorts

Gifted: For a sweet movie about a kid, it's very tolerable. In fact, okaaaay - I enjoyed it! Young Mckenna Grace is brilliant as the genius kid whose uncle is trying to raise her normally ****

Their Finest: Gorgeous drama about a female scriptwriter in the Second World War. I laughed, I cried. They DO still make movies like they did in the old days! *****

Toni Erdmann: Weird one about an unbearable practical joking dad who tries to reconnect with his successful businesswoman daughter. A serious message about life rather than silly, but long & squirmable. **

Beyond The River: A strong local film by director Craig Friemond starring Lemogang Tsipa and Grant Swanby as unlikely partners tackling the Dusi canoe race. All the usual conflicts, backstories and ultimate triumphs, but well told and beautifully filmed. ****

Below Her Mouth: Arthouse erotica with no holds barred sex scenes in a lesbian affair that turns the world of its 'straight' participant upside down. Rich with emotions. ****

The Odyssey:  Magnificently shot movie about the underwater pioneer Jacques Cousteau, with glorious underwater scenes. The script can't decide whether to focus on him or his son Philippe, and plumps for both, leaving it flabbier than necessary. ***

The Founder: Fascinating story about Ray Croc, the man behind McDonalds - and the people he stomped on to get there. Leaves you wondering how much more bad behaviour got omitted from the script... ****