Jekyll & Hide’s Take on Travel Trends

Founded in 2003, Jekyll & Hide is a bespoke leather fashion brand based in the seaside town of Cape Town, South Africa. With a dedication to timeless leather craft and design, the Jekyll & Hide team travels far and wide across South America, Asia, Africa and Europe to source the finest leather the world has to offer.

Travelling Mystery Guest recently had the opportunity to chat to Bernard Bultemeier, the founder of Jekyll and Hide, about his opinion on travel trends and what to look forward to from them.

New products have to keep up with the modern techno lifestyle. According to Bernard, laptop bags are the most popular modern techno product.

“As people’s lifestyle changes (working from coffee shops, on-the-go, etc.) the use of functional business and laptop bags has become a big part of our business.”

Jekyll & Hide’s laptop bags are very functional and are created for the modern business person. They have built in padded laptop pockets, RFID protected cell phone- and wallet sleeves and multiple compartments for diaries and iPads. Jekyll & Hide adapts their laptop bags to the size of laptop screens so that one can shop a product that suits your computer perfectly.

According to Bernard, dual-purpose products like the laptop backpack, or the cross-body bag which can carry a tablet will eventually replace conventional handbags. “As our lifestyles change (we commute to work on bikes or on public transport) the need for practical and well-designed products is key. With the increase in cell phone use, people now don’t have a free hand to carry a bag because they’re constantly on the phone. With multipurpose backpacks, you can carry all the essentials while still cycling and using the phone at the same time. Backpacks are also better for your posture (if worn properly). People are becoming conscious of the way they walk and move. Standing desks, yoga and Pilates are all big trends so the more we can do to help with this lifestyle, the better.” 

Leather bag colours change as the seasons and trends do, however, Jekyll & Hide try to keep a traditional feel to their products. They focus on items and colours that are lasting and as coloured leathers are very easy to fake and it’s a lot harder to produce a real-leather looking piece in natural colours, Jekyll and Hide’s traditional colours are a clue of the quality and authenticity of the brand.

Jekyll & Hide’s Oxford travel bags are probably their most iconic and recognisable products. The Oxford range is also their best seller with its classic look that never seems to go out of style.   

At first, we thought that the brand was named after the 1886 detective novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. We now found out that the brand actually has nothing to do with the novel. “Some people remember the name, Jekyll and Hide, but can’t pinpoint where from, so there’s often an existing connection with new customers but they don’t really know why. The word hide comes from the leather hides we use and Jekyll just had a nice ring to it and was nice and different from all the Italian style names that launched into the market at the time.”

Jekyll & Hide tries to bring a bit of colour and design into the lining of their bags instead of the actual outer design. Funky colours and patterns are seen when one opens a bag or purse which is always a welcoming surprise. They aren’t necessarily bringing in local South African designs (as it’s a global brand) but they do bring in trending patterns like the Aztec look of the Ndbele range. Jekyll & Hide tries not to box the products into a tourist category, though, so they just use very subtle pops of local or trending elements. 

Jekyll & Hide is now also expanding into other fabrics. They’re creating a canvas backpack for example that still has a lot of leather elements in, but they’re starting to mix materials. They also have a travel bag with poly carbon elements.

“We try and create products that are light and make life easier, which means being open to other developments and materials. We’ll always bring through the luxury leather elements of the brand, but we’re no longer focused on 100% leather items.”


There’s Magic in Bubbly

Love, romance, milestones, anniversaries, great achievements, deals signed and sealed – these all have one thing in common: It calls for bubbly! The effervescent bubbles magically create a joyful feeling of celebration and special moments.

There is always an occasion for some bubbly or a delicious cocktail. Even if it’s simply to reward yourself after a long day or to indulge your craving for your favourite bottle of Champagne in a gorgeous venue designed for magic and Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa‘s MUSE Champagne Room offers the ideal setting for celebration.

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has added a brand new MUSE Champagne Room, in collaboration with French Champagne House, Perrier-Jouët. The Champagne Room and adjoining Courtyard is a combination of elegance and contemporary chic, utilising nature as source of inspiration.

The adjoining courtyard is ideal for late afternoon sundowners, offering an eclectic range of designer cocktails, as well as a signature Casse-Croûte menu. This unique space goes beyond the sipping of champagne and draws you into an atmosphere that contributes to a fabulous event or a decadent do.

The MUSE Champagne Room is where Joburg’s hottest movers and shakers share their bubbles during a perfect date, anniversary, special occasion or friend’s night out.

“Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking champagne.” – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist

Picnic at Grande Provence this Easter

I went to Grande Provence once with my then travel writing teacher and continuous mentor, Carrie Hampton (otherwise known as the SafariTart). The rainy weather probably added to the charm of the place and I remember having one of the best dinners ever. It’s been a few years since then, but I can definitely recommend this lovely place.

Enjoy a relaxed family picnic this Easter Sunday, with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a wide variety of delicious country-style eats and fabulous wines at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

In addition to picnic baskets filled to the brim, you can opt for a selection of lighter foods and enjoy the soothing sounds of a classical ensemble in beautifully landscaped gardens. Think bubbly and oysters from the oyster bar, filled paninis, home-made ice teas and lemonade, a heavenly Angels Tears wine and nougat pairings, artisanal coffee and fresh produce stands. The art in the Sculpture Garden under the majestic oaks is also something to behold.

Besides the traditional Easter egg hunt, children will be entertained with lawn games such as croquet, giant Jenga, face painting and a hot chocolate fountain. Let the kids have fun while you sit back and savour a glass or two of Grande Provence‘s wines and elegant Méthode Cap Classique – with oysters of course!

The picnic starts at 10h00 and ends at 16h00 on Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018. Entry is free, but bookings for the Easter Picnic Baskets (R500 per couple and R150 per child), need to be made ahead of time. Contact 021 876 8600 or email


Take advantage of their Heartland dinner, bed and breakfast offer, which also starts on the 1st of April and stay a while.

Available from April until the end of September, tailor-made Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury for the ultimate escape. It’s a private cottage that comprises of four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by lush vines and breath-taking views, this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends.

Tucked away in the Franschhoek heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence is a unique destination with a myriad of exceptional experiences including award winning wines, modern South African cuisine by Executive Chef, Guy Bennett, at The Restaurant and an eclectic collection of contemporary South African art at The Gallery. Grande Provence is one of the jewels of The Huka Retreats, a collection of exclusive, internationally acclaimed properties offering the ultimate in understated luxury in unmatched locations in New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa to the world’s most discerning travellers.

‘La Rive’ Luxury Villa opens in Franschhoek

The quintessential luxury Cape winelands villa, La Rive Franschhoek, has opened for exclusive-use bookings. Tucked away in sprawling private gardens on 2,5 acres of land, the traditional, privately owned Cape manor house offers privacy and security, yet is located in the heart of Franschhoek, within walking distance of the village’s restaurants and attractions.

Designed with deep verandas and a covered terrace with several lounge and dining areas set around a magnificent swimming pool, La Rive provides a warm and welcome home to families or groups of friends travelling together. Its bespoke, elegant interiors are a marriage of colonial English and traditional Cape Dutch heritage within a contemporary colour palette showcasing collection pieces by artists from across the globe and an alchemy of classic and artistic influences throughout the villa.

La Rive Villa can accommodate up to 12 guests in six luxurious suites with private bathrooms. The Manor House includes the spacious master bedroom suite, as well as two loft rooms, one accommodating up to three guests which are ideal for children sharing. In addition, three private garden cottages are individually decorated and each offer a double bedroom with a patio.

The epitome of comfort and unsurpassed quality, the generous living area within the Manor House boasts a high thatched ceiling and doors opening out onto the gardens and the protected pool terrace. An indoor wood-burning fireplace heats up the open plan living area on cosy winter evenings, while in summer, tranquil, shady verandas lend itself perfectly to relaxed dining and entertaining. Other special features include a grand piano, a TV room with flat screen TV and premium TV channels, as well as a fully equipped integrated kitchen staffed by a professional chef, leading to poolside barbeque areas and a pizza oven.

Forming part of the La Rive portfolio that is managed by luxury villa expert Alexis Gillis, seasonal rates range between R42 000 and R58 000 per night – inclusive of full breakfast and all beverages (excludes French champagne), a butler service and WiFi.

Photo credit: Hamish Niven Photography

Stap in Magoebaskloof

Magoebaskloof is een van Suid-Afrika se mooiste dele en tog is daar min mense wat werklik weet wat dit het om te bied. ‘n Onlangse staproete het my liefde vir die area opnuut weer laat blom.

Die Magoebaskloof Staproete is ‘n sirkelroete van 60 km wat oor 5 dae gestap kan word. Inheemse woude, bergstrome en plantasies maak van die roete een vir die boeke. Jy kan ook kies hoe ver jy wil stap, met opsies van 2-dag roetes tot 5-dag roetes.

Wat kan jy hier sien?

Die huilklip, ‘n natuurlike rots wat soos ‘n gong klink wanneer dit met ‘n ander klip gekap word, is een van die bekende en gunsteling besienswaardighede op die roete. Net so is die dierespesies wat jy op die roete kan gewaar, baie indrukwekkend. Van samango ape, bosbokke en bosvarke tot ‘n wye verskeidenheid voëlspesies – veral in die Grootbosch Woud. Kyk ook uit vir die hoogste geplante boom ter wêreld.


  • Maak seker dat jy die Dokolewa poele en die Waterval Hut by jou roete insluit. Dit is twee van die mooiste dele van die roete en jy sal spyt wees as jy dit mis.
  • Die 2-dag roete is ideaal vir ‘n familie wat graag die woud wil verken. Die 5-dag roete is meer gevorderd en jy moet redelik fiks wees om hom aan te pak.

Wat om te pak:

  • ‘n Hoed is ‘n moet
  • Oordentelike stapskoene – Ek het my hi-tecs van Cape Union Mart gedra en hulle het perfek gewerk.
  • Dik kouse
  • ‘n Waterdigte baadjie – Dit raak soms mistig en mag selfs reën.
  • Ekstra klere.
  • Kos
  • ‘n Gasstofie met genoeg gas, vuurhoutjies en ‘n potjie waarin jy water kan kook.
  • Plastiekborde, bamboo eetgerei, eko-vriendelike papierservette en ‘n beker.
  • Die nodigste items vir noodhulp – Verbande, pleisters, Detol, ens.
  • Voorgeskrewe medikasie, maar ook medisyne vir allergieë, hoofpyn en naarheid.
  • ‘n Multifunksionele instrument, soos ‘n Leatherman van Awesome Tools.
  • Sonbrandroom en ‘n sonbril. Hoewel die meeste van die roete onder digte woude is, is daar wel dele waar die son jou kop warm sal brand.
  • Slaapsak en kussing.
  • Water
  • ‘n Koplig – Trappers het ‘n wye verskeidenheid waaruit jy kan kies.
  • ‘n Pak kaarte – soms kom ‘n mens vroeër by die slaapplek aan en dan wil ‘n mens bietjie speletjies speel en ontspan.
  • Indien jy kontaklense dra, kyk uit vir Dischem se oulike reispakkies met kleiner botteltjies kontaklens skoonmaakmiddel. Ek gebruik altyd die Bausch & Lomb Boston Multi-Action Solution, wat ‘n spesiale vlugpakkie is. Dit sluit selfs ‘n Zip-Lock sakkie in, wat handig te pas sal kom. Dischem het ook baie oulike ander reis items soos kleiner botteltjies sjampoe, stortseep, handeroom en meer.
  • ‘n Buff is altyd ‘n goeie item om byderhand te hê. Soms is die oggende maar nog koel. Kies jou gunsteling buff op Adventure Inc.
  • Gemaklike plakkies of sagte skoene vir wanneer jy jou stapskoene uittrek. Gewone inglip plakkies soos Cotton On se thongs, sal die ding doen.
  • ‘n Rol toiletpapier
  • ‘n Swartsak of twee
  • Jou kamera. Verkieslik iets wat lig is om te dra. ‘n GoPro is ideaal – probeer bietjie die GoPro HERO Black 5.
  • ‘n Handoek en ‘n lappie wat vinnig kan droog word.
  • ‘n Kaart van die roete
  • Twee planne van die roete – een wat jy by ‘n vriend los en ‘n ander wat jy in jou motor los.
  • Insekweerder

Vir meer inligting oor die Magoebaskloof staproete, kontak: of 013 754 2724

Geskryf deur: Renate Engelbrecht

Foto krediet: Alicia Maree

TMG’s top 5 travel boots!

Travelling can be hard on your feet, especially considering the activities some tourists are interested in. Travelling Mystery Guest has done some online window shopping and we have chosen our top 5 favourite and fashionable boots for men and women! They are available from Poetry, Old Khaki, Cape Union Mart, Due South and Outdoor Warehouse.


  1. Women

Caitlyn boots

Caitlyn Boots , Poetry R1499

Rare earth dana boots

Rare earth Dana Boots , Poetry R1399

Rare earth kath boot

Rare earth Kath Boots , Poetry R999

Caterpillar irenea boot

Caterpillar Irenea Boots ,  Poetry R1499

Caterpillar Lillian leather boot

Caterpillar Lillian Leather Ankle Boot , Due South R1999

2. Men

Caterpillar oatman boots

Caterpillar Oatman Boots , Cape Union Mart R1499

Caterpillar grayson

Caterpillar Grayson Boots , Outdoor Warehouse R1850

Arthur jack corbin boots

Arthur Jack Corbin Shoe , Cape Union Mart R1399

Arthur jack ronan boots

Arthur Jack Ronan Boots , Old Khaki R1399

Hi tech Men's altitude V Waterproof boot

Hi-tec Men’s Altitude V Waterproof Boots , Outdoor Warehouse R1895

Written by: Alicia Redelinghuys