Chapmans Peak Drive is 9km of pure visual tonic against towering mountain peaks, with vast views and sheer drops from sandstone cliffs to the sea. This majestically scenic drive has its route between Noordhoek and Hout Bay in the Cape peninsula, with viewing points for taking pictures. On one side of Chapmans Peak is Noordhoek, … Continue reading “Chapmans Peak Drive – Cape Town”
The rugged Cederberg Mountains are famous for their amazing rock formations, San rock paintings and spectacular flowers in Spring.Travel north from Cape Town and over the Piekenierskloof Pass and you descend into a world that has a raw, awe-inspiring beauty. Purple-hued mountain peaks lean towards fruit-laden valleys sweet with the smell of orange blossom in … Continue reading “Cederberg Region”
The West Coast National Park, 27 500 hectares in extent, is an hour and a half’s drive north of Cape Town. The magnificent Langebaan Lagoon, with its vast glistening surface and surrounding milk-white sands, is one of its most impressive features of the park, attracting birdwatchers who come to view hundreds of species including a … Continue reading “West Coast National Park”
The penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, has grown in number since the mid-80s, and is currently in the region of 2 500 penguins. They are fascinating to watch, lumbering about with the distinctive black curve across their chests. Penguins are ancient birds, probably evolving about 65 million years ago, at … Continue reading “Boulders Beach”
South Africa’s Food & Wine Capital, Franschhoek, bursts at the seams with eateries, all along the spectrum from fine to funky. But there’s plenty else to do besides pleasing the palate, and here are some of the options:
In Cape Town’s Queen Victoria Street – a stretch of the mother city that is every bit as regal as its name suggests – you’ll find the beautiful Company’s Garden.
Franschhoek has long been adored for its sensational Food & Wine Route, but now there’s even more to delight visitors to this wonderfully diverse and scenic area: the Franschhoek Wine Valley has launched Franschhoek ‘Rond en Bont’. What you can now look forward to year-round, is getting out and about – not only in the … Continue reading “Franschhoek Rond en Bont Route”
Visit the gorgeous Western Cape village of McGregor with its traditional whitewashed, thatched cottages, quiet country streets, mountains, birdlife and wine, and you must certainly pop in to the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary which provides a place of refuge for ill-treated and old donkeys.
A visit to Swellendam is not complete without popping in to Wildebraam Berry Estate. The beautiful youngberry farm is in the Hermitage Valley of Swellendam and produces unique South African liqueurs and a delicious range of deli products. In the tasting room a delicious array of liqueurs, pickles and preserves are available for sampling and … Continue reading “Wildebraam Berry Estate”
Between June and November each year – give or take a couple of months at each end, South Africa’s coastal waters become calving and mating grounds for whales that migrate here annually from icy Antarctic waters. Once secure in sheltered bays or close to river mouths, these immense creatures give birth to their young and … Continue reading “Whale watching”
Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. … Continue reading “V&A Waterfront”
The Centre was established in 1971, in the past known as the De Wildt Cheetah Centre it has recently been changed to The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre as a tribute to the woman who has devoted her life to the survival of the cheetah species. Today the Centre can look back with satisfaction on … Continue reading “The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre”