To stay in a luxury Cape Dutch homestead hotel in the Western Cape and Winelands is one of the finest ways in which to enjoy South Africa’s splendid Cape Dutch architecture of yesteryear. The much-admired Cape Dutch style of buildings, characterized by decorative gables, thatched roofs and whitewashed exteriors, became prominent at the Cape during … Continue reading “Luxurious Cape Dutch Homestead Hotels in the Western Cape and Winelands”
Not only is Cape Town a city of staggering beauty, but it is also a place harbouring endless curiosities and quirks, many of them relating to its long and interesting history. We’ve picked 10 facts about Cape Town – including Table Mountain – to share with you.
When the mercury rises in Cape Town, the are a number of cool, shaded water-spots at which to hide out and beat the heat. We share some of our favourite cooldown places in Cape Town’s forests and gardens, nature reserves, beaches and seaside promenades.
Silvermine West – the portion of the Silvermine Nature Reserve featuring the reservoir – reopened on 22 December 2015 – a wonderful pre-Christmas gift following a 10-month closure for rehabilitation after the March 2015 ‘Cape Fire’. As frequent visitors to the reserve, we had been eagerly awaiting the re-opening, and so we were there bright and early … Continue reading “Silvermine West Re-Opened: We Visited on 22 December 2015”
The beautiful Company’s Garden in Cape Town is a quiet sanctuary amid the buzz of the city and it’s near magnificent Table Mountain and lots of city attractions. It now also has a trendy new restaurant.
“One of the beautiful and inspiring things about fynbos“, says the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, “is how it thrives and proliferates in such harsh and adverse conditions. It is subjected to scorching summer droughts, heavy winter downpours, gale force winds, nutrient-poor soils and recurring fires and yet these unkind conditions are the prerequisites of its … Continue reading “‘Adapted to Perfection’ – A Note About Fire-Hardy Cape Fynbos”
Cecilia Stream is a great option for a leg stretch on a summer’s day in Cape Town. It’s very serene, mostly shaded and it’s a walk that soothes and energizes all at the same time. It’s also great for children – there are tadpoles to marvel at in the stream! Perhaps even fairies …
The breeding pair of Spotted Eagle-Owls who, for some years, have been nesting and rearing their young at their favourite spot in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, are one of the many wonders of this exquisite garden. It was a sunny late-September morning when we first met the pair of owls and their two … Continue reading “The Spotted Eagle Owls at Kirstenbosch: A Few Weeks in the Life of …”
“Many of the earth’s habitats, animals, plants, insects, and even micro-organisms that we know as rare may not be known at all by future generations.” This is one of the reminders from His Holiness The Dalai Lama that extinction, sadly, is irreversible. The species that have died out, been lost to our world, can never … Continue reading “Kirstenbosch Garden of Extinction: Waymarks of Wisdom for our Planet”
Cape Town has just been voted Best Destination in Africa, and no wonder! South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ is the Queen of Accolades, sitting right near the top of countless ‘world’s best’ polls. There’s no doubt about it: no trip to South Africa is complete without a stay in Cape Town. There are magnificent hotel and guest house options … Continue reading “Cape Town: 10 Big Bucketlist Things To Do in the Mother City South Africa”
To celebrate the first day of Spring in South Africa, we’re sharing the pics we took on Saturday at Cape Point. After a week of wild storms and heavy rain, Capetonians were able to step out into a gorgeously clear day on Saturday, the world looking bright and beautiful again. We spent the day in … Continue reading “Cape Point in Pictures to Celebrate Spring”
Here’s how to spice up the winter and spring in Cape Town: Peter Tempelhoff, Group Exec Chef for The Collection by Liz McGrath, and Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, will soon be launching a series of exciting kitchen sessions at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, Cape Town. Learn from a master and his accomplished team at these … Continue reading “Spice up the Winter & Spring with Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s Kitchen Sessions at The Cellars-Hohenort Cape Town”