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Gardens

Babylonstoren in the Cape Winelands is not only a luxury farm hotel of note, but also offers wonderful healing tea rituals in its Healing Garden, a component of the magnificent gardens at Babylonstoren which visitors come from far and wide to see. The healing garden has been planted with medicinal herbs, and during the healing tea ritual, … Continue reading “Healing Tea Rituals at Babylonstoren in Cape Winelands”

If “gardens are a form of autobiography” (Sydney Eddison in Horticulture magazine), the charming gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, Cape Town are not only a most splendid legacy left by the late Mrs Liz McGrath, but also bear her remarkable stamp in a number of ways.

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.

Prestigious hotels set on sprawling garden estates near city centres are a rare and precious indulgence. Green sanctuaries for visitors, hotels set on garden estates offset the fast pace of city life and provide superb leisure in the grand tradition of classic garden hotels. We offer you a prime selection of great garden hotels in Cape Town. 

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.

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”

On a sunny late-September afternoon we visited the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden at Worcester, Western Cape. We were almost transfixed by the dazzling colours of the vygies (mesembs), which looked absolutely triumphant in large clumps of yellow, mauve, red, orange and pink. Meandering along the pathways, we saw a variety of desert and semi-desert plants, but … Continue reading “Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden Through the Lens of the Exclusive Getaways Camera”

“A place to fall in love with the world again“. So true at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek. The garden at Babylonstoren is fast becoming legendary. Not only does it impressively span all of 8 acres – it can also claim that every one of its 300 plants is edible. It’s a growth-sanctuary of a place, featuring … Continue reading “A Garden is not a Garden is not … When it comes to Amazing Gardens, Babylonstoren leaves others in the Shade”

South Africa is endowed with nine spectacular National Botanical Gardens. Each is special in its own way, revealing different regional plant treasures and unique collections and displays.