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South Africa – Towns

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”

It’s not hard to fall in love with an incy-wincy village in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Take Barrydale, for example. Its sits poised and pretty in a fertile farming area smack-bang on famous Route 62. Cute country cottages, life in the slow lane and lovely artsy people creating interesting things are part of the appeal. It’s the … Continue reading “Barrydale Western Cape: Slick 6 Best and Beautiful Places to Visit”

Placid estuary, stilted water birds, bunches of bokkoms and homegrown boat cruises – these and cheery, unpretentious small-town living are what the coastal town of Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast are all about. Set on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay, the town is an inviting habitat for birds, … Continue reading “Boats, Bokkoms and Good Cheer – On Tap at Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast”

One wouldn’t necessarily think of Knysna as a “city” – it’s much too quaint and laid-back a holiday spot for that – but what certainly is true, is that it’s a prime holiday spot and a definite must-do on any Garden Route holiday.  Knysna has soared up to second place on Conde Nast Traveller’s Top … Continue reading “Nifty Knysna: In the Top Five of Africa’s Best Cities”

Setting off on safari to the central Sabi Sand entails a sturdy stretch of driving, with at least 440 km of distance to cover, and perhaps more, depending on which lodge you’re travelling to.  If you’re looking for some great stopover suggestions en-route, which also make for wonderful safari preludes, think Hazyview or White River.

As its name suggests – so invitingly, the Garden Route hamlet of Wilderness is surrounded by nature in some of her best finery.  Snaking its way between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve, Wilderness lays claim to a great big scoop of nature. Natural lakes and lagoons, and a long and relatively untrampled expanse of … Continue reading “Gadding about on the Garden Route: The Wows and Wherefores of Wilderness – Plus Special Offer”

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