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Western Cape

Think Grootbos and you think whales, seals, sharks and stunning Cape fynbos. But now there’s even more: a leopard has been captured on camera roaming the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Cape Overberg!

Plotting your next weekend getaway ex Cape Town? Well, one of the ways to leave the static of the city behind you, is to head out – and not too far either, mind you – to gorgeous wine country for some clean, crisp country air and all the good things of life, while nature scoops you … Continue reading “Wine Country Calls, and There’s a Heavenly Hideaway at Angala Boutique Hotel near Franschhoek”

  Kirstenbosch – the majestic gardens in Cape Town that visitors and locals love to visit – has been voted one of the world’s top picnic spots by National Geographic Magazine.

Let’s clink glasses to The Robertson Small Hotel on clinching the title of ‘Best Luxury Country Hotel in South Africa’ at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony in Croatia on 16th September.

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 a new route called Franschhoek ‘Rond en Bont’.

Get down to the banks of the Breede River on 14-16 October and become part of the vibe at Robertson Wine on the River festivities.

 The West Coast National Park is a place of exceptional beauty. Rugged, rock-studded shorelines, snow-white dunes, the turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, lots of coastal fynbos and densely-woven carpets of pretty flowers in springtime – the park has an abundance of scenery, and is home to scores of birds and animals. 

There’s no better time to vist the colourful flower-powered West Coast than right now. The spring flowers are at their best, and the whales are around the coast too.

It’s that wonderful time of year in South Africa when we all head down to our favourite coastal spots where we cluster together to ooh and ah at the great ocean giants who’ve  made the epic journey from icy Antarctica to our sheltered bays to calve and mate.

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, a place of refuge for ill-treated and old donkeys. It’s a very special place where the donkeys can live out their lives with … Continue reading “Brayve Work: The Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor, and Where to Stay & What To Do in Nearby Robertson”

There will be a Dance of Light Photographic Workshop in the spectacular De Hoop Nature Reserve from 26-30 September 2011. For only R6900 per participant you can enjoy 4 nights of upmarket accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, as well as informed lectures by the talented Nicole and Eric Palmer. (Your entrance fee is covered too.)

De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape spans 36 000 magnificent hectares of nature at its best. Pure and pristine, this nature reserve and World Heritage Site lays claim to marine reserve, dunes, vlei, beautiful Cape fynbos, and a variety of fauna. It’s one of the world’s best land based whale-watching areas, providing a … Continue reading “A Wow-Status Nature Getaway at De Hoop Nature Reserve”