Western Cape

The beauty of the West Coast National Park on the Cape’s West Coast is almost astounding. Feast on sights of rock-studded shorelines, sand dunes white as milk, the bright turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, and majestic carpets of flowers in springtime. As if this were not enough, the park will also delight you with sightings of many … Continue reading “Put Some Spring in Your Step. Head for the Flowers and the West Coast National Park”

Hermanus is a top-favourite whale watching destination in the Western Cape . Whales come in great numbers to Walker Bay between June and November to breed and calve. Watch the incredible Southern Right Whales from any number of excellent vantage points along the ‘cliff path’ of Hermanus. The vegetation-fringed cliff path weaves along …

Capetonians, when you find yourselves due for a top-up of nature and nurture, here are some great getaways ex Cape Town. They are not a major trek away, yet offer a delicious sense of having traded the city snarl for the exquisite pleasure of being somewhere a little off the beaten track. Whether you head for the beachy … Continue reading “A Top-Up of Nature & Nurture: Getaways Off the Beaten Track in the Western Cape”

Any aspiring shark-cage divers in the house in need of a tiny nudge or some practical information? Well, Meisha Mustak – who’s one of our Getaway Consultants – re-emerges after-hours as an adventurer who – by her own admission – will try most things at least once. Her latest escapade was a shark cage dive, and so … Continue reading “Are You Thinking of Taking the Plunge? We Chat to an Adventurer after her Shark Cage Dive at Gansbaai”

It takes virtuoso-artistry to ace the just-right balance between sophistication and comfort in the fabulous world of hospitality. If Goldilocks were out on a tasting spree sampling the porridge bowls of the hospitality greats in and around Cape Town, O on Kloof would be bound to earn her satisfied pronouncement of “just-right”. Chic and sophisticated … Continue reading ““Oh so Lovely” is O on Kloof. Chic Urban Luxury on Cape Town’s Celebrity Seaboard”

You’ve always known, right, that Le Quartier Francais is one of the places you visit to tantalise your senses? Long lauded for its outstanding, star-spangled eating experiences made magnificent under the beyond-capable hand of Margot Janse (Africa’s only female Grand Chef), and its fine wines enjoyed in the very heart of wine country, body pampering is also … Continue reading “b. gorgeous: day Spa a la difference at Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek”

You name what you love, and chances are that the many-splendoured “dorpie” (small town) of Swellendam will oblige. Swellendam undoubtedly adds immensely to the magic of the Western Cape’s Overberg region, with people as warm and welcoming as the day is long. It also holds rank as one of South Africa’s very oldest settlements, and … Continue reading “Trotting Through the Overberg, Getting Away to … Swellendam”

When you can’t decide between the bliss of a soothing, green wilderness and the enchantment of the sea, choose a perfect piece of paradise that gives you both. And more besides. Not far from Cape Town, and just beyond Hermanus and Stanford, there’s a very accessible and captivating wonderland of ancient forests and fynbos-clothed mountainsides … Continue reading “Grootbos: Big & Beautiful … a Majestic Mosaic of Nature”

When you get away to Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve (and bear with the last few kilometres on a gravel road – it’s well worth it!), you’re heading for pure, untainted wilderness. It’s a wonderworld of curiously weathered rock formations, majestic canyons and wide open spaces. This uniquely appealing place is a true hideaway. It’s concealed in a … Continue reading “This Rocks! Stay Four-Star in Cave Rooms and Round Huts amid Massive Rock Formations at Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve”

Soak up the best of Paternoster at the gorgeous Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the ocean in the delightful fishermans-village that holds good as one of the great charm-spots of the West Coast . It’s a sublime, boutique-style overnight stay, where you can take afternoon-tea-by-the-sea, and fine dine in a wonderfully cosy setting.