Western Cape

Read all about Cape Town’s big six in the city: these are top sightseeing attractions not to overlook.

South Africa’s Food & Wine Capital, Franschhoek, bursts at the seams with eateries, all along the spectrum from fine to funky. But there’s plenty else to do besides pleasing the palate, and here are some of the options:

Flowers and fossils, braais and bokkoms, theatre and thingimijigs – the West Coast of the Western Cape is a scenic bonanza and has an array of things to see and do. It’s a wonderful area to explore, for visitors and South Africans alike. One of the major drawcards of the West Coast is that there are still … Continue reading “West is Best: Things to Do on the West Coast”

Cape Town is spectacularly well endowed with beaches, and many of them have the prestige of blue flag status. Let’s do a speedy scoot around the bays and beaches, the coves and sandy corners that are part of what makes Cape Town the love-affair city for travellers from all over the world.

  Southern Right Whales flock to the bays of De Hoop Nature Reserve to nurture their young. Bontebok – an endangered species – graze De Hoop’s lands in surprisingly large numbers. Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra are at home in the reserve too, along with ostriches, the scurrying yellow mongoose,  a variety of other mammals and a large array … Continue reading “Get Nurtured in Nature at Dazzling De Hoop”

“Chappies” is Cape Town’s wiggly-squiggly scenic bonanza-drive, twirling its magnificent path against towering mountain peaks, with vast views and sheer drops from sandstone cliffs to the sea. Whether you’re a car-contained sightseer, a jogger, hiker or  biker, Chapmans Peak Drive is 9km of pure visual tonic.

We stood there, utterly incredulous, our breath catching at the sheer wonder of it all – the veld at Darling on the West Coast in its fantastic Spring glory. We were at Waylands, one of Darling’s flower reserves that is open to the public for viewing of the wild flowers in Spring.

The journey to Robertson is prettier than ever now that the roadsides are strewn with Spring flowers. Your destination in the handsome 150-year old country town is The Robertson Small Hotel – a Victorian country gem looking gorgeously spruce of shades of pale grey and white. It’s just perfect for a cosy couple slip-away, an anniversary or a … Continue reading “Hello Capetonians, Anyone for a Weekend Getaway in Robertson?”

Cape Town’s city and surrounds present a bright, sparkling collage of leisure and holiday-appeal. There’s the urban vibe and cosmopolitan feel of the Metropole; the vine-bedecked valleys and gastronomic delights of the Cape Winelands; and there are endless beaches to explore along both sides of the Cape Peninsula. Holidays in Cape Town can be as … Continue reading “Summer Topspots in Cape Town: Where to Check in and Chill”

How exciting to see the first signs of Spring! In some parts of the Cape landscapes are already brightly abloom with Spring flowers. The whales are another Spring gift, and they’ve been seen already in some of our warm, sheltered bays. So why not put some spring in your step, quite literally, and skip off … Continue reading “The Joys of Spring: Plan a Getaway during Flower and Whale Season”