Western Cape

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”

Exquisitely beautiful, and home to a large colony of endangered African penguins, Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has notched its mark high up on the list of the world’s truly unique beaches. It’s been awarded eighth place by Tripadvisor, on the basis of user-generated opinions.

Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat is tops for families who want an exceptional nature break somewhere very special. This Cederberg sanctuary is malaria and predator free, which means families can get out and about safely in the reserve, to explore wide open plains, intriguing rock formations, clear pools and waterfalls, and lots of flora and … Continue reading “A Nature Pad Par Excellence & Perfect for Families: Bushmanskloof Koro Lodge”

It’s whale season! Plan a whale viewing getaway near one of these winning whale watching spots.

Robertson – known as the “ small town with a big heart” – lies at the centre of the picturesque Robertson Wine Valley on Route 62. The town has chalked up 150 years of history, and shows off beautiful old Victorian buildings, jacaranda-lined streets, eye-soothing vineyards and bright splashes of bougainvillea.  Wine and its accompanying … Continue reading “Brandy, Birding, Buddhist Retreats & More: The Low-Down on Robertson”

Quite a lot, actually, and it comes beautifully parcelled as a unique experience at gorgeous Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse. During the last three weekends of May, Abalone House’s Saffron Restaurant will be offering brandy-tasting evenings by Blaauwklippen and Laborie vineyards. This comes paired with an exquisite 5-course menu, priced at only R250.00 per person.

Set all notions of haste aside and gift yourself with two leisurely hours to make an unhurried journey from Cape Town to Arniston. Threading its way through the beautiful hills of the Overberg, the route is, in itself, a soul-soother.  And at the end of it, there’s exquisite Arniston to win you over. That’s if … Continue reading “Caves, Shipwrecks, Quaint Little Fishing Boats & a Big Whoosh of Sea Air: Arniston has it All”