Western Cape

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”

Mod and trendy, and sporting all the entertainments holiday-folk could wish for, Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is a wonderful re-emergence and “upvamp” of what was once just a small jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654 during his creation of a refreshment station at the Cape.

Shed the fast pace and din of the city and escape to someplace serene. A short getaway – even just a night or two over a weekend – works wonders to refresh body and mind and bring a fresh spurt of life.  Enjoying prime time with one’s partner, family or friends is also a great way … Continue reading “West is Best: Grab a Good Weekend Getaway in the Western Cape”

World Heritage Site status is probably enough of a reason to go and visit this 36 000 hectare utopia, but let’s also name a few of De Hoop’s specific drawcards: