Western Cape

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”

The world is a big place, and a place of many dreams. So when South Africa clinches a rating as the third most popular dream destination – and this is according to the Virtuoso Travel Dreams survey which is aimed at top luxury travellers – it’s a fantastic confirmation of what many of us are … Continue reading “South Africa has Just the Goodies that Make a Dream Holiday”

In search of an upbeat seaside venue for a small stylish conference that isn’t a major trek away from Cape Town? Abalone House in Paternoster on the West Coast could be just the pace for you. Offering plush meeting and boardroom facilities with a generous dash of flair and flamboyance, this five-star guesthouse is set beside … Continue reading “Abalone House in Paternoster Tops for Small Conferences by the Sea”

Leaving your pet behind at the start of a holiday is often every bit as traumatic for the owner as for the pet, and for some travellers it can cast quite a gloomy shadow over the trip. Numerous accommodation-providers have risen to the challenge of providing pet-friendly accommodation, and throughout South Africa you won’t have … Continue reading “It’s a Dog’s Life: Five-Star Holidays for Pooches at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town”

Cape Town needs to be a first-hand experience. This gorgeous city, snuggling up against the sturdy mother of all mountains, ranks with the most beautiful places on earth. Come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Travel north from Cape Town and over the Piekenierskloof pass and you descend into a world that has a raw, awe-inspiring beauty. Purple-hued mountain peaks lean towards fruit-laden valleys sweet with the smell of orange blossom in spring. The rugged Cederberg Mountains are famous for their amazing rock formations, San rock paintings and spectacular flowers … Continue reading “The Cederberg: A Region that Really Rocks!”

The Cederberg area is an exquisite natural sanctuary and it’s not a huge mission to get there. Bushmans Kloof is definitely where you’d want to be headed. It’s a lovely 270km drive from Cape Town – and especially pretty during spring when the roadside is confettied with flowers.

The first whales of the 2010 season have been spotted at De Hoop Nature Reserve. The reserve has some superb accommodation, including upmarket self-catering. South Africa’s coastal waters receive migrating whales each year between June and November, when they migrate from icy Antarctic waters and enter our sheltered bays to give birth to their young … Continue reading “It’s Whale Season!”

The incredible Table Mountain has captivated the imaginations of visitors since the earliest times. Made of sandstone, the majestic mountain reaches over a thousand metres at its highest point, which is marked by Maclear’s Beacon – a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey.

  Interested to learn how to produce a just-right malay curry? Take a guided walking tour through the colourful streets of Bo Kaap and meet up with some of the equally colourful locals. Shop for fresh spices and ingredients in a local store and meet one of the locals at her home. In her kitchen you … Continue reading “Cooking in the Bo-Kaap”