Western Cape

Let’s clink glasses to The Robertson Small Hotel on clinching the title of ‘Best Luxury Country Hotel in South Africa’ at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony in Croatia on 16th September.

 The West Coast National Park is a place of exceptional beauty. Rugged, rock-studded shorelines, snow-white dunes, the turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, lots of coastal fynbos and densely-woven carpets of pretty flowers in springtime – the park has an abundance of scenery, and is home to scores of birds and animals. 

There’s no better time to vist the colourful flower-powered West Coast than right now. The spring flowers are at their best, and the whales are around the coast too.

Visit the gorgeous Western Cape village of McGregor with its traditional whitewashed, thatched cottages, quiet country streets, mountains, birdlife and wine, and you must certainly pop in to the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, a place of refuge for ill-treated and old donkeys. It’s a very special place where the donkeys can live out their lives with … Continue reading “Brayve Work: The Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor, and Where to Stay & What To Do in Nearby Robertson”

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!”