When someone mentions ‘wine route’ in Cape Town, one usually thinks of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, not the Cape Overberg, yet this region is every bit as likely to get you drunk. With 250km of winescapes to explore, the serious wino can’t possibly consider themselves such without experiencing the tipple in this region… Continued
South Africans clearly do not lack in the inventiveness department. We’re forever coming up with alternative ways of doing things.
Transport is no different. The heaviness of traffic, the influx of visitors demanding unique experiences, and the need to get from A to B have all contributed to these forms of unusual transport in South Africa…
Cape Town over the last 15 years has completely re-designed itself. The city has gone from a sleepy hollow tagged onto the bottom of Johannesburg, to become one of the most photographed, talked about, and visited cities in the world.
Even Fodors has been heard to mutter that if there is only one place in South Africa you visit, make it Cape Town.
Those who live here are more than a little patriotic about their city. Here are the things we LOVE about Cape Town… Continued
The minibus taxi is as commonplace in South Africa as the tuk-tuk is in Thailand (although tuk-tuks are now also found on the streets of Jozi, but that’s another story) . They’re everywhere.
Last count, which was quite some time ago, saw over 50 000 of them in Johannesburg alone…
Accommodating roughly 10 people at a time, the average minibus is in dire need of mechanical assistance, and driving standards seldom adhere to the rules of the road – frustrating for everyday commuters (read: those with cars) who regard taxis as a scourge.
Many routes are highly unsafe, and as a visitor to the country you would do well to ask for local advice before using them. That said, a visit to South Africa is incomplete unless you’ve hitched a ride in one. Continued
The Stanford Hotel is a landmark in the village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg, which can be found teaming with life every Saturday morning, attracting market-goers to the Saturday Morning Market held at the hotel every weekend. Built in 1920, with parts of it dating back to the 1890′s, The Stanford Hotel was Stanford’s first accommodation… Continued
Hard to believe that in 1800 only 3 percent of the world lived in cities. Most people lived in the countryside, in towns. By 1900 things had changed somewhat – 12 cities already had over 1 million people.
Now not only are there 400 cities with over a million people in them, but the world has 40 mega cities with over 5 million people in each (Japan, Seoul, New York, Mumbai, Delhi, LA etc.).
For as many of us choosing to downscale by moving to small towns, countless others would never dream of doing so.
There are various reasons to never leave a big city. Here are just 20 … Continued
I had the most wonderful morning last Saturday; enjoying a long overdue catchup with a very dear school friend. We had last seen each other at my 40th birthday lunch in November and here we were in July … where had the time gone too?
As she lives in Durban North and I live on a farm just outside of Stanger we decided to meet in Umhlali which is pretty much halfway for both of us and would not be the chaos that is Ballito on a Saturday morning! Continued
Every group of people exhibits a particular set of idiosyncracies, or fascination with certain things, that differentiate them from others.
The Americans do compulsive snacking, high school yearbooks, constant emotional unburdening (usually in the form of a laborious novel) and law suits.
The British do tea, DIY, the weather, gardening, societal class, Mind the Gap and queues.
South Africans are preoccupied with the following … Continued
You’ve had a life-long dream.
That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress.
Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa’s country ‘dorps’…
Durban as a ‘foodie destination’ is a recent concept. The Roma revolving restaurant was about as good as it got. Recently areas like Greyville, Berea and Glenwood have mushroomed into trendy alternatives to the always buzzing Florida Road, and places to nosh have restored the city’s lunch and dinner scene.
Here are 10 of the best eateries in Durban, for a variety of reasons… Continued
Right at the end of a dirt road that begins somewhere after the little village of Suurbraak is the largest remaining indigenous forest in the Langeberg.
The forest is almost engulfed by the ravine into which it descends, barely visible from the top of the mountain fynbos-clad hillsides of the Grootvadersbosch reserve. This isolated pocket of Afromontane forest, in a pleat of the Cape fold mountains, is known by few yet there are a myriad reasons to visit … Continued
With Cape Town rated as the top destination for 2014 by the New York Times earlier this year – ahead of LA, the Vatican and the Seychelles – it is only natural that visitors want to know just what it is Cape Town has that other cities don’t.
And so we’ve put together an irrefutable list – things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe… Continued
Described by many as resembling a scene from ‘A River Runs Through It‘, Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a ‘country gym session’, while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains.
Stanford has quietly been attracting ‘swallows’, investors, weekenders, visitors and residents to its sleepy river banks over the past few years, shaking things up for the better. This small Overberg town now boasts award-winning wineries, restaurants and artisans, along with just about the prettiest country views you’ve ever clapped eyes on… Continued
I love a lie in on a Saturday morning, but this last Saturday we found ourselves heading down the highway at 06h45 in order to get to Durban in time for our first ever Park Run which started at 08h00. What a great event … A free 5km time trial that happens every Saturday with the route starting on the promenade outside Suncoast Casino and making its way past Circus Circus Beach Cafe for 2.5kms before heading back to Suncoast.