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Drinking tea from a wooden cup – the Tibetan Teahouse in Seaforth
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Tibetan folklore states that drinking tea from a wooden cup will make you handsome, popular and wise. And this is just one of the little idiosyncrasies that make the Tibetan Teahouse in Seaforth such a gem. The gallery and teahouse promise 'food for body and s...
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5 top spots with kids in Cape Town
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Cape Town, with its focus on the great outdoors, is seldom short of places to which you can take your children - beaches, walks, picnic spots abound - but there are times when the more formal, child-designated spot comes in handy, and a few of these are worth ...
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South Africa in 9 days? Here are the ‘must see’ spots
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You've hit the shores of our rugged, gorgeous, riddled with contradictions, big on diversity South African land, and have but 9 days in which to say you've done it all? A tall order at the best of times, but not impossible. South Africa is huge by anyone's ...
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There is much to attract one to Darling. It's a small town for one, it's close to Cape Town (not even an hour's drive), has its own wine route, and is the closest of the West Coast wine districts to Cape Town; during the flower season it hosts the Darling Wild...
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Simoné of Darling

Simoné of Darling
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On the corner of Main Road and Van der Stel Street in Darling, just as you begin to leave town behind and become slightly antsy about perhaps having missed the venue entirely (we had selected the venue from the latest Time Out CT Weekend Breaks), you catch sig...
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To boldly go… Why swimming with the Penguins at Boulders is so great
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Penguins at Boulders: Nothing quite beats the thrill of swimming at Boulders beach with the penguins. Admittedly Sunday's rather busy rash of visitors to the popular but small beach meant that only one little black and white resident was bold enough to brave t...
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Lunch at Fairview – a gastronomic experience
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Lunch at Fairview: The temptation to play with the word 'fair' when applied to Fairview Wine Estate is great – it more than lives up to its name. The Wine and Cheese farm, just off Suid-Agter Paarl Road, lies in one of the 'fairest' settings possible, set b...
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The town of Paarl is literally on my doorstep. I've driven past it on the N1 numerous times and yet not visited. But this weekend was an exception. I needed to right a wrong and take a look at a town that more than met my expectations and, in fact, left me spe...
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New Fugard Theatre in District 6 set to take Cape Town by storm
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It isn't often that theatre stops you in your tracks, particularly when it's something like Magic Flute, which admittedly I've seen performed umpteen times in various guises but never to quite the aplomb with which it was being performed at the new Fugard Thea...
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Nieu Bethesda – why it’s worth a visit
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These days, Nieu Bethesda is described as a charming alternative to Graaff-Reinet. But back when I first paid the little town a visit, it was still 'in the middle of nowhere', rather off the beaten track. You went there primarily to visit Helen Martin's Owl Ho...
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It isn't difficult to hide little tea nooks in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town. Many of those listed here are tucked away, off the beaten track, some of them in resuscitated period homes, others not necessarily here for their menu but rather their venu...
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A Hell of a trip to Gamkaskloof

A Hell of a trip to Gamkaskloof
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Between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn runs the Swartberg Pass. It passes through the Swartberg range of mountains, the natural divide between the plains of the Great Karoo and the valleys of the Little Karoo, taking in the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Weather d...
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Rosendal has managed to get onto the map. I'm not sure how, because in searching for it you begin to wonder how the average person gets there at all, nevermind how the former farming community managed to find its way into the social whirl of a 'happening' litt...
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8 GREAT spots to buy handmade in the Cape
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Nothing has quite the appeal of handmade when it comes to gifts and extraordinary products for around your home. Particularly as these days, handmade no longer means  your aunt produced it in wool that she had lying around the house. Nowadays, handmade come...
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