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Lunch at Zevenwacht – simply heavenly
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It is more than a little fitting that Zevenwacht Wine Estate should lie on Langverwacht Road in Kuils River. We found ourselves on Bottelary Road in Bellville, a road we were not familiar with - something we enjoy doing on a weekend; seeing where the road t...
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Arderne Gardens – greenery in the midst of Claremont
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Say 'Main Road, Claremont' and the picture most people conjure up definitely doesn't include greenery. It's a bustling hubbub of activity, the air consistently rent with the hooting of taxis soliciting business, and the irate response of drivers looking for pa...
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Middle Earth explored – what they’re getting up to in Hogsback
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There was something about Middle Earth being sign posted as an organic nursery that had us driving down a little obscure driveway whilst in Hogsback recently. Besides, we couldn't let the Tolkienesque name of 'Middle Earth' go unexplored, and so it was, on a r...
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Hiking in Hogsback

Hiking in Hogsback
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Our roadtrip up South Africa’s east coast had already been filled with adventure (and a few mishaps) by the time we reached Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. Situated in the Amatola Mountains and named after three ridges which (apparently) look like the bristles o...
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Eight at Spier – a definite ‘must’ for brunch
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Before the word gets out, I thought I'd share my addiction to the latest restaurant to open on the Spier Wine Estate in Lyndedoch Road, Stellenbosch. Eight at Spier serves good wholesome breakfasts, brunches and lunches on the grounds of the popular weekend de...
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Beautiful, not-so-peaceful, Stilbaai

Stilbaai, also known as Still Bay, is well known amongst Capetonians as a peaceful, seaside getaway on the Garden Route, perfect for weekends. It has, to a large degree, managed to maintain an unspoiled and natural environment that is particularly beautiful du...
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Just what they’re getting up to in Hogsback
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Starways pottery and the Rose theatre - You don't expect to find a theatre in Hogsback. Not only is it a theatre, albeit a little one, but it's open air, in the middle of a glade of pine trees, and named after the Elizabethan theatre of the same name. The Rose...
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The Heath in Plettenberg Bay

The Heath in Plettenberg Bay
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We stumbled upon The Heath, the Garden Route's bohemian farm store, whilst on our way to Stilbaai from St Francis Bay. Now many of you may know about this fantastic find, but I was immediately entranced by the stop and couldn't understand why no-one had bother...
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Set on the shores of the Indian Ocean, just south of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, St Francis Bay has to be one of the most beautiful spaces on this part of the coast. We arrived there on a wind-swept afternoon knowing little about the pretty resort but th...
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Hogsbacks eco shrine – a voice for the Earth
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There is something of the sacred in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. Perhaps it is the ethereal proximity of dense, indigenous forests that hint at faery folk, or its remoteness that make it so. But few people leave here without some element of reparation, even i...
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Hogsback Labyrinth – Travelling within whilst staying in the same place
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I was overawed by the Hogsback Labyrinth set in the gardens at The Edge in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. I've subsequently read someone else's unimpressed comments and am struck anew by how two people, looking at exactly the same object, can have two such oppo...
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Not many people know much about Hogsback, or where it is, for that matter, which perhaps is just as well given that its charm is something one might want to protect, and because the very essence of Hogsback is its almost otherworldly silence, where it lies hig...
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Addo, addo, addo!

If it weren't for the Addo Elephant National Park, Addo would still be an obscure little town off the beaten track, roughly an hour from Port Elizabeth. It really is something of a one-horse town, and locals use the police station as a landmark, rather than th...
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Think of a childhood dream of living in a treehouse, something like the magic faraway tree, then add the further dimension of handcrafted wood interiors, furniture, a tented bedroom, a wooden open-to-the-elements bathroom, complete with de luxe bath, and you h...
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