Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure
It's no secret. South Africans regard their country as the Adventure Capital of the World. And for good reason – we've the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jump, the world's only crocodile cage-diving, we free dive with tiger sharks, swim with Cape fur seals, cage dive with great whites, hike in Big Five territory, abseil off Table Mountain, kayak with crocodiles and boast an Extreme 19th hole (accessible only by helicopter) on one of our signature golf courses (we'll leave it up to you to find out where!). And that's only the highlights we managed to fit in one paragraph... B...Continue reading
Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route
The winter whale watching season is upon us! From early July until October every year the Southern Right Whale makes the Cape shoreline of South Africa its nursery. Whales come to warmer waters (from the icy waters further north) to mate, give birth and nurse their young. Whilst you can catch a glimpse of them all the way from the West Coast up to Storms River Mouth, the best part of the coastline to spot them is known as the Cape Whale Coast. This centres on Walker Bay in the Overberg (also known as the 'heart of the whale coast') with whale viewing spots between Rooi Els (on the easte...Continue reading
Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?
Cut through the jargon and the hype and take note of these easy to follow suggestions for the best blooming Namaqua experience you've had yet! 1. WHAT IT IS The Namaqua flower route is the greatest flower show on earth - considered a natural phenomenon and one of the world's botanical wonders. During spring what is otherwise an arid, and to all appearances barren, landscape bursts into song as thousands of flowers appear almost everywhere – along the sides of roads, along the edges of the coast, and in many nature reserves. 2. HOW MANY FLOWERS? It features around 3000 plant species, at...Continue reading
15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)
It's only fair that your money should work hard for you on holiday. Let's be honest: there is nothing worse than standing in a queue, to hand over your cash, only to find that the attraction is over-hyped and underwhelming. To save you money, we've put together a list of 15 South African attractions that are worth every cent. And three that are not... 15 Attractions that are Totally Worth It ... 1. ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Cost: From R58 to R232 per adult (conservation fee) Why it's worth it: Immediate access to elephants makes this park a must. The added bonus is its accessibility...Continue reading
The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!
South Africa presents so many choices to the visitor that it is hard to know just when to do what, and so we've made it easier for you by compiling a list of best places to be month by month. Here is the Ultimate Travel Calendar: Your Guide to the Best Places in South Africa for every month of the year ... JANUARY Head to: Cape Town. This time of year is brilliantly hot, the rather cool seas perfectly feasible after only moments of sun worshipping on foot-blistering sand. Cape Town is still in party mode in January (things don't get back to business-as-usual until deep into Februar...Continue reading
8 Stops On The Road To The Biedouw Valley, And Why It Will Change Your Life
The beautiful, relatively unknown Biedouw Valley lies hidden beyond the Cederberg Mountains on the other side of the Pakhuis Pass. To reach it involves a scenic two-and-a-half hour drive from Cape Town to Clanwilliam before heading east on the R364 through the Cederberg Wilderness Area, up the graceful Pakhuis Pass, down the other side and then off a gravel road that takes you to Wupperthal. You can also access the valley from the Northern Cape (Tankwa Karoo National Park), but the Biedouw River spends most of its time in flood, when it does flow, inhibiting any access from that side of ...Continue reading
10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa
There is nothing better than a movie to set the scene. Movies are visual. They cut the fat and bring imagination to life. They can give you great insight into a subject, far faster than a book. And they can take you backward in time. Which is what we've done with this list of 10 movies (in no particular order) that brings you up to speed with South Africa's chequered history, gives you an idea of the people who live here, sets the scene for a visit, and moves you in a way that makes you wish you could get here sooner... 10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa 1. TSOTSI This s...Continue reading
Escape The City: 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks
Cape Town has no shortage of green spaces and parks. Next time you're in the Mother City trade a shopping spree for a walk in one of these ... 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks Company's Garden Without doubt Cape Town's best known, and loved, green space the Company's Garden has been here since the VOC (Dutch East Indian Company) arrived at the Cape in 1652 intent on supplying fresh produce to their ships on the spice trade route. The vegetable garden has recently been recreated, and there is a fine collection of botanical plants, shady trees and a list of historical features that i...Continue reading
Our Top 7 Really Unusual Activities In The Cederberg
At the far northern extension of the Cape Fold Mountains is a mountain range known as the Cederberg. It is a vast array of weathered sandstone mountains and long, arid valleys that combine into a 830 square kilometre hinterland offering rock formations, remote hiking opportunities, camping, rock climbing and some breathtaking scenery. Bounded by the towns Clanwilliam, Citrusdal and Wupperthal the Cederberg functions as a weekend bolthole for Capetonians, and a hiking mecca for those after wilderness adventures. And all of this a mere three hours' drive from Cape Town. Spelled interchange...Continue reading
Amazing Snippets Of History: Cape Towns First Wines
It's intriguing - the history of the Cape's first wine. Both van Riebeeck and van der Stel played pivotal roles. One was a fine wine maker; the other was not. But even more fascinating is the fact that Constantia wines were the toast of Europe three centuries ago. We might be winning gold medals by the dozen internationally (in 2015 South Africa achieved a 50% increase in gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition), but back in the late 18th century, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens were mentioning Constantia wines in their books, and lord this and earl that were order...Continue reading
We Share Our 10 Favourite Spots (and Towns) Of The Swartland
For those of you who lived through television of the '80s, the Swartland meant only one thing: The home of Bokomo Weet-Bix, the heart of the wheat industry (that Weet-Bix was a top selling breakfast in 1988 is no surprise). Today, the Swartland is fashionable inland farming country that is still regarded as the 'granary of South Africa'. It is home to sheep, cattle and vine farming, with a huge sweep of dry-land vineyards just outside Malmesbury. But it also boasts a myriad Cape-Dutch and Victorian buildings, trendy 'country' towns, protea and tobacco production, and cheese, olive and citru...Continue reading
12 Of The Most Stunning Thermal Hot Springs In South Africa. The Last One Blew Us Away.
A visit to thermal springs for health reasons is one of the oldest forms of tourism in the world. In ancient times thermal springs were believed to have supernatural and healing powers, and archaeological digs reveal how thermal springs were used as communal baths in ancient cities like Mohenjo-Daro in India, the palaces of Knossos in Crete, and the Egyptian royal city of Tall al 'Amarinah. Visits to spas in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries were all the rage, for health and wellbeing. In South Africa the hot springs at Bela-Bela were used by the Tswana people hundreds of years ago ...Continue reading
Do You Know About The Cape Camino?
I do a day of the Cape Camino and go on a pilgrimage for part of the route. On the way I celebrate peace, love and humanity and discover the joy of wandering along the byways of my own city, free of all responsibilities for a few hours ... I stumble across the Cape Camino in my trawlings of the Internet and manage to bag myself a day on the route, in the company of the founder, Gabrielle Andrew... Photograph: Follow the yellow arrows I meet Gabrielle (pronounced like the angel, Gabriel) at Schoenstatt Retreat in Constantia in the early hours of a crisp and glorious winter morning. The g...Continue reading
15 Most Instagrammed Attractions in Cape Town
#Cape Town doesn't need an introduction. It is one of the most popular city hashtags in South Africa, tagged in over 3 111 645 photos (#Johannesburg is tagged in only 560 590 photos). Comparatively #Cape Town is understandably not as popular as somewhere like #London (53 434 729 photos), or #NewYork (32 937 931 photos)but it easily beats hashtags like #Perth (2 800 824), and #Auckland (1 155 287), and even comes in ahead of #Iceland (2 320 325),and just behind trendy cities like #Copenhagen (3 227 166) and #Buenos Aires (3 134 220). But how do the Mother City's major tourist attractions ...Continue reading
The Inanda Heritage Route – A Must Do
To explore a wealth of information on the rich history and culture of Durban's Inanda, so little of which has been recorded in the annuls of history, take the Inanda Heritage Route. Just outside Durban is a generous, green valley through which sprawls the township of the same name. Inanda (eNanda), which is isiZulu for 'a pleasant place', is also known as the Freedom Valley, and for good reason. It is where the seeds of the country's liberation were planted; a valley imbued in history that explores both sung and unsung African heroes. Inanda is where Gandhi built his Phoenix settlemen...Continue reading