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Western Cape

The city of Cape Town, watched over by the unique and majestic Table Mountain is South Africa’s oldest town and one of South Africa’s jewels. With its melting pot of cultures, rich historical and cultural heritage and the pristine white beaches that sweep along its coastline, the Western Cape Province has much to offer any visiting tourist … MORE \ Discover Western Cape \ or to find the perfect place to stay visit Western Cape Accommodation, Cape Town Accommodation or Cape Town Hotels on SA-Venues.com. (Popular searches include Camps Bay, Constantia, Hermanus and Franschhoek).

Wednesday, 18 May 2016
South African Hiking Trails

The Leopard’s Kloof Trail and Other Magical Discoveries at Harold Porter Garden

Harold Porter Garden is one of the country’s national botanical gardens. It’s only about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, just off Clarence Drive at Betty’s Bay, and well worth the drive.

It’s also where sea, mountains and fynbos meet. The garden, which rests on the slope of the mountains within the Kogelberg Biosphere reserve, overlooks the ocean from almost every vantage point, and the gardens are awash with fynbos, irises, daisies and orchids, including the famous red disa.

There is nothing more magical than the Cape in autumn.

The permanent ambient light means that everything is more striking. You don’t need sunglasses, for a start, the constant heat haze of summer gives way to a delicate blue sky, and vivid vistas, and you no longer gasp for shade but are grateful for the gentle presence of the sun. Continued

Monday, 16 May 2016

Visit these 5 Popular Kramats in Cape Town – The Circle Of Kramats

Kramats are not mosques. They’re burial places, or shrines, of the saints or holy men of Islam. They’re also open to anyone who wishes to visit them.

In Cape Town, the city with the largest Muslim community in South Africa, there are 30 or so kramats that form part of the city’s landscape.

Four of them lie on Signal Hill, whilst others lie in areas as far reaching as Bainskloof, Caledon and Rawsonville. That they are often confused with mosques is understandable.

Kramats (mazars in Arabic) look like miniature mosques. Most of them are humble white buildings crested with domes (some of them fairly ornate), scented with incense, resting quietly on hillsides. There is even one on Lion’s Head (although my research turned up very little information about it). Continued

Monday, 9 May 2016

Cape Towns City Wine Route

You don’t have to drive far to visit some of the oldest wine estates in the country when in Cape Town. The Constantia Valley lies in the midst of the southern suburbs, 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s City Bowl. And it holds everything you’ve come to expect from a wine route – Cape Fold Mountains, vineyards, oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch manors, excellent food and superior wines.

One of the oldest suburbs of the city, Constantia may be small by comparison with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, but it supports 11 estates, all of whom produce superlative wines. Any visit to Cape Town is incomplete without a drive through the valley and at least a couple of stops to taste wine. You can also take the Purple Wine Tour on the hop-on-hop-off bus(it stops at three wine estates).

We share 8 of Cape Town’s city wine estates with you… Continued

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city’s secret season. It’s the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you’re interested, are a waste of time given the winds that can accompany any rain in Cape Town).

Most of all it’s the time of year when leaving the house requires a major incentive. We’ve lined up a series of motivators to help get your nose out of a book, your butt off the couch and your body out of doors.

Here are the best events in Cape Town and the surrounds this autumn and winter…

Continued

Monday, 18 April 2016

Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine

The traditional Cape WinelandsFranschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West – are within a stone’s throw of Cape Town. These earliest colonial settlements each come with their own wine route, making it easy to travel from one farm to the next sampling wines.

Cape Dutch architecture (do you know the difference between a Holbol gable and a Neoclassical gable) dominates the landscape, whilst the beauty of the countryside is inspiring (all those mountains!), and the cuisine of this core of the wine-producing areas is difficult to beat (award-winning chefs and restaurants).

And that’s before you’ve sampled the wine from over 400 wine estates.

Overwhelmed?

There is another side to the Winelands that has nothing to do with wine and everything to do with exploring the area’s beauty and history. Here are a few alternatives to wine tasting to take you off the tourist track… Continued

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Win a 2 Night Getaway in Franschhoek (Closed)

The Winner of this Weekend Getaway to the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel is Karyn Clainos. We hope you enjoy your stay!

WIN a 2-night stay at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel nestled in the Food and wine capital of South Africa. The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel which can be found at the base of the Franschhoek mountains, is an eclectic mix of old world sophistication and contemporary design. The hotel offers high end hotel styled service with the comfort of country living… Continued

Thursday, 24 March 2016

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cape Towns Lions Head

Over 200 000 people climb Lion’s Head every year in Cape Town. I’ve even heard postulate that the figure is closer to around 3 million.

The picture-perfect mountaintop perches 2 000 feet (670 metres doesn’t sound nearly as dramatic) above the city’s coastline, offering both a relatively easy (if steep) ascent and jaw dropping views – plenty of nerve-jangling Instagram shots of people posed centimetres from the edge or leaping across boulders on the summit.

Lions Head mountain stands between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, forming part of the city bowl’s dramatic skyline. These mountains are three of a peninsula mountain chain that straddles the cape over which the city sprawls. Continued

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Cape Town and The Western Cape

Travel has become a photographic frenzy, if Instagram is anything to go by. #traveladdict #wanderlust #traveltheworld – it’s all about sharing those photo opportunities, whilst we’re still there.

People everywhere want authentic experiences. Instagram, in particular (but Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest in hot pursuit) makes everyone a ‘travel expert’ as people tap into the power of visual appeal to post their photos for the world to see.

And so travel has become about the beautiful places, spaces and extraordinary spots as we all promote the places we’re visiting, to the rest of the world, with only a few hashtags between us and the moment.

For your perfect #travel moments, head to these 25 secret, scenic spots in Cape Town and the Western Cape(and follow us on Instagram here)

 

Continued

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived

Cape Towns Big 7 have nothing to do with animals…

The city has not suddenly acquired direct access to lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, great white shark and southern right whales – although southern right whales, sharks, seals and penguins you can find within the city’s parameters.

Instead, Cape Towns Big 7 is about seven unmissable things to do in Cape Town. The city has always had a Big 6 list of major tourist attractions, but to that it has added a city walk, embracing the idea of multi-purpose, liveable streets that focus on pedestrians.

Most of the Big 7 need little by way of introduction – they’re the reason people come to Cape Town. But the new City Walk adds a delightfully tactile element as it explores the heart of the city bowl on foot, its architecture, public spaces, art and storytelling woven through the route as a means to evoke community spirit.

There is no one way to explore the Big 7. Choose where you start, how you explore, and for how long. But for any visitor to the Mother City, a visit would be incomplete without their inclusion… Continued

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Art In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town – 7 Best Galleries and Museums

Cape Town’s City Bowl may hold some of the most acclaimed art museums and galleries in the country, but places like the Iziko South African National Art Gallery, AVA Gallery, Johans Borman Fine Art, The New Church Museum, Erdmann Contemporary, Carmel Art and Cape Gallery do not hold the monopoly.

Art is as happening in the mother city’s southern suburbs.

One has only to turn to Woodstock (though not all that far south, a suburb of Cape Town nonetheless) to That Art Fair, on at The Palms Centre in Woodstock from the 17 February 2016.

That Art Fair presents a three week line-up of exhibitions and events that include a wide range of disciplines with visual art, performance art, photography, video and film and even fashion featured in the line-up. Find out more on thatartfair.com

That Art Fair, initiated by Art Africa magazine, focuses on young, unrepresented contemporary African artists. This is its second year.

7 other places to see art in the southern suburbs of Cape Town … Continued

Friday, 5 February 2016

West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon

And other reasons to visit the West Coast National Park…

The West Coast National Park, for most people, is all about the spring flowers.

From the beginning of August Capetonians, or visitors to Cape Town who haven’t the time to drive all the way to Springbok to see the Namaqualand daisies drive out in their droves to drink in the valleys and sand dunes of the reserve – literally awash with colour.

Postberg nature reserve, that part of the reserve on the other side of the Postberg (the mountain on the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon) that is usually closed, opens specially for the flowers.

At other times of the year the West Coast National Park seems to languish, like a strumpet whose skirts have long been explored. As if there was nothing other than flowers to attract visitors. Continued

Monday, 7 December 2015

Walk Cape Town – Top Free And Other Walks, In The City Bowl

Cape Town is one of the most walkable cities in South Africa.

We’ve put together a list of city bowl walks that will have you in touch with the beat of the city’s heart in no time. Included in our list are free guided walks, walks you can do on your own, and those Cape Town walks that you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to do. Continued

Friday, 13 November 2015

7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape

Caves – underground crevices and cavities that develop naturally over millennia, usually due to erosive underwater action or the slow erosion of dripping water – keep hidden the natural beauty and splendours of the world; their breathtaking formation or cultural relevance uncovered by scientists or explorers and later shared with visitors.

Their importance, or simply their majesty, an echo of the people or creatures who have celebrated, lived or sheltered against their porous walls and floors.

Some of these caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, others harbour historical evidence of mankind’s early existence. Some are open for visiting, others can only be explored by scientist-led tours. All of these amazing caves are beautiful… Continued

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Top 10 Christmas Markets in Cape Town 2015

I start to feel the pressure around this time of the year when the likes of Pick n Pay and Woolies accumulate baubles, advent calendars and tinsel in their prime shelf space. My stomach literally sinks as I think of the annual crowds, and the grab-and-horde mentality that dominates any mall shopping experience over Christmas.

Which is why I’m such a fan of Christmas markets! They’ve turned the festive season around.

Now the Christmas experience is as it’s supposed to be – a gentle gifting experience, not only for one’s loved ones, but for oneself. The local markets in Cape Town are vibrant, creative and brimming with design and craft ideas that are a testimony to the inventive and imaginative talent across the country.

Cape Town has so many markets in November / December that one is spoilt for choice. Here are  the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town 2015 you cannot afford to miss (in order of occurrence): Continued

Monday, 12 October 2015

10 Natural Attractions on the West Coast

Despite the surge in tourism that has thrust South Africa into the limelight as a holiday destination to which Europeans and Americans make return visits, this long stretch of fishing villages, windswept beaches, open-air seafood restaurants and icy seas remains relatively obscure.

However, it is conveniently close enough to Cape Town to serve as an escape for Capetonians.

The southern parts of the coastline are thus beginning to feel the pressure, and towns like Paternoster burst at the seams over long weekends and the festive season. But head north outside the flower season to the Namaqualand and its coast, or inland to the Cederberg, and you will discover a rural, raw beauty that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Here are 10 natural attractions on the West CoastContinued