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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, 13 May 2015

8 Things you’ll find in De Rust that you won’t easily find elsewhere

The Klein Karoo town of De Rust lies on Route 62 wedged between the Swartberg and the Kammanassie Mountains.

Most people know about the Victorian village because it won Small Town of the Year in 2011. It lies just outside Oudtshoorn and serves as a ‘spillover’ space for those who attend the annual KKNK (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees) and the KKK (Klein Karoo Klassique), but still value peace and quiet.

Others know about De Rust because it lies at the southern end of Meiringspoort. For a friend of mine it’s become home for a year. And she’s loving it. I visit her to find out why.

Continued

Thursday, 7 May 2015

10 Things To Do On The Prince Alfred Pass – Make A Day (Or A Holiday) Of It

Route 339 stretches from the Karoo town of Uniondale to the Fourways intersection with the N2 just outside Knysna.

It is 80 km of gravel road connecting the Klein Karoo with the Garden Route; Knysna with the Langkloof. It serves as an appealing alternative to the Outeniqua Pass between George and Oudtshoorn.

Which does nothing to describe its beauty – the glorious views of early morning mist, proteas, heather and ericas on either side of the road, forests in which elephants are easily lost, and kloofs, valleys and mountains that appear to go on forever.

However, for all its beauty Prince Alfred Pass is not a short cut, neither is it for the faint hearted… Continued

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Puntjie – A Hideaway Lost In Time; Visit This Unintentional Open-Air Museum

Where the Duiwenhoks River meets the sea is a cliffside hideaway known as Puntjie. It stands to the east of the river mouth atop eroded sandstone cliffs, known only to those who stay here.

During sultry summer days it is a piece of heaven, the long stretch of deserted beach a haven for walking, the cliffs a gentle, idyllic space in which time stands still. Holidays here are exactly as they should be – far from everything, amongst friends.

It takes little to imagine the wind-driven rain that must whip these exposed cliffs during winter. At Puntjie three ocean currents meet – the Agulhas, the Mozambique and Benguela. As a result, winters produce sodden wet, grey days, and often the Duiwenhoks floods… Continued

Thursday, 30 April 2015

10 Short Beginner Hikes In Cape Town – Perfect For The (Relatively) Unfit, Or Those With Children

Most of the hikes in Cape Town involve scaling a mountain (if you hadn’t already noticed, there are a fair number in the city).

If Tranquillity Cracks, Platteklip Gorge, Maclear’s Beacon and India Venster are not on your list of must-do hikes, then this list of ‘sedate’ trails, even if one or two involve a short (though not overly taxing) uphill, is for you.

Some of the 10 beginner hikes in Cape Town are perfect for children. Most of them, because of their ease, are popular and busy, particularly on hot summer, windless days… Continued

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cape Town

Here are a few fascinating things you probably don’t know about Cape Town

1. Cape Town is the best place in the world to visit

According to the New York Times (2014). The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the ‘best city in the world’ in 2013; it is one of the top 25 destination in the world, according to Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards; and Africa dot com voted Cape Town the most liveable city in Africa. Continued

Friday, 17 April 2015

5 Insider Things To Do When In Vermaaklikheid

The fairytale hamlet of Vermaaklikheid lies on the lower reaches of the Duiwenhoks River, south of Heidelberg.

To find it on Google maps we have to do a precise search, for it appears only as a map marker two-thirds of the way up the river, on a dirt road east of the R322 between Heidelberg and Witsand.

It isn’t on any tourist routes, and has little to lure the Toyota Fortuners and their ilk – no farmstall or artisan bread-and-pie-producing bakery here.

Vermaaklikheid (meaning ‘entertainment’ or ‘amusement’ – which may or may not allude to the town’s original subsistence on sweet potatoes and ‘witblits’) is a smattering of thatched, white-walled Cape-style cottages (a couple of which are for sale), a shop (which always seems to be closed), newly planted olive groves, and a not-recently-in-use trading post. Continued

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

7 Cape Town Community Gardens That Are Setting A Trend

A community garden is a piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. They serve as a way to build a sense of local community, a connection to the environment and to provide fresh produce and plants. They range from small plots of vegetables, to large ‘greening’ projects to preserve natural areas. And not all of them have an open gate policy. Some grow only ornamental plants, others function as market gardens.

In Cape Town Community gardens have been a rising trend for a while now. Whether they’re tiny backyard plots, a portion of a city park, rooftop gardens, vertical gardens or ornamental gardening along a river bank, urban community gardening is on the rise.

Here is a list of 7 community gardens in Cape TownContinued

Thursday, 26 March 2015

15 Top Cape Town Instagrammers To Follow

A picture paints a thousand words.

Or more accurately: a picture is worth a thousand words is a fitting phrase to describe how a picture tells a story just as well as wordy, descriptive text (the latter quote was adapted into the former by David Gates (of Bread fame) for the album: Manna).

I’d even go as far as saying that today pictures speak louder than words.

To coin a Chinese proverb: one picture is worth ten thousand words. Which is why Instagram is so big.

Snap a photo with your mobile phone, choose a filter, and you’ve a picture to share with the world. It’s faster than news, it’s beautiful to look at, it’s straightforward to share, and people respond more swiftly to pictures than words.

Here are 15 artists on Instagram that paint a picture of Cape Town that is louder than words or 15 top Cape Town instagrammers to follow … Continued

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands

The essence of the Cape Winelands is wine tasting.

You will discover, however, that there are so many wine estates jostling for your attention that you need something other than wine estates as your yard stick for selecting which ones to visit.

For this reason we’ve put together a list for you of 30 things to do in the Cape Winelands. Select what interests you most, and then visit the wine farms closest to you.

Alternatively, choose one of the winelands’ villages  as a base for the weekend, and visit the wine estates closest to your town of choice… Continued

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

7 Ancient Forests in and around Cape Town

Once upon a time, before the fynbos evolved, much of the south-western Cape, and indeed Southern Africa, was palm forest.

Rainfall patterns and climate changed, and more robust trees replaced the palms forming magnificent forest. Today forests are southern Africa’s smallest biome.

The ancient, once-huge forests are still in evidence in only 0.5% of Africa. You will find what remains in sheltered, remote pockets in mountain ravines or on river banks; the trees’ ancestry millions of years old – a legacy from the time when man was not yet on Earth.

In and around Cape Town you will find 7 remaining ancient forests. But you need to know where to find them… Continued

Friday, 13 March 2015

30 Things You Need To Do Before You Can Call Yourself A Capetonian

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Before you call yourself a Capetonian, there are 30 things you need to do in order to earn this title…

1. Climb Table Mountain

You’ve actually hiked the mountain, not done it by cable-car (anyone can do that!). Favourite hikes include: Skeleton Gorge to Maclear’s Beacon, Upper Cableway Station to Maclear’s Beacon, Platteklip to Upper Cableway Station and the Pipe Track. Continued

Monday, 9 March 2015

10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town

There are many nature reserves in and around Cape Town. The 10 below include national parks run by SANParks, and reserves managed by CapeNature. These are ‘public’ reserves that are open to anyone, although most have an entrance fee attached to using their facilities… Continued

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

10 Great Spots for Snorkelling and Free Diving in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the best places to free dive, or snorkel, in the world. Cape fur seals, mako sharks, blue sharks, seven gill sharks, dolphins, whales and the magic of the kelp forests that line our west coast, mean the seas are rich with marine creatures, and incredibly beautiful.

Snorkelling is the act of swimming through the sea with nothing other than a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel and, usually, fins. In Cape Town you will need a wetsuit. Snorkellers make use of the shallow kelp forests, using the stems to pull themselves to the sea bed.

Through the kelp fringe roam red romans, pajama sharks, sea urchins, anemones, shrimp and rock lobsters amongst other fish. And there are groups of Cape fur seals around the coast with whom you can interact (contact companies that facilitate seal snorkelling – now rather popular). Continued

Thursday, 29 January 2015

I Love Greyton Because … Insider Tips

Hi, we are Ines Stoll and Mark Dittke from The Purple Dog Self Catering House in Greyton in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape.

Greyton IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent piece of peace, tucked away from the N2 but still close enough to Cape Town with its oak tree lined streets surrounded by the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN whilst meandering in the Nature Reserve along the Gobos River with an easily accessible waterfall or from the top of the Mountain whilst hiking the Loerkop Trail with a marvellous 360-degree view with the whole chain of the Riviersonderend mountains spread from east to west, with Greyton and Genadendal in sheltered positions… Continued

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

6 Ways to Experience Cape Town’s Ocean Wildlife

Known historically as ‘The Cape of Storms’ the tempestuous seas around the Cape Peninsula have battered the rocky shores, and more than a few ships, for millennia. The peninsula juts out into the ocean at the edge of the African continent, tipped by the Cape of Good Hope (which, contrary to popular myth, is not the southernmost tip of Africa – this honour is reserved for Cape L’agulhas, a little further east).

With the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one shore, and the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean on the other, Cape Town has historically served as a watering hole for travellers, and continues to do so today, although as a destination rather than a stopover on the Spice Route to and from Asia. Continued