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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).

Monday, 22 August 2016

Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All

Clarence Drive is one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world. It’s every bit as exciting as Chapman’s Peak, without the cost of the toll.

Forming part of Route 44 Clarence Drive hugs an incredibly scenic portion of the coast just south east of Cape Town, connecting the seaside towns of Rooi Els and Betty’s Bay – the Hottentot Hollands Mountains on one side, the ocean on the other.

Seventy seven bends, numerous wide curves and a couple of sharp corners – with plenty of opportunity to pull over, hop out of your vehicle and survey the beauty of what lies before you (including whales during winter) – makes up one of the flattest ‘mountain passes’ you’ll ever drive… Continued

Thursday, 18 August 2016

How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus

Only an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town, Hermanus hugs Walker Bay every bit like a mother who has perfected the art of the embrace – gently, but without any attachment – so that its waters appeal to a group of whales who return, year-upon-year, to mate and calve in these waters.

Being animals they’re unperturbed by ideas anyone on land has about their presence in these waters, and so they keep largely offshore until it suits them – usually around September – to coincide with the annual Whale Festival.

Hermanus draws huge crowds of people anywhere between July and October. If it’s calm and the sun is out you can guarantee that town is humming. Which only adds to its allure… Continued

Monday, 15 August 2016

Cut The Cr*p – Coffee Jargon Explained & Where To Find Craft Coffee In Cape Town

If, like me, you don’t know your acidity from your aero press, or your burr grinder from your percolation method, look no further.

I’m bringing myself (and you) quickly up to speed with the latest coffee jargon (there are only so many times I can roll my eyes and affect nonchalance when colleagues speak coffee).

But first, a list of the top spots in Cape Town to find robust, high-quality Craft Coffee in Cape Town… Continued

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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. Continued

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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 the valley. Even 4×4 vehicles only manage the crossing after October, provided the rains haven’t been too severe… Continued

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Win a Two Night stay at Abalone House in Paternoster

One of our favourite venues on the Cape West Coast, we are thrilled to offer our site visitors the opportunity to win a Two Night Stay at the beautiful 5 Star Abalone House in Paternoster!

Win a Two Night Stay for Two at Abalone House in Paternoster… Continued

Monday, 11 July 2016

The 12 best food & drink ‘hoods in Cape Town

Cape Town is a Foodie’s idea of heaven – food, and wine, in the Mother City is as diverse as the people who live here.

Labelled a ‘gourmet nirvana’ by Lonely Planet, Cape Town bursts at the seams with trendy markets, food trucks, original restaurants and cozy little eateries.

The biggest issue facing any gastronome is not so much what to eat, as where to eat it. Hence our list of the 12 best food & drink ‘hoods in Cape Town – the lowdown on which neighbourhoods to visit, for which top restaurants … Continued

Monday, 27 June 2016

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 … Continued

Friday, 24 June 2016

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 interchangeably Cedarberg, or Cederberg, (depending on whom you ask) the mountains are named after the Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) now regarded as a ‘relic species’ from a time when the area had a colder climate… Continued

Monday, 20 June 2016

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 ordering them by the ship load… Continued

Friday, 17 June 2016

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 citrus cultivation. Continued

Friday, 10 June 2016

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… Continued

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

15 Things Only A Capetonian Would Do

Is there such a thing as typical Capetonian?

As much as the rest of the country loves to generalise about those who live in the Mother City as tardy, with a propensity to wait until the last minute before committing to an event, and obsessed with their mountain, actually they’re about as diverse as people of any city can be.

And every little enclave and seaside village has a life of its own. Cape Town, surrounded by sea and mountain, nonetheless has a distinctive quality. And there are certain general things locals tend to do.

Here are 15 things only a Capetonian would do… Continued

Monday, 30 May 2016

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 fare on Instagram? Which attraction hashtags are used the most? We set out to uncover the top 15 most instagrammed attractions in Cape TownContinued

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