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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).

Friday, 25 July 2014

Grootvadersbosch – 15 reasons to visit this last patch of indigenous forest

Right at the end of a dirt road that begins somewhere after the little village of Suurbraak is the largest remaining indigenous forest in the Langeberg.

The forest is almost engulfed by the ravine into which it descends, barely visible from the top of the mountain fynbos-clad hillsides of the Grootvadersbosch reserve. This isolated pocket of Afromontane forest, in a pleat of the Cape fold mountains, is known by few yet there are a myriad reasons to visit … Continued

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village

Described by many as resembling a scene from ‘A River Runs Through It‘, Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a ‘country gym session’, while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains.

Stanford has quietly been attracting ‘swallows’, investors, weekenders, visitors and residents to its sleepy river banks over the past few years, shaking things up for the better. This small Overberg town now boasts award-winning wineries, restaurants and artisans, along with just about the prettiest country views you’ve ever clapped eyes on… Continued

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The 8 best drinking holes in Cape Town

Cape Town is lively, sophisticated and one of the world’s 10 most loved cities at any time of the year. But in winter, when driving rain or cold can keep people from spilling out onto the pavements, finding the city’s favourite drinking holes is not as easy as cruising the streets to follow the crowd; the crowd is usually safely sequestered indoors.

We thought we’d be helpful and highlight our top trendy drinking holes in Cape Town, in the centre of the city… Continued

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Living in Cape Town – The 15 best days

Just about any time spent living in Cape Town is better than living anywhere else (yes, I am unashamedly biased). Even so, there are some days that are even better than others. Guess that’s why we love living here so much… Continued

Monday, 23 June 2014

10 things you may not know about Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent landmark. The view of the flat-topped massif, as seen from Table Bay or Blouberg, is recognised throughout the world and has placed Cape Town on the map. That it is one of the seven new wonders of the world is no mystery.

The triptych of Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and the Lion is as famous, as is the mountain’s ‘tablecloth’ – the result of the south-easter, one of the prevailing winds of the Cape peninsula.

But the mountain’s bulk is not there simply to be admired, although this is a large aspect of its appeal. It is also there to hike, climb, worship, drive, walk and explore. From the paths that lead to its summit, to the inescapably rare fauna and flora, Table Mountain is attractive to every visitor… Continued

Friday, 20 June 2014

Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal

Winter is the perfect time for glühwein and a roaring fire, if this is what you’re after why not head down to the Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal Wine Estate on 28 and 29 June 2014.

This festival runs in conjunction with the annual Tulbagh Christmas in Winter -  a weekend of fun for the entire family. Located 120km outside of Cape Town take a leisurely drive into town or spend the night at one of the lovely accommodation options in Tulbagh. Continued

Monday, 9 June 2014

Kirstenbosch Tree Canopy Walkway

The giant steel snake that utterly transforms Kirstenbosch’s little known arboretum is leaving visitors and locals gasping…

Not only does it rise from the ground at a gentle slope until it reaches above the tree line, with panoramic views of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain across the Cape Flats to the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the distance, but its curved arc is an effortless example of grace in motion; of bio-mimicry in design.

Strolling the wooden-slatted, steel-endowed walkway conveys one into another world. The sky, the views, the ingenious curves of the walkway’s design and the delight at finding oneself above the world, in a part of the garden not often visited, is a winning combination.

No matter the weather – for even the stormy, cloud-blown sky has something to offer – the walkway at Kirstenbosch is amazing and a must for any visitor to the garden. I, for one, will be visiting as often as my annual membership will allow… Continued

Thursday, 5 June 2014

10 cozy coffee spots with fireplaces in Cape Town

Winter is the season Capetonians like to pretend doesn’t happen. That or they simply forget that it can get really cold on the southernmost tip of the African continent.

Point in case: most popular coffee hangouts adopt pavement culture as the crux of their allure. Great for summer. But there is only so much ‘central heating’ a cup of coffee held between the palms of your hands can do for you.

So where do you go in Cape Town when only a fireplace, or a seriously well-heated interior, will do without losing any of the A-M-B-I-E-N-C-E?

Our recommended 10 cozy coffee spots with fireplaces in Cape Town … Continued

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Cape Town’s 25 commandments

And so it was that Jan Van Hunks descended from his lair on the slopes of Table Mountain to hand down two tablets, and a bottle of bubbly, to the people of Cape Town. Thereon was a list of commandments wherefrom, it followed, that citizens of Cape Town live happy and full lives perched on the peninsula between two oceans. The tablets read … Continued

Monday, 2 June 2014

South Africa’s rare Riverine rabbit – 7 places to see it

One of the most endangered mammals on Earth, the riverine rabbit is found only in the Karoo.

There are thought to be less than 250 of these rare creatures left. And few people can claim the privilege of having seen one. Found mostly in dry riverbeds in the arid, central Karoo in an area that has been almost completely converted to agriculture, the riverine rabbit is under pressure to survive.

None of its traditional habitat has, up until now, been protected within a national or provincial nature reserve. The rabbits are found only on private farmland, private reserves or in isolated pockets of no more than 50 rabbits in a number of areas in the Western Cape… Continued

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

6 historic windmills, 2 mock mills, and one museum – where to see windmills in South Africa

South Africa is no stranger to windmills. The figure doing the rounds is 280 000  – the number we claim to have on farms spread across the country.  But the windmills of modern day are actually windpumps, rather than mills. Most of them pump water from the ground, although a few may be attached to saw mills and feed mills.

The old-fashioned windmill did exactly as it name implies. It used wind to mill grain for food production.  South Africa has a number of these, to which we still affix the Dutch word ‘molen’, meaning mill. It describes Dutch tower and smock mills with their common sails (blades) that now function as landmarks.

There are several windmills in South Africa, in particular in Cape TownContinued

Friday, 23 May 2014

Do the Langa Tag – a township tour with an art angle

Langa is ten minutes from my house. A few kilometres and a whole world apart.

Just off Bhunga Avenue, in Rubusana Street, is the Langa Quarter – a collection of quirky, brightly painted houses that form part of Langa’s walking art gallery tour.

We meet Xola Maswana, our guide, at Khaya Langa just behind Langa’s stadium. From its gates are enviable views of Table Mountain and the two flimsy 99 metre chimneys that now enjoy landmark status and are all that remains of Cape Town’s enormous twin cooling towers. Continued

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Fifty Shades of Greyton

Gorgeous Greyton. A Delicious Day in Greyton. The titles and opening lines for my travel story had already been lilting in and out of my head for days. I hadn’t yet unpacked from my previous getaway when I was invited to write about the charming town that I’d somehow neglected to spend much time in, even though I live one hour away. I’d asked my Travel Blogger friend, Natalie Roos to join me for the experience and could already hear the clinking of our ice as it surfed to and fro inside our gin and tonics between sips.

It was at least 32 degrees centigrade and the Cape was blowing on one final ember of summer, burning across us like dragon’s breath. Notebook, laptop, sun cream, toothbrush. Check. I hit the road. Air con out of gas. Typical. I wound down the window and listened to Bob Dylan croak out his ‘made for cruising country back roads’ folk poetry. Toasty, golden fields rolled towards the road. Cows grazed. Clouds lazed… Continued

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Five places to take your friends in Cape Town

If you’re from Cape Town you’ll know what it’s like to have foreign visitors or guests from other parts of South Africa come spend time with you, hoping you would show them around your beautiful city. Or even if you’re not from Cape Town but are going there as a group of friends, this quick little list is designed to give you a couple of quick and easy “what to do?” options if you’re here for a couple of days or longer.

Showing the city off to your foreign friends is also a fantastic way for locals to take time off and act like tourists themselves so without further ado, let’s jump into it …  Continued

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Company’s Garden Gets a New Historic Veg Garden – a World Design Capital Project

Cape Town’s Company’s Garden used to be a vegetable garden 360 years ago. It was built to supply ships travelling the spice trade route from the East Indies, when they pulled in to Cape Town.

Cape Town, back then, was known as ‘The Tavern of the Seas’ and the first European settlement of what was then called the Cape of Good Hope began with this garden. Continued