The Cape Flower Route is a fixture on most traveller’s bucket lists around the world, but for those of you who love a little nature (while reveling at the same time), we’ve come up with a few ideas for you this spring.
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).
Cities … living in one requires that you open your wallet countless times a day. So, when it comes to celebrations or casual get-togethers with friends (who won’t fit into your bachelor flat), meeting up for a picnic in the Mother City is not only a way to spend time soaking up some vitamin D – it’s pretty kind to your bank balance too.
We asked some city-bowl-dwellers and Cape Town locals where their secret picnic spots are, and this is what they shared with us…
Hipsters may have helped make craft beer famous, but for those of us who’ve enjoyed sinking a cold one on a balmy day in the city, or sipping on one slowly in a field of buttercup yellow canola in the country – we know that there’s so much more to craft beer than fodder for popular urban culture.
The definition of ‘craft beer’ is simply: “… a beer with a distinctive flavour, produced and distributed in a particular region” but other sources describe the product as “…beer not brewed by one of the big “mega-brewery” corporations.
Beer made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional.” Cape Town has seen a craft beer explosion in the past few years, leading the real beer revolution in South Africa, so I awarded myself the odious (being highly facetious here) task of revisiting a few of my favourite microbreweries. Continued
When someone mentions ‘wine route’ in Cape Town, one usually thinks of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, not the Cape Overberg, yet this region is every bit as likely to get you drunk. With 250km of winescapes to explore, the serious wino can’t possibly consider themselves such without experiencing the tipple in this region… Continued
Cape Town over the last 15 years has completely re-designed itself. The city has gone from a sleepy hollow tagged onto the bottom of Johannesburg, to become one of the most photographed, talked about, and visited cities in the world.
Even Fodors has been heard to mutter that if there is only one place in South Africa you visit, make it Cape Town.
Those who live here are more than a little patriotic about their city. Here are the things we LOVE about Cape Town… Continued
The Stanford Hotel is a landmark in the village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg, which can be found teaming with life every Saturday morning, attracting market-goers to the Saturday Morning Market held at the hotel every weekend. Built in 1920, with parts of it dating back to the 1890′s, The Stanford Hotel was Stanford’s first accommodation… Continued
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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