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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).

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

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top 10 must-visit museums in Cape Town

Museums are no longer dull repositories filled with archaic collections that gather dust.

Any museum worth its salt has reinvented the way it displays objects of scientific, artistic, cultural or historical importance, using virtual exhibits and other modern tools to transform its halls into places of interest; spaces that can compete with the Internet.

There are over 55 000 museums in 202 countries across the world. Visitors are offered a wonderful selection of museums in Cape TownContinued

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

What I love about the Overberg: from a City-Bowl-expat

I’d been visiting the Overberg for twenty years by the time I made the decision to pack everything up and move my little family out to the country, beyond the city smoke, traffic and frenetic pace, to a quieter place over the hills. Raised in Sea Point and residing in the Cape Town City Bowl as a young adult, I had never stumbled across a lifestyle that was so family-centric and influenced by the great outdoors.

Saturday beach expeditions with children made for a refreshing change compared to the social whirl of weekends in the city – and lush, languid Sunday lunches replaced being seen at the newest hip spot in town in a designer frock and heels. The soul-stirring beauty of the Overberg seeped into my heart and inspired me to traverse the region that must surely have inspired many poets, writers and painters in the past. Continued

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Fishy Attractions In Stilbaai

Still Bay is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and plenty to do , but there are two fishy attractions in Stilbaai which are a must see. The beach is lovely, peaceful and relaxing and there are awesome hiking trails.

Right alongside the beach you will find the Stilbaai Fish Traps which were made by the Khoisan a good 3000 years ago to catch fish for food. These rock pool traps have been maintained over the years and is now a popular place to bring the kids for an afternoon of fun and fishing, all you need to do is bring your fishing nets along with you and catch what you can. Continued

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

12 great insider tips for travelling Cape Town

Cape Town is a wonderful city. I love living in it, people love visiting it, and it’s set to see more than its usual share of visitors in 2014 because of Design Capital 2014.

Here is a list of insider tips for travelling Cape Town, to beat the queues, spend less, and make your trip here more memorable … Continued

Monday, 3 February 2014

Kit Up and Come on a Cape Canopy Tour

Cape Canopy Tour is coming soon in April 2014 and brings you the ultimate guided adventure tour. If you are keen for a new experience, the chance to learn and see more in nature and want some excitement, then this is the tour for you. Explore the Hottentots Nature Reserve from new heights and explore this world heritage site in all its glory.

Anybody can take part; it doesn’t matter whether you are 5 or 75 …

Continued

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects

Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over.

Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation since Mandela’s first address as a free man 20 years ago.

2014 is the year the city’s creative class take on this challenge by celebrating design in all its forms over the year … Continued

Monday, 20 January 2014

Penguins in Cape Town: 2 places you can see them when you are here

The African penguin: cute little guy with a funny gait, black feet; really graceful in the water; endangered and in rapid decline. All the more reason to see them, whilst we can.

Despite the peculiarity of penguins in Africa, they’ve actually been here longer than we have. Due mainly to the Benguela Current. Ten islands and two mainland sites in the Western Cape support the African penguin along the coastline. Whilst a further six islands in Algoa Bay support them in the Eastern Cape… Continued

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Marvellous Meat and Music At Mzoli’s Place

Guguletu is filled with many hidden wonders and one of them is Mzoli’s Place. If you are looking for a day full of fun, or the ultimate tourist hotspot in Cape Town, then this is the place to be. It has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been to before and is jam packed with people from all over the world flocking to visit this marvellous place. I went there on Sunday and had an absolute blast.  Its vibey, full of fun, had fabulous food and is all about culture. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now having been there, I can’t wait until my next visit.

Continued

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Celebrating at Grootbos

I had heard so many incredible things about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a private reserve between Gaansbaai and Standford in the Cape Whale Coast. More importantly I had seen things, beautiful things that ensured we add Grootbos to our list of places to see whilst on our South African road trip.

After 3 and half weeks travelling every kind of road (or lack therefore) throughout the country, we arrived at the front gate.  This was our final stop and the place we would celebrate our One Year Anniversary… Continued

Friday, 27 December 2013

A few of my favourite places to enjoy a Cape Town Sunset

Come summer time in Cape Town, locals give up their hibernation nooks and bust out into the sunshine.  There is no better place to be in summer as cafes spill out onto the sidewalk, markets offer special trinkets until late in the evening and everyone is hiking, swimming or picnicking around the city.

Here are a few places I love to enjoy a Cape Town sunset … Continued

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Hiking up Table Mountain – The Platteklip Gorge Hike

Table Mountain Hike

Table Mountain Hike

In my twenty nine years, never once had I attempted to climb up Table Mountain. I figured that the cable car was in perfect working condition so the need was not there. But after road tripping around South Africa and hiking Sentinel Peak in the Drakensberg, I imagined hiking up Table Mountain to be rather easy.

After researching trails and inquiring about the easy routes, many people suggested Platteklip Gorge as the safest route, but also not as challenging as Skeleton GorgeContinued

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Nestle In At Noordhoek Paddocks Farm Cottages

Noordhoek Paddocks Farm Cottages is a stunning self catering establishment set in the wild along the wetland area of Noordhoek. With only a four minute drive or a strenuous walk through the wetlands and over the dunes to the very beautiful Noordhoek beach, you couldn’t ask for a better location. These lovely cottages are part of a working horse yard and it’s not unusual to hear the splendid sound of horses neighing, trotting hooves and owls hooting.

Offering luxury farm accommodation in a stunning setting, this makes for the ideal romantic getaway and holiday spot. From here you are only minutes away from a number of fabulous bars, unique restaurants, quirky shops and markets, wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards, popular attractions such as Chapman’s Peak with breathtaking views and much, much more. Continued

Thursday, 28 November 2013
Choosing the perfect hotel

Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time

It isn’t estate agents alone who mutter the mantra – location, location, location. It’s also how people choose hotels. I’m prepared to bet you thought it was all about the cost of the room?

But the latest study of why people around the world choose the hotels they do reveals location as the number one priority. The cost of the hotel and past experience come in second.

Based on this research, we have put together a five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape TownContinued