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10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Love The First And The Last
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10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Love The First And The Last

A boutique hotel is a small, stylish hotel typically found in a fashionable part of a city. Originally the term described small hotels in the centre of large cities, like London and Berlin, but today it characterises an intimate set-up, usually a small selection of rooms with a distinctive personality and style. Although many bigger hotels now add 'boutique' to their description in a bid to sound distinctive, the term used correctly describes an intimate, independent hotel of few rooms that feature themed décor. We share 10 of the best Cape Town boutique hotels. We've selected those t...
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48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town
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48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town

Only 48 hours in Cape Town - What to see and where to go in Cape Town - we give you the low-down. With the rand at an all time low, now is the time to visit! A plan to enjoy the Mother City could pursue any of the following: from sipping wine and browsing farmers' markets, to heading up the famous Table, followed by a sedate drive along the Cape peninsula... FRIDAY: Land at Cape Town International Airport. We highly recommend hiring a car for the duration of your stay. Whilst Uber makes getting around a LOT easier, it is more flexible to have your own transport. Stay: Cape Town's C...
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The Secret Of Cape Towns True History
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The Secret Of Cape Towns True History

Lucy Campbell's myth-busting, grassroots, warts-and-all account of the little recognised pre-1652 founding of Cape Town, and the trauma of slavery, is a meaningful educational experience that few visitors can afford to overlook. 'Cape Town', says Lucy, her grey dreadlocks loosely held by an orange floral scarf, her hands painting the air in front of her as she passionately engages her audience, 'is a prime indigenous African-Indian-Asian-Eastern must-stop destination, home to the most diverse community in the world.' This, she explains, is all of our history. White or black... Photograp...
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Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All
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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 whal...
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How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus
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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 ...
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Cut The Cr*p – Coffee Jargon Explained & Where To Find Craft Coffee In Cape Town
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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... WHERE TO FIND THIRD WAVE COFFEE IN CAPE TOWN Bootlegger Coffee Company Bootlegger Coffee Company make a mean cup of coffee from 'the best beans we can find', roasted i...
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Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route
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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. This centres on Walker Bay in the Overberg (also known as the 'heart of the whale coast') with whale viewing spots between Rooi Els (on the easte...
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8 Stops On The Road To The Biedouw Valley, And Why It Will Change Your Life
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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 ...
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Win a Two Night stay at Abalone House in Paternoster (Closed)
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Win a Two Night stay at Abalone House in Paternoster (Closed)

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... Abalone House, set against breath-taking vistas of the Atlantic Ocean along the West Coast of South Africa, is about decadence, luxury and savouring life’s pleasures. The manicured gardens and the pristine seascapes combine to create a very special setting for local and international visitors wanting to soak up the allure of Paternoster...
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The 12 best food & drink ‘hoods in Cape Town
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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 ... 1. CITY BOWL When it comes to top restaurants, eateries and drinking holes Cape To...
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Escape The City: 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks
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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 ... 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks Company's Garden Without doubt Cape Town's best known, and loved, green space the Company's Garden has been here since the VOC (Dutch East Indian Company) arrived at the Cape in 1652 intent on supplying fresh produce to their ships on the spice trade route. The vegetable garden has recently been recreated, and there is a fine collection of botanical plants, shady trees and a list of historical features that i...
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Our Top 7 Really Unusual Activities In The Cederberg
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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 interchange...
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Amazing Snippets Of History: Cape Towns First Wines
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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 order...
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We Share Our 10 Favourite Spots (and Towns) Of The Swartland
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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 citru...
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12 Of The Most Stunning Thermal Hot Springs In South Africa. The Last One Blew Us Away.
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12 Of The Most Stunning Thermal Hot Springs In South Africa. The Last One Blew Us Away.

A visit to thermal springs for health reasons is one of the oldest forms of tourism in the world. In ancient times thermal springs were believed to have supernatural and healing powers, and archaeological digs reveal how thermal springs were used as communal baths in ancient cities like Mohenjo-Daro in India, the palaces of Knossos in Crete, and the Egyptian royal city of Tall al 'Amarinah. Visits to spas in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries were all the rage, for health and wellbeing. In South Africa the hot springs at Bela-Bela were used by the Tswana people hundreds of years ago ...
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