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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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Do You Know About The Cape Camino?
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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... Photograph: Follow the yellow arrows I meet Gabrielle (pronounced like the angel, Gabriel) at Schoenstatt Retreat in Constantia in the early hours of a crisp and glorious winter morning. The g...
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15 Things Only A Capetonian Would Do
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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... Catch th...
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15 Most Instagrammed Attractions in Cape Town
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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 ...
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The Leopard’s Kloof Trail and Other Magical Discoveries at Harold Porter Garden
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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 mo...
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Visit these 5 Popular Kramats in Cape Town – The Circle Of Kramats
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Visit these 5 Popular Kramats in Cape Town – The Circle Of Kramats

Kramats are not mosques. They're burial places, or shrines, of the saints or holy men of Islam. They're also open to anyone who wishes to visit them. In Cape Town, the city with the largest Muslim community in South Africa, there are 30 or so kramats that form part of the city's landscape. Four of them lie on Signal Hill, whilst others lie in areas as far reaching as Bainskloof, Caledon and Rawsonville. That they are often confused with mosques is understandable. Kramats (mazars in Arabic) look like miniature mosques. Most of them are humble white buildings crested with domes (some of...
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Cape Towns City Wine Route
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Cape Towns City Wine Route

You don't have to drive far to visit some of the oldest wine estates in the country when in Cape Town. The Constantia Valley lies in the midst of the southern suburbs, 20 minutes' drive from Cape Town's City Bowl. And it holds everything you've come to expect from a wine route – Cape Fold Mountains, vineyards, oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch manors, excellent food and superior wines. One of the oldest suburbs of the city, Constantia may be small by comparison with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, but it supports 11 estates, all of whom produce superlative wines. Any visit to Cape Town is incompl...
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city's secret season. It's the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you're interested, are a waste of time given the winds that can accompany any rain in Cape Town). Most of all it's the time of year when leaving the house requires a major incentive. We've lined up a series of motivators to help get your nose out of a book, your butt off the couch and your body out of doors. Here are the best events in C...
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Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine
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Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine

The traditional Cape Winelands – Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West – are within a stone's throw of Cape Town. These earliest colonial settlements each come with their own wine route, making it easy to travel from one farm to the next sampling wines. Cape Dutch architecture (do you know the difference between a Holbol gable and a Neoclassical gable) dominates the landscape, whilst the beauty of the countryside is inspiring (all those mountains!), and the cuisine of this core of the wine-producing areas is difficult to beat (award-winning chefs and restaurants). And that's be...
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Win a 2 Night Getaway in Franschhoek (Closed)
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Win a 2 Night Getaway in Franschhoek (Closed)

The Winner of this Weekend Getaway to the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel is Karyn Clainos. We hope you enjoy your stay! WIN a 2-night stay at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel nestled in the Food and wine capital of South Africa. The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel which can be found at the base of the Franschhoek mountains, is an eclectic mix of old world sophistication and contemporary design. The hotel offers high end hotel styled service with the comfort of country living... THE PRIZE - Win a 2 Night Getaway in Franschhoek Valued at over R7 000, the prize includes: Two nights accommodati...
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cape Towns Lions Head
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cape Towns Lions Head

Over 200 000 people climb Lion's Head every year in Cape Town. I've even heard postulate that the figure is closer to around 3 million. The picture-perfect mountaintop perches 2 000 feet (670 metres doesn't sound nearly as dramatic) above the city's coastline, offering both a relatively easy (if steep) ascent and jaw dropping views – plenty of nerve-jangling Instagram shots of people posed centimetres from the edge or leaping across boulders on the summit. Lions Head mountain stands between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, forming part of the city bowl's dramatic skyline. These mountains ...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Cape Town and The Western Cape
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Cape Town and The Western Cape

Travel has become a photographic frenzy, if Instagram is anything to go by. #traveladdict #wanderlust #traveltheworld – it's all about sharing those photo opportunities, whilst we're still there. People everywhere want authentic experiences. Instagram, in particular (but Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest in hot pursuit) makes everyone a 'travel expert' as people tap into the power of visual appeal to post their photos for the world to see. And so travel has become about the beautiful places, spaces and extraordinary spots as we all promote the places we're visiting, to the rest of the worl...
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Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived
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Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived

Cape Towns Big 7 have nothing to do with animals... The city has not suddenly acquired direct access to lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, great white shark and southern right whales – although southern right whales, sharks, seals and penguins you can find within the city's parameters. Instead, Cape Towns Big 7 is about seven unmissable things to do in Cape Town. The city has always had a Big 6 list of major tourist attractions, but to that it has added a city walk, embracing the idea of multi-purpose, liveable streets that focus on pedestrians. Most of the Big 7 need little by wa...
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Art In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town – 7 Best Galleries and Museums
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Art In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town – 7 Best Galleries and Museums

Cape Town's City Bowl may hold some of the most acclaimed art museums and galleries in the country, but places like the Iziko South African National Art Gallery, AVA Gallery, Johans Borman Fine Art, The New Church Museum, Erdmann Contemporary, Carmel Art and Cape Gallery do not hold the monopoly. Art is as happening in the mother city's southern suburbs. One has only to turn to Woodstock (though not all that far south, a suburb of Cape Town nonetheless) to That Art Fair, on at The Palms Centre in Woodstock from the 17 February 2016. That Art Fair presents a three week line-up of exhib...
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