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Swellendam – A Swell Weekend Getaway
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Swellendam – A Swell Weekend Getaway

The small town of Swellendam, is located approximately half way between Cape Town and Mossel Bay on the N2 highway.You will know you are reaching the town when you pass over the Breederivier, and see the Ostrich processing facility on the right hand side, approaching from Cape Town. To reach the main road of the town, lined with historic buildings, turn off the highway and travel a short distance along a minor road. With a population in the region of 30 000, Swellendam offers small town hospitality, combined with many activities for the tourist, and is well worth a visit, even if one...
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Hout Bay – a Delightful Hideaway
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Hout Bay – a Delightful Hideaway

Hout Bay gained its name from early Dutch settlers in the Cape. It literally means Wood Bay, for the timber they gathered there to construct the early buildings in the Cape. After a brief period where the area was used for Manganese mining, the still-existent fishing industry was founded. One of the main attractions in Hout Bay to this day, aside from the white sandy beaches and mountains that encircled the protected bay, is the harbour. Home to several art and curio stores, restaurants and maritime antiquity dealers, the harbour is a must visit. Take a stroll along the piers, buy fresh...
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Wacky & Wonderful Robertson!
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Wacky & Wonderful Robertson!

Located in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, on Route 62 between Worcester and Swellendam, is the small town of Robertson. With a history spanning more than 150 years, having been founded in 1853, the town has plenty to offer, despite only having a population in the region of 17 000 people. Many of the original Victorian houses still line the streets, along with the Jacarandas that have earned the town the nickname of “Jacaranda capital of the Western Cape.” The Robertson valley is also one of the key wine producers in the Western Cape, and the valley boasts no fewer than 31 ...
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Exploring the Cederberg
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Exploring the Cederberg

Many people remember being a teenager with a fond, misty, sentimental look on their face. I for one am lucky to crack a grimace at some of the downright outrageous things I got up to during those years. Like the time my friends and I decided to go camping in the Cederberg. At the end of high-school, instead of heading to Plettenberg Bay, the age-old venue for school-leaving parties, we thought beat the commercial crowds and head straight to the heart of the wilderness to live rough, drink hard and come back laughing at the herds who had frittered away their first taste of post-school freedo...
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Hermanus – The Riviera of the South
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Hermanus – The Riviera of the South

My first memories of Hermanus are from high school holidays, my school friends and I taking the bus up the East coast for a week of getting ejected unceremoniously from bars for being underage, scorned by the local girls for not being cool enough and raiding the liquor cabinets of parents that were gullible and unfortunate to allow us to stay in their Hermanus holiday homes. At around 115kms South East of Cape Town, or around an hours drive from the city centre, Hermanus, also known as the Riviera of the South, can be found. Once a sleepy little fishing village, this bustling town is now a...
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Delightful Darling
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Delightful Darling

Known to some as the perfect weekend getaway and to others as an artistic refuge, 75 kilometres from the heart of Cape Town lies the sleepy town of Darling. As Cape Town has expanded, more and more city folk have chosen to leave behind suburban living and build a new life in one of the Western Cape's outlying villages.  Darling was one of the first such towns and remains one of the favourites for its thriving local community and attractive natural surrounds. In less than an hour's drive you can remove yourself from all the cosmopolitan bustle of the city to a tranquillity and old-world...
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Jeffreys Bay – Laid Back Leisure
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Jeffreys Bay – Laid Back Leisure

The town of Jeffrey’s Bay, located just South of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is undoubtedly South Africa’s surfing capital. Stories about the formation of the town abound, many claiming it was found by a shipwrecked captain. Some say the town was founded by surfers, but the real story is that a certain Captain Jeffrey, while sailing his cargo ship along the coast in the mid 1800’s, decided that the place was the ideal location for a holiday home. He did just that in 1850, and for years - living alongside the local people – he was the only colonial resident. More residents di...
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Spectacular Swartland
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Spectacular Swartland

There's a stretch of beach up the West Coast where I always go when I need to think. It may be when I need a little goal-directed thinking – like the time I decided that I desperately needed to see the world a little and impulsively packed my bags and set the gears in motion for some overseas backpacking. Or even just for some philosophical time-out, when the day to day grind becomes a little overwhelming and the sand and sea seem like the only logical things left in the world. Whatever the need, it's this little unnamed stretch of beach that I go to to think it out. Recently, howev...
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Trendy Camps Bay
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Trendy Camps Bay

My friend Brian - tall, skinny and covered with tattoos, is a waiter in one of the trendiest restaurants in Camps Bay. I'm waiting for him to get off work in an hour so we can go down to the beach and to fill the time, he is giving me the low-down on the mating habits of the Greater Spotted Camps Bay Trendoid. “See the guy over there wearing the giant mirrored sunglasses?” he asks. I look over to where he is gesturing. “You're gonna have to be more specific than that, mate” I reply, “they're all wearing giant mirrored sunglasses.” He surreptitiously points to a guy inexplicably wearing ...
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Visit Langebaan
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Visit Langebaan

Mention Langebaan to Capetonians and they smile; only 100 kilometres from Cape Town this hugely popular holiday town offers the ultimate in easy getaways. Weekends away in Langebaan are an excellent opportunity to get some time out and indulge in the holiday mood without arduous planning or a long drive. But it's not only convenience that this West Coast town has in its favour. The Langebaan lagoon is simply stunning; crystal clear water surrounded by snow-white beaches attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over South Africa. Windsurfing, kite-surfing, angling and yachting are some of ...
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The South African Golfing Experience
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The South African Golfing Experience

South Africa has a rich golfing heritage, having produced such golfing greats as Gary Player, Bobby Locke and Ernie Els. These great golfers, however, would not have had the opportunity to become champions had it not been for the outstanding golf courses that South Africa has to offer. The Western Cape, in particular, boasts many world class golf courses and estates and with its moderate Mediterranean climate and spectacular scenery, it has become one of the world's premier golfing destinations. Royal Cape is the oldest recognised golf course in the city and it was here that golf was firs...
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