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Western Cape Visitorials

We ♥ the Western Cape … We’ve asked those in the know, to complete a short questionnaire highlighting their favourites about destinations in and the Western Cape. Stop by before you travel and discover where locals go for the best cup of coffee, their favourite restaurants and shops and much more. We’re letting you in on all of their secrets …

Thursday, 29 January 2015

I Love Greyton Because … Insider Tips

Hi, we are Ines Stoll and Mark Dittke from The Purple Dog Self Catering House in Greyton in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape.

Greyton IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent piece of peace, tucked away from the N2 but still close enough to Cape Town with its oak tree lined streets surrounded by the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN whilst meandering in the Nature Reserve along the Gobos River with an easily accessible waterfall or from the top of the Mountain whilst hiking the Loerkop Trail with a marvellous 360-degree view with the whole chain of the Riviersonderend mountains spread from east to west, with Greyton and Genadendal in sheltered positions… Continued

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

I Love Arniston Because …

I ♥ Arniston

I ♥ Arniston

Hi, I’m Bernice Schenk from 16 On Main in Arniston.

Arniston IS BEST KNOWN FOR its quaint historical fishing village feel.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Waenhuiskrans cave or on sand dune.

THE BEST family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at the Arniston beach.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO spend the day on the beach.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO take a drive through to one of the surrounding towns for some retail therapy. Continued

Friday, 18 October 2013

I Love De Kelders Because …

I ♥ De Kelders

I ♥ De Kelders

Hi, I’m Mailie Green from The Lookout at Whale Cove in De Kelders in the Cape Overberg.

DE KELDERS IS BEST KNOWN FOR whales, whales and whales! It’s recognised as the best land-based whale watching in the world but it actually has so much more to offer!.

THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the lookout area on Cliff Street, above the drip caves, because the whales come in really close to shore there. If you’re adventurous you can clamber on to the rocks and get even better shots!.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO take a walk along the cliff path that runs for seven kilometres along the coast line. The walk stretches from the Stone Age caves at De Plaat beach right into Gansbaai. It’s a great way to experience the magnificent Overberg coastline. Continued

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

I Love Gordons Bay Because …

I ♥ Gordons Bay

I ♥ Gordons Bay

Hi, I’m Lynn Leclercq from The Blue Marine Self Catering in Gordons Bay in the Cape Helderberg, Western Cape.

Gordons Bay IS BEST KNOWN FOR small friendly village with lovely white beaches and vibey restaurants.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Whale Point, and if lucky can spot dolphins all year round and whales in winter.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at the top of Steenbras dam,enter road as you drive along the coast road.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Bikini beach (which is Blue Flag status). Continued

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

I Love Sunset Beach Because …

I ♥ Sunset Beach

I ♥ Sunset Beach

Hi, I’m Candice Diab from Sunset Views in Sunset Beach, Blaauwberg.

SUNSET BEACH IS BEST KNOWN FOR its spectacular Table Mountain views and endless stretches of white, sandy beach. It is also internationally renowned as a kite and wind-surfing hotspot!

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN along the beach with the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain!

THE BEST sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from the beach.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S WINDY, I LIKE TO choose between some action sports our coastline has to offer: kite surfing and wind surfing in particular. Continued

Friday, 24 May 2013

I Love Three Anchor Bay Because …

I ♥ Three Anchor Bay

I ♥ Three Anchor Bay

Hi, I’m Michael Huellenhagen from Bayflowers Guest House  in Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town.

THREE ANCHOR BAY IS BEST KNOWN FOR being close to everywhere you want to be. Its position between the hot spots of Green Point and Sea Point, its proximity to the V&A Waterfront, the Promenade, the park and the sea makes it a perfect venture point. Yet in the midst of it all Three Anchor Bay has preserved its charm and tranquillity.

THE BEST panoramic PICTURES of Three Anchor Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard CAN BE TAKEN from Signal Hill. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Take a bottle of wine along and enjoy spectacular sun sets!.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO stroll down to the bay and enjoy a long walk along the shore.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO walk to the V&A Waterfront for some shopping or I visit the two oceans aquarium with my kids. Continued

Friday, 17 May 2013

I Love Somerset West Because …

I ♥ Somerset West

I ♥ Somerset West

Hi, I’m Joerg Streibing from Somerset Villa Guesthouse in Somerset West.

Somerset West IS BEST KNOWN FOR for the fantastic accommodation places, value for money and diversity.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Vergelegen Estate,The gardens are one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape, the Estate had a lot of Head of States and member of the Royal families visiting. Walk along where Nelson Mandela walked. Get a picture taken under one of the unique trees.

THE BEST penguin PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Bettys Bay (on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond), renowned for its Jackass penguin colony.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT at Lourensford, Vergelegen, Gordons Bay, the beach and many many more! Continued

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

I Love Elgin Because …

I ♥ Elgin

I ♥ Elgin

Hi, greetings from South Hill in Elgin in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape.

Elgin IS BEST KNOWN in the past FOR past for production of apples and pears, the Elgin Valley has firmly placed itself on the wine route map over the last few years with many boutique wine farms popping up along side more familiar names. Mountain biking has also drawn many to the area, hosting the Wine 2 Whales cycle race and a leg of the Epic.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN at plenty photo opportunities in the area and none more so that at South Hill, by the Honeymoon suite on the Jetty! So beautiful, set amongst the vineyards and very secluded, the perfect location for those romantic wedding pictures. For other photographic smarts, go to Blossoms for happy family snaps over a reasonably priced lunch or catch the kids on the BMX track for those never to be forgotten action pictures. Continued

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

I Love Calitzdorp Because …

I ♥ Calitzdorp

I ♥ Calitzdorp

Hi, I’m Marie Holstensson from The Retreat At Groenfontein just outside Calitzdorp in the Karoo.

Calitzdorp IS BEST KNOWN FOR its Port wine cellars and excellent wines, tranquil walks through the town admiring the intact vernacular architecture, interesting art-galleries and enjoying the good lunch spots.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Handelshuis, having lunch on their verandah – lovely sunny spot!

THE BEST vineyard PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT De Krans during their grape picking season.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS along the Groenfontein route passing the Calitzdorp Dam, through spectacular scenery also through the red mountains and back to Calitzdorp. Continued

Monday, 20 August 2012

I Love Durbanville Because …

I ♥ Durbanville

I ♥ Durbanville

Hi, I’m Scott Langley from Ruslamere Guest House & Spa in Durbanville, Cape Town North.

Durbanville IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a tranquil, upmarket suburb of Cape Town and for the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc produced in its Wine Valley.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, on the back of an Ostrich, with Table Mountain in the background.

THE BEST Table Mountain PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from the top of Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS are available all along the wine route and from any of the farms surrounding Durbanville. Continued

Friday, 13 July 2012

I Love St Helena Bay Because …

I ♥ St Helena Bay

I ♥ St Helena Bay

Hi, I’m Charl du Toit from St Helena Bay on the Cape West Coast.

ST HELENA BAY IS BEST KNOWN FOR its boat-fishing (snoek), angling and birdwatching activities.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Shelley Point Lighthouse, beautiful  rocks, shells and birdlife  and no need to make arrangements but go there yourself.

THE BEST full-moon and sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT and around St Helena Bay.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Sandy Point Fish Harbour. Continued

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

I Love Sir Lowrys Pass Because …

I ♥ Sir Lowry’s Pass

I ♥ Sir Lowry’s Pass

Hi, we’re Samantha and Marie-Helene from Lalapanzi Lodge in Sir Lowry’s Pass in the Cape Helderberg of the Western Cape.

Sir Lowry’s Pass IS BEST KNOWN FOR for the steep mountain pass to the Overberg.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Rastafarians shop near the railway line OR on top of the Pass or one of the surrounding mountains. You can either; drive, cycle, walk or ride up to a top, which gives you a panorama view of the whole of Cape Town.


OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the daily soup kitchen. Continued

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

I Love St James Because …

I ♥ St James

I ♥ St James

Hi, I’m Barbara from Villa St James in St James in the False Bay of Cape Town.

St James IS BEST KNOWN FOR its’ colourful traditional Victorian bathing boxes or beach huts.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the beach in front of the Beach Huts – they are fun, colourful and iconic so make superb holiday pictures.

THE BEST land whale PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from Villa St James but take a whale watching boat trip for up close and personal shots of these giants of the sea.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS can be taken along the Muizenberg – St James walkway (undulating path right on the coastline) with rock pools rich with fascinating sea creatures or from the mountains above St James for spectacular landscape photographs of False Bay. Continued

Friday, 22 June 2012

I Love Klaarstroom Because …

I ♥ Klaarstroom

I ♥ Klaarstroom

Hi, I’m Willem Cillie from El Yolo One in Klaarstroom in the Western Cape‘s Karoo.

Klaarstroom IS BEST KNOWN FOR taking the visitors back into time.

THE BEST family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Klaarstroom general dealer, where you are still served over the counter. The General dealer is the grocer, post office, bottle store, butcher and engineering workshop.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT rock paintings in the El Yolo One caves.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO hike in the mountains on El Yolo. Continued

Monday, 18 June 2012

I Love Elim Because …

I ♥ Elim

I ♥ Elim

Hi, I’m Heidi Maritz from Doornbosch Guesthouse & Country Cottage in Elim in Cape Agulhas, Western Cape.

ELIM IS BEST KNOWN FOR its historical buildings and church.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the waterwheel – it is very old.

THE BEST wedding PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the old historic church.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the surrounding fynbos farms and vineyards.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO horse riding in the fynbos mountains at Doornbosch. Continued