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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains

We've stretched the definition of 'hotel' a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels - and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel - to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa. All of them del...
The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com

The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com ~ The Cape Winelands of South Africa need little by way of introduction - the area is one of the most visited parts of the country. So, it isn’t surprising that the standard of Cape Winelan...
Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital
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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital

The French corner of the Cape Winelands is relatively small by comparison with its sister town, Stellenbosch (only twenty minutes’ away). But as a weekend, or even day, visit it packs a punch - its main road awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries,...
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 li...
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 win...
30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands
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30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands

The essence of the Cape Winelands is wine tasting. You will discover, however, that there are so many wine estates jostling for your attention that you need something other than wine estates as your yard stick for selecting which ones to visit. For this ...
Simonsig – The perfect place for a winter lunch
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Simonsig – The perfect place for a winter lunch

Even on winter’s day, driving through the gates of Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch is an experience.  Tall trees line the pathway that leads you past their 210 hectares of vineyards and towards their Cuvee Restaurant on the right. Making my way past barrels...
Enjoy Stunning Scenery And Total Luxury At La Petite Dauphine
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Enjoy Stunning Scenery And Total Luxury At La Petite Dauphine

Set in a stunning location on a historical working wine and fruit farm, amongst vineyards, fruit orchards and olive trees you will find the luxurious 4 star graded La Petite Dauphine in Franschhoek. Enjoy exquisite views of the Franschhoek Mountains, the perfe...
5 Appealing Breaks from Cape Town
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5 Appealing Breaks from Cape Town

Having recently had the rather gruelling last minute task of unearthing somewhere to stay over the Easter weekend, it became obvious to me that for some reason this time of year for Capetonians is synonymous with the Cederberg (myself included) – it's a case o...
Time To Visit Fairview And The Spice Route
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Time To Visit Fairview And The Spice Route

Fairview Estate has to be one of my favourite wine cellars to visit. It is situated on the South Western slopes of Paarl and has spectacular views of Table Mountain. Fairview has a lot more to offer than just fantastic wine though. As you drive into the parkin...
What To Do When In Paarl
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What To Do When In Paarl

The Western Cape has a number of priceless gems in terms of its towns, heritage and attractions. However, Paarl (which is the Afrikaans word for “pearl”) really is a very special one. It is situated just outside Cape Town, within the world-famous Cape Wineland...
Babylonstoren – A Celebration of Food
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Babylonstoren – A Celebration of Food

Constance-Marie is wearing one of the straw hats I've just furiously coveted in the shop across from the restaurant at Babylonstoren. Her white linen blouse, faded black jeans and secateurs nonchalantly resting in a pouch tied around her hips makes her the epi...
10 Popular Things to Do When Next in Paarl
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10 Popular Things to Do When Next in Paarl

One often forgets that Paarl, in the Cape Winelands, is only about an hours drive from Cape Town. The town has a unique feel to it because it maintains a strong country feel although it is the size of a small city. The Afrikaans Language Museum plays a large p...
10 Superb Things to Do When Next in Stellenbosch
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10 Superb Things to Do When Next in Stellenbosch

You may or may not know that Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and is fondly referred to as 'Eikestad' or city of oaks. While visiting this town your eyes will be drawn to the gorgeous examples of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian archite...
Tea Under the Trees – Best Place to Do Tea in Paarl
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Tea Under the Trees – Best Place to Do Tea in Paarl

If you are looking for a spot that feels more like you've been invited to tea in colonial style at someone's home (because that's what it is) than having dropped in at a local coffee shop or bistro, then head to Tea under the Trees in Paarl. Just make sure you...