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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 centuri...
Sliver into the serenity of Silvermist Mountain Lodge
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Sliver into the serenity of Silvermist Mountain Lodge

The very stunning 4 star graded Silvermist Mountain Lodge is set on magnificent mountain slopes of the Table Mountain National Park in Constantia Valley. The surrounds and beautiful privately owned wine farm estate offer spectacular views. The fynbos deck is a...
Pepper Cottages in Plumstead – a review
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Pepper Cottages in Plumstead – a review

Pepper Cottages is a quiet little retreat, right in the heart of Plumstead. You would hardly know it was there if it were not for the discreet sign at the gate. The self-catering Red Pepper Cottage was to be my home for the night, and I was so glad it was. ...
The Hotspots Of Tokai
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The Hotspots Of Tokai

Despite the denuding of Tokai's pine plantation, the suburb - said to be named after a range of hills in Hungary - continues as one of the best kept weekend 'secrets' of Cape Town. Whilst most people head to the beach or the wine estates of Stellenbosch and...
I Love Tokai Because …
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I Love Tokai Because …

Hi, I’m Maria from Cape Grove in Tokai. Tokai IS BEST KNOWN FOR its tranquillity and close proximity to the mountains, beaches, great restaurants and the outdoors. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Silvermine Dam. This is just up the mountain from Tokai,the sett...
Chart Farm Photographs
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Chart Farm Photographs

My husband and I did something different on Sunday – we visited Chart Farm in Wynberg Park and picked our own roses!  I had been earlier in the year only to find that roses are seasonal and I was a few weeks to late but taking my flowering Iceberg rose at home...
I Love Constantia Because …
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I Love Constantia Because …

Hi, I’m Olga Backberg from Constantia in Cape Town. Constantia IS BEST KNOWN FOR its stunning natural beauty and as the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Groot Constantia, the oldest and probably the most ...
An afternoon at Kirstenbosch – Photographs
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An afternoon at Kirstenbosch – Photographs

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is known the world over for its beauty and diversity. Only indigenous plants are grown in the gardens and the 528 hectares support a diverse area of fynbos and flora. The gardens boast collections of South African plants...
Constantia Winelands Photographs
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Constantia Winelands Photographs

We couldn't have asked for better weather when we went on a short tour of the Constantia Wine Route recently. With so many options to choose from it was a difficult decision of where to go. We settled on a lazy lunch and wine tasting at Buitenverwachting and a...
Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia – a review
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Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia – a review

I’ve had breakfast at Jonkershuis, I’ve had lunch at Jonkershuis, I’ve had scones and tea at Jonkershuis and finally, on Friday evening, I had dinner at Jonkershuis Restaurant!  We planned ahead and booked a table but on arrival at Groot Constantia we realised...
Porter Estate Market – a perfect sunny winter morn
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Porter Estate Market – a perfect sunny winter morn

The choicest way in which to spend a winter's morning - the crisp air invigorating and the skies the colour blue that defies description entirely – is under the canopy of trees at the Porter Estate Market in Tokai. Cape Town during winter is still without d...
Bistro 1682 at Steenberg
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Bistro 1682 at Steenberg

Cape Town is renowned for it's restaurants and eateries - from deli’s to 5-star cuisine, little café’s, coffee shops, wine estates and more, and often places open up faster than you can keep track of. A place that has been much spoken about over the last fe...
Open Gardens at Cellars-Hohenort
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Open Gardens at Cellars-Hohenort

Open Gardens at Cellars-Hohenort: I took myself off to the Open Gardens at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia yesterday afternoon.  I must admit the weather was already a bit windy so I was in two minds about going but I’m very pleased I did.  The gardens are spec...
The Italian Kitchen in Tokai
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The Italian Kitchen in Tokai

The Italian Kitchen in Tokai, sister restaurant to Jonkershuis and Societi bistro at its  new home on Orange Street in Gardens, was fairly humming when we arrived on a Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. Its nonassuming kerbside façade gives no real ind...
9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt
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9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt

In Constantia's green belt there are no fewer than nine interwoven trails that provide inner-city walking that is easy to reach but nevertheless manages to give one a sense of getting away from it all, surrounded by the green leafiness of Constantia. The no...