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The Small Town Charms of South Africa
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The Small Town Charms of South Africa

The small towns of South Africa lend this diverse country so much of its charm and appeal. Many of the towns are popular tourist destinations in their own rights, but some are quiet little retreats that are almost unheard of on the global tourism platform. Loc...
Appealing Things To Do In Franschhoek
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Appealing Things To Do In Franschhoek

Franschhoek is one of South Africa’s oldest towns, and is full of heritage and history. Above all, it is exquisitely beautiful, being nestled among mountains and vineyards with all of the splendour of the Western Cape infiltrating every aspect of this town. ...
10 Fabulous Things To Do When Next in Franschhoek
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10 Fabulous Things To Do When Next in Franschhoek

The gorgeous French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek, lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys not only in South Africa, but also the world. You may know of Franschhoek as the culinary capital of South Africa with so many award winning restaurants we are ...
I Love Simondium Because …
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I Love Simondium Because …

Hi, I’m Janene from Paddabult Country House in Simondium, the upper point of a triangle with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.Simondium IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful Wine Estates & Wedding Venues.WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO play golf at Pearl ...
Franschhoek in mid-winter – photographs
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Franschhoek in mid-winter – photographs

Even in the middle of winter the gorgeous town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands enchants. If you are looking for a romantic breakaway, Franschhoek in winter is a gem with lots of charming places to stay and lots to do in and around the town.Franshhoek’...
Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival Photographs
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Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival Photographs

Some of our team members attended the Franschhoek Bastille Day festival on the weekend of 16 July and brought back some wonderful photographs of the festivities. We especially like the photos of the Solms-Delta marching band - aren't they a handsome bunch?...
Franschhoek Motor Museum – The Experience and Photographs
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Franschhoek Motor Museum – The Experience and Photographs

Family were visiting from Zululand over the weekend so we took them out to Franschhoek and on the way stopped in at the Franschhoek Motor Musuem.  To be completely honest I hadn’t even heard of the place but wow, what a collection!Located on the L’Ormarins...
10 Eateries with Views for Lunch (or Sundowners)
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10 Eateries with Views for Lunch (or Sundowners)

Dust off the winter cobwebs, get outside and breathe in the splendour of our South African summer with spectacular views, fresh air, great wine and succulent foods. We have highlighted some of the locations where you can treat yourselves to top class dining wi...
Dik Delta, fat-tailed sheep and cows with long horns at Solms-Delta
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Dik Delta, fat-tailed sheep and cows with long horns at Solms-Delta

I first hear about fat-tailed sheep during a first-hand account of the efforts at Solms-Delta in Franschhoek to ensconce a couple of ostriches in the pen with said sheep. Why? They act as a form of watch dog - who in their right mind wants to tangle with an os...
Solms Delta picnics, heritage and film-making
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Solms Delta picnics, heritage and film-making

I am a fan of picnics. Particularly when they are set in amongst vineyards, sun-dappled trees and blue skies, as indeed this one turned out to be. But I had to have my wits about me, as we became so embroiled in frolic that I was in danger of missing out on th...
Luxurious L’ermitage in Franschhoek
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Luxurious L’ermitage in Franschhoek

I don’t often get the opportunity to enjoy five star treatment, but a night at “The Hermitage” in Franschhoek was a stay to be remembered. L’ermitage is exactly that, a retreat in the heart of the Franschhoek valley. The Franschhoek  mountains form the backdro...
24 hours in Franschhoek
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24 hours in Franschhoek

A friend of mine has made a tradition of going away somewhere for her birthday.  This year the town of choice was Franschhoek and yahoo, lucky us, we cracked the nod for the (as Bridget Jones would say) mini break away!Our accommodation in Franschhoek was ...
Bread and wine in the presence of Lemons
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Bread and wine in the presence of Lemons

The Franschhoek valley is a veritable patchwork quilt of wine estates. Well, obviously you might say, but really, there is a smorgasbord from which to choose, and making a selection for a luncheon is something of an undertaking. I am in no way complaining, you...
The Franschhoek Oesfees review of a great festival
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The Franschhoek Oesfees review of a great festival

On Saturday I attended the 3rd annual Franschhoek Oesfees and oh my goodness what a great day it was.  I was lucky enough to be offered two complimentary tickets, including meal and drink vouchers.  My husband is away on business so my brother was the recipien...
The Franschhoek Literary Fair – a celebration of books and writers
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The Franschhoek Literary Fair – a celebration of books and writers

I have recently joined a book club and while it has confirmed my suspicions that book clubs are there for a good gossip, tasty wine and snacks, there is a considerable amount of time set out to discuss books. Something that in my opinion does not happen enough...