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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands
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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands

Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands ~ The Cape Winelands are almost as famous Cape Town’s table top mountain when it comes to reasons to visit the Western Cape. And best places to stay in the Cape Winelands are aplenty, as a result - you’re spoil...
The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About

A list of the best places in South Africa is a long one. But, unlike similar lists doing the rounds on social media that stick to those places we’ve all visited (yawn), or at least know about, this list of the best places in South Africa is filled with area...
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...
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...
8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates
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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates... BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the...
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 ...
Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style's most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what's the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables...
The Giraffe House
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The Giraffe House

Situated on the roads that split to Stellenbosch and Paarl in the Western Cape, the Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre promises a fun day out for young and old alike. This centre is not only home to its name’s sake, the giraffe, but also to a huge diversi...
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...
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...
Paarl’s twin obelisks – a visit to the Taal Monument
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Paarl’s twin obelisks – a visit to the Taal Monument

There is an Afrikaans icon that graces the area on the hill directly next to the ubiquitous Paarl rock above the town of the same name. It's not quite on Paarl rock, as some would have you believe, but a little to the left of it, depending on from which angle ...
A Picnic at Landskroon
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A Picnic at Landskroon

They're said to make the best port in the world at Landskroon. And who am I to argue. What I did know, on the very windy public holiday on which we set out towards Paarl from Cape Town, is that they were one of very few wine estates that allow you to pitch wit...