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Exploring Hermanus

Exploring Hermanus

Perched along the south coast of the Western Cape, where the Atlantic Ocean laps the shore on the doorstep of holidaymakers and locals alike, Hermanus has long been acclaimed as the whale-watching capital of the world. It is a relatively small town with plenty to offer, thanks to its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, friendly folk and charming character. It is about 120 kilometres from Cape Town and its international airport.

Hermanus is built on Walker Bay and flanked by the ocean and the Kleinrivier Mountain Range. These natural wonders are humbling in their proportions and fascinating to explore; offering visitors a completely different world of biodiversity and breath-taking backdrops to their Cape Overberg adventure. Read More »

Exploring Knysna

Exploring Knysna

Knysna is one of the best known gems along the world-famous Garden Route. It is situated between Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town in the Western Cape. Although it has become a popular tourist attraction in the last two decades, Knysna’s history goes far further back; its forests being the famous home of African Elephants and forest-dwellers with an entire culture of their own in times past.

The spectacular scenery of Knysna is, undoubtedly, its most precious asset. The Indian Ocean tumbles through two mountain faces called The Heads. Together, these sandstone cliffs form a narrow channel, which connects the lagoon and estuary to the wild waters of the sea. Walking trails up The Heads reveal awe-inspiring views, not only of the impressive channel, but also of the tranquil lagoon that stretches to the horizon, lush forests and the mountains that they adorn. In fact, these views are, in whole or in part, something that can be enjoyed from just about any part of Knysna. Read More »

Exploring Hout Bay

Exploring Hout Bay

Once a densely forested fishing village, this little town was named Hout Bay (meaning “wood bay”) in honour of the beautiful woods on the mountains all around the little fishing hub. In fact, Jan van Riebeeck is reported to have said that these were the most beautiful forests he had ever seen. However, most of the timber was harvested by these original settlers for the building of the fort and ports.

Although Hout Bay has become a very popular tourist epicentre, it holds tightly to its intimate, laid-back lifestyle, which permeates just about every part of its identity, including the locals that boast this town as their residential address. Its natural beauty is undeniable, as it is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The fourth is left to the exquisite blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Read More »

Exploring Darling

Exploring Darling

The quaint town of Darling is situated on the West Coast. It is small, with an old-fashioned, laid-back ambience that lends it a charm beyond description. Its homes, people and rural lifestyle ensure that the entire town is reminiscent of yesteryear. However, Darling is also especially pretty. It is surrounded by rolling hills, each laden with green vineyards. Wheat fields that give the entire countryside the golden hue of fertility stretch on for miles.

While small and relatively quiet, the infrastructure of Darling is more than sufficient. There is everything necessary for locals and tourists that are based here while exploring the beauty of the Western Cape. The combination of being a peaceful retreat with plenty in the way of infrastructure has made Darling an ideal hub for creative minds, such as artists and writers, who need to explore the creative crevices of their minds for inspiration. Read More »

Exploring Franschhoek

Exploring Franschhoek

Surrounded by the exquisite Franschhoek Mountains, which are jade-coloured in some places and rugged rock in others, the town of Franschhoek is an utter escape. It is charming, elegant, historic, scenic, fun and, above all, the culinary capital of South Africa.

It is situated some 87 kilometres from the city centre of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province, along with all of its most famous attractions (such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and the V & A Waterfront). Despite its close proximity to the Mother City, the peaceful ambience with the distinctive European air is unlike any other place, setting Franschhoek apart as a unique destination. Read More »

Exploring Stellenbosch

Exploring Stellenbosch

One of the primary towns of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch  is renowned for the incredible wines produced in and around it, as well as for the history that is felt in its architecture, wide roads, and many museums and galleries. More than this, Stellenbosch exudes an irresistible allure, thanks to its verdant beauty. Oak trees line the streets (in fact, this was once called City of Oaks by the Dutch settlers that discovered its inordinate beauty) and the surrounding mountains are visible from just about anywhere in this university town.

Stellenbosch is about 50 kilometres outside Cape Town in the Western Cape and is surrounded by other Winelands towns like Paarl, Pniel and Franschhoek. The rolling hills and mountains are adorned with immaculate vineyards, where the fruits are sweetened by the South African sunshine and the hands that pluck the grapes have viticulture in their blood. Read More »