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Arniston is an old fishing village where the local people still earn their living from the sea. The white sandy beaches, unspoilt sand dunes and the intriguing Waenhuiskrans cave are some of the treasures it offers. Waenhuiskrans was so named as the cave was said to be so large that a wagon and span of oxen could turn full circle within it!
Our guide to Atlantic Seaboard by our Cape Town local expert - Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard stretches along the western shore of the Cape Peninsula, from Hout Bay all th...
Cape Point is the higher of the two peaks in the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The other peak is called the Cape of Good Hope. Most people think that Cape Point is the southernmost tip of Africa – but that honour belongs to Cape Agulhus - about 150 km’s to the South East.
The City Bowl makes up the heart of the city between the bay, the foot of Table Mountain and the neighbouring Lion´s Head and Signal Hill. It covers the entire area betw...
Constantia is South Africa´s oldest wine growing region. The grandest estate in the area is Groot Constantia (Big Constantia) that was established in 1684 by the Dutch C...
Our guide to Franschhoek by our Cape Town local expert - French protestant Huguenots came to Cape Town after fleeing persecution from the Catholic Church in France and finding temporary refuge in Protestant Holland. They came to the Cape from the 1680’s till the mid 1700’s. Many of these Huguenots became wine farmers and brought much needed expertise to the Dutch wine farming communities in Cape Town. They settled in what was then known as the Olifantshoek Vallei. This area later became known as 'Le Quartier Francais', which means 'French quarter". Today it's known as Franschhoek.
Our guide to Hermanus by our Cape Town local expert - About 90 minutes outside Cape Town is the beautiful town of Hermanus.
Hout Bay ("Wood" Bay) was christened by Jan van Riebeeck himself who discovered these dense forests providing the timber required for the construction of ships and the Ca...
Our guide to Langebaan by our Cape Town local expert - The most popular origin of the name Langebaan is that the Dutch seafarers named it after the long strip ("Lange Baan") of calm water formed by the Lagoon. The lagoon is not a freshwater lagoon, but it is a saltwater lagoon - which makes it extremely unique. The West Coast National Park is dedicated to protecting this beautiful natural heritage and is a safe haven for many migratory birds.
Our guide to Montagu by our Cape Town local expert - Montagu is a small country town that is surrounded by fascinating mountains whose rock striations show that some terrible tectonic plate shifting happened here very long ago. Two rivers, Keisie and Kingna, that flow from the hills behind Montagu converge in the valley and then negotiate the rocky terrain toward Ashton. The road that runs through Montagu – route 62 - used to be one of the roads connecting the two harbours of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The old toll-house in the valley next to river between Ashton and Montagu still stands today, although it now offers accommodation.
Our guide to Paarl by our Cape Town local expert - Paarl is the third oldest European settlement in South Africa and is famous for its Pearl Mountain or ‘Paarl Rock’ that has been compared in majesty to Ayres Rock, and which overlooks a number of Paarl's wine estates. The rock was named by the explorer Gabbema who wandered through the area in 1657 and decided the granite rock, when glistening in the sunlight after a rainfall, looked liked like pearls and diamonds.
The name Paternoster comes from the Latin phrase Patre Nostre meaning "Our Father". According to local legend, this is the prayer the Portuguese sailors were uttering when their ship, The Lisboa, ran aground here on 23 October 1910.
Our guide to Stellenbosch by our Cape Town local expert - Stellenbosch, or Stellies as many locals call it, has a palpable sense of history and culture. Located in the heart of the famous Cape Winelands, and the second-oldest Cape settlement after Cape Town, this is hardly surprising. The small city streets are lined with a number of beautiful oak trees, many of them over 250 years old, giving rise to its nickname as the ‘City of Oaks'. Many of these now grand oaks were planted to supply wood for the burgeoning wine industry, and as such they play a significant role in Stellenbscoh's history. Stellenbosch is also known for the highly regarded Stellenbosch Univeristy, which is home to a range of local and international students, many of which show a larger than normal appreciation for two of the country's favourite pastimes - wine and rugby.
Our guide to Swellendam by our Cape Town local expert - The Greater Swellendam area is a beautiful country destination 2 to 3 hours east of Cape Town, halfway between Cape Town and George on the N2. Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in South Africa after Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and is not only famous for its youngberries, but as well as for its architecture and its history.
Our guide to Tulbagh by our Cape Town local expert - Situated in the Breede River valley, Tulbagh is 120km North West of Cape Town and almost completely surrounded by three majestic mountain ranges – The Great Winterhoek in the north, Witzenberg on the east and the Obiqua mountains in the west.
Our guide to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by our Cape Town local expert - The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town's most visited and celebrated attractions for locals and ...
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