South Africa itinerary

People always ask for ideas on a typical South Africa itinerary. Obviously they want to see as much as possible but just as obvious is the fact that it’s a huge country with a lot to offer so, unless you can spend several months here, you won’t see everything in one trip. It’s worthwhile to plan…

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Off the beaten tourist route on a private tour

Off the beaten tourist route on a private tour – the only way to deal with plans going awry. Last week’s tours were planned in advance. After a day on Table Mountain and in the city centre, we hoped to visit Cape Point, Kirstenbosch, and the Constantia Winelands, the basic and most popular sightseeing attractions…

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Bleskop Memorial

Driving in and out of Franschhoek on the R45 as often as I do, I’ve passed a cryptic sign and small memorial dozens of times without stopping to investigate. Eventually, the other day I pulled over to satisfy my curiosity. The sign reads Bleskop which is Afrikaans for ‘baldy’. Since the memorial is to honour soldiers from the Franschhoek…

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So much wine, so little time

I don’t understand something and no-one has been able to explain it in a way that makes any sense. Many people have agreed with me but I don’t see anyone making an effort to pressure the industry to change this. Here’s the thing: wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek close much too early in summer.…

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5 Top Tourism Month 2014 Events

September is the start of Spring in South Africa and it’s also Tourism Month 2014 so there are loads of fabulous events and celebrations taking place. Here are our 5 top Tourism Month 2014 events: Uthando Benefit Concert – 6 September at the City Hall – By attending this concert you’ll support one of the…

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Small towns of the Western Cape

Small towns of the Western Cape are plentiful and here are a few that we love to visit. Stellenbosch This town is packed with history and is the centre of the wine making industry in South Africa. It has a wonderful ambiance with students, pavements cafes for coffee and people watching, and some wonderful art…

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