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Top tips

South Africa offers endless possibilities for an active holiday full of fascinating experiences. Among the things not to be missed are Chapman’s Peak Drive with its 114 curves, Cape Point and Good Hope, Robben Island, the penguins at Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. However, so much has already been written about all these things, we figured you don’t need even more information from us. Here, instead are a few of our personal suggestions for things to do. We hope you enjoy them!

1. Tour the vineyards of Stellenbosch by bike

Panorama of Stellenbosch, seen from Papegaaiberg. Panorama of Stellenbosch, seen from Papegaaiberg. This is a perfect way to experience the beautiful vineyards of Stellenbosch and taste its amazing wines. Either rent bikes in Stellenbosch and go it alone, or join a guided tour. Even if the distances between the vineyards are quite short, we recommend that you visit a maximum of 4 different ones in a day, with a long stop for lunch at one of them. And be sure to join a tasting session. Our personal favourite is Lanzerac, where you can also tour the wine cellar and do an unusual kind of tasting – of chocolates paired with wines. How about a Pinotage paired with a cherry dipped chocolate?

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2. Franschoek – French style town

Franschoek was founded by French Huguenots in 1688, fleeing from religious persecution at home. The town’s French heritage can still be seen in the charming architecture of its main street. This is also the “food and wine capital” of the Cape and many of the region’s top restaurants are located here.

More information:

Franschoek – WikiPedia

3. See the whales in Hermanus

The World Wildlife Fund WWF has named Hermanus one of the world’s 12 best whale-watching locations. Every year between June and November, Southern right whales visit Walker Bay, and can be seen frolicking in the waves. Watch them from the shore or from a boat. In Hermanus, the world’s only ‘Whale Crier’ blows a horn to announce where the whales have been spotted. And every year in September, a festival is held to welcome the whales’ return. What kind of whales can you see? Read more

More information:

hermanus.co.za http://Southern right whale Southern right whale Southern right whale. Photographer: Michaël CATANZARITI

4. Dive with sharks (near Hermanus)

Would you like to meet a white shark? Now’s your chance! Dives are organised from two coastal locations, Gansbaai and Simon’s Town, and it’s not as scary as you might think. You meet the sharks from the safety of a diving cage! From October to January, it’s best to set out from Gansbaai, the ‘Great white shark capital of the world’. This small, charming coastal town is near Walker Bay, about 2 hours from Cape Town, and close to Hermanus. From February to October, the sharks move close to Simon’s Town again, so that’s your best starting point.

More information:

www.gansbaaiinfo.com WikiPedia Great white shark Great white shark. Photographer: Sharkdiver.com

5. Visit wine Estates in Somerset West

There are several vineyards close to the guest house. A few personal favourites are:
  • The Meerlust Estate 15 km south of Stellenbosch, produces world-class wines. www.meerlust.co.za
  • De Trafford High quality, small scale production, located between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. detrafford.co.za
  • Vergelegen Sample their fine wines at the Wine Tasting Centre, and visit their 17 exquisitely themed gardens. www.vergelegen.co.za
  • Morgenster Known for its Bordeaux blends that receive constant international and local recognition. Morgenster also has 50 ha of olive groves and produces both extra virgin olive oil and table olives. www.morgenster.co.za
  • De Toren A Private Cellar, specialising in Bordeaux-style red wines, using Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. www.de-toren.com
  • Lourensford Wine Estate Has a spectacular location at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains, flanked by the Helderberg. www.lourensford.co.za

6. A day on the ‘Red route’ – Paarl wine route

Paarl is located about a 50 minutes’ drive from Hottentots Mountain View, very close to Stellenbosch and Franschoek. A perfect place to start visiting the Paarl wine district is KWV, where you can join a guided tour and tasting. We also recommend:
  • Fairview – for cheese as well as wines.
  • Spice Route – mainly for its view.
  • Avondale – which also sells lovely organic wines.
  • Nederburg – for those who prefer a sweet wine tasting.

More information:

www.paarlwine.co.za Paarl Mountain, the second largest granite outcrop in the world. Paarl Mountain, the second largest granite outcrop in the world. Photographer: Nick Boalch

7. Camps Bay – funky beach resort

Enjoy the beaches, friendly vibe and excellent restaurants at Camps Bay – a suburb about ten minutes south of Cape Town city centre. We recommend having lunch in Camps Bay, which offers a beautiful beachfront location with a great view.

More information:

WikiPedia
Sundaze Surfing – Cape Town from Sheldon Moultrie.

8. Hike up Table Mountain

view_f_table_mountain Panorama Image of Cape Town taken from the Table mountain. If the weather is nice and the skies are clear when you arrive in Cape Town, we suggest you go and visit the Table Mountain immediately. The ride up to the top with the rotating cable car takes about 10 minutes, but why take the easy route when you can hike? If you hike, stick to the marked trails …. or join a group hike. The walk up through Platteklip Gorge takes between 2 and 4 hours, depending on how fit you are. From the summit, you are rewarded with stunning views overlooking Cape Town and Robben Island. And if you’re too tired to walk down, just take the cable car back.

More information:

WikiPedia The Table Mountain and Ocean in Cape Town. Cape Town’s beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and Table Mountain. Credits: www.namastesouthafrica.com

9. Langebaan beach – the ‘Jewel of the West Coast’

Langebaan is an easy hour’s drive north from Cape Town. Its white sandy beaches, clear protected waters and mild climate make Langebaan popular for sailing, kayaking, kitesurfing and fishing. There’s something here for the whole family. For peace and quiet, go to the West Coast National Park, which has endless golden beaches, azure waters and a rich variety of birdlife. Our favourite eating place in this area is Die Strandlooper, situated right on the beach just outside Langebaan. This casual, open-air restaurant serves wonderful fresh delicacies from the sea. But don’t forget to book!

More information:

WikiPedia Langebaan as viewed from Postberg, West Coast National Park Langebaan as viewed from Postberg, West Coast National Park, with Engelsman se Baken mountains in the distance. Credits: Andresdewet

10. Golf

If you’re looking for an unforgettable golfing experience, you’ve come to the right place. We are not golfers, but our friends assure us that the Pearl Valley Golf Estate, The Arabella Golf Course, and Erinvale Golf Club are all breath-taking and not to be missed!

More information:

The Pearl Valley Golf Estate The Arabella Golf Course Erinvale Golf Club Golf Photographer: Lotus Head
We are here for you and will do everything we can to make your experience in South Africa and at our Guest House relaxing, fun and memorable. Please feel free to ask us for more information about any of these things, any time.
CAPE TOWN
CAPE TOWN

CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world, with stunning culture and nature.
Cape Town is the popular capital of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Home to over 430,000 residents, the ‘Mother City’ is a hotspot for tourists with its collection of ideally positioned stores and eateries. Cape Town offers you its breath-taking surroundings. This destination’s top attractions include Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island.
GOLFING
GOLFING

GOLFING

With views of Table Mountain a constant from Cape Town golf courses, the Mother City is well known for serving up so much beauty you’re likely to swoon at every glance.
It’s as if the golf gods asked for the perfect environment to unveil the first golf chapter ever told, and then naturally dropped from the sky a handful of golf courses in Cape Town to show the game’s opening act.  
HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE
HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE

HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE

Helderberg Nature Reserve offers seven marked hiking trails for your enjoyment. The trails are demarcated with a footprint and a trail signage.
The Helderberg Nature Reserve is situated in Somerset West, 5 minutes from the guest house on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain overlooking False Bay. There are picnic spots, a visitors' centre, our Guinea gift shop, exhibitions and hiking trails for young and old. Enjoy our abundant birdlife, stroll around and watch the tortoises lazily mowing our lawns. The Reserve embraces a variety of landscapes, from the sheltered lawns and streams at its entrance to the Fynbos covered slopes and stretching as far as the cliff faces of the mountain. The peaks above the Reserve are managed by Cape Nature and are accessible to hikers from the Reserve. The Reserve covers 403 hectares – this includes Silwerboomkloof – and is owned and managed by the City of Cape Town for the enjoyment of residents and all visitors. It was established 50 years ago and has been nurtured by the Helderberg community from its inception. The Friends of Helderberg organisation supports conservation of the nature reserve through a wide range of projects and related activities. Membership of the Friends is open to all persons who support its objectives in conservation and environmental education. Members enjoy the privilege of free entry to the reserve during all opening times.