If you’ve never been to Swellendam, then this article might be the encouragement you need. Caught up between the great Langeberg mountains and the Breede River, Swellendam has a heap of things to do. It is situated approximately 220km from both Cape Town and George and lies waiting for more visitors. Romantic Getaway If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your partner, then Swellendam is definitely a place to visit. With great mountains toppling over the quaint guesthouses,  Swellendam is definitely the place to be on honeymoon or anniversary. Feel free to go on quiet and mesmerising hikes in the Marloth Nature reserve where you’ll be able to spot many waterfalls in the Winter months. You can also take your lover to a nice restaurant for dinner at a few of the available restaurants. Nature & Hikes There’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sunset on your way back to where you staying while

Is there any better way to enjoy South Africa than by going on a safari? One thing is that the Cape Town climate will be very different form the African bush, but some prefer it this way. You’ll still be able to see the big 5 up close: the lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino which roam around in their wonderfully large and  respective game reserves, just a few hours from the city. 1. Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve – Safari If you’re looking for a game reserve which boasts the big 5 within an hour from the city, then Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve is the place to visit. It isn’t as big as most reserves but will definitely give you the full experience. With a great lodge for those who wish to stay over and a restaurant for those who get hungry during the day, this game reserve certainly doesn’t lack anything. 2.

It’s been quite a while since you first heard you’re going on a Cape Town safari, now the time is here, and you’ll have to pack. Other than your phone which is an obvious thing to take with, what else will you pack? Below is a list of 10 things to pack for your special Cape Town Safari experience: 1. If you take prescription medication  Not everyone takes prescription medication, but for those who do, remember to pack it in your hand luggage instead of in your check-in bag because if your check-in bag gets lost you’re going to be in a lot of trouble. 2. Ticket, passport, itinerary, travel insurance as well as any other essential documents It would be an absolute disaster if you were to forget one of the above items. 3. Sunglasses, hat and sunblock  Always be sure to pack in two pairs of sunglasses in case the one pair happens

 Hermanus / Southern Right Whales  Hermanus is one of the best places for you to see the magnificent Southern Right Whale in its natural habitat. These migrating whales come to the coast between June and December and can be seen swimming just a few metres from the shore. Even though you can see whales all along the Whale Coast, this place is world-renowned for its whale watching and gives you some of the best spots to see them in action. Fernkloof Nature Reserve / Hermanus Witness the nature of one of the richest biodiversities in the world at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. There are about 1474 fynbos species that have already been identified. Perhaps you can be the one to identify new species when you go walking or hiking in the surrounding Fynbos. Antique Shopping / Hermanus If you’re on the lookout for something antique and a little more refined, look no further than Romantiques. This shop

Cape Point’s natural beauty isn’t the only reason you should visit. The History  From historical WWII lookouts to eerie ghost stories, Cape Point has a rich history that cannot be missed. A very cool way to learn about the history of Cape Point is to make use of the VoiceMap audio tour. One option leads you meandering up the path to the summit while the second takes you on the amazing Flying Dutchman Funicular experience. The VoiceMap app will make use of your location in order to tell you the historical stories of what you see in front of you. The Flying Dutchman Funicular  You won’t see another one of these in the whole of Africa. Leaving from the parking lot through fynbos, this ride takes you up along the Cape Point mountainside towards the upper lighthouse, in order to give you an exciting and unique way of taking in all this wonderful place has

Shark Cage diving shouldn’t just be avoided, it should be banned altogether. Below are a few reasons why we shouldn’t go shark cage diving: It is not authentic  Sharks are extremely shy animals. The last thing that they would want to do is go and swim next to a cage of divers who are exploiting them for their own entertainment. We know that the only way we will be able to get White sharks as close as possible is with blood, so we attract these sharks with the use of chum, creating a very inauthentic experience for ourselves and the sharks. These inauthentic experiences should be very unfulfilling to us as we recreate something completely unnatural.   It is not sustainable  There are many different shark cage diving operations in South Africa, and in one town in particular about 5000 visitors per week. This means that there is a very unnatural amount of blood and

Conversations about spotting the Big 5 in South Africa have always been massive, but did you know that the oceans surrounding South Africa are home to a different kind of Big 5? South Africa’s Marine Big 5 consists of the whale, shark, seal, penguin and dolphin. These extraordinary animals have to be ticked-off your bucket list as you travel around the southern tip of Africa. 1. African Penguin / Marine Big 5 These cute creatures with black and white plumage were almost extinct at one point. But now you can spot them in the thousands at places like Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town, Dassen Island, Dyer Island, Bird Island, Robben Island and St Croix Island. 2. Cape Fur Seal / Marine Big 5 One of the biggest marine tourist attractions in Cape Town, the Cape Fur Seal will put on a show for you in places like Hout Bay and Kalk Bay harbour. You can even go snorkelling with these seals

When it comes to spotting birds of prey, you don’t have to go further than Cape Town. Birds of prey ranging from the Verreaux’s Eagle, the Jackal Buzzard, the Black Harrier, the African Goshawk, the Kite and the Rock Kestrel all inhabit Cape Town. All of these beautiful predatory birds can be found when taking your own safari drive around places like the Winelands and Cape Point. Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle / Cape Town Safari This black beauty can be found in the more mountainous regions of Cape Town with rocky cliffs. They breed between April and July and feed primarily on Rock Hyraxes. The scientific name for this raptor is ‘Aquila verrauxii’. With a wingspan of 2.3 metres, these birds of prey can be seen from below with a white Y underneath their wings. Jackal Buzzard / Cape Town Safari The Buteo rufofuscus has ominous dark red and brown eyes which can be seen if

Take a drive around Chapman’s Peak / Cape Peninsula Chapman’s Peak is definitely one of the most scenic drives in the world. It’s an oceanic drive that links Hout Bay with Noordhoek and is sure to amaze you with its stunning views. The road is definitely an adventure as it was gently cut out of the cliff. The stretch is also a beautiful place to go on a long-distance cycle because of the sea breeze and the winding turns. Grab something to eat at the farm village / Cape Peninsula The farm village in Noordhoek is a gem just waiting to be discovered by passers-by. With loads of great restaurants, you’ll definitely find something to eat. It gets even better, the farm village hosts live music at dinner time. Go to Noordhoek beach / Cape Peninsula The way in which Chapman’s Peak drive finishes with Noordhoek beach will leave you amazed. A place to relax on

People from all over the world often flock to South Africa in order to see the “Big 5” in action, but little do they know that there is a “Small 5” as well which should be just as celebrated and perhaps even more since they are part of the ecosystem which keeps the Big 5 alive. It’s time to make an addition to your to-do list and find out what exactly constitutes the Small 5. Elephant Shrew The Elephant Shrew or the Elephantulus Myurus, truly is a magnificent creature. it gets its name from  from its long snout which resembles an elephant’s trunk and can reach a size of 25cm and weigh 60 grams. They feed on nuts, fruit, seeds and insects and are the food of larger snakes. You can be sure that if you spot one of these little ones, you game drive has been a huge success! Ant Lion The Ant Lion or

With our special list of lesser known activities and things to do in Cape Town,  you’ll be able to live your only life to the fullest, by seizing the day with quite unusual things to do around Cape Town. This is not only for tourists but for those locals who have done all of the mainstream activities, looking for something new and exciting to do. You don’t have to fly overseas to be captured by creativity, adventure and excitement. The Mother City still offers it all.   1. Japanese “ChitChat” evenings The Japanese word for “ChitChat” is PechaKucha. This is a platform similar to that of ‘Ted Talks’ where people have 20 slides to share with an audience where they talk about and exchange ideas, what keeps this fun and entertaining is the fact that each speaker only gets about 20 seconds for each slide. This is an idea that was developed in Japan in

If you think you’ve turned every stone in Cape Town, you’re in for a surprise. With locals and tourists hogging the main beaches around Cape Town, you’re probably wondering where you could have your own private beach? You’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you exactly where you can find these hidden gems in and around the Cape.   1. Diaz Beach – Cape Point Nature Reserve The Cape Point Nature Reserve is a beautiful part of the Table Mountain National Park, and is the place where you will find Diaz beach. It can be accessed by taking a hike from the parking bay of Cape Point Nature Reserve, and requires a steep walk down a wooden staircase to the beach. It is a pleasant gem which can be enjoyed by you and your family as well.   2. Water’s Edge Simon’s Town  This beach is so secret that we can’t even

Formerly known as the Cape of Storms, Cape Town’s first settlers came in 1652 with the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck and other employees from the Dutch East India Company in order to establish a halfway station for ships travelling to and fro from the Dutch East Indies to Cape Town. The influence of the Dutch is certainly evident in the culture and the architecture of the Cape.  Cape Town is definitely a place for discovery and history, so if you’re keen on being enriched by  the Cape and what its history has to offer then this is the article for you!    1. Castle of Good Hope  The Castle of Good Hope is by far the oldest structure in the whole country and is a perfect example of a ‘bastion fort’. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, The Castle of Good Hope is an amazing piece of architecture filled

If you thought you were stuck in the city with nowhere to hike, look again. The Cape has much to offer with regards to beaten tracks and the wild. Below we’ll be talking about the 9 best hiking trails around Cape Town. So, before you put your boots on, read what we’ve got to say about the trails in and around the beautiful Mother City.    1. Lion’s Head  If you’re ready to spend a few hours hiking clockwise around and up a mountain to the top with different views on each side, then Lion’s head is for you. This moderate trail has a total distance of 5km and can be hiked within 3 hours max. Hikers have gone up Lion’s head at midnight with a full moon, in the morning, and just before sunset in order to watch the sun go down from the top. The summit offers breathtaking views of Robben Island and

The hive of activity in recent years along the Garden Route has become pretty well known. As people begin to speak about the extraordinary things to do from kayak and lilo tours to black horse trails, the activities just become more and more. While there’s definitely no shortage of things to do in these wonderful places, the Garden Route will also offer you many awe-inspiring places to go to in order to just sit back, relax and take in each and every sunset with a few deep breaths as an activity.  Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours / Garden Route Swing through the forest beneath a lush canopy of trees with the Tsitsikamma zipline while experiencing the secrets of this indigenous jungle. Zipline past giant Yellow Wood trees, Hard Pear trees and other interesting flora. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for the Knysna Loerie and the Narina Trogon as you traverse through the Tsitsikamma air.  Kayak and Lilo Tours

Table Mountain is the symbol of Cape Town in the world. This mountain, named because of its flat top, protects the City Bowl and offers a fantastic view of it. When clouds cover the top, Capetonians use to say that the table is set, as it look like a table cloth. It is a Natural World Heritage Site but also one of the New 7 Wonder of Nature selected in 2011. To honour this wonder, the city of Cape Town decided to place yellow frames at 7 different locations to look at Table Mountain from every angle. Giant Yellow Frames This project took shape in partnership with the Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 programme. The purpose of the operation is to help tourists to take the best of this monument, but also to remind to the local people the beauty of their Mother City. It is the South African designer Porky Hefer who thought

1- Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock The vibrant Neighbourhood Market at Old Biscuit Mill is loved by tourists and locals alike, this is one of our favourite food markets for people watching and photography. It’s located in the heart of Woodstock.. The market is open every Saturday from 9:00am to 14:00pm. A post shared by The Old Biscuit Mill (@oldbiscuitmill) on Sep 16, 2016 at 4:54am PDT A post shared by The Old Biscuit Mill (@oldbiscuitmill) on Jan 13, 2017 at 11:02pm PST 2- Blue Bird Garage Market, Muizenberg Situated in the sleepy seaside surfer suburb of Muizenberg is The Blue Bird Food & Goods Market. This market is more of a local and community market, great food and music to be enjoyed. Market is every Friday 4 -10pm rain or sunshine in the heart of Muizenberg! 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg A post shared by Blue Bird Garage Market (@bluebirdgaragemarket) on Jun 7, 2016 at 1:14am

Each year, South Africa hosts hundreds of Southern Right Whales from July to November. These impressive creatures, playful, like to surprise us every time. The best spot to see them is Hermanus, in Western Cape, only 2 hours away from Cape Town on the beautiful coastal road. If you get a chance to do a Whale Route Tour this winter, see the behaviours of whales to look for in the Indian Ocean. Breaching It is one of the most spectacular behaviours to watch and involves a whale leaping clear of the wather and then landing again with an anormous splash. Scientists think that this behaviour could either be a form of courtship display, a means of communication or for the shear exuberance of the act. Spyhopping Southern Right Whales occasionally raise their heads vertically above the surface so that their eyes clear the water, sometimes rotating slowly as they do so. It has been suggested

If you come to Cape Town, discover the Garden Route during several days is a must. Its panoramic landscapes are breathtaking and you can do many activities such as discover National Parks, sunbathing on the beach, encouter animals,… However, you can also choose to try more unusual experiences. Discover our 5 original activities on the Garden Route to live a very memorable trip. Elephant Bush Walk At the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, live the extraordinary adventure to walk with the biggest animal on earth: elephant! In addition to the walk, you will be able to touch them and feed them. A stroll “trunk in hand” is an unforgettable experience. Moreover, the healers will teach you the background of the elephants that you are going to meet and help you to understand their behavior. Animal lovers will fall in love and the others you will succomb to the charm of these smart creatures for sure! Waterfall Zipline

At the Atlantic Ocean’s edge, Cape Town offers many activities during the day and at night. However, don’t misse this magical moment between the two, when the sun set on the sea and the sky become successively orange pink and purple before give way to darkness. Discover 5 spots where you can live a magnificent sunset in Cape Town. Sunset #1: Signal Hill It is probably the most well-known place to see the sunset, and it is worth it! To find the place, you have to drive until the end of the Signal Hill Road to reach a car park. There, just in front of you, stand Lion’s Head and Table Mountain surrounding the City Bowl. On the left, you can see the Atlantic Ocean and Sea Point. It is on this side the the sun set. It progressively disapear in the sea provoking the modification of the color of the sky becoming orange, pink

South Africa is well-known for its amazing safaris. You can choose to spend 4 days in the Kruger National Park or in a Private Game Reserve close to Cape Town. Whatever your choice, you will live an incredible encounter with the wildlife like the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant)! Discover, in picture, 10 of the most fascinating animals you can meet during a surprising Safari in South Africa. #1: Lion The meeting with the king of the savannah is always awaited with great interest during a Safari! Sometimes, you can see just one of them free-roaming and looking for its next prey. Another time, we can come accross an entire family relaxing in the shade under a tree for instance. #2: Leopard It is always difficult to see leopards during a Safari. To have the opportunity to encounter some of them, prefer Games Viewing at sunrise or sunset. Indeed, it is

Cape Town, its City Centre, malls, mountains and of course, its beaches! With the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see, and even whales on the horizon during the winter, they are idyllic areas to have a rest. Don’t wait any longer and discover 5 places to go to the beach in Cape Town. Beach #1: Camps Bay Only 10 minutes away from the City Centre of Cape Town, Camps Bay is probably the most famous beach of Cape Town. Located at the foot of the Twelve Apotles Mountain Range, is is an inspiring place truly between sea and mountains. The area is lively all the day with numerous restaurants and bars along the palm-tree promenade, which probbly explain that it is a very touristic beach, especially for couples. However, local people also like to come to Camps Bay to play volley ball or simply relax after work. Indeed, it is a splendid

If you plan to travel to Cape Town for your next holidays, don’t forget to go to the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It is the perfect place for a picnic with friend or family, go hiking, see the whole diversity of the South African vegetation and, of course, have a rest in the sun. A relaxing place Only 20-minute driving away from Cape Town, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is located at the foot of the Table Mountain Range, just next to the Table Mountain National Park. However, the park is a part of the Cape Floristic Region, also named Cape Floral Kingdom, itself listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, you can discover the typical vegetation of Cape Town called Fynbos. You can also observe flowers from all the country like the famous South African national flower: the King Protea. Its names means “who can change his form freely”, what

Have you ever dreamed to see whales? So, South Africa is the ideal country! From July to November, you can see these wonderful animals by dozens along the coast. Thanks to this tour, come to discover the Whale Route from Cape Town to Hermanus. Gaze at the wealth of the Overberg region, between botanical gardens, nature reserve, winelands and ocean, of course. STEP #1 | Gordons Bay, Pringle Bay & Bettys Bay and the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden Gordons Bay It is during the 1930’s that three investors: Harold Porter, Arthur Youldon and Jack Clarence bought lands on the False Bay west coast. They decide to call the area “Hangklip Beach Estates” that they divide into three distinct small towns: Bettys Bay, Gordons Bay and Rooiels, selling plots, here and there, to interested people. After a fire in 1940, Harold Porter decided to buy large parts of Bettys Bay to create a garden and

South Africa is worldwide known for the variety of animals that can be found on its soil, especially the Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Sometimes, you can even have the opportunity to see the Big 7 (+ whale and shark). Whether if you are a tourist or a local person, it is always impressive and thrilling to see them free-roaming in their natural environment. Without further delay, discover 5 parks to live an unforgettable Safari in South Africa. From Cape Town Inverdoorn Game Reserve Located in the semi-arid region of the Klein Karoo, in the Western Cape, the Inverdoorn Game Reserve is a 10,000ha-area hosting about 1,200 animals, rescued for the most part of them. Only about 2h30 driving from Cape Town, you can choose to spend 1 or 2 days in this remarkable reserve. During Games Viewing in an open 4×4, you will probably have the opportunity to see the Big

South Africa becomes more and more famous around the world for its delicious wines and Going on a Wine Tasting Tour is a must. Numerous festivals in the country reward the best ones and many passionate wine-growers work every day to produce fine wines. The region around Cape Town is well-known for its Winelands which produce the major proportion of wines in the country. Let’s discover 4 Winelands must-sees around Cape Town. Constantia: the oldest vineyards This current luxurious suburb of Cape Town hosted the first vineyards in the region. It is Simon Van Der Stel, from the Dutch East India Company, who established the first wine estate there. He named it “Groot Constantia” that can be translated by “Great Constantia”, in homage to his wife Constance. During the 17th Century, the district was well-known for its dessert white wines that could be found on European tables like in France. Constantia still produces the best

South Africa is well-known for Game Viewing and especially Safaris in the Kruger National Park (Take a look at our exclusive 4 Day Kruger Safari), which are ones of the best in the world to see the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). However, coming to Cape Town, you can see other animals just as remarkable on earth or in the ocean. Discover 5 places where you can see animals in Cape Town and around. Whales at Hermanus Whales are one of the most impressive animals you can find in the world. You can only find them in specific areas, mostly close to the poles. Nevertheless, if you come in South Africa between July and September, you have every chance to see some Southern Right Whales in Hermanus, one of the best spots in the world, during a wonderful tour on the Whale Route. Indeed, they leave the Antarctic Ocean once a year

Cape Point, is the tip of the Cape Peninsula. It is a must-see in South Africa! With many beaches, dozens of different views, a fascinating maritime history, among the most diverse fauna and flora in the world, this emblematic place in South Africa is full of activities. Before spending your holidays there, discover this magical place in the footsteps of greatest explorers, in a combination of History and Legends. Cape Point is located 60 km from Cape Town, inside the Table Mountain National Park, part of the Cape Floral Region. Covering an area of 46 000 km², it is the smallest of the six identified floral kingdoms in the world, but also the richest of them. For instance, we can find the most important density of plant species in the world. Moreover, the Table Mountain totalise about 2,200 different species, that is as much as the United Kingdom. This area is also a World Heritage

We can only agree with the famous British newspaper, The Telegraph, when it announced earlier in 2016 that Cape Town is the best city in the world. So, if you are not convinced yet and still hesitate to come to The Mother City for your next holidays, take a look at this 10 pictures from the Best of Cape Town. 1. The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range Overlooking the beach of Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range is one of the symbols of Cape Town. Actually, it counts 18 peaks and each having a name. 2. Hout Bay The harbour of Hout Bay is well-known by the local people. It is a charming place surrounded by mountains by the beautiful place of Llandudno next to it. There, you can have the best Fish and Chips you have ever eaten or simply have an ice cream taking in the wonderful view. If you are in Cape

A Winelands tour is one of the main attractions in Cape Town! With mountains at the background, the vineyards of the region count among the most beautiful in the world and have nothing to be ashamed of in comparison to the French or Californian ones. Whatever the season, it is always a pleasure to taste the South African wines to appreciate their wealth and diversity. Before the tasting, let’s take a moment to go back to the origins of the Winelands in Cape Town. A Dutch and French legacy It is in 1652 that Jan Van Riebeek, member of the Dutch East India Company arrived in the city now known as Cape Town. His purpose was to forify a sort of way-station for the boats sailing from the Dutch Republic to Batavia (Jakarta today). This area was also used as a supply base for the ships, so the Company needed to cultivate cereals, vegetables and