Western Cape

Walking 10 000 miles in a city’s shoes

Walking 10 000 miles in a city’s shoes

There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “Walking 10 000 miles of the world is better than reading  10 000 scrolls of books”.  And it’s true: there may be no better way to see a town, city, or anywhere else, than on foot. What you get from whizzing, or even slowly cruising, by in a car […]

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Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Leaving the vineyards and orchards of the Elgin Valley we continue our journey up the coast towards pretty town of Gansbaai – home to shark cage diving, seasonal whale watching and sublime sunsets over the bay.  There was to be no shark cage diving or whale watching this time around, but I did have the […]

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#GreatCapeEscape… part 1

#GreatCapeEscape… part 1

The thing with a road trip is that there are always surprises… these sometimes include a curve ball or two but there are always some incredibly memorable moments! This is a brief account of what we called our #GreatCapeEscape which saw us traverse the mighty Drakensberg Mountains from KwaZulu-Natal and the Freestate into the Eastern and Western Cape. What became evident on our journey was the incredible beauty […]

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Experiencing wonderful #ElginMagic

Experiencing wonderful #ElginMagic

The Elgin Valley, located in the picturesque Overberg region, is an easy drive from the city centre via Sir Lowry’s Pass, making it ideal for a day trip or weekend away. We spent the weekend at the wonderful Wildekrans Country House, a historic homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek that dates back to 1811. Our room, furnished with antiques […]

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Energy savings at the Winchester Mansions in Cape Town

Energy savings at the Winchester Mansions in Cape Town

Another Cape Town hotel that’s moving towards being sustainable is the Cape Dutch styled WINCHESTER MANSIONS. This iconic sea front hotel is not a new build, so the challenges of embracing the new technologies of sustainability were always going to be a challenge. The recent addition of a solar PV system on the hotel roof has already seen a reduction in carbon […]

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The Great White House… eat, stay, shop, experience!

The Great White House… eat, stay, shop, experience!

It can be amazing how many people don’t look up when they walk into the Great White House. So when they do, you can see the surprise on their face as they look upon Suzie, a 14m 1,5 ton Southern right whale skeleton hanging above them. There are not many restaurants or certainly none the Great […]

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A hotel with heart

Filed in Places to Stay, Western Cape by on July 20, 2013
A hotel with heart

Guests staying at a luxury Cape Town hotel make a contribution to upliftment in the city and across the continent thanks to the work of the Lalela Project. The One&Only Cape Town is among the Mother City’s most luxurious hotels, regularly hosting superstars and heads of state. World-class hospitality is however not the hotel’s only endeavour […]

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Knysna, a top tourism destination

Knysna, a top tourism destination

Long recognised as one of South Africa’s favourite towns, Knysna is a tourism town with a conscience and invites responsible travellers to share in its latest awards. Recently making waves because of its innovative and unique Naturally Knysna initiative, this jewel of the Garden Route has just been named Conde Nast Travel’s second best city […]

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Stylish, elegant & ‘green’

Filed in Places to Stay, Western Cape by on May 19, 2011
Stylish, elegant & ‘green’

Cape Town has its fair share of spectacular establishments, ranging from five star hotels and penthouse suites to boutique hotels and a whole lot in between. What sets this collection of boutique hotels into a category of their own is that their commitment to the environment and their local communities is something they take to […]

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