Hermanus Wine and Food Festival + Botriver Wild Horses South Africa

It was a festive week in Hermanus. Enthusiastic Heritage Day celebrations continued into the weekend and annual Whale and Wine and Food Festivals. September is peak whale season, when visitors and locals watch the glorious creatures carousing in Walker Bay. Wine and Food Festival I spent Saturday hanging out with locals at festivals and enjoying…

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Cape Town Opera at Simonsig Wine Estate

Although the time in Hermanus is peaceful and wonderful, I miss Cape Town’s energy, excitement, and performing arts venues. It’s only a two-hour drive, but unsettling not knowing what weather might occur while crossing Sir Lowrys Pass at night. Wind and fog on the Pass can be fierce, and there are no lights or dividers along…

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Neethlingshof Estate Cape Winelands South Africa

Wine-making Tradition South Africa’s wine-making tradition is an important part of the local culture and economy. It began in the 17th-century. The high-quality wine and magnificent landscapes of South African winelands attract thousands of tourists. _____________ “The first wine produced in South Africa was by Dutch explorer Jan van Riebeeck in 1659.” _____________ South African…

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Franschhoek Valley South Africa

If there’s a “heaven on earth” Franschhoek must be as close as you get! The traditionally French town is one of the oldest in South Africa. Embraced by three mountain ranges – Franschhoek, Wemmershoek, and Groot Drakenstein – the beautiful valley is a few miles east of Stellenbosch and Paarl and a short drive from Cape Town. Franschhoek…

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Jonkershoek Nature Reserve South Africa

For months I’ve been hiking Table Mountain and Cape Town’s outlying nature reserves. The Western Cape has so many beautiful reserves it will take a long time to visit them all! Last weekend we hiked Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch. ________________________ “Jonkershoek is one of four nature reserves that are part of the greater Cape…

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