Beyond the City

Travel from Cape Town to the 5 diverse regions of the Western Cape. Discover everything from the intensity of the Cape Karoo's endless skies, to the wine farms in the Cape Winelands, the fishing villages on the Cape West Coast, the markets in the Cape Overberg to the vegetative splendour of the Garden Route & Klein Karoo.

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The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history, culture, natural splendour and a centuries-old tradition of winemaking. Paarl, Western Cape is just over an hour’ drive from the Cape Town city centre. In 1657, Abraham Gabemma set out from the Cape in search of resources. On his journey he came across a giant granite rock gleaming…

Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys, just about an hour from Cape Town. The valley is characterised by rolling vineyards and fields and is encircled almost entirely by scenic mountains. To this day, the village has kept a certain boho French chic. In July, it becomes almost entirely French when it hosts Bastille Day festivities,…

September 25 2018

With beaches and lagoons, restaurants and wine farms, holiday homes, and general all-round beauty, Hermanus is one of the most vibrant holiday destinations in the country and is close enough to Cape Town to warrant a day trip. The jewel of the Overberg and capital of the Cape Whale Coast Route, the greater Hermanus area stretches from Fisherhaven…

September 25 2018

Wellington is a rich wine region that boasts award-winning wine, along with unique outdoor activities and historical experiences. There are many things to do in Wellington, including hiking trails, mountain-biking trails, and horse trails through the wine farms. More French Huguenots settled in Wellington than anywhere else in the Cape, giving rise to what is today a diverse and meaningful…

September 25 2018

The second oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is known for its natural beauty and oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch architecture, history and culture – and of course its wine routes. Stellies – as it’s affectionately known – is a university town, so despite its heritage it retains a youthful vibe. They say you’re not a full-blown “matie” (Stellenbosch student) until…

September 25 2018

The West Coast in the Western Cape is synonymous with incredible food, lovable communities, tiny fishing boats, icy cold water, fields of flowers and idyllic scenery. All along the Route 27 you’ll find magical little town’s beckoning you to get to know them. It’s the perfect place to escape to for a day! Here are some ideas of day…

Taking the train in Cape Town means beating the traffic, using a more environmentally friendly method of transport and it’s unbelievably affordable too! Using Cape Town to kick off an inland trip is an exciting way to see the country too. Here are ten train adventures we highly recommend you try. The Forgotten Route to Matjiesfontein Travel back in time…

The Franschhoek Valley, located just over an hour from Cape Town, is a place of picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year French Huguenot history. FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM With just one day to experience Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour (www.winetram.co.za) is one of the best ways to discover the true…

September 25 2018

The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history and culture. But there’s far more to it than that! While the town is close enough for a day adventure – just an hour’s drive from Cape Town – you’ll probably want to make a weekend of it. Perfect greens  The Paarl Golf Club dates back to…

If you’re looking for break with the youngsters and don’t want to lose out on quality and experience, Spier Wine Farm should be one of your first stops. My four-year-old son is looking more serious than usual as he eyes the glass of red liquid in front of him. He raises it to his lips, takes a sip and swallows.

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is not only one of the most beautiful farms in the country, boasting a world-class hotel, two fantastic restaurants, an excellent conferencing centre and award-winning wines, it also leads the way in terms of sustainable and ethical farming. There was a time when Spier was considered to be a little too commercial. But the…

Franschhoek is highly regarded for its wines – particularly MCCs, or Methode Cap Classique, of which there are 17 producers in the valley – and its food, boasting some of the best restaurants in the Western Cape. Combined with its exquisite natural beauty, no wonder it is a preferred destination for weddings. The quaint village is filled with pavement cafes,…

Leave the stress of modern life, and your car, behind when you take a trip on the charming Franschhoek Wine Tram. Journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

Drive along the esteemed Garden Route and as you pass through Mossel Bay, one of South Africa’s most beautiful coastal regions, make your trip even better with a stay at Garden Court. More than just a hotel, Garden Court Mossel Bay also includes a Wellness Spa and event venues, perfect for a corporate getaway or a tasteful Garden Route ...

You don’t need to be a guest at the Garden Court Mossel Bay to start your morning with a hearty full English breakfast at the Blue Hibiscus Restaurant. The restaurant is open from 07h00 to 10h00, where it serves guests on a beautiful sun-dappled verandah overlooking the ocean.

Found in the remarkable Overberg region of the Western Cape, The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa is a countryside retreat that focuses on relaxation and serenity. So let go of your troubles and indulge in a peaceful Cape Town holiday experience.

There is no better way to immerse yourself in Langebaan life than with a stay at Club Mykonos. This playful Mediterranean resort is situated on the water’s edge, extending in some places right into the waves of the Langebaan Lagoon. Choose from over 350 self-catering Kalivas, or apartments, and enjoy the inviting waters of the private beach, as well as ...

Just over two hours from Cape Town, Inverdoorn Game Reserve is home to 29 different species of free-roaming wildlife, including cheetah, rhino, the rare Cape Barbary Lion, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, letchwe and oryx. Whether you’re just visiting for the day, or staying for a while, Inverdoorn provides an experience that’s impossible to forget.

The San were the earliest group of hunter-gatherers that lived in South Africa. !Khwa Ttu, San Culture and Education Centre seeks to preserve the culture and heritage of this ancient people as well as teach people more things about San history.

At 22 DIE LAAN luxury meets the most modern facilities, enabling you to completely relax in this home-away-from-home.

Aan Dorpstraat is located in a university town set in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Rolling hills cradle this quaint piece of history with vineyards stretching into the distance more often than not.

Aquamarine Guesthouse is a B&B set amidst the grand backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains that rise behind Mossel Bay. The town is a popular tourist destination on the beautiful Garden Route, named so because of its rich and diverse vegetation.

The Arabella Hotel & Spa is a premium Cape golf estate that embraces an opulent lifestyle combined with an old-world charm and elegance. Once named South Africa’s leading luxury hotel, it is ideal for a peaceful family getaway, adventuring on its quad bikes or enjoying a relaxing horse ride through the countryside.

The Arniston Spa Hotel is located in the small coasted town of Arniston, in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. A 4-star Cape hotel of the highest quality, your stay will be both relaxing and memorable.

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