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There is an amazing tourist route along the South-Western coast of South Africa, filled with lakes, forests, mountains and lagoons, all bordering on the Indian Ocean.
It is called the Garden Route because someone years ago, likened the area to the “Garden of Eden” and the name stuck.
This three-hundred-kilometer route begins at Mossel Bay and continues East ending at Storms River. There are many small towns in this area that are intertwined with the Garden Route National Park. The challenge, over the past 2 decades, has been trying to balance population growth in areas that are tightly surrounded by forest or National Parks land.
The climate is mild throughout the year. Warmer and humid in late Summer, and cool to cold in mid-winter. Rain is more frequent in Spring and Summer but you can expect a few showers in all the months of the year, which is why the area is so GREEN!
As you are drive along this route, you will find yourself stopping at a number of the pristine sandy beaches.
The main towns along the Garden Route include Mossel Bay (which has it’s own casino), Knysna, (the centre of boating and watersports in the area), Plettenberg Bay (SA’s #1 beach resort town), and Oudtshoorn ( Ostrich Capital of the World). The city of George has an airport which will allow you to fly direct from Johannesburg , Durban or Cape Town. George is considered the Golfing Capital of the Garden Route.
For those of you who like hiking, you need to make sure you visit the Robberg Nature Reserve but there are many hiking options in the forests of the Tsitsikamma, in Nature’s Valley, Bloukrans and in the areas surrounding Knysna.
We suggest you book a cruise on the Knysna Lagoon, which is probably the best way of seeing the sandstone cliffs known as the “Knysna Heads” that are guard the entrance to the Lagoon.
The famous Cango Caves are situated just outside of Oudtshoorn, in an area known as the Klein Karoo which is often considered an extension to the Garden Route. These limestone caves are impressive even for the most well-travelled individuals. Apart from the standard tour, which allows you to wander around inside the various chambers, there is an adventure tour for those who are not scared to slide through cave holes on their stomachs and squeeze between cracks.
At the end of the Garden Route as you head back to Cape Town, you should stop for a night and visit the southern-most point of Africa – a place called Cape Agulhas. They have an impressive old lighthouse there, that is worth a visit. In fact, you can climb right to the very top of the lighthouse to get great views of the surrounding landscape and the village of Agulhas. There is also a monument near there which “defines” the meeting place of the Two Oceans – the Atlantic and the Indian.
There is so much to do and see along the Garden Route, so you will want to plan your itinerary carefully or you will not have enough time to complete everything on your list. We have omitted talking about all the animal parks, and extreme sports like Bungy Jumping, because there are literally HUNDREDS of things to do in the area.
South Africa’s stunning Garden Route is one of the world’s best hiking regions. Boasting one of the greenest and mildest ecosystems on the planet, the Garden Route is the perfect South African escape. Leave behind the noise and grime of daily life and find your paradise! Want to hike the Garden Route? Here are some adventure trails to try!
Forest Buzzard Trail
This trail is a mere 2.2 kilometers, but it has more than its fair share of beauty! Meander through indigenous forest and pine plantations. You’ll even get to see a gorgeous waterfall.
Pied Kingfisher Trail
This quick trek begins at the Ebb & Flow camp at Wilderness. The whole thing is an easy 11.5 kilometers. This trail will take you through the Serpentine Flood Plain, which is an aviary paradise. What birds can you spot?
Woodville Short Walk
This is a perfect little stroll for anyone who wants to experience a bit of nature. You don’t have to go far before you find yourself in a lovely picnic area! This trail is just two kilometers, and it is wheelchair accessible. Everyone will enjoy walking across the bridge and along the tree-lined path.
Challenging Day Hikes
Drupkelders Hiking Trail
Don’t miss Drupkelders, a beautiful nature hike near Knysna. Although this trail is only 3.6 kilometers, it’s not a beginner trail. Be prepared for steep hills! The walk is tough, but the end result is more than worth it. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at the Homtini River! You can take a swim in the pool and check out the cool rock formations around the river.
Kranshoek Hiking Trail
Tough but stunning, this coastal trail promises to take your breath away. Start your nine-kilometre trek at the Kransoek picnic area, then hike your way down into the forest. Follow a waterfall-fed stream to the coast for incredible views! This trail is popular for its many ecosystems, ranging from forests to fynbos to rocky coasts.
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail
This trail is certainly not for the faint of heart! You’ll be hiking through beautiful scenery, yes, but you’ll also have to tackle some crazy challenges, including chains, ladders, and steep cliffs. If you’re up for this adrenaline-pumping two-day hike, you’ll find that it’s as rewarding as it is hard.
Otte Hiking Trail
Plan a good five days for trekking this trail! This hike will take you through 43 kilometers of indigenous forest, fynbos, beach, coves, and picturesque views. Don’t forget your camera! This is an unforgettable experience.
Do any of these trails appeal to you? If you want to make a hiking adventure trip along South Africa’s Garden Route, let us help you plan! We can take to you to the most beautiful nature spots in this lovely region of Africa’s coast.
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a good craft beer. Don’t settle for just any beer- get the best! There are a lot of great Cape Town beer venues, so it can be hard to pick. Here are a few of our favorites:
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company
This place has both good beer and a great atmosphere! You’ll be sure to love the modern-grunge feel of the converted warehouse that hosts this beer-tasting spot. Take a tour, and be sure to visit the taproom!
Devil’s Peak Brewing Company makes a nice collection of signature craft beers, including the popular Vannie Hout, Woodhead Amber Ale, and The King’s Blockhouse IPA.
When you visit, ask to try an experimental beer. You just may be the first to taste the next international sensation—who knows?
Jack Black Beer
Traveling with kids? This is a great spot to go beer-tasting. Not only can you try craft beers both classic and new, but you can treat the tykes to top-notch cuisine with kid appeal.
This cutting-edge-modern brewery offers taproom tastings, brewery visits, and a restaurant. You could make a whole afternoon out of a visit to Jack Black. Visit on Thursdays and Fridays for fun evening events!
If you love beer, don’t miss this place. It is a trendy and busy place, thanks to the wide variety of great beers on tap. The happy appeal of the bright yellow building doesn’t hurt, either.
There are about a hundred different varieties to try! You’ll be hard pressed to find a better selection in all of Africa.
Want to travel the world? Just come here. There are beers from at least 13 countries available at all times. You won’t have to take a plane to be transported internationally! Just settle back with an international brew.
Head to the heart of the Woodstock suburb of Cape Town for a glass of good local beer. Not only can you get some of the best craft beers in the city, but you’ll also get to take a tour and a tasting.
This is one of the best brewery tours you can take! Learn about the process of making beer and try ten different beers while you’re at it. If you’re hungry after all the touring, grab a meal at the Woodstock Grill and Tap.
This bar is a must-visit venue due to its unique business model. The bar in front is stocked through the microbrewery in the back. This microbrewery is used by a variety of both new and known brewers who ply their trade in a shared space.
You never know what you’ll get here! The prices are good, so you can try a few new tastes each time you visit.
If you’re into eating organic, this is the place to go. Here, you’ll get to watch craft beer being made at the microbrewery while sipping your own glass and chowing down on good organic eats.
This is a good place to do a tasting. You can do it on any day of the week!
Beer-lovers won’t want to miss any of these places! Make time to stop at all of these great craft brew spots while you’re in Cape Town. Which one will you visit first?
Visiting a theatre in Cape Town is an experience unlike any other. The fascinating multi-cultural makeup of South Africa’s Mother City has created a unique performing arts scene!
Take a trip to see a play or musical performance, and you’ll come away with a new understanding of the colourful South African vibe! Want to try it for yourself? Here are three Cape Town theatres you can visit.
Baxter Theatre Centre
One of the top theatres in South Africa is the Baxter Theatre Centre. If you want to see a good show, this is the place to go! There are many different types of performances you can see here. Check out shows from a variety of genres and cultures. If you like plays, you can catch one here. Or, visit for a musical performance or dance.
The Baxter has been around since 1977. Since the beginning, the Baxter has sought to reflect the beautiful cultural mosaic that makes up South Africa. Today, this theatre promotes a wide variety of performance art forms that reflect authentic South Africa.
You can find the Baxter near University of Cape Town. The striking theatre building stands proudly in the shadow of Devil’s Peak. Come for a performance, or just check out the shops and restaurants.
This impressive theatre complex was established in 1971 as a South Africa performing arts centre. Artscape is located in Cape Town, between Table Mountain and Table Bay. The building is near the central business district of Cape Town, making it the perfect stop for those traveling to South Africa for business purposes.
You can see a variety of performance types at Artscape. Check out a classic musical like Evita, watch a ballet on stage or ice, listen to top musicians, or relive the past with a tribute concert. This theatre offers the best of both South African and international theatre. Whatever you love, you’ll be able to see it here!
As a plus, Artscape branches out beyond the performance arts. You can also check out visual arts here. Visit the Visual Art Exhibition at the Resource Centre during your visit!
Head to District Six for a great performance at Fugard Theatre! This venue is located inside the Sacks Futeran building. Enter through the Congregational Church Hall, and you’ll find yourself in a historic theatre with stunning modern renovations. Arrive early, because this is the perfect place to take photos!
Fugard Theatre was named for Athol Fugard, a famous South African playwright who composed performances that reflected and appealed to the multifaceted cultures of South Africa. You can still see a wide variety of performances at the Fugard, from plays in Afrikaans to movies in English and everything in between. Come here for a fun night out in historic Cape Town!
When you’re done enjoying a performance at Fugard Theatre, head upstairs to the rooftop bar. Enjoy a specialty drink in the sunshine or under the stars! This is the best view in Cape Town.
Don’t miss out on the chance to visit a theatre while in Cape Town! Immerse yourself in the performing arts culture of South Africa. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else in the world!
South Africa in general is an incredible place to visit and if you’re lucky enough to live in this diverse and eclectic country, you’ll have experienced this in one way or another. From the roaming mountains to the vibrant rural communities and buzzing cities, there’s always something to do. However, one of the favourite local activities is to set aside time on the weekend to visit the local market.
Depending on which area you’re in, these markets will vary in character. In Cape Town’s city centre and surrounding suburbs, you’ll often find crafts, music and a selection of divine eats on offer. The Winelands tend to be more focused towards relaxation and family days out, while in Johannesburg, they are slightly less esoteric at times than Cape Town’s but also offer a selection of beautiful hand-crafted souvenirs, and everything from fast-food favourites to gourmet snacks.
Top 5 markets to visit in Cape Town and Johannesburg
1.The Old Biscuit Mill Market Cape Town: One of Cape Town’s favourite market, the daily affair at the Old Biscuit Mill is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends. With a range of gourmet eats and tasty favourites, as well as designer stores, crafts and collaborations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Expect a packed market on the weekends especially, as it’s a local favourite.
2.The Stellenbosch Slow Market: The Slowfood Market in Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch is a fantastic place for food-lovers to enjoy a selection of slow-cooked meals. However, the market is also known for it’s range of fine wines on offer, as well as the fact that it showcases green and sustainable crafts. It’s held every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, regardless of the weather.
3. The Lourensford Market: Every Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy the Lourensford Market from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy a range of fresh produce and crafts on offer in the scenic town of Somerset West. There’s lots of space for kids to play at this family market, and locals love to bring along their bankets and enjoy a picnic.
4. Braamfontein Market, Johannesburg: The Braamfontein Neighbourgoods market is one of the most popular in Johannesburg, with local favourite eats and treats being hot chocolate and paella. The market runs every Sunday, come rain or shine, from 9am-3pm at 73 Juta street.
5. The Rosebank Market, Johannesburg: happens at 50 Bath Mall in Johannesburg, daily. It’s a distinctly African market offering a exciting and authentic vibe to visitors – perfect for travellers looking for authentic souvenirs.
Make a trip of it
Take2Tours can help you make a day of it with a customised trip to these markets and more. Why not book a trip and see some of the best markets in Cape Town and Johannesburg with other stops along the way? This will give you the opportunity to enjoy yourself without having to worry about driving and you’ll also have an experienced tour guide to help you enjoy the best markets.
End your year in style by visiting the Hugenot Monument in Franschhoek for the town’s ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne festival. This year’s black & white with a touch of bling theme, is the perfect opportunity for you to grab your most chic ensemble and set out to taste some of the region’s most exquisite bubblies. Just in case that wasn’t a good enough reason to get dolled up and ready for an amazing time, the best dressed couple each day will win a R5 000 MasterCard gift card. What better way to make the most of your festival experience?
Producers showcasing their renowned MCCs
Enjoy a variety of options from established producers such as Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Moreson, Boschendal, Pongracz, Leopard’s Leap, Steenberg, Villiera, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Simonsig, Colmant, La Motte and JC Le Roux. In the same breath, you’ll also be introduced to a few producers which are more recently established, including: Maison Wine Estate, Le Lude and the Grande Province – all of which will give you greater insight into why Franschhoek is considered one of the premium destinations for producing sparkling wines in the world.
Pallet-teasing edibles from renowned local restaurants
Of course no Champagne festival would be complete without the right accompaniment of edibles, and the Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival is no exception. Expect a range of gourmet dishes on offer from local eateries such as The Salmon Bar, Bread & Wine, Le Franschhoek The Restaurant at Grande Province, Le Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle, L’Ermatige to name a few. Each of these establishments offers visitors a distinctly French experience – the perfect setting for a bit of joie de vivre.
Tickets to the event cost R200 each, which will allow you access to the festival from 12–5pm for both days (5th & 6th). As part of your entry fee, you’ll also get a tasting glass and coupons.
If you use your MasterCard to purchase your ticket, you’ll receive a 10% discount on the cost of your ticket. You can book through Webtickets here.
Getting to and around the festival
If you’re looking to make the most of your festival experience, you can hire us to get you there, take you around and show you the best that Franschhoek has on offer. At Take2tours, we do custom trips to Franschhoek, and can make sure you get around safely while tasting as many Champagnes as you like. We can also help you experience more of the town with options as to which parts you can visit while you’re there. Contact us if you’d like a tailor-made tour experience.