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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.
The lovely weather of South Africa was made for picnicking! Escape the confines of indoor living and head out to nature for a lovely lunch with your favorite people.
Whether you want to share a romantic date with your sweetheart, get the kids out of the house, or try something fun with friends, you won’t be disappointed by a picnic at one of Cape Town’s top spots. Wondering where to go? Check out these great picnic areas!
Winery picnic venues
Whether it’s Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek, the wine country has DOZENS of venues that offer elaborate picnics during Spring and Summer.
Kirstenbosch Tea Room
Check out this gorgeous picnic spot in Newlands! You can enjoy a gourmet garden picnic at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with your sweetheart or best friends. Dine in the shadow of the imposing Table Mountain, under large trees, where the ground is carpeted with sprawling lawns and indigenous flowers. And when you’re done, take a stroll through the gardens.
The Taal Monument
With breathtaking views across the valley of Paarl and the surrounding wine country, this picnic destination is often overlooked. There is a Tea Room on site, or you can bring your own cheeses and wine from wineries nearby like Fairview. Only 45 minutes by car from Cape Town.
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!
On the 5 December 2013 the world said goodbye to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the leader who freed a nation through sacrifice. At the age of 95 years, the icon embraced years of turmoil in a South African prison to secure political freedom and equality for all South Africans. Take the long walk to freedom in honour of the legend that made it possible. You may have missed the opportunity to join dignitaries such as Kofi Annan, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Ban Ki-moon at the memorial service that had the world in mourning; today we urge you on to take the plunge and head to the places where it all started, one location at a time. Get out your Madiba shirt – this trip is a special occasion. Whether you have had the opportunity to revisit Madiba’s legacy by watching Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom or you have read his autobiography; it is about time you take the steps to visit the locations the history pages will never forget and some of the places that embraced his name.
From the country to the city
Tata, as we affectionately know him, grew up in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. His place of birth, Mvezo in Mthatha, Transkei is a beautiful valley marked by rondavels and lush green hillsides. It is a place steeped in tradition. Our starting point on the Madiba route takes the beaten track and invites you to the country side for a taste of history that the city fails to provide.
Places you should visit to engage in the memory
- Mandela House – Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto honours the memory of a great man in four walls. The Mandela House, established in 1992 is a national museum; it was the home of Madiba between 1946 and 1962. The home still contains original furnishings and memorabilia and photographs. In Tata’s words, “For me no. 8115 was the centre point of my world, the place marked an X in my mental geography”. Allow it to draw you into the world of the father of a nation.
- Robben Island Museum – In 1962 the Rivonia trial imprisoned a man for what would later become an eternity of sacrifice. The prison has been altered into a museum that most directly relate to the struggle for freedom. This South African monument and the site itself serves as an enduring part of South African history.
- Tuynhys, Company Gardens – Tuynhys was the Cape Town presidential office Madiba during his reign as president. During this period he resided in Westbrook, Newlands, situated next to Groote Schuur (Rhodes House).
- Union Buildings – Madiba was inaugurated at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa in 1994. A statue that shows Madiba with arms wide open is a tangible indicator of his ability to embrace all.
- Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – The Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory was established as part of the Nelson Mandela Foundation contribution to society. It is open to the public by appointment only. The centre aims to create dialogues regarding critical social issues and has annual lectures in which debates are driven by prominent people.
- The Nelson Mandela Museum – This natural heritage site was established on the 10th anniversary of Mandela’s release. The time capsule celebrates the life of the icon; it houses exhibitions that showcase gifts Madiba received throughout his life, as well as a collection of artefacts, illustrations and images from people, governments and institutions worldwide. It is located in the Bunga building in Mthatha, along the N2 highway – the gateway to the Wildcoast. A satellite museum campus exists in Qunu, called the Nelson Mandela Youth Heritage Centre.
- “Release” Nelson Mandela Monument – South African artist Marco Ciafenelli erected a monument at the location where Mandela was captured in 1962. The art piece consists of 50 columns that represent 27 years of imprisonment. It is erected in Howick in the Natal Midlands.
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