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Editors Pick, Featured, Plan, Uncategorized,

Why Cape Town is the perfect base for your African Vacation

Southern Africa is as vast and diverse as it is beautiful, and one of the hardest parts of planning a trip is deciding where to start. Cape Town is known as the gateway to Africa for a reason, so read on to discover why Cape Town is the best place to start your African adventure.

Cape Town is the Gateway to Africa
The city is well connected to the rest of the continent, in many ways. You’ll be spoilt for choice with transport options, and there’s an incredible network of travel professionals to help you find your way to your next stop. There are tour providers ranging from backpackers’ minibuses to luxury coaches, so you’ll have no trouble linking up with the resources you need for a great holiday.

It’s home to some of Africa’s top attractions
Cape Town is where you’ll find Table Mountain, Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront, the African penguins at Boulders Beach, and Cape Point. It’s also the start of the Garden Route.

It suits any budget
Travelling on a dime, and need affordable tr..

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Editors Pick, Events, Featured, See and Do, Uncategorized,

Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland

The picturesque village of Gordon’s Bay, located under an hour from Cape Town, bursts into life every winter with the spectacular “Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights”.

When
The event takes place over two weekends every winter. In 2018, the dates are 29 June to 1 July and 6 to 8 July. The ‘Parade of Lights’ will open the Festival at 6:30pm on 29 June with marching bands, drum majorettes and some 40 participants. The Parade will lead spectators along the beachfront past sparkling restaurants, which offer warming winter fare, to the Carnival Village (Hendon Park), which will be spectacularly decorated with thousands of sparkling white energy-saving light displays.

Where
The Winter Wonderland happens in Gordon’s Bay, a pretty seaside town with its lovely beaches lies at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains. During and after the festival drive along Clarence Drive, the scenic coastal road between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay offers some of the best-designated picnic spots on the coast a..

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Coffee, Eat & Drink, Editors Pick, Featured, Uncategorized,

The best hot chocolate in Cape Town

Winter time calls for the perfect cup of hot chocolate to warm you to your core, and in true Cape Town fashion the city’s cafés offer up everything from over-the-top to super healthy. Here’s out roundup of the best winter warming hot chocs in Cape Town this winter.

Honest Chocolate
This chocolate nook in Cape Town is where you’ll find some of the finest chocolate made with ethically sourced ingredients and raw cacao. Naturally, their hot chocolate is quite something. It’s bound to make any chocolate lover’s heart beat a little faster. Their café on Wale Street in the CBD has a trendy and cosy vibe, and you’ll find many other treats to sample once you’re there.

Website: honestchocolate.co.za

Moro Gelato
The authentic Italian Gelato specialists in Cape Town don’t only serve up the best gelato outside Italy in the Mother City, They also give us a silver lining to gloomy weather. Their extra thick and chocolatey hot chocolate is so sturdy it’s served with a spoon. The mug is topped with..

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Editors Pick, Featured, Stay, Uncategorized,

The best 2018 winter accommodation specials in and around Cape Town

Tsogo Sun, Vaious destinations

Book your mid-year winter break at one of Tsogo Sun’s fantastic hotels. Kids under 18 stay free and get a free breakfast when sharing with two adults.

The deal: R1,199 per room per night, including breakfast

Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa
Take a midweek luxury break at Aquila, inlcuding welcome drinks, game drives, scrumptious buffet meals, a luxurious 30 minute spa treatment, and choice between a horseback safari or thrilling quad bike experience. The offer is valid Sunday to Thursday from April to August.

The deal: Midweek break in premier lodge at R2,375 pppn or a standard room without a view for R1,868 pppn

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Clos Malverne, Stellenbosch
Head for the hills for a weekend stay in the stunning Stellenbosch Winelands. The package includes two nights’ accommodation for two people in a luxury unit, a four-course meal paired with wines, a Pure Bliss Couple Spa Treatment, and some of the estate’s award-winning wines to take..

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Tsogo Sun – Make this Winter Memorable with SunBreaks

Moms and dads, take a break this winter with SunBreaks. These school holidays are the perfect opportunity to make special memories with your loved ones.

Whether you love Durban’s endless summers, Jozi’s big city vibe or the beautiful Cape, make this winter memorable with SunBreaks.

Book your mid-year break from only R1,199 per room per night, including breakfast. Remember, 2 kids under 18 stay and eat breakfast for free when sharing with 2 adults.

We have a wide range of hotels to choose from in key destinations. BOOK NOW!

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Editors Pick, Markets, See and Do, Uncategorized,

4 reasons to visit the Mojo Market

You don’t need to wait for the weekend to experience a buzzing market with a hip crowd and incredible food in Cape Town. The Mojo Market in Sea Point is open seven days a week and here’s why you should stop by.

The food
The Mojo Market is a microcosm of everything Cape Town. You can walk your way through the indoor market and pass a vegan eatery, oyster shop, and bakery to name but a few. The variety of speciality stores is quite a treat, with some focusing on doing one thing beautifully like chicken wings, hummus, or sugarfree, guilt-free baked goods. There’s also bar at the heart of it all so you can get a drink and your pick one or ten of your favourite snacks and sit and enjoy the ambience. The market is open from 11am till 10 pm on weekdays and 10am till 10pm over the weekends so you can stop by for brunch, lunch, pre-drinks, dinners and post drinks (or all of the above).

The treats
From the guilt-free to the super indulgent, you’ll find a treat for every taste. The popular Amer..

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Why you should visit the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay

Affectionately known as the organic market, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market adjacent to the V&A Waterfront is one of the most popular ways to spend a Saturday morning in Cape Town. Here’s why Capetonians and visitors love this market so.

The fresh produce
The Oranjezicht City Farm is an urban farm in the Oranjezicht area of Cape Town. The historic piece of land it calls home, next to the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, was converted back to a farm in 2013 where fresh fruit, vegetable and herbs are grown. Their produce is phenomenal and you pick your own harvest straight from the farm on Wednesdays or at the market near the V&A Waterfront between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. The farm also welcomes visitors from 8am to 4pm during the week and on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm.

At the market, you’ll find plenty of fresh and seasonal produce to choose from. In typical market-style, the prices are displayed and you weigh and pay at the checkout points right next to the corn..

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Arts & Culture, Events, Uncategorized,

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival

The annual Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival is a highlight of the city’s musical calendar, when school, university, and community big bands perform at the Baxter concert hall. 2018 marks the event’s 20th anniversary, and the four-day event promises to showcase the best of the city’s young musical talent.

Image from the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Fest website

The Lineup
Wednesday 30 May: Sacs Junior School Jazz Band, Sans Souci Jazz Cats, Sacs High School Junior Jazz Band, Rustenburg High School For Girls’ Jazz Band, Sacs High School Senior Jazz Band, Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band.

Thursday 31 May: Rondebosch Boys’ Prep Jazz Band, Pinelands High School Jazz Band, Rondebosch Boys’ High School Junior Jazz Band, Sekunjalo Delft Big Band, Rondebosch Boys’ High School Senior Jazz Band, Alumni Big Band (Led by Gordon Vernick from the USA).

Friday 1 June: Wynberg Boys’ Junior School Big Band, Uni-Sound Big Band, Wynberg Boys’ High School Jazz Band, Edujazz Big Band, Westerford High School Big ..

Accommodation, Bestsellers, Book, Offers, Special, Stay, Uncategorized, winter,

De Hoop Winter Special

De Hoop Winter 2018 Special Bookings Now Open!

Stay in the De Hoop Village for only R1800/unit/night* May-July 2018!
Units sleep 4-6 Guests
BOOKINGS: +27 (0)21 4224522

Excludes Event weekends. Please inquire when booking. Self-Catering Basis. No minimum night stay. Rate includes accommodation for up to 6 guests. Excludes Reserve Entrance Fees and any extras incurred. Valid for all new bookings made for De Hoop Village units only for stays from 1 May to 31 July 2018. De Hoop Village has 9 units. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, double bedroom, twin bedroom, bunk beds bedroom, bathroom with shower, outside braai (barbeque) area.

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Franschhoek Mystery Weekend

Winter is here which means cozy fireplaces, comfort food, and great wines, but best of all is that Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends are back. A weekend of surprise, relaxation, and pure indulgence – and if you haven’t booked you’re definitely missing out on this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Ideally suited to couples, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are packaged to absolute perfection and holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. And the best part is you don’t have to book anything. Registration for the weekend will take place at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards.

Your unforgettable and unique Franschhoek Mystery Weekend includes the following:
• Two nights’ accommodation;
• Breakfast daily;
• A surprise event on Friday night;
• Dinner on Saturday night;
• A light lunch on the Sunday;
• A selection of fun-filled bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon your check in but are guarante..