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Tygerberg

Published: January 15, 2009 3:53 pm

Situated South of the historic town of Stellenbosch, and tucked between the mountains and the sea, Tygerberg offers an attractive array of interests for all visitors – from the culture enthusiast to the sportsman and from the leisure traveller to the nature lover.

Tygerberg is rich in cultural and historical diversity. Art and craft centres in the growing town of Khayalitsha reflect the political turbulence and tokens of the apartheid past, while National Monuments like Onze Molen, one of the few original windmills in the Cape, and the old churches in Durbanville and Parow bear witness to the origin of some of the earliest settlers in the Tygerberg.

The challenging golf courses, numerous sports venues and the racecourse are all situated in peaceful rural surroundings. Beautiful open areas, like the Durbanville and Tygerberg Nature Reserves and the nationally renowned Rose Garden, all add their special flavour to Tygerberg’s unique tranquil character.

Take a look at tranquil Tygerberg here

Overberg

Published: January 15, 2009 3:52 pm

Just beyond the Hottentots-Holland mountains lies Overberg. Situated along the Cape Province’s south coast, Overberg lies between the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route in the East. The area has always been considered as the breadbasket of the Cape, due to it’s vibrant grain farming industries. The wheat fields are a major breeding ground for South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane. Overberg is, along with the Elgin Valley, the second largest supplier of fruit in South Africa.

The major towns are Hermanus, Caledon and Swellendam and the region includes Cape Agulhas, the southern most point of Africa. In these areas you will find a legion of cultural shops, bars and restaurants, beaches and outdoor adventure spots suitable for all sorts of tourists, visitors and holiday-makers.

So, get on over to the Overberg and see what it has to offer!


Helderberg

Published: January 15, 2009 3:49 pm

Helderberg is renowned for being the oldest wine-producing area in the Western Cape. Originally deemed the ‘Hottentots-Holland’ area, it was renamed ‘Helderberg’ by the City of Cape Town, however, many people who live there still refer to it by its former name. This district takes its name from the imposing Helderberg Mountain which culminates at a height of 1137m as The Dome.

With Nature Reserves, wine routes & little shops in every nook and cranny, in Helderberg you will experience the true heart of how the locals live with every day, ensconced in true beauty.

Find the heart of the Helderberg here

False Bay

Published: January 15, 2009 3:48 pm

The False Bay coast ranges from Gordon’s Bay, all the way to Muizenberg, then through St. James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and right through to Simonstown, the site of South Africa’s foremost naval base and naval academy.

A hundred years ago, this coastline was the only bathing area in Cape Town, as the water here is five to seven degrees warmer than on the Atlantic Coast. Times may change, but False Bay coast still offers you a magnificent beach experience that your whole family or group will relish. Little shops, restaurants and all amenities are very close by.

Find your perfect frolicking spot in False Bay here

Blaauwberg

Published: December 4, 2008 11:58 am

Blaauwberg’s climate, with its hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters could easily fool you into thinking you’re in the Meditteranean! Blaauwberg’s variety of bays and beaches boast a brilliant view of Table Mountain and the beaches in this region stand out as a surfer’s paradise. Several national and international surfing and windsurfing competitions are hosted along the ocean’s stretches, and all are suitable for sunbathers and families looking to fish, picnic, tan or indulge in a lazy amble alongside the water. Be sure to check out the Museums, which include South African Air Force and famous Robben Island Museums, shipwrecks, lighthouses, the Old Wooden Bridge built in the Anglo-Boer War. If you’re a scientific nut, the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station is right around the corner.

Blaauwberg is the gateway to the West Coast and is famous for its picture-postcard view of Table Mountain. Twenty minutes away from Cape Town International Airport, and close enough to all main arterial roads, Blaauwberg is the ideal place to stay for business, pleasure or leisure.

Find your bliss in Blaauwberg here

Central Karoo

Published: December 4, 2008 11:54 am

People have lived on this harsh plateau, the largest of its kind outside Asia, for over 500 000 years. The Khoi and San people, who left their legacy, heritage and tales as art on the rocks, gave the Karoo its name. The word “Karoo” is derived from “Karusa”, a Khoi word which means dry, barren land. This aptly describes the region where water is still scarce, but beauty and culture along with silence and peace is ripe.

In South Africa, the  Central Karoo stands alone climate-wise and historically whilst globally, it is an envied rarity. This desolate spot was once the badlands to which murderers and robbers of yesteryear fled to escape the law but, these days The Karoo is a home of peace and tranquility. The Karoo is where people come to rest and recharge the inner batteries of their soul, whilst exploring, enjoying and fulfilling a need for some unusual entertainment.

Centre yourself in the Karoo here

Atlantic Seaboard

Published: December 4, 2008 11:51 am

The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s Riviera, stretches from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront on the North shore of Table Mountain, all the way down the West side of the Cape Peninsula to Hout Bay.

The Atlantic Seaboard includes the residential suburbs of Mouille Point, Green Point, Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Bakoven, Llandudno and Hout Bay – all of which offer villas, guest houses and self-catering units with easy access to some of the world’s finest beaches, including Clifton, the hallowed sands of those “wanting to be seen”, the boulders of Llandudno and the glorious stretches of sand of Camps Bay.

The Atlantic Seaboard is a definite must-see with the glistening Atlantic Ocean on one side and the magnificent slopes of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles on the other. On the Atlantic Seaboard, it’s easy to find yourself totally in awe of your surroundings.

Seek out the Atlantic Seaboard here

Cape Town’s City Bowl

Published: December 4, 2008 11:49 am

Comprised of the city centre and surrounding areas lying North of Table Mountain and east of Signal Hill, The City Bowl is abuzz with activity. Locals and tourists alike will all vouch for the variety offered, whether you’re interested in trendy dining, live music or shopping. The City Bowl’s centre of action begins and ends with Loop and Long Streets, which run parallel through the city centre.

Long Street is world famous for being one of the most useful locations to be at as you can book a rental car, sample any one of the fine restaurants, catch up on a bit of culture, practice your favourite dance moves in a club or plan your entire itinerary through the multiple travel agencies and adventure centers along the way.  St George’s Mall is a pedestrian walk lined with shops and restaurants where you can shop and listen to local street musicians. Green Market Square is another popular outdoor market where vendors sell clothing, jewellery, African crafts, books and almost everything else. Heritage Square offers a more historic experience.

Buzz right over to the City Bowl here

Breede River Valley

Published: December 4, 2008 11:47 am

The Breede River Valley stretches from Gouda in the West and McGregor in the South, to Montagu in the East and the Karoo in the North. You are offered a choice of ten exquisitely scenic entrances into this region, allowing you the choice of experiencing the world renowned hot mineral springs at Montagu or investigating The Old English Fort built in 1899. The Old English Fort is just one of the town’s twenty-two national monuments.

There are a few things you should know about this little secret of the Western Cape, known as Breede River Valley. Firstly, it’s the largest fruit and wine producing valley, and also brags the leading racehorse breeding area in South Africa. Aside from gorgeous scenic settings, you will have access to clear mountain streams and be surrounded by wildlife reserves which serve to remind you just how much in Africa you truly are.

Breathe out a little in Breede River Valley here