Enjoy the casual pace and ease of travel by “slackpacking” some of the six amazing community trails in the Cederberg area.
Your luggage and accommodation are taken care of, the only thing left is to stroll the path and take in the splendour of the mountains in spring.
You will be staying over at some of the beautiful Moravian mission villages of Heuningvlei, Brugkraal and Wupperthal, and the cost of the hike serves us a much needed cash injection into the local communities, where the money is put to good use to improve quality of life and education.
The natural splendour is amazing, doing something good for the locals while you are there, priceless.
For a truly unique perspective into the world of the famously fragrant Rooibos Tea, this is the place to visit.
It’s the only Rooibos Tea House in the world, and within its doors you can taste over one hundred different flavours and subtle blends of rooibos tea that are available to taste and purchase. Amongst these are caramel, buchu, peach,green, fermented, espresso, lemongrass, hoodia and mint teas, as well as infused rooibos varieties (such as lavender, chai and camomile).
In the words of the creative sisters Marietjie and Sanet: “Join us for a cup of Rooibos on our stoep (verandah) and experience so much more than tea.”
In a tradition that dates back to 1972, the annual flower show is a stunning showcase of the unique flora from the Ramskop Nature Reserve and the greater Clanwilliam district. It not only draws attention to the splendour of the spring displays, but also sheds a light on conservation efforts around these magnificent specimens of our local floral kingdom.
You’ll find a great selection of activities including music performances, art competitions for kids, hiking trails and trips such as the Rooibos Route.
This years theme is “Rejuvenate!”, which is something we sorely need after the most recent dry spell!
In the shadows of the beautiful Cederberg Mountain range, about two hours’ drive from Cape Town, lies the charming little town of Clanwilliam. It is famous for Rooibos and its locally made veldskoens or (leather shoes).
Ranking amongst the ten oldest towns in South Africa, the area is steeped in local lore and heritage.
A solid six hour (plus) drive from Cape Town is totally worth it when you see the beginnings of the Namaqualand Spring.
Nothing short of glamping in this spectacular canvas will do it justice, and there are several operators offering this as an option. Skilpad Camp is one of these and offers their services during the peak viewing season between 23 August to 23 September.
These spring flowers have a worldwide reputation, as there are over three and a half thousand species of flowers blooming, with over a thousand of these being completely unique to the area.
You will also have an unparalleled opportunity for star-gazing as there is minimal light pollution and you will see stars like you have never seen them.
Situated in the beautiful Franschoek area of Simondium, Le Bonheur has a variety of reptile related activities to keep the whole family entertained (and possibly, slightly creeped out) :-)
There are crocodile pond tours every forty-five minutes where you can even participate in a crocodile cage dive (book before, minimum age 9, groups of up to ten). Swim in the same water as crocodiles and experience one of evolutions fiercest predators as closely as you’d like.
They also have an amazing snake centre with a variety of reptiles on display as well as snake shows on the weekend. For the keen fisher you will also be able to engage in some relaxing catch and release fishing, this is a prime location for catching bass.
This week we are looking at a few activities that are a little off the beaten track, yet entirely worth it and memorable. As we gear up towards our summer season, here are some day-trip and short-stay overnight ideas.
Right on our own front door we find the Mojo Market in Sea Point, featuring forty-five designer retail stalls, a daily fresh goods section and twenty-five speciality food vendors.
It’s set up to allow for maximum indoor/outdoor flow with the pavement becoming the storefront and then transitioning into the indoor market. Indulge in ice-cream from Baskin Robbins or get All Thai’d Up for a zing of something spicy. There are clothes, accessories, trinkets and food, food and more food to choose from.
Kick back with an original Earthfire pizza and enjoy some of the live entertainment. This is definitely a “two-or-more visit” kind of market., you need to keep coming back :-)
This is one of those community garden success stories that turned into so much more. This market is held every Saturday in Granger Bay near the V&A Waterfront.
It’s a community-driven, farmers-style market for independent local farmers as well as artisanal food producers. You can easily do your weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli and much more) here.
There’s food to be had, both raw and cooked :-) Aside from these, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment and there are also plenty of activities for kids such as storytelling, planting, craft and yoga.