A fantastic and very eco-active way to explore Cape Town and also its surroundings by muscle power on sturdy high-tech wheels and accompanied by knowledgable guides Bike & Saddle provides you with every thinkable equipment and comfort. They have a number of exciting packages in and out of Cape Town.
In case you would like to go to the wine lands and you do want to taste a lot and in case you don’t have a designated driver, here is the perfect answer... We use these well informed and reliable guides from Day Tours also for tours into the townships, Cape Point and even for a day of Safari to Inverdoorn.
For a more personal guiding and tours in smaller vehicles and/or airport transfers Warren will do everything possible to show you the greatest places or just meeting you at the airport for a safe trip to our place.
Yes, we do have the Big Five around, although not like the big parks in the North of the country but nevertheless you will see big African animals and other lovely creatures...
Fairyglen is closest to Cape Town, just a hour away, tucked nicely on the mountains just outside of Worcester.
A bit further away, but also ideal for a self drive, Aquila Safari parades the Big Five and is also home for some white lions.
A good three hours of beautiful driving from Cape Town, beyond Ceres and quite isolated, lies Inverdoorn (in the thorns). Here you get more the feeling of being in Africa.
We have not been here ourselves, but soon we will ! White Elephant Safari and the Kohrs family have a great concept in their sleeves and wildlife in abundance.
Another fabulous Game Park in the North-East, Shayamoya, we had a fantastic time there twice and the Blevin family offer boat cruises for an amazing bird and game watching experience and also have two fully equipped house boats for River and Lake Safaris.
One of the most stylish and beautiful places, we have been to was Jaci’s Tree Lodge, near the border to Botswana, also home for some packs of Wild Dogs.
Cape Town has such a vast variety of restaurants, it is not possible to list them all, but here are a few of our personal favourites, totally subjective ! With great pleasure, all these details can be discussed over a glass of wine !
Harald Bresselschmidt is very well known as one the top cuisiniers and an evening at Aubergine is a celebration of life and wants to make you come back again and again.
There were times we had to go to Bizerca twice a week, just to sample Laurent’s simple but so exquisite top notch French cuisine.
Niki is still totally in love with the superb little eatery, Fork. Tapas cannot get any better.
Just around the corner from us, Limoncello serves authentic Italian cuisine and with a great vibe.
South African Soul and West Coast Sole served and prepared with lot’s of attitude, Miller’s Thumb is the perfect spot for fish and seafood, owned and run by Soli and Jane, where carnivores won’t be ‘even vaguely sidelined’ (sic).
Once he was the head chef of La Colombe, now Franck Dangereux created his own, much more relaxed eatery and serves outstanding creations at The Foodbarn, in bright and friendly atmosphere. And just the drive along the Atlantic Coast makes your heart jump !
For us Kyoto Garden Sushi is not just the best sushi place in town, it is a proper Japanese restaurant of high class and the most mellow place to eat.
As we are talking about her blog, Spill, I like Clares findings and descriptions and recipes, so if you would like to read more about Food in Cape Town, you are at the right spot right now !
But before I leave it all to Clare, one more from the heart, BBBS is a bit out of town, and not so classically in the wine lands but with great wineries around and loaded with fabulous wines, sumptuous country fair and bold style. Good times spent there !
We love to recommend inspirational places and people to our guests and friends. I have prepared a short 'tasting menu' below and am sure you will find something to tempt you. - Chris"
Oceanic giants, the “Southern Right” in front of your door step and a fabulous couple to run the show, Stanley and Lainy Carpenter’s Whalesong Lodge will stay in your memory for a very long time.
We had difficulties to decide between a swim in the lagoon or a jump into the sea... or just lie down, enjoying these truly beautiful decorated rooms at Moontide. Maureen Tucker has created a jewel in Wilderness.
Oudrif, on the Doring River in the Cedarberg Mountains, is so tranquil, it is so clever, it is so inspiring and Eco could not be any more comfortable - but this wonderful humble couple Bill and Jeanine are just worth a visit anyway.
Talking about a cottage on a river, another location ideal to forget about your daily little horrors. Peppi and Paul will look after all your needs and then leave you to listen to the river at White Bridge Farm.
We’ve been rotten spoiled by Julene and her team on cold winter days after refreshing walks and extensive reading sessions. The monumental reed cottages of Naries Namakwa Retreat are almost invisible between the boulders and the views go on forever...
We sometimes feel we could just leave Cape Town and settle in the Mill House and stay there for an early retirement with all this unlimited, perfectly crafted wine reserves of the Beaumont Wine Estate. The Beaumont family is close to our hearts and you will find their wines always in our house.
A world apart – right below the Swartberg Mountains you will be enveloped by green hills and steep mountain slopes and you will receive a royal treatment at Groenfontein from a great and generous trio. Mary, Grant and Millicent foresee all your wishes before you even ask and you will be smitten with all this pure energy and honest warmth.
Not total coincidentally you will find all of them - and so many more exciting places to stay - in the Greenwood Guide to South Africa.
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