The Hidden Gems of Sunny South Africa

The Hidden Gems of Sunny South Africa

by | Apr 21, 2022

1. Tranquil Table Mountain
If you haven’t been to South Africa, you must add this to your list of places to visit. Its unique setting comes alongside a view of the City of Cape Town, followed by a “blanket of moody clouds” or crystal-clear skies. The spot is dear to the locals’ hearts, as it’s deemed “home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth,” with an addition to the landmark being voted “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2011.
2. Beguiling Boulders Beach
Cape Town’s most popular beach is home to the world-famous Penguins of Africa. The beach, which is in False Bay, is the only place in the world where you can get up close and personal with African Penguins. Aside from the adorable wildlife, the gigantic boulders are great for kids to climb on. Delving into rock pools and swimming in the glassy waters is also a great day out for families – not to mention that the beach’s R65 conservation fee means that the destination is rarely busy.
3. Blooming Bo-Kaap
This distinct town is renowned for its bright colours, culture and history. The oldest building in Bo-Kaap is in Wale Street, which is also home to the Bo-Kaap Museum, where you can delve into the true history of the vibrant city. Five minutes from the city centre and a 20-minute walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Bo-Kaap is usually visited on foot via Wale Street. This way you can venture the ‘kramats’, mosques, and craft markets, and perhaps explore one of the many restaurants serving local Cape Malay cuisine.
4. Kingly Kirstenbosch
The national botanical garden is treasured by locals and day-visitors – located at the slopes of Table Mountain, it is just 13km from the city centre. It is the perfect setting to unwind and reconnect with the outdoors. Picnics and hiking up Skeleton Gorge are common pass- times for tourists and locals alike. The gardens are made up of a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, 2,500 species of plants, a Protea garden, a braille trail and a cycad amphitheatre.
5. The Winelands
The South African wine regions located primarily in Worcester, Constantia, and Stellenbosch provide a great trip to revitalise the senses. You can expect a warm atmosphere when entering the wineries, complimented with the nostalgic scent of last year’s wine.The sculpted landscapes pay homage to a process that has taken hundreds of years to perfect – winemaking in this part of the world is an art form rather than a mere act. The Constantia Estate, which is 30 to 40 miles from the Cape, is rich in history. Being revived again in 1778, the Wineland once faced an unsellable cultivation, resulting in the pouring of wine into the South African waters.
6. The Taste of The Cape
La Colombe, Constantia – Chef James Gaag brings you closer to nature with his earthy notes. These enchanting dishes will make your mouth water for years to come. Wolfgat, Paternoster – Wolfgat is home to a seven-course seasonal menu that is always updated with new and exciting dishes. The produce sourced from Paternoster consists of fynbos, seafood, locally sourced lamb and venison. La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek – The sister restaurant to La Colombe, under the staff of head chef John Norris-Rogers, holds an exquisite menu with 12 courses. However, there is also a reduced menu suitable for those who are time- conscious or on a tighter budget. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia – Ivor Jones’s ‘Chef’s Warehouse’ shares delicately prepared tapas- style dishes, located estate of Beau Constantia. The chic seating area is constructed within a ‘glass-box’, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking False Bay.

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