Activities in South Africa

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There’s so much to do and so little time! In this section we try to highlight the best places to visit, things to do, sporting opportunities, Places to shop and great places to wine and dine. We are constantly adding and updating material so this could be a good site to add to your favourites

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Hermanus - Bouchard Finlayson Winery

Gardens at Bouchard Finlayson
Gardens at Bouchard Finlayson Credits: Freda Andrew

The Bouchard Finlayson Winery near Hermanus in located in the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Bouchard Finlayson is rated as one of the top South African wine producers, and their Galpin Peak Pinot noir continues to win awards from around the world.

You will find that the Wine Estates of the Overberg very different to those in the Boland and they are indeed a refreshing change. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is framed by mountains and within sight of the ocean, with frost free, cool Mediterranean weather and perfect soil conditions makes for outstanding wines.

Hermanus - Hamilton Russell Wine Estate

Tasting Room Hamilton Russell
Tasting Room Hamilton Russell Credits: Freda Andrew

Hamilton Russell Wine Estate is near Hermanus in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Hamilton Russel Wine Estate has proved that you do not need a three hundred year history to be one of the top wine producers in the world. Started in the 1970's by the father of the current owner of Hamilton Russell (Anthony) and a complete paradigm shift in their philosophy in the early 1990's has seen this Estate flourish to maturity in less than 40 years.


Franschhoek Pass - Purcells Ghost Frog

Purcells Ghost Frog
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Jan Joubertsgat Bridge on Franschhoek Pass is a known breeding spot for the rare and endangered Purcell’s Ghost Frog. Purcell’s Ghost Frog (Heleophryne Purcelli) is on the red list of endangered species, but fortunately the environment in which it survives is fairly stable. The tadpole apparently takes two years to grow to full maturity so they really need undisturbed territory to flourish.

Purcell’s or Cape Ghost Frog does best near fairly fast flowing perennial mountain streams, and one such stream flows below Jan Joubertsgat Bridge on the Franschhoek Mountain Pass.


Take Franschhoek Pass to Villiersdorp and Hermanus

Franschhoek from the Pass summit
Franschhoek from the Pass summit Credits: Freda Andrew

The Franschhoek Pass and Jan Joubertsgat Bridge connects Franschhoek and the Boland Winelands with Villiersdorp, Hermanus, Caledon and the Overberg.

When entering Franschhoek from Stellenbosch and Paarl one gets the impression that this quiant historical Huguenot Village is the end of the line so to speak. However, if you drive through the town you reach the Huguenot Monument site. At the T junction turn left and pass the monument. This road takes you out of Franschhoek in a steep


Beaufort West - Three Museums in One

NG Kerk Beaufort West
NG Kerk Beaufort West Credits: Freda Andrew

Beaufort West Museum in the main street in Beaufort West is well worth a visit the next time you pass through this famous town on the N1 from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

The museum is open between 08:30 and 12:45 and again from 13:45 and 16:45 Mondays to Fridays and from 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. Entrance costs very little and is probably still less than R10 per person.

The Beaufort West Museum consists of three buildings - The original Town Hall of Beaufort West,


Clarence Drive - A scenic wonder - Gordons Bay to Hermanus

Near Rooiels on Clarence Drive
Near Rooiels on Clarence Drive Credits: Freda Andrew

Directions to Hermanus from Cape Town -via Gordon’s Bay and Clarence Drive.

This scenic route to Hermanus is an alternative to the route via Sir Lowry's Pass.

From Cape Town take the N2 toward the Cape Town International Airport and Somerset West. Go past the airport and continue to Somerset West. Pass through Somerset West and when you approach the last set of traffic lights as you leave the town turn right onto the R44 to Kleinmond and Gordon’s Bay


Bloemfontein - 10 Best Guest Houses

City of Roses
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Bloemfontein - Ten Best Guest Houses in their price class.

Bloemfontein is approximately 400km from Johannesburg and just over 1000km from Cape Town. Guest Houses in Bloemfontein are renowned for their excellent and friendly service.

There is much to see and do in Bloemfontein, which has a long and fascinating history.

Here are 10 of the Best Guest Houses in their class and price range in the City of Bloemfontein


Bloemfontein - A City for All Reasons

The Appeal Court
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Bloemfontein is the Provincial Capital City of The Free State in South Africa. Bloemfontein is approximately 400km from Johannesburg on the N1 and just over 1000km from Cape Town, also on the N1.

The Appeal Court of South Africa has it's seat in Bloemfontein, which also is the home of many of South Africa's more famous institutions.

The National Museum is in Aliwal Street in the City Centre 

The Anglo Boer War Museum is in Monument


Clanwilliam - Cedar Tree Planting - May-June 2012

Clanwilliam Cedar Tree
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Clanwilliam Cedar Tree Day

Each year The Clanwilliam Cedar Tree Day is celebrated by CapeNature , Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wilderness Retreat. All three join forces to host Cedar Tree Day, and the goal is to plant beautiful Clanwilliam Cedar Trees. All this to prevent the extinction of this beautiful tree species.

The Clanwilliam Cedar Tree, which is endemic to the Cederberg Mountains, is one of very few indigenous conifers found in Africa It is unfortunately on the RED DATA List and could easily become extinct without great care in management of the few remaining forested areas.

The tree planting event, held


Stellenbosch - Muratie Wine Estate Wine Tasting and Restaurant

Wine Tasting and Restaurant at Muratie Wine Estate.

Muratie Wine Estate is in the foothills of the Simonsberg, Outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape and from here you can see Table Mountain in the distance.

Muratie Wine Estate was first established in 1685 but only became known as


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