South Africa
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1. Franschhoek

The French Corner of the Cape Franschhoek, one of the oldest towns in South Africa, lies nestled between towering mountains in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world! Perfectly situated to explore the Western Cape, Franschhoek is only 45 minutes from Cape Town and within half an hour from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West. Franschhoek, literally means “French Corner”, and this little French town is also known as the food and wine capital of our country – there are more award-winning restaurants concentrated here than anywhere else in the land! Here, in-between breath-taking scenery, top chefs create world class cuisines and offer some of the finest wine. The…

2. Klapmuts

Klapmuts is a small village town in the heart of the Cape Winelands Region. It can be found just off the R45 between Paarl and Kraaifontein, perfectly situated for visits to other areas such as Stellenbosch or Franschhoek and only 45 minutes Cape Town. Klapmuts is not a well-known town amongst tourists which ensures that the atmosphere in this beautiful village remains calm, peaceful and just right for a quiet getaway. There is plenty to do and the town is popular mostly because of the many wine farms that surround it. Nature lovers have various hiking trails, nature reserves and outdoor activities to experience as well as a few wonderful golf courses to indulge in, all within 10 km's…

3. Paarl

Town with a simple country atmosphere Paarl in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated approximately 60 km northeast from  Cape Town, at the foot of the second largest granite outcrop in the world. It is the third oldest town in South Africa and the largest in the Cape Winelands. Well known for its scenic beauty and fruit growing heritage, Paarl has a wide variety of grapes growing in the area, including Cabernet Sauvingnon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonney and Chenin Blanc. There are over 25 wine cellars to visit along the  Paarl Red Wine Route, some of the most popular being Backsberg Estate, Nederburg, Simonsvlei and KWV. Despite the fact that it is virtually…

4. Paarl Mountain Natuurreservaat

The ReserveThe three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain is the second largest granite outcrop in the world and forms part of the Nature Reserve for which Paarl is well known.Few towns have been blessed as Paarl has with an area of unspoiled natural beauty at its doorstep.A network of paths make it an ideal area in which to walk, within a few minutes of the bustle of everyday urban life. Take a vigorous hike, or climb Bretagne Rock, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of protea may be viewed, catch trout or bass for dinner or enjoy mountain biking or picnics. Fishing permits available at Paarl Municipality.The picturesque…

5. Pniel

The small village of Pniel is situated at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountains, along the Helshoogte Pass, a lovely scenic route between the two major wine towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Orchards, vineyards and mountains surround this quaint town which provides it visitors with the perfect getaway filled with spectacular views, delectable food and an abundance of wine! The history of Pniel is very interesting and today its oak-lined streets along the Dwars River and the 160 year old Congregational Church building can attest to the historic beauty of the town. The streets are also filled with old-fashioned and charming houses, some of which were built for the freed slaves by…

6. Stellenbosch

Reflections by Anton Smit

Van al die dorpe gestig in die Kaap gedurende die tydperk van beheer deur die Nederlandse Oos-Indiese Kompanjie, is Stellenbosch die beste bewaar.Tweede oudste dorp in SADit is die tweede oudste dorp in Suid-Afrika na Kaapstad en lê 111 meter bo seevlak op die oewer van die bolope van die Eersterivier. Hier vloei die rivier uit die berge in 'n vlak en vrugbare vallei.Dorp van eikebome Hierdie bome, een van die eienskappe van Stellenbosch laat dit bekend staan as 'die stad van eikebome. Sommige van die eikebome is selfs geproklameer as nasionale monumente. Toe Goewerneur Simon van der Stel, in November 1679 sy eerste besoek aan die dorp aflê, is hy veel beïndruk deur die…

7. Villiersdorp

 Die Munisipale Kantore

Pearl of the Valley The charming town of Villiersdorp is located in the Cape Overberg Region, on the Cape Country Meander. Lying in a valley surrounded by fruit orchards and accessed by one of the Cape’s four most spectacular mountain passes, the Franschhoek Pass, Villiersdorp is a breathtakingly beautiful village. Just over an hours’ drive from Cape Town, Villiersdorp is a popular weekend getaway destination for Capetonians. One of the most well-known winemaking towns, Franschhoek, is a mere 30 minute drive and visitors are ensured of a weekend break full of some great wine and tasty farm style food. Villiersdorp has a thriving community of Artists, who have settled here…

8. Worcester

Largest Town in the Bree River Valley Founded in 1818 and named after the Marquis of Worcester, elder brother of the governor, Lord Charles Somerset, Worcester lies at the entrance to the Hex River Valley. Here the Bree River Valley is at its widest and a most imposing collection of mountains look down on the area. Worcester is a busy commercial, communications and industrial area and is the most centrally located town in the Breede Valley. It is surrounded by the Brandwacht, Overhex and Langeberg Mountains and the Breede and Hex Rivers flow on either side of the town. Grapes are grown in vast quantities and there are many co-operative wine cellars in the district and several brandy…