No visit to South Africa is complete without taking a safari to a game reserve! Head to the Aquila Game Reserve on this easy day trip from Cape Town to spot giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras – you name it! The Aquila Game Reserve is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, only a 90-minute drive away.
After an early morning departure you’ll reach the beautiful Aquila Game Reserve to be taken on a game drive by an experienced ranger. Optimal game viewing is ensured in open 4WD vehicles.
Giraffes, lions, leopards, springboks, zebras, black and blue wildebeest are just some of the wildlife inhabiting the reserve. There are also good opportunities to see crocodiles and, if you are very lucky, you might even spot the illusive mountain leopard.
Aquila Game Reserve has a large natural wetland and bird-watching opportunities are plentiful. It is home to over 170 species of birds, including the endangered black eagle which the reserve is named after.
- Game Drive
- Entrance fees
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Professional guide
Playing Golf at a Top Resort – Mind the Giraffes
South Africa is home to some of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet and they’re affordable too. Gary Player and Ernie Els earned their first birdies on South African golf courses. And where else could you find crocs in the water hazards, and have to stop for ostriches crossing the green? Here’s a list of top ten golf resorts you must visit if you have even just a little interest in golf. If your spouse is not a golfer, these resorts have excellent spas that will more than make up for your round or two.
Ride an Ostrich
Riding an ostrich takes a lot of skill but amateurs are welcome to try their luck in Oudtshoorn, in the Karoo. Ostrich farms abound in this semi-desert area of South Africa, there are hundreds of them. Oudtshoorn is the place to master riding this ungainly but strangely attractive, non-flying bird. If you’re feeling very confident, there are regular races to be enjoyed as well but you should probably leave those to the professional ostrich jockeys. Once you’re done attempting to ride the bird, you can taste its relatives by eating some delicious Ostrich Biltong or Paté.
Stay in a Tree-House
Tree-house lodging is a fantastic eco-friendly idea and there are several options to choose from. Teniqua Treetops is a tented tree-house resort that offers self-catering canopy lodging in the foothills of the Outeniqua mountain range in the Western Cape, not far from the beach.
Surfing in SA
The South African coastline is defined by a series of points and bays, technically logarithmic spiral beaches, because of their mathematically determined shapes. And, as any surfer worth his or her bar of Mr Zogg’s Sex Wax knows, points and bays are the salt and water of surfing. What you may also know is that the quality of the surf depends on the size of the swell and the direction of the wind. For that latter reason, the Cape Peninsula (with Cape Town at its northern end) is pretty much a 360 degrees, 365 days a year ride. But there are some other radical breaks too, so wax up, click on the heading above, and hit the water as we explore South Africa’s 10 best surfing spots.
Swim with Penguins
Swimming with penguins at Boulders Beach on the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town, is a real thrill. A small public beach is set apart from the main penguin colony that resides here (on Foxy Beach), but that doesn’t stop the penguins from sitting on your beach towel or darting around your legs while you take a refreshing dip in the Ocean. Penguins like to walk about and generally ignore fences.
Dive With Great White Sharks
If you’d like to see the Great White Shark without losing a leg then let me introduce you to the wonderful world of cage diving. Cage diving with the Great White Shark is a relatively new adventure sport in South Africa. There are several operators who offer cage diving packages and most of them concentrate around an area known as “shark alley” in Gansbaai, just 2 hours drive from Cape Town.
Canoe or Raft down the Orange River
The Orange River originates in the Drakensberg Mountains and cuts through some incredible mountain and desert scenery as it winds its way down to the Atlantic Ocean. Well organized canoe and white-water rafting trips down the Orange River are plentiful and most operate in the Richtersveld National Park along the border with Namibia.
A Leisurely Drive around the Greater Simonsberg
This area encompasses exactly its name—the greater Simonsberg that lies to the north of the town. Start on the R44 northbound and, if you’re feeling lucky, try an experimental wine at the government-funded research facility Nietvoorbij. You might just discover a gem. L’Avenir recently rebuilt their cellar, where you can also taste offerings from Michiel Laroce’s French and Chilean estates.
To the right lies a little cluster of wine farms, including Knorhoek, Muratie, Delheim and Quoin Rock. Relax with a cheese platter on Delheim’s stoep while the kids do some bird watching, and try their honey, olives and olive oil. And then onwards for a spot of bubbly tasting at Simonsig, or something to eat at Cuvèe Restaurant, or if something stronger is more your cup of … um, brandy, head for Uitkyk for Estelle Lourens’s estate brandy, great on a rainy day. And on the way down, try some Kanonkop Paul Sauer.
Now there is a choice between circling Klapmutskop from the left or the right. The former will take you past Elsenburg and Westbridge,De Meye with its lavender oil, onward to Ernst & Co, Hoopenburg and Eaglevlei, where you can stop for a bite to eat—the kids will go wild for the jungle gym, which will give you some time to savour a glass of Pinotage Rosé.
If you continue on the R44, however, Delvera will probably take up the rest of your day, as you eat lunch or visit the various shops on the property selling everything from wine and cheese to olives, wool and ceramics. If you can tear yourself away, however, you can visit the wine farms all the way to Klapmuts—Laibach, Lievland, Warwick and maybe even try a Pinotage bath at Mont Destin. A leisurely drive around Simonsberg will bring you back to Stellenbosch from the Pniel side, taking you past farms like Zorgvliet with its great picnics, Rainbow’s End, Tokara and Delaire, the latter under serious construction and promising to be one of the winelands’ most stunning spectacles once done.
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Healey’s of Troutbrook farm have brought their cheese making skills and passion to the beautiful amphitheatre of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland mountains, “Lourensford Wine Estate”.
This genuine naturally matured, traditional farmhouse cheddar is further enhanced by the natural cave-like environment for its maturation. These natural maturation conditions are one of natures wonders in creating a really noble cheese. There are no flavour enhances, artificial colouring or preservatives.
onal 10kg heads and 2.5kg truckles (little wheels) which are wrapped in muslin cloth, greased and placed on racks for maturation. Our cheddar is matured for a minimum of 8 months, our cheesemaker selects certain cheese which is matured for anything up to 2 years resulting in an exceptional cheddar.
From day one of maturation, cheeses are turned regularly and mould growth is encouraged which is an important part of flavour development. Throughout maturation the cheesemaker is looking for a clean, full nutty flavour.
To truly enjoy your farmhouse cheddar, it should be eaten at room temperature. Ideally it should be kept in a cool cupboard or if in a refrigerator, in a ceramic cheese dish. Don’t let you cheddar sweat and don’t freeze.
This will ensure you enjoy and appreciate this fine cheddar.
Starts: Fri 20 Apr 2012 at 6:00 PM Ends: Fri 20 Apr 2012 at 10:30 PM
On 20 April, historic Drostdy Street will be closed for a stylish street banquet to celebrate 333 years of Stellenbosch, along with the launch of the new brand identity of the town by the mayor.
Residents, and fans from outside town, are encouraged to reserve their seats for a night which will feature some of the best local performers such as Laurinda Hofmeyr, Schalk Joubert, Sima Mashazi, Niel Rademan, Valiant Swart and Ollie Viljoen.
Everyone is asked to wear white to maximise the dramatic effect of this setting at night, and to bring along all food, drinks, cutlery and crockery. Tables with table cloths and seating will be provided. Stunning prizes are up for grabs: For the best outfit in white, For the best hat, For the best table layout and decoration.
Clos Malverne – A refreshing surprise…
Clos Malverne, nestled in the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, turns its pairing thoughts to that favorite summer staple, homemade ice cream, paired with wines as a refreshing summer tasting offer from October till the end of February 2012. For just R45, you can stay cool with sips…
Start: Friday, 27 April 2012
End: Monday, 30 April 2012
Event Type: Food and Wine FestivalIf you’re looking for the hottest new trends in all things cheese, there is no better place to be than the SA Cheese Festival, where cheese remains the jewel in the festival crown.
This foodie highlight takes cheese lovers on an unrivalled culinary journey where the remarkable assortment of artisanal cheeses, dairy and other partnering products will entice the senses.
Taste the large selection of cheese in the Checkers Cheese Emporium, enjoy a serving of gourmet heaven when Checkers once again brings a unique concept to the event with well known chefs and celebrities sharing their cooking secrets, and take a breather in the festive atmosphere of the Carnival Park.
The healthy entertainment provided in the Wilde Fruit Juice Kiddies Corner and the up-close-and-personal approach of the Santam Agriculture Milk Factory at the Waterfront, is sure to keep the little ones in high spirits.
Add to that some tips from food bloggers and cheese makers in the DStv Food Theatre and you are ready for a new approach in your own kitchen. A stroll further down the Meander and through the Absa Mall will complete your sensory expedition.
Combine a great day out in the country with an opportunity to meet and learn from an array of exciting culinary talent.
The event has settled in well at its new home, Sandringham (on the N1 halfway between Cape Town and Paarl).
The festival runs from 10:00 to 18:00 each day and 17:00 on the last day.
Stellenbosch has taken a really fun approach to picking strawberries with amusing scarecrows, giant strawberries and antique tractors decorating its picking fields. There is nothing better than a freshly picked, luscious, ripe, sun warmed strawberry, only perhaps watching little ones feasting on them and their big red strawberry juice smiles.
You can pick your own strawberries at the Mooiberg Farm Stall and the Polkadraai Farm Stall.
Mooiberg Farm Stall
Strand Road, R44, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Telephone: +27 21 881 3222. Open: 08:00 – 18:00. Prices are based per kilogram. Call to verify availability. The farm is open for strawberry picking on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, all day.
Polkadraai Farm Stall
M12 Highway, Polkadraai, South Africa. Phone: 27 +21 881 3303. Open: every day of the week from 09h30 – 16h30. Prices are based per kilogram.
Strawberry picking season starts in October to the end of December.
We have all heard people saying things like “A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent” or “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage” or when it gets to chocolate some people say that “A friend in need is a friend indeed, but a friend with chocolate is better” Well now you can come and join us on this Coffee, Tea and Chocolate tour and learn to appreciate coffee, tea and chocolate even more than I’m sure you already do. You’ll experience some flowering teas that will dramatically unfold in the teapot, get an insight in how to taste coffee and learn what sets a great coffee apart. You’ll also receive a 250g bag of coffee of your choice to take home and of course don’t forget the chocolate, where you will learn about the bean flavor profiles for the true connoisseur experience and taste the difference between a 56%, 71%, 85% and 95% chocolate bar.
- A tea tasting which comprises of a selection of 2 different kinds of flowering teas that unfolds dramatically in the cup
- A stop at the Lindt Chocolate Studio
- A visit to a coffee shop with a cocoa inspired menu and chocolate exhibition
- A tasting of 2 – 3 coffees
- Insight into how to taste coffee
- Learn what sets a great coffee apart, the effect of terroir etc
- A 250g bag of coffee of your choice.
- A close-up look at a chocolate factory and an explanation of the small batch roasting process
- Sample freshly roasted organic beans from different origins
- Learn about the bean flavor profiles for the true connoisseur experience
- Learn to taste the difference between a 56%, 71%, 85% and 95% chocolate bar
- Enjoy a variety of our gourmet chocolate products
- Purchases made at any of the shops
- Please book at least 5 days in advance
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Amarula Cream - a local cream liqueur, generally drunk after dinner. It’s made from the fruit of the marula tree (Sclerocarya Birrea), a favorite of elephants, baboons and monkey who are said to get drunk and party as the rotting fruit foments in the wild
Beer - South African beer is typically American-style. Castle lager is the runaway biggest seller of all, but local brewing giants, South African Breweries also produce Carling Black Label, Grolsch and various other brands.
Mampoer (mum-poo-er)/witblitz (vit-blitts, literally ‘white lightning’) – Powerful homemade brandy/firewater, similar to American moonshine, made from a range of different fruits. Astonishingly, it is usually God-fearing Afrikaans housewives who are responsible for this lethal brew. Tackle it sparingly.
Van der Hum liqueur - this wonderfully aromatic liqueur is a blend of brandy, wine, naartje (mandarin oranges/satsumas) peel and spices. It was distilled here for centuries by housewives before it was bottled officially.
Cooldrink, colddrink - any soda, such as Coca-Cola or Fanta. Soda is reserved purely for club soda. Amongst local specialities, look out for Stoney’s Ginger Beer and Schweppes Granadilla Twist (passion fruit) which are both delicious.
Mageu/mahewu/amarhewu/amahewu - the non-alcoholic version of maheu, this is a thin drinking mealie meal (maize or sorghum) porridge. Traditionally made at home the night before drinking, it is also available commercially these days.
Rock shandy - a local speciality that is a lovely thirst-quenching alternative to overly sweet sodas – half lemonade (eg Sprite), half soda water, with a dash of Angostura bitters (the ‘pink’ in pink gin), a slice of lemon and lots of ice.