Romantic Getaways in Africa
Exploring is a great thing and travelling with the person you love is the best way to exploring the world. It’s the perfect way to break away from your everyday life and to simply spend some quality time with your beloved. What better way to start your adventure then Africa?
The continent offers incredible destinations that are perfect for the honeymoon of your dreams be it living amongst unspoilt nature, watching romantic sunsets or exciting bike rides around curvy mountain slopes, whichever style you prefer, Africa will bring you and your partner together and fill your days with love and excitement. So, Start planning your holiday as we take you through the most romantic getaways in Africa:
Vamizi Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique.
Explore the island that’s shaped like a crescent and covered in fine sands that lead to sparkling turquoise blue beaches. Head to its crystal-clear waters for a rewarding scuba diving experience. The island is surrounded by tropical rainforest and provides a very luxurious yet intimate setting to spend your time with that special someone.
One of the most appealing and exotic cities in Africa is Marrakesh. The city oozes with the country’s north African and Arabic charm. For a truly traditional experience be sure to stay in a riad (Moroccan palace or traditional houses featuring an interior garden, especially the ones that overlook the city to Captivate yourself in the intriguing mystery of the city.
The Namib Desert, Namibia.
Live like Brad and Angelina in the Dune filled deserts of Namibia. Here you can ensure you spend secluded and serene time with your partner as you gaze at the vast horizons of the Namib desert painted with golden and red hues from its vast skies, enjoy a candlelight dinner or drive around this arid dessert that will leave u feeling blissfully alone.
Masai Mara, Kenya.
Kenya is Africa’s wildlife hub. Here you can experience the famous wildebeest migration – one of the greatest spectacles of wildlife. Experience their romantic hot air balloon at dusk. Rise above the massive Masai Mara and explore this vast nature reserve from the sky. A perfect experience for honeymooners.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
For the ultimate adventure discoveries, get lost in the natural wonders of Malawi and explore amidst sweet mango trees, ancient baobabs and see the mythical lake Malawi, its captivating ever blue waters has a calming effect to the mind. Enjoy a hearty picnic or romantic sunset dinner on its warm banks. Go kayaking or fishing at this blessed lake. The country itself offers a welcoming time to its visitors and is often called the warm heart of Africa due to being the nicest country to strangers.
South Africa is arguably one of the best countries in Africa to give you the perfect romantic escape. The country will cater to anything and anyone. From nature lovers, the busy hub enthusiasts to the adventure seekers. Whatever you and your better half have in your holiday Wishlist it will most probably be fulfilled in South Africa. The country’s landscapes include vast valleys, endless mountains forests, deserts savannahs and of course its lavish coastline that encompasses the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
For Nature-loving couples, what’s more, enticing than to live in a reserve that can offer a perfect setting that’s is surrounded by a valley of vast mountains, friendly game animals and the melodies tune of birds to wake you up and feel the fresh breeze of nature brush past you. The perfect romantic getaway is at Humala River Lodge offers and all that to ensure that you have had the best African experience ever.
Everyone gets bitten by the travel bug once in a while and develops a fever commonly known as “wanderlust”, fuelling that strong desire to travel can be a bit difficult because it usually means breaking the bank. However, the cure lies in having a good eye for affordable holiday destinations, which brings us to South Africa. A naturally diverse nation located at the southernmost tip of Africa that will exceed travel expectations and fit well within your budget.
South Africa has got a little bit of everything – gorging desserts, snow filled mountains, dense forests, fierce wildlife, vast wine regions, world-class beaches and so much more. You can see the Big 5 as you go on an exciting Safari game drive through their vast habitats and view them from up close. You can visit the Kruger National Park or for a more family-friendly experience, head to the Songimvelo Game Reserve which will also go easy on the wallet.
Discover what’s beneath our surfaces by diving in our rich coral reefs and swim amongst an abundance of colourful fish, turtles, and corals. If the season is right you can also snorkel with dolphins or spot the spectacular Humpback and Southern Right whales. Do you want a more adrenalin pumping experience? Go shark cage diving for an eye to eye encounter with one of nature’s most astonishing predators.
One of the most affordable activities to do on the coasts is exploring stunning beaches of Cape Town. The massive waves of the Atlantic Ocean make every surf lover’s dream come true. You can relax as the sun gives you a gorgeous tan or partake in beach volleyball at Clifton beach or simply go for a long walk along the less crowded and calm shores of the Myoli Beach in Sedgefield. For warmer waters head to Durban and swim away at the shores of the Indian ocean. If you are curious to see where the Atlantic and Indian ocean actually meet, drive to Cape Agulhas, also known as the southernmost edge of Africa.
Thrilling activities and wildlife getaways aren’t the only reason to Visit SA. It also boasts a rich history that is inscribed in its various museums across the country, most of which can be explored for free or charge a very small fee. Diverse cultures and delicious street food are also something that takes up the top spots in every Tourist’ bucket list. Try out some of the mouth-watering dishes like the malva pudding, potjiekos, boerewors and biltong. Travel back to the prehistoric times by exploring renowned archaeological sites like the Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng located within the Gauteng province.
In the major cities of South Africa, apart from tall skyscrapers, historical museums, lush theatres and exclusive shopping malls, there are many other things that you can do that won’t cost you a cent like live music and performances at the V &A Waterfront in Cape Town. Here you can get anything from modest budget-friendly self-catering units to luxurious hotels and resorts. In Johannesburg, known as “The city of Gold” you can visit its various gardens like the Emmerentia Botanical Gardens or the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden or take a short hike up the Northcliff Tower for breath-taking views of the Johannesburg cityscape. Take a trip to the vibrant and historic township of Soweto to see the houses of international icons like Nelson Mandela.
South Africa is a destination that shines all year round but during December when it experiences its peak season, the streets get crowded and most accommodations are booked or priced really high. So be sure to visit the country during shoulder seasons like late January for the warmth or off-peak season during June to get great deals on travel and tours. If the luxurious lifestyle calls out to you, keep an eye on our website for monthly promotions or sign up for our newsletter to get gold for the price of silver.
Africa is the world’s second largest continent. It covers over 30 million km² including its islands and is the world’s oldest inhabited continent. Meaning mankind originated here. Here you can experience the heat of the world’s largest desert or relax at the calm banks of the longest river in the world. So, it’s no surprise that one can get confused when planning to travel through this vast continent and choose from all it has to offer. This itinerary will take you through all the wildlife, nature and adventure you can experience in Africa.
Tunisia, also known as the horn of Africa, is blessed with great beaches due to its Mediterranean coastline, it also borders the vast Sahara Desert. Tourists can explore its great dunes or for a proper desert experience, ride on camels as they take you for a short tour of the Sahara. What gives you more reason to visit this country is its rich share of Roman and Islamic history which gave the country some the region’s most beautiful Islamic architecture. Venture out to the El Jem Amphitheatre which was formally known as “Thysdrus” by the ancient Romans Or explore the Sousse Archaeological Museum famed for its ancient relics and mosaic artworks.
Egypt features the Great Pyramids of Giza, built over 4500 years ago by the orders of Pharaohs who believed that they would become Gods in the afterlife. These tombs are the remains of ancient Egyptian Kingdoms. They have great artwork that not only explains how the Egyptians died but also how they lived their life. Apart from just exploring its tombs and other historic treasures, you can float down the famed Nile River on a relaxing cruise and see more of the ancient archaeological sites like the temple of Horus at Edfu located along its banks. Egypt is also gifted with the clear and warm waters of the red sea, which makes it an ideal destination for scuba diving in its renowned and rich coral reefs.
Kenya, a country located in East Africa will provide you with the best wildlife experience on the continent. The Masai Mara National Reserve is Africa’s Top Safari destination and home to the big five animals, namely the Lion, leopard, African elephant, cape buffalo and black rhinoceros. The park also accommodates several other species of birds and animals making it a haven for nature and adventure lovers. The Kenyan Landscape is decorated with Dramatic extremes like snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, dense forests, colourful reefs and lakes. You can head to Malindi, a town located amidst a series of tropical beaches. You can visit its National Parks to see different species of turtles, colourful fish, elephants and more than 200 species of birds.
Mozambique is the Ideal destination for anyone who enjoys fishing and can appreciate serene beaches. The country is also ideal for foodies due to its famous Portuguese inspired dishes like the peri-peri prawns and chicken. The country’s Portuguese influence is also incorporated into the culture, traditions and language. You can escape to their local secret at Ponta Mamoli for uncrowded beaches with white sand and waters with shades turquoise and blue. It is hidden by miles and miles of dry grasslands and forests. Mozambique is also one of the best in the world For Game fishing for the Marline and Sail species.
View one of the world’s Largest waterfall from Zambia. Known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (Mosi ya tonya) or The Smoke that Thunders, Victoria Falls is an enormous waterfall that is created by the Zambezi river plunging over a cliff and forming giant gorges at the bottom. Tourists who are brave enough dare to take a dip in a naturally formed pool on the edge of the cliff known as the “Devils pool”. As if this wasn’t enough, Zambia is home to many river systems like the Luangwa and Kafue. Tourists can go on great Canoeing safaris and fishing trips. Its nature and wildlife are one of the most unspoilt in entire Africa.
Visit the edge of Africa in South Africa. The Southernmost tip of the country and continent is Cape Agulhas, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide. The country is a hotspot for thrill seekers, history fanatics, nature lovers and foodies. The country named the “Rainbow nation” is a melting pot of cultures. The country encompasses not only African cultures but Dutch, Indian, Cape Malay and Chinese influences. In the Mpumalanga province, you can visit the Songimvelo Game reserve and stay at the river lodge located within the park. The Western Cape province is famed for its world-class beaches, long Wine routes, dramatic landscapes, rich history and one of the seven wonders of nature “The Table Mountain” overseeing the energetic city of Cape Town.
When on holiday with family, your vacation needs to include activities that are exciting and pleasant for everyone and cater to all generations. Renowned for its Floristic region, majestic landmarks and world-class beaches, Cape town ticks all the boxes for an awesome family vacation. It includes an endless list of things to do from historical experiences to thrill-seeking adventures. Not only is there an enormous collection of interactive and fun things to do in the Cape, but the welcoming people, breath-taking landscapes and the ease of getting around will surely make Cape town your favourite family destination.
Fall in love with the black feet penguins on Boulders beach
The Boulders beach, situated between giant granite boulders is where the colony of cute and cuddly birds reside since 1982. It’s a popular tourist spot since the African penguins are only found along coastlines of Southern Africa. You can spend a total treat of a day amongst the African penguins and massive boulders that protect the waters from the wind, making it calm and perfect for children to swim in. The Beach doesn’t have an entrance fee and is really packed during the so be sure to arrive early and secure a perfect spot for parking.
Discover Table Mountain
Explore one of the 7 wonders of Nature with your entire family. All three generations will be left awestruck as the cable car takes you on a rotating ride at 10 MPs to a height that’s over a 1000 ft above sea level. The 5-minute elevation will leave you breathless as you take a 360 flight above the majestic slopes of the Table Mountain. Be sure to dress warmly because once you reach the top a breeze cold air will embrace you. Once you complete the fabulous tour around the ‘table’, you can step into the table mountain cafe that offers a splendid dining experience with a wide variety of hearty meals, snacks and drinks to indulge in. You can also sit inside their Wi-Fi lounge and sip on some very high tea before the ride back down.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is one of the city’s top tourist hotspots that offers everything from diverse dining places and world-class shopping experiences to live entertainment and boat tours around its busy harbour. It’s the perfect place for both adults and children. You can ride in the Hamley’s train with your children, play mini golf or go on the famous Cape wheel for 360 top views of the colourful and buzzing city. Watch silver and golden statues come to life when change is dropped into their box, Listen to vibrant Live music played on the streets or watch dancers perform for an audience in the middle of nowhere. There’s never a shortage of entertainment for the family at the waterfront. You can also feast on diverse and delicious cuisines from an endless number of restaurants and franchises in the waterfront, the children can also enjoy delicious ice-cream from renowned outlets on a hot day. They can also participate in other activities like seal spotting, giant outdoor chessboards and art jamming.
Glide across the coolest place In town
Skate on the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Grand West Casino complex. The Ice Station is a place for kids and adults to engage in a fun physical activity. If you are not a pro, there are ice marshals available on site to assist you or you can just skate around the edges by hold the railing until you get used the motion. All the pain and handwork will be worth it once you start gliding across the rink syncing with the rinks the thumping music. If you have younger kids, they can skate at the smaller arena for children positioned next to the main rink. You can bring your own skates or they can be hired at the station for a small fee. Remember to bring thick socks for the hired skates and extra warm clothing because it’s usually freezing in there.
Swim with your entire family along the sandy shores of the St James’ beach. Children of all ages can enjoy the warm man-made tidal pool that provides hours of fun for them and peace of mind for you as it is safe from the wind and waves. It’s the ultimate kid’s delight where they can scatter around with their toys or make sand castles. This beach makes a picture perfect holiday with its rich blue waters with colourful wooden beach huts lined along its shores. Another beach that will leave your kids in delight is Camps Bay due to its fine white sands, calm and wind free waters. The tidal pool is located at the south end of the beach, It has a natural rock pool where you can enjoy a calm swim and catch breath-taking views of lions head and the 12 apostles that serves as a backdrop of the beach. Behind the beach, you can enjoy a superior dining experience with its top-notch seafood restaurants and mellow cafes. You can head to the Promenade Mall and shop at boutiques or visit the theatre on the Bay where you can experience the drama, comedy and musicals. If you can go a little off the beaten track, another relaxed children’s beach is Miller’s point. There is an attractive tidal pool and it serves as the perfect place to have a beach picnic.
Climb aboard The Jolly Roger Pirate boat
Let your child experience a day as a sailor with the Jolly Roger pirate boat that leaves daily from the V&A Waterfront. A full-blown pirate ship experience with an impressive sound system, splendid lighting, onboard braai and everything to make it an authentic pirate party. Kids will have an exciting and interactive experience from the moment they hop onboard and will be speaking the language of the sea once they arrive ashore.
Explore the Ocean at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Have you ever wondered what a real-life shark looks like from up close? Well, now you can be eye to eye with them. Explore what the Atlantic and Indian oceans have hidden beneath their surfaces all at one place. Children can explore different species of colourful fish that can be as tiny as their little pinkie to as large as thrice their size as excitement runs throughout their veins. You can forget to breathe as you come face to face with humongous sharks as they swim towards and inches past you. The aquarium also offers various diving and feeding experiences and they also have penguins with whom you can capture warm memories.
The Holiday experience in cape town can be so versatile that you will never be at the risk of being bored. You can enjoy history, culture, beaches, mountains, shopping experiences, festivals and so much more, all with your kids, giving them a well-rounded and fulfilling vacation.
Hartbeespoort is a small town tucked away at banks of the Hartbeespoort dam and surrounded by the slopes of the majestic Magaliesburg mountains, in the Northwest Province of South Africa. It boasts an incredible array of utter scenic splendour, featuring a mountain range that’s over 2 billion years old, (yes older than the Everest and the Alps!) and an old dam that’s endured several struggles in the past.
‘Harties’ as it’s affectionately known by locals, boasts an incredible amount of natural and historical attractions, making it a popular weekend Getaway for people in the neighbouring Gauteng Province. The area is popular for its various sports and leisure activities that range from a relaxing spa to watching wild hartebeest wander around, making the town live up to its name, a translation of the phrase ‘Gateway of the hartebeest’ in Afrikaans.
History of the Dam
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, a man named General Hendrik Schoeman, owned a farm called Hartbeespoort. He had the idea of building a dam, from which the community would benefit (Little did he know of the struggle to come). The dam construction commenced in 1896 in the Crocodile River and was named after the farmer’s wife as the “Sophia Dam”. It was later relocated in 1905 to be positioned between two mountains. The dam wall cost an overwhelming R10 000, which was an unheard of amount of money at that time.
During its construction, work on the dam came with many standstills due to financial reasons and the onset of war, but construction resumed again in 1918. When things seemed a little more optimistic, Unfortunately, in 1921, torrential rain washed the temporary dam away and out of sheer frustration, Swedish Engineer, August Karlson resigned from his position. The Council then appointed a young engineer named F.W. Scott to finish the Dam, and it was finally completed in 1923 and still stands today as the Hartbeespoort Dam.
If there is any place that lives up to the imagination with curved mountain roads and a historical theme tying everything together, Harties is the place for you. You can drive over the historic dam entering its iconic entrance arch, through its attractive tunnel and between the massive mountains where clouds bounce away. If you want something more tranquil, take a ferry to cruise along calm waters surrounded by scenic foothills and holiday homes scattered along its banks.
If you are more of a time travel fan, you can explore its ancient past of the Magaliesburg mountain range. It is said to be the area where mankind originated. There is evidence of the first Iron age people from as long as 300 A.D. This can be seen at the Broederstroom Archaeological Site (Toppieshoek). It seems like they were accompanied by the late Stone Age inhabitants that were occupying the area at that time.
Where to stay in Hartbeespoort
The town consists of holiday homes, permanent residences and beautiful resorts, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the comfort of its visitors. Amongst the top is Seasons Golf leisure and spa, a resort that will give you a holistic holiday experience which includes comfortable and secluded accommodation, away from the city and into the outstretched arms of Mother Nature. Enjoy facilities the resort offers like its world-class Spa treatments to further destress your body and Mind. There’s also a golf course where you can put your skills to the test, and if that doesn’t excite you enough you, roam around with the friendly animals that usually graze around the area. They seem very hospitable when approached by visitors and will even take you around for a tour of the golf course and give the occasional pose for the camera.
Where to Eat in Harties
Eating shouldn’t only be about satisfying your stomach. When on holiday treats should extend beyond your taste buds. As they say, your eyes eat first then the aroma wins over your sense of smell, followed by the tender touch of that soft, crunchy feel of nourishments and finally as it reaches your taste buds where the flavour explodes in your mouth. To make this entire experience more pleasing we have compiled a list of the top eateries in the area:
Hidden amongst the trees on a wooden rooftop, Seasons Signature restaurant, The Tanglewood Terrace offers an extensive menu of 3-course meals, whether you would like something from the sea, a selection of red meat or a dessert to treat your sweet tooth. This restaurant has it all, be it the diversity of dishes or collection of wine and skilled waitrons.
The Windmill is a popular landmark in Harties, beneath it lies The Windmill Restaurant, best known for its mouth-watering waffles and savoury dishes. It is an exciting Dutch styled restaurant with comfortable seating extending from the inside to the deck with an extensive menu to choose from. It is the place to be if you want to relax and dine in style.
The Silver Orange Bistro is one of Harties’ laid back luxuries. With delicious food and an award-winning wine list. This establishment will not only capture your heart but will make your stomach do a happy dance. Dishes consist of very well paired flavours that balance each other out, and its best advised not to change or substitute them. The restaurant is set on a lavish green citrus orchard which has been in the family for over 4 decades!
What to do in Harties
There’s an endless selection when it comes to the number of things to do. Regardless of whether you’re a thrill seeker or a tree hugger, it has something tucked up its sleeve for everyone. View the town from up high on the Harties cableway or float across the sky on a hot air balloon. But If the land is more your thing, enjoy a hike up its massive mountains or try some ziplining instead. Besides when the water calls out to you, experience various water sports like jet skiing and tube rides.
If you just want to get away for some nature or wildlife, visit the elephant sanctuary, and you may even get the opportunity to feed the bigfoot. To feel the thrill, even more, you can go on a horse-riding adventure on its scenic safari trails. Lastly, let’s not forget the selfie-takers. Did you know that Hartbeespoort has its very own version of the Eiffel tower? It’s not as grand as the one in France but The Little Paris in Harties makes a pretty good selfie spot. You can also grab something to eat at filmy French Toast Koffie Kafee that owns the place.
Cape town or as it is known by the locals “The Mother City” has so many places to see, and things to do u can never run out of ideas. From massive landmarks to blue oceans and everything in between the city will bring joy to your heart, there’s just something about Cape town that captivates your soul and keeps calling you back to it. It could be your first or 1000nth visit to Cape Town, but the more you see, the longer you want to stay. The beauty of Cape Town will humble you and make you appreciate nature more.
TAKE IN THE VIEW FROM TABLE MOUNTAIN
Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most significant landmark and one of the most photographed places in the world. This 600-million-year-old beauty is 6 times older than the Himalayas and stands 3.500 feet above sea level. It accommodates many flora and fauna that survive nowhere else in the world owing to its unique ecosystem. Stare at its splendour as orographic clouds, locally known as the table cloth continuously pour over the mountain like a slow waterfall gradually vanishing just before the splash. On a clear day take a hike to the highest point of the mountain or use the cable car for an exciting aerial view of the surrounding. Once you reach the top, be prepared to be blown away by its breath-taking views. You can treat your senses to the freshest air and vast views, and there’s also a café with a kiosk and a Wi-Fi lounge at the top where you can treat your taste buds and just relax.
WATCH THE SUNSET AT SIGNAL HILL
Signal Hill is a popular vantage point from where you can see the massive lions head and the iconic Table Mountain as it gently spools down to the colourful and vibrant city of Cape Town. Locals and tourists group together at dusk to see the orange sun slowly sink into the ocean. Hues of gold and yellow softly collude into the sky and gently transform to the calm of night as the glowing moon rises up. Turn towards the city and watch as the dusk is illuminated by twinkling city lights. Bring along some drinks and snacks to make the experience more refreshing.
EMBRACE CAPE TOWN’S INCREDIBLE BEACHES
Cape Town has a selection of diverse and remarkable beaches stretching along the Atlantic and Indian ocean coastlines, some rated amongst the top in the world. They include the 4S’s: Sun Sand Sea and surf. The 4 Clifton beaches, naturally separated by a collection of granite rocks are known for their, warm white sands and cool crystal-clear waters. The 4th beach is a blue flag beach, making it one of the most sought-after beaches in Cape town and often visited by film stars and celebrities. This beach is perfect for sunbathing, picnics and beach games like volleyball, it’s is overlooked by a good selection exclusive beachfront apartment. Restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a pleasant meal or sip on some exotic cocktails.
The Boulders beach is famous for its beautiful blue waters, shallow tide and of course the penguins! It’s thought to be one of the few places in the world where you can effortlessly swim among cute and cuddly African penguins. The public beach where swimming is permitted is surrounded by the main colony and is free to access. However, there’s a fee to enter the visitor’s centre and the main colony. Another popular beach is Muizenberg, Miles of white sand and perfect waves, making it a surfer’s paradise. It’s also great for families due to its shallow, warm waters making it ideal for wading, jumping, splashing and kite surfing.
EXPLORE THE COLOURFUL STREETS OF BO-KAAP
The colourful and lively site of the Bo-Kaap is the oldest residential area in the Cape. Owing to its brightly coloured buildings and cobbled streets, the Bo-Kaap is one of the most photographed places in the Mother City. Ride along their roads on rented bikes and see the traditional colourful homes, take great pictures and dine on some fantastic Cape Malay cuisines at nearby eateries. Next, you can explore the rich history of the Cape Malay population at the Bo-Kaap museum, a significant landmark that dates back to the 1760’s making it one of the oldest structures in the neighbourhood. Be fascinated as it recreates the life of the Cape Malay who were descendants of people forcibly brought to the city in the 16th and 17th centuries from Malaysia, Indonesia, and other African countries.
EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY ROBBEN ISLAND
Escape into the realms of history at Robben Island, a well-known symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice”. It holds 500 years of rich history that represents the vital aspects of South Africa’s past and is honoured by thousands of visitors each year. It is where the world-renowned icon Nelson Mandela (amongst notable captives) was jailed for 18 of his 27 years in prison. This World Heritage Site provides a tour that will take you through the relentless and cruel periods that prisoners and our freedom fighter were incarcerated in.
STAND AT THE EDGE AFRICA IN CAPE POINT
Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve. This thin stretch of land, scattered with beautiful valleys and jewel blue beaches are gently curved along the Rocky Mountains which contains a blend of extraordinary fauna and flora. You can hike or travel to the top with the train. Once you reach the top edge, a cool breeze of the ocean air will brush past you. Gaze at the glorious scene of open azure skies as it merges with the blue ocean that portrays the utopian view that will overcome you with bliss and joy.
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Kirstenbosch is an extraordinary botanical garden that lies along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town. It is acclaimed as one of the most celebrated gardens in the world. The garden covers 528 hectares, 36 of which is cultivated and the rest contains protected natural forest, fynbos and indigenous birds, animals, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates. The best time to explore this beautiful garden estate is during the spring dawn when you can indulge your senses with the sweet floral aroma of flower buds as they slowly blossom when touched by the warm rays of the sun. There’s a musical tune of joyful morning birds carried through by the winds portraying nature in perfect balance. You can take a long walk in the garden, go bird watching or plan a picnic with family or friends.
THE VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT
This is where the City meets the Sea. The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a hotspot where you can work, live, shop, dine and relax. It is located in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere. It’s an ideal place to go with family friends or children. You can go on boat rides, ride in the Hamley’s train, go on the Cape wheel, Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and feast on food.
Situated in the heart of Garden Route, Sedgefield is a scenic and serene town where you can slow down to soothe your soul with its placid pace and breathtaking beaches. Breathe in its southern breeze and let your spirit swirl with satisfaction.
Sedgefield is South Africa’s very own “Slow Town”. It received this status in 2010 after effortlessly meeting the slow movement standards of Cittaslow. It connects with its already existing concept of conservation beyond boundaries. The town continues to improve the quality of life by living a slow stressfree life, taking up less space, conserving nature, consuming fresh local produce and engaging in environmentally friendly practices.
Sedgefield is located between the Goukamma Nature Reserve and the Wilderness National park. What makes it perfect for nature lovers is the electrifying blue Indian ocean on one side and the greenery of Groenvlei lake on the other side. It offers a diverse set of activities for nature lovers, photographers and adventurers. Visitors can have the time of their lives on various beaches, sand dunes, watching sunsets, going on hiking trails and getting an adrenalin rush from paragliding activities. Here are the top 4 must do activities;
1. Gerickes Point
Gaze in awe at Gerickes point. This vast beach is rich in history that dates the 1960s when fishermen used to arrive with their day’s catch. If you look closely, you can still find some boating remains. Walk along this golden sandy shore at low tide and see its mesmerising sea life. Fascinate yourself with some of South Africa’s highest fossil dunes that decorate the beach. You can also sit on its calm shores and gaze up as paragliders add colour to the azure sky of this picturesque location.
A perfect escape for thrill seekers in this town is paragliding. Glide through the air and experience heavenly views of the vast horizon. FlyTime Paragliding offers electrifying tandem and motorised-tandem flights for you to soar freely over and above Sedgefield.
4. Myoli Beach
One of the local Sedgefield secrets is their golden seashore with clear waters and exquisite views. It is one of the top wave riding beaches along this coast and is perfect for surfers, kite surfers and stand-up paddlers. You can also cast your eye across the sea to spot dolphins and whales from their observation platform. It’s also a great place to loosen up little, sip on some cocktails and try exotic foods at nearby restaurants, beach bars, and a good selection of holiday accommodation.
5. Sedgefield slow festival
The Sedgefield Slow festival is a celebration for people of all ages to participate in together. Easter in this town pumps vibrancy into veins of everyone from children to the elderly because of the exciting activities ranging from glow in the dark golf tournaments, slow bike competitions, Trail races, water sports to intense potjiekos competitions and so much more. The town is filled with a sense of vibrancy from the sound of joyous laughter, enthusiastic cheers, the delicious aroma of traditional foods, and a colourful crowd, that will make you appreciate life a little more.
Sedgefield is a town suitable to escape from busy city life and settle for a more peaceful and calm time. It’s ideal for a weekend getaway or to settle and call home. It has all the aspects of a great town and a wide selection of accommodation right in front of the beach from luxury apartments to retirement resorts. This laid back beauty is where quality and simplicity triumph over quantity and complication. Sedgefield is indeed one of the best places to stay in and experience the slow stay in life.
The town consistently lives in harmony with its wonderful natural environment. Furthermore, the Cittaslow criteria have inscribed values that aspire to create a quality of life for all.