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There are several Estates producing fine Organic Wines in the Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch regions. 

A selection of these will serve to introduce you to new endeavours  in this field which  some wine makers are exploring.

In addition, learn about Biodynamic farming practices (inspired by Rudolph Steiner) and experience the hand crafted products first hand.

Drakenstein Valley Panorama
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We can put together a selection of suitable boutique estates which produce delicious wines and introduce the concept of food pairing in unusual ways – chocolate and wine is certainly a winner! 

The premise here is to marry the flavour of the wine with the prepared food morsels – in this case it is specially designed, hand made Belgian chocolate. If food is properly paired with wine it should enhance your experience of the subtle nuances of the wine considerably.

If you observe Jewish religious law,  you may visit Estates producing Kosher wines and cheeses – Zandwijk, Backsberg and Fairview. We would also include all the stops we would normally make as well as arrange for a Kosher meal which may be enjoyed en route at a suitable spot:

  • the town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in SA  (with its quaint and still functioning Synagogue)
  • visit to a Cape Dutch style Manor House
  • Franschhoek village

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Depending on the day of the week, there are numerous markets, galleries and shops incorporated in places like the Old Biscuit Mill, the two Hout Bay Markets and the Montebello Design Centre.

Greenmarket Square in the City Centre is a must to visit with all the curios, brightly patterned  cloth and African style jewellery for sale.

Vibey Long Street, Kloof  Street and the Cape Quarter boast many new design trends with a local flair.

Non Profit making Projects like Art in the Forest in support of Light from Africa Foundation (which raises funds for aids orphanages), Monkey Biz (income generating bead project creating sustainable employment and focuses on women’s economic empowerment and health development), Streetwires, Papermaking and Literacy, Teabag recycling and refashioning, may be visited – these give skills, dignity and the means to earn a living to those involved.

Cape Town has many relevant art galleries which will impart a comprehensive overview of the local art scene.

If food and the preparation of food is your artistic outlet we can offer you food produce markets (usually Saturdays) as well as four hour cooking workshops specialising in the fascinating mixture of Eastern and European ingredients and spices which trace the history of our our remarkable past.

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   Views atop Table Mountain are extraordinary! Enjoy that “top of the world feeling” from numerous easily accessible vantage points at around 1065m above sea level. The Cable Car cables are visible in the middle ground with Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Table Bay in the background.

Other views include an aerial view of the Waterfront Development as well as Table Mountain seen from the Waterfront.

The vibrant City Centre has much to offer: Historical buildings like the City Hall where Nelson Mandela gave his first public speech after his release from prison in 1990, Greenmarket Square, the brightly coloured houses in Bokaap (the oldest intact residential quarter in Cape Town), the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant Village and fascinating collectable shops in Long Street bulging with a multitude of treasures.

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Enjoy renowned wines of the Cape amidst the magnificent scenery of award winning wine estates, captivating mountain passes and charming towns steeped in history.  Highlights include: A visit to a premier Wine Estate for a cellar tour and tasting, lunch amidst the mountains, Boschendal Manor House and Historical Stellenbosch.

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Cape of Good Hope and Diaz Beach as viewed from Cape Point – Cape of Good Hope is the most South Westerley point of the African Continent.

The virtual tour which follows features:

  • Clifton Beaches
  • Trendy Camps Bay beach front with it’s many restaurants and bars not to mention mesmerising sunsets.
  • Llandudno off Victoria Road – surfers paradise
  • Boat ride to see Seals on Duiker Island off the Hout Bay coastline
  • Being welcomed back at the Quayside by the Cape Minstrels
  • Views of Hout Bay Mountains from Chapmans Peak Drive
  • Long Beach Noordhoek – this is where part of “Ryan’s Daughter” was filmed featuring Robert Mitchum & Sarah Miles. This beach depicted the coast of Ireland.
  • Cape Point Ostrich Farm
  • The commanding light house at Cape Point erected in 1860.
  • Cape of Good Hope geographic co-ordinates where many guests like to have their pictures taken.
  • Ostriches parading in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Other wildlife which may be spotted here are Eland (the largest Antelope in SA), Bontebok (nearly hunted to the brink of extinction and only found in the Cape Floral Kingdom Region), Cape Mountain Zebra, Hartebees, Cape Clawless Otter, Karakal (Lynx) as well as over 160 species of birds and of course the ever mischevious Chacma Baboons.
  • Mainland African Penguin Colony near Simon’s Town Naval Base.
  • Boulders Beach
  • Optional Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens boasting a comprehensive display of  roughly a third of Southern African plant species. Buggy rides for those with walking diffuculty are easily arranged.

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