Flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Table Mountain is probably South Africa’s most recognisable icon. It broods over one of the world’s most beautiful cities and every day hundreds of people rotate to the top in a cable car; the more energetic walk up. The view from up there – on a clear day – is breathtaking. But it’s more than a pretty mountain to look at.
Up the Cableway
For the most spectacular ride of your life, climb aboard the Cableway. It’ll take two minutes to reach the top of Table Mountain and the cable car revolves as it climbs, giving you 360° views over the city and the Peninsula. There are paved paths to walk along when you reach the top.
Instead of the stock-standard Table Mountain tourist route of Cableway to restaurant and back down again, go a little further and do something different. Pack a picnic and take an easy 5.5km walk from the cable car to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point of the mountain; it should take you about an hour to get there and you’ll be far from the crowds. Just remember not the walk up when the mountain’s shrouded in cloud – it’ll be cold, windy and miserable up there.
With summer fast approaching, the tourists are headed for the shores to embrace the divine weather and to soak up some rays.
Summer is great – it’s like Christmas morning, falling in love, winning the world cup and the Olympics all in one glorious 3 month period. Summer embodies everything that life is really about, love, happiness and general good times. This being said, great care must be taken not to waste a single solitary second of it because when it ends, you will realize just how magical it is.
So just to give you a taste of what is on offer, we picked out 10 of our favourite beach houses in Southern Africa. It’s OK, you’re allowed to drool.
The three luxury ground floor sea facing rooms allow you to walk straight out to the beach from your private patio while the fourth sea facing room on the first floor has great views and direct access to the beach via its own staircase. The beautifully decorated courtyard room has a patio from which you can view the sea as well as direct access to the beach.
Go and spoil yourself in this brand new, modern state of the art and very spacious 4-bedroom home. It is elevated on the water’s edge barely an arm’s length from the calm sheltered Bay of Whispers, or Fluisterbaai, because of the little waves softly rolling out onto the 3 km long Golden Mile beach. Continue reading →
Here at WhereToStay, we get to see thousands of amazing properties, but every now and again we see some that are awesome value for money and look incredible at the same time. There’s no point in us keeping these gems a secret, so we’ve gone and chosen our Top 20 “good value for money” stays. You’re welcome.
You have retreats, and then you have the retreat from retreats. Pat Busch Mountain Reserve is so serene that arriving is a stark reminder of how twisted you were, and leaving feels like a separation from self. So quiet and tranquil, with a stream nearby the cottage, vineyards right next to you, cow paddocks, amazing hiking trails into the mountains, a gorgeous dam and an indoor fireplace. A real treat! The perfect break from a hectic city life. Go!
South Africans are known to have an incredible sense of humour… the names of these places prove just that!
Klein Mier Nommer Een, Northern Cape
Located in the far reaches of the Northern Cape, the closest city to this little spot on the map is the capital of Namibia, Windhoek (550km away). If you translate this name to English, you get “Little Ant Number One”. We’re not sure who named this place or if anyone even lives there – perhaps it’s a town for ants?
Pofadder, Northern Cape
This is a teeny little town in Northern Cape is named after one of SA’s most dangerous snakes, the Puff Adder. Pofadder is the epitome of “the middle of nowhere” and is South Africa’s very own Timbuktu or Kalamazoo. Was the naming of this town a ploy to get people to stay away or just simply to terrify them?
Tietiesbaai, Western Cape
Literally translated from Afrikaans to English, Tietiesbaai would probably pass as Boobies Bay. It is said that the name was inspired by the perfectly round boulders seen all around the bay. Scandalous. This rudely named little town is located on the West Coast, close to a popular tourist town, Paternoster. If you’re planning on going to Tietiesbaai to do some sightseeing, don’t get too excited – the town mainly consists of a campsite, caravan park and a pristine beach (with aforementioned round boulders).