Pigcasso Table Mountain

Disclaimer: reading this post might change your mind about eating bacon. We cannot be held responsible for pulling on your heart strings and turning you into a vegetarian.

2019 is the Year of The Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. It’s the perfect timing for a hog artist to flourish! Pigcasso is one of a kind, the only painting pig in the world. And she lives close to Cape Town, in Franschhoek.

Till the 24th of March 2019 you can view her works at the V & A Waterfront, Noble Square.

Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover

Pigcasso Pig Artist 2 Portrait

Pigcasso was destined to fulfil the purpose that the world had placed on her kind. She was rescued from a slaughterhouse in May 2016 by Joanne Lefson. And it seems that the universe had greater plans in store for her than mere tasty bacon.

She became the most famous inhabitant of Farm Sanctuary SA. The other founding member, is Baloo, a cow with good musical taste – Elvis is his favourite. The sanctuary was opened in 2016 on World Farm Animal Day (2 October). It lies in the Franschhoek Valley, in the Western Cape.

Joanne is passionate about farm animals. This noble project aims to offer visitors a chance of creating a unique connection with the animals. Farm Sanctuary SA wants to change the way society treats farm animals.

Pigcasso: An Unlikely Ambassador

It’s one thing to hear a person tell you about the unsavoury conditions of industrialised animal farming. You can also fall into the Google abyss, discovering more and more facts about it. But meeting one of the afflicted animals, is a whole different story.

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In walks Pigcasso (well, in she waddles) She’s on a mission to paint a picture as an ambassador for the rescued farm animals and all the other unrescued ones. Her paintings are true originals, signed with her nose-tip. There are limited prints available of each masterpiece and they include a certificate of authenticity. You can also request a private commission from the four-footed artist. Each print sold helps to fund the Farm Sanctuary SA mission.

Artistic Talent Hidden in an Ordinary Pig

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IT’S FINALLY HERE! Tick tock, tick tock…

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After rescuing Pigcasso and giving her a new home, Joanne discovered that this was no ordinary little piggy. Pigcasso was interested in the paint brushes she found lying about in the barn she now called home. Instead of just finding this amusing and not thinking much about it, Joanne decided to offer the curious piggy some guidance. And so Pigcasso’s artistic career was born.

In 2018 Pigcasso created a stir internationally by becoming the first non-human artist to have her own art exhibition. It was also hosted in the Waterfront, with the tongue in cheek name of “OINK”. Her masterpieces ranged from R6 700 to R53 500.

Up to now Pigcasso has sold nearly R2million worth of artworks, snatched up by internationally acclaimed art collectors. And to think, she would have been sold off for just a few kilograms of bacon…

From Strength to Strength

What makes Pigcasso’s unique abstract expressionist artworks so special, is to realise that they are not tweaked by Joanne, she simply provides the talented piggy with the canvas and the tools to express herself. Each artwork receives the inky snout seal of approval when Pigcasso decides her artwork is complete.

SWATCH commissioned Pigcasso to create a limited edition of special watches. Unfortunately, they are already all sold out. The watches sold for roughly R1 700 ($125). There were only 2019 watches available, to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Pig. Each watch included a print of one of Pigcasso’s original artworks, with a certificate of authenticity. Click here to view the watch.

The 750 kilo unlikely artist became the first African, and the first non-human artist, to design a watch for SWATCH International. Needless to say, Joanne is very proud of her protégée. She uses this as a chance to again make people aware of how intelligent pigs are. They are not just good breakfast companions.

Do You Want to Visit Pigcasso the Hog Hero

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We warn you again, you might turn into a vegetarian after reading this post, and even more so if you visit the Farm Sanctuary SA in Franschhoek. The farm’s picturesque setting is inspiring and relaxing, a perfect spot for the rescued farm animals to live a peaceful life, awaiting your visit.

Pigcasso has a permanent OINK Gallery space on the farm. And if you’re lucky, you can interact with the artist herself. But visits are by appointment only, entrance is free of charge. You can also book a stay in the ‘Pigcasso’s Quarters’ loft bedroom suite, at R1 800 per night. All the proceeds go towards the Farm Sanctuary SA mission to spread more awareness of the plight of farm animals.

Visit pigcasso.org  or farmsanctuarysa.org for more information
Follow @pigcassohoghero on Instagram.

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Nelson Mandela Street Art Festival Salt River Woodstock

The cityscape of Cape Town has been becoming increasingly arty over the last couple of years. Legal graffiti has become a unique artistic expression, as well as a tongue in the cheek social commentary tool. Street art is a mixture of artistic expression, a bit of rebellion and mixed together with these, inspiration for change in communities.

Baz-Art is a non-profit organisation which strives to empower local street artists, enabling them to transform their communities. They collaborate with local and international organisations to create an educational and creative environment for the artists.

The Yearly International Public Art Festival

IPAF was established to offer artists a platform for creative expression, through both street and fine art. Alexandre Tilmans is the mastermind behind the concept. His aim with the festival is to showcase the diversity and style of South African public artists. It offers a way for the public to learn more about the history and creative processes of the artists. He has created an artistic platform to commission city murals and billboards.

Street Art festival Salt River

The festival exposes South African artists at both a local and international level. These public artworks are legal and festival goers can feel part of the creative process while watching the live creation of the murals. Plus, guided street art tours are also hosted.

This year 14 street artists will be participating in the festival, both locals and international artists. Artists from South Africa, America, Mexico, Germany, and Spain will be collaborating to create more spectacular murals for the city. It’s the third year the festival is hosted in Cape Town.

Entrance to the festival is free. During the live painting sessions, you can interact with the artists and socialise with like-minded people attending the festival. Baz-Art wants to create opportunities for the community to collaborate and possibly contribute to the reviving of public spaces with professional street art murals.

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Artist Line Up

International Artists: Aïda Gómez (Spain) | Bona Berlin (Germany) | Aleksandro Reis (Brazil) | Said Dokins (Mexico) | Kipper Millsap (USA)

South African Artists: Justin Nomad | Mernette Swart | Bongani Mahlathi | Ryan Allan| Shinji Akhirah | Wots | Seth Pimentel | Mister Bzar | | Urbankhoi

The 2019 festival theme is “Generation Next: Educate, Collaborate, Empower”. It places a renewed focus on the importance of the responsibility of successive generations to contribute to a better world for everyone.

Guided Street Art Tour

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Have you heard about our Street Art Tour through #saltrive yet?! • We offer a unique cultural experience in cape Town based on the buzzing and growing popularity of street art. • Book now via email: hello@ipafest.co.za • What to expect? • You can not only expect visual delight but also to be taken on a journey of interpretation and deep meaning behind each piece as well as an immersion into the unique cultural history of the Salt River and Cape Malay community. • A guide will pick up visitors from the El Greeyo Coffee in Salt River at the time of their choice from 8:00am to 4:00pm. • This street art tour of two hours will be run by a trained local tour guide who is knowledgeable on the art displayed as well as the history of the Salt River area. • • • • • #capetowntourism #responsibletourism #capetownbest #southafrica #saltriver #ipaf2019 #streetartnews #streetartcapetown #streetarttoday #bazart #mural #capemalay

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A street art tour in Cape Town is a unique cultural experience. The Mother City is accepting street art more and more. The art has almost-magical powers of reviving a neighbourhood. Salt River and Woodstock has the largest concentration of street art in the city.

The tour you will offer you more insight into the cultural history of the area and the Cape Malay community, as well as the deeper meaning behind each artwork. It’s an immersive tour that will leave you with a greater appreciation of this art form. A knowledgeable trained local tour guide presents the tour and a two hour long tour costs R650 per person.

Visit ipafest.co.za for more information and to book your guided street art tour.
Follow them on Instagram @bazart_ngo

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Top 10 Luxury Hotels in and around Cape Town

The best luxury hotels in and around Cape Town provide more than just a place to rest one’s head for the night. Tricked-out suites with million-dollar views and all the finest amenities, along with posh bars and top-notch dining options from Michelin-starred chefs fulfill every need and desire for the finer things in life. It all comes, of course, at a premium price to match.

Here are the best luxury hotels in Cape Town.

The Silo Hotel

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One of the most unique hotels in the world, the Silo Hotel was once a fully functioning grain silo. The grain silo was established in 1924 and at that time, it was the tallest building in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the hotel is a far cry from it’s industrial beginnings. Boasting 28 suites, a museum, an art gallery, three restaurants and a spa, the Silo Hotel is renowned as one of the best hotels in the world.

The Silo is located in the centre of Cape Town and is the ideal base to explore all that Cape Town has to offer.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

The Twelve Apostles

Set with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a getaway to explore the Table Mountain National Park.

The hotel offers 70 guest rooms, unique features include a holistic spa, private cinema, and breathtaking views from the legendary Azure Restaurant and The Leopard Bar.

This intimate 5-star hotel prides itself on exceptional hospitality coupled with a relaxing atmosphere; making an unforgettable experience as unique as its haven-like setting.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Cape Grace Hotel

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of our Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best.

Each room is completely distinct from the next, in fact; no two are the same, making guests feel as if they are one in a million.

The Cape Grace Hotel also boasts the award-winning Signal Restaurant serves South African cuisine and international dishes.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Cape Cadogan

Cape Cadogan is an elegant hotel is nestled in Gardens, located above the central business district of Cape Town. It features lush gardens, a plunge pool and sun terrace.

The building that houses the Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.

The Cape Cadogan comprises twelve en-suite bedrooms which are luxuriously decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture.

Due to its intimate size, Cape Cadogan is the perfect place to stay if you want to ‘live like a local’, in quirky yet refined style.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Birkenhead House

Set 90 minutes from Cape Town in the seaside town of Hermanus, we’ve listed this gem as no trip to the Cape is complete without a visit to the exceptional Birkenhead House.

With its cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. During the migration months, you may even witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the hotel.

Most of the 11 opulently appointed studio suites of Birkenhead House offer sea or mountain views and some include a small outdoor patio. Each room is luxuriously and individually decorated in a contemporary style, with an eclectic mix of modern and antique.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Ellerman House

Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, Ellerman House encapsulates the grandeur of a bygone era while embracing all modern life’s creature comforts.

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. With only 13 individually-styled bedrooms, attention to detail and personalised service reigns supreme.

What Ellerman House has that sets itself apart is their extensive South African art collection, some dating back as far as the 1800’s.

Additionally, in the bar, guests can savour a drink surrounded by Table Mountain granite blending with skilled stone masonry, sumptuous leather and rich woods. Boasting four fully stocked cellars of South African vintage wines, guests can select from over 17 000 bottles!

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

One & Only

One of the larger properties on our list, all 131 rooms have en-suite bathrooms and private balconies with breath-taking views of the glorious Table Mountain. All are designed with chic African colours and contemporary patterns that represent the distinctive Cape landscape.

The One and Only is surrounded by the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which was once a trading refreshment station and is now the Cape’s most prestigious shopping and entertainment hub. Home to more than 450 retail outlets, 80 restaurants and bars, cinemas, markets; there is definitely something for the whole family.

Whether you are reclining on the armchairs, on the deck under the palms, trying you luck on one of the stand-up paddleboards or relaxing by the infinity pool, there is no doubt that you will enjoy your stay in the Mother City.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

More Quarters Apartment Hotel

The hotel is a collection of converted heritage townhouses, offering five-star hospitality and the privacy of individual accommodations.

The More Quarters is the perfect Cape Town home away from home. If you are a family on holiday or a couple seeking romance, the apartments offer comfort and luxury in the centre of what is arguably the world’s most beautiful city.

The location within Cape Town city bowl affords guests the ability to walk to both restaurants and boutique shops which are located close by.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

La Residence

Featured on Conde Nast’s Traveler Gold List for 2018, La Residence offers luxury accommodation in a tranquil setting amongst the 30 acres of vineyards in Franschhoek.

La Residence is a Tuscan style, horse-shoe shaped manor which wraps around a manicured courtyard, inviting pool and panoramic winelands backdrop. Springbok can often be seen on the sprawling green lawns and the private dam complete with island, rowboat and soft flowing willow trees will leave you feeling like you stepped back in time.

In total, the hotel consists of 11 luxury suites (double rooms), as well as five Vineyard Suites that can accommodate four guests each.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a mountain biker or a food enthusiast the Franschhoek Valley has something to offer everyone. If ultimate luxury and homeliness what you desire, La Residence is the place for you.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Delaire Graff

High up on the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, which links Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, exists a wine enthusiast, diamond lover, foodie and art fanatics dream.

The estate includes five world class boutiques, including an outpost of Graff Diamonds, two restaurants, a spa, gym and private cinema.

The hotel’s owner, Laurence Graff, is the founder of world-renowned diamond dealership, Delaire Diamonds. On show in the hotel’s boutique are some of the collection pieces and iconic stones, handmade in London by Graff’s Master Craftsmen, that Graff has become renowned for.

All rooms are luxuriously appointed with private plunge pools, state of the art kitchens and even a lodge butler.

Delaire Graff is the epitome of luxury; whether you are wanting to relax at the lodges and spa, eat at the internationally celebrated restaurants, or simply sink into a sofa with a bottle of wine.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Iconic Africa is able to cater to your luxury travel inquiries. Iconic Africa creates exclusive luxury African safari and adventure holidays for couples and families in southern and eastern Africa.

By booking through Iconic Africa you are able to save up to 20% on other advertised offers and they will beat any other quote you have been given.

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Phone | South Africa +27 82 411 5776 | United States +1 888 345 3443

Pod of 60 Humpback Whales In Cape Town

A few years ago in 2016 a pod of over 60 Humpback Whales slowly made their way around Cape Point and into Table Bay in Cape Town.

Keiran Donnelly captured this amazing drone footage of the whales as they passed by our beautiful city.

We hope they come back soon so we can witness it again.

If you are looking to see some whales and dolphins yourself while you are in Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard, check out this amazing tour where you get to see whales and dolphins in Table Bay, Cape Town.

Also check out this amazing video of Whales in Muizenberg, False Bay, Cape Town.

The Western Cape is an outdoor fanatic’s dream come true. With rolling mountains and endless open spaces, you can step away from your busy city life for a moment to refresh yourself. The following are a few of the top campsites in and around Cape Town.

Cape Town’s location between mountains and sea offers you endless opportunities for a nature-filled adventure within a short drive from the city.

#1 Voëlklip, Hermanus

Location: 1.5 hours from Cape Town
corner of 17th Avenue and the R43, Hermanus

Voëlklip Camping lies in the beautiful seaside town of Hermanus, situated adjacent to the Voëlklip suburb and walking distance from the blue-flag Grotto beach. The camp site is located amongst natural forest consisting of indigenous milkwood bushes, allowing one to embrace the natural environment to its fullest. The view from your site includes the ocean, the Klein Rivier Lagoon and the spectacular mountain.

Facilities

The camp sites are fitted with plug points and the communal ablution blocks have hot water. Each site is equipped with braai facilities.

Activities

The site is within walking distance of the blue flag Grotto beach. Other activities in the area include hiking, swimming, kayaking and canoeing.

Cost

Pets are allowed (provided the owner takes full responsibility of them during their stay)

Contact

R300 to R750 (2 persons) and R100 per additional person (depending on season)
Special low season and pensioner rates are available

012 460 4047 | www.voelklipcamping.co.za

Special December relaunch offer: The first 30 bookings will receive a 30% discount (T&C’s apply)

#2 Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway, Trouthaven

Location: 1.5 hours from Cape Town
Dwarsberg Farm, Louwshoek Voorsorg Road, Rawsonville (via N1, R101)

This spectacular campsite is located on a working fruit and wine farm, just outside the little Klein Karoo town of Rawsonville. It is the perfect getaway spot from the city with the rolling hills wrapped around the farm, you can soak up the beauty of the Breede Rivier Valley to refresh your soul.

Facilities

Each camping site is fitted with its own private ablution, with hot water. On weekends you can use one of the portable braais with two bags of free wood. During the week you can purchase wood from the kiosk. Other supplies sold include ice, snacks, fresh farm bread, and coffee. Some of the sites are fitted with electricity.

Activities

Besides soaking up the pure nature, you can do some bird watching or trout-fishing. There are also mountain bike and hiking trails meandering through waterfalls. Or you can indulge in a bit of wine tasting.

Cost

R990 (for the first 6 people) | R165 (per additional adult) | R80 per child (aged 4 – 12)
Free for children under 5.

Pets are not allowed.

Contact

023 349 1919 | www.trouthaven.co.za

#3 Slangkop Tented Camps, Kommetjie

Location: 1 hour from Cape Town
46 Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie (Via M3, Ou Kaapse Weg)

This SanParks-operated campsite offers you amazing ocean views. Tucked away between the mountains, this little village is on the edge of the city. Step away for a moment from civilisation and soak in all the nature around you. It’s located on the Hoerikwaggo Trail, so you can use it as a quick overnight spot if you want to do a more extensive hike of the area.

Facilities

The tents sleep two people each and bedding is included. There is a shared bathroom with hot water. The communal kitchen is self-catering, and the dining area has an open fireplace.

Activities

There are various hiking trails in the area. Stop for a picnic at one of the designated spots in the Table Mountain National Park. Great surfing available at the beaches close by. You can walk to the little town of Kommetjie to treat yourself to a restaurant outing. Visit the tallest lighthouse of the South African coast, called the Slangkop Point Lighthouse.

Cost

R586 – R686 (1 – 4 people) | R263 (per additional adult) | R132 (per additional child)

Pets are not allowed.

Contact

021 712 7471 | SanParks Bookings

#4 Silverstroom Resort, Melkbos

Location: less than an hour from Cape Town
Silwerstroom Road, off the West Coast Road (R27)

This is one of the city’s eco-labeled Blue Flag beaches. The area overflows with indigenous plants and the peaceful waters will beckon you to come dip your toe. But beware, it is on the cold side. It is located on the West Coast Culture Route.

Facilities

Camping and caravan site and chalets also available. It has ablution with hot water. There are picnic and braai areas, as well as a conference room.

Activities

You have easy beach access from the campsite. There is also a tidal pool nearby. It’s safe for swimming and fishing is allowed. You can relax on the beach with a picnic or braai.

Cost

R375 to R450 (depending on season)

Pets are not allowed.

Contact

021 571 7080 | Silwerstroom Bookings

#5 !Khwa Ttu, Yzerfontein

Location: 1 hour from Cape Town
Grootwater Farm, Yzerfontein (via N7, R27)

This camping outing can be combined with an educational moment as well. Learn more about the interesting history plus culture of the San. Staying in the Bush Lodge can create an almost-glamping moment or keep things basic at the Bush Camp, but with the bonus of your tent already pitched for you.

Facilities

The campsite is solar-powered. There are five freestanding tents at the Bush Camp, sleeping up to four people. Each tent has a little lounge area, as well as a covered outdoor deck. The bathroom and kitchen areas are shared. There’s also a communal boma area with a fireplace. You can request the following: extra beds, towels, utensils, and firewood

Activities

Stop at the farmhouse restaurant to treat yourself to an authentic African dish. Book a San guided tour if you are curious about these reclusive people. You can even learn to speak a bit of their language! Take home your own San-themed art piece from the little shop. The herbal-tea tastings are also a great treat. The area has beautiful hiking and cycling trails. Game drives can be organized. It’s the perfect base to explore the West Coast.

Cost

R325 per person (includes breakfast)

Pets are welcome.

Contact

022 492 2998 | www.khwattu.org

#6 Slanghoek Mountain Resort, Rawsonville

Location: 1.5 hours from Cape Town
Slanghoek Road (via N1, R101)

This campsite is well-maintained with a beautiful setting among the vineyards. The tents are situated next to a tranquil stream with beautiful green grass for kids to play on. It is a perfect spot for a family getaway.

Facilities

Each campsite has private washing facilities with hot water showers. There are power points available and the electricity usage is included in the camping rates.

Activities

Every Saturday morning you can go horse riding, stables located near the campsite. There is a putt-putt course at the campsite and swimming pools. Go fishing near the campsite at the dam. A hiking trail starts at the putt-putt course and meanders up the hill to offer you spectacular views of the valley.

Cost

R600 – R720 per night (depending on season)

Maximum 2 vehicles per site | Maximum 1 caravan per site
Maximum 6 persons per site (excluding children 3 years and younger)

Pets are not allowed.

Contact

023 344 3138 | www.slanghoekresort.co.za

#7 Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal

Location: 2 hours from Cape Town
Citrusdal (via N7)

A little cluster of camping spots is situated on the Olifants River banks. The campsite is tucked away between the mountains, with outstretched green lawns. Another site with permanent tents, saving you the effort, and making it feel more like glamping than just camping.

Facilities

A Bedouin freeform marquee is set up at each little camping village. The canvas tents are equipped with their own mattresses, bedding and towels. The campsites have their own braai grids, utensils, as well as outdoor seating. Campsites are equipped with power points and electric lighting.  You can purchase firewood.

Activities

There are various hiking and mountain bike trails starting from the campsite. You can hire a canoe and explore the meandering rivers of the Citrusdal area. Fishing is allowed at the Biesievlak Campsite. The campsite has a strict policy against music and making too much noise, unless you book out the whole campsite.

Cost

R750 – R850 for 2 adults (depending on season) | R150 per additional adult
Maximum 6 people per campsite.

Pets are not allowed.

Contact

083 260 4822 | www.wolfkopcampingvillages.co.za

#8 Tweede Tol, Limietberg Nature Reserve (near Paarl)

Location: 1.5 hours from Cape Town
Tweede Tol (via N1, R44, R301)

Always wondered what it would feel like to live in the mountains? Then this camping site is ideal for you. It is situated close to Bainskloof Pass in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, near the original 1851 tollgate. Surround yourself with forests, fynbos, and rugged wilderness.

Facilities

There are no power points but the communal washing area has hot-water showers. Every campsite has its own braai grid, and you can purchase firewood at the gate.

Activities

Overnight campers can access the Wolwekloof swimming holes. The reserve has various hiking trails. There are shaded picnic area equipped with braai facilities and a jungle gym for kids. If you want a more private camping experience, there are six fenced-off campsites, each with their own bathroom and kitchen.

Cost

R160 – R360 for 2 people (depending on season) | R50 per additional person
R500 – R570 per private campsite (depending on season)

Up to 6 people allowed per campsite, with a minimum of 2 per site.

Pets are not allowed in CapeNature Reserves.

Please note: The cost of a permit (R40 for adults, R20 for children) for entering a CapeNature Reserve is not included in the accommodation rate.

Contact

021 871 1535 / 021 483 0190 | Limietberg Bookings

#9 Platbos Forest & Owl Camp, Gansbaai

Location: 2.5 hours from Cape Town
Gansbaai (via N2, R43)

How does a camping trip to an ancient forest sound to you? This is a privately-owned campsite. The owners are conservationists, focused on preserving the rich biodiversity of the area. To name but a few – bushbucks, baboons, thousand-year-old milkwood trees, and even some leopards. The entire camp site is off-the-grid, with solar-powered lighting and antique donkey boilers to heat the water. There are different accommodation options available including tented rooms and secluded log cabins.

Facilities

The Forest Camp has two tented units with two single beds each. It has a fully-equipped kitchen with an outdoor fireplace. There is an open-air shower with warm water. And the toilet is waterless. The donkey boiler is supplied with firewood. You can also purchase firewood. No power points but it is solar-powered.

The Owl Camp offers camping spaces under the forest canopy. There are parking spaces available for canopy tents or camper vans. It has an open-air shower with warm water and the toilet is waterless. There is a fire pit with a braai grid. A communal freezer is available. The donkey boiler is supplied with firewood. You can also purchase firewood. No power points but it is solar-powered.

Activities

There are various forest trails to explore, as well as a labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl seashells. Browse the Platbos Forest Tree Nursery or visit the Grootbos Nature Reserve at Gansbaai. Another fun outing is the Klein River Cheese Farm. Perfect for exploring Hermanus and Stanford

Cost

Forest Camp: R1 050 per night (for up to 4 guests) | R90 per additional person
Owl Camp: R275 per night for 1 – 2 guests | R85 per additional adult

Maximum 6 guests

Contact

082 411 0448 | admin@platbos.co.za | www.platbos.co.za

#10 Beaverlac, Olifants River

Location: 2 hours from Cape Town
Beaverlac, Porterville (via N7, R44, R365)

Another great mountain getaway, with a river thrown in for good measure. The campsite is situated in the the Groot Winterhoek Mountains, close to Porterville. It’s a quaint little back-to-basics campsite, experience the great outdoors in all its unfiltered glory.

Facilities

The campsites are non-demarcated. There are communal ablution facilities with a few offering hot water. The campsite doesn’t have electricity, but you can access power point and a freezer a the little camp shop. It also sells ice, snacks, meat, wood, beer, wine, cold drinks, and ice cream. You must bring your own braai grid. There also nine self-catering cabins available, most of them have electricity. Contact campsite for rates and to book.

Activities

There are various hiking trails from the campsite, which are dog-friendly. Mountain bike trails also meander through the mountains. Keep your eyes open for the ancient rock art hidden in the area. Take a dip in one of the rockpools scattered along the Ratel River.

Cost

R30 per car | R65 per adult | R40 per child (aged 4 – 17 years)
Free for children under 5.

R50 per dog per night.

Contact

022 931 2945 | www.beaverlac.co.za

Dungeons Surf Spot Cape Town

With surfing available almost year-round and an abundance of surf spots to choose from, Cape Town is one of the best destinations in the world for surfing. Whether you’re a newbie or a pro surfer, there are options for everyone no matter how the wind is blowing. However, if you’re an experienced surfer looking for your next great spot, Dungeon’s Beach is one of the most extreme and exciting surfing spots in South Africa.

Dungeon’s Beach is a well-known, world-famous surfing spot. It’s located at the foot of the Sentinel Mountain, just off the coast of Hout Bay. The beach is only accessible by a 15-minute boat ride from Hout Bay Harbour. It is one of the best surfing spots for advanced and experienced surfers, and waves of up to 60-feet have been ridden. Winter is the best time of year to surf. But both locals and world-traveling surfers alike frequent the challenging spot year round.

Surf’s Up!

Dungeon’s waves were first ridden in 1984 by Cape Town surfers Pierre de Villiers and Peter Button. Today the spot has been made famous by Red Bull Big Wave Africa. The contest is held at Dungeons every year in winter. It attracts the world’s top national and international surfers, with contestants surfing by invitation only. American surfer Greg Long is the only surfer in history to score a perfect 10 on a Dungeons wave (Red Bull Big Wave Africa event, 2008). He is considered the best big wave surfer in the world.

The best time to surf at Dungeon’s is during low tide, where waves start breaking from 8 to 10 feet. Paddle surfers rarely frequent the beach outside of the Red Bull Big Wave Africa event. But tow surfers can be found at the beach frequently. Despite the reputation as one the most shark-infested places in the world, Dungeons Beach still draws surfers looking for a adventure.