Perched on the southernmost tip of Africa and wedged between two majestic oceans, Cape Town is a city of breathtaking contrasts. As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town is the Grand Dame of history, architecture, art and culture, wine, eco-sensibility and conservation. It is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Famous for it’s scenic beauty, and presided over by Table Mountain, the Mother City offers visitors pristine beaches, outdoors adventure, the Big Five, whale watching, world-class shopping, diverse nightlife, excellent food and international award-winning wines…
The warm Agulhas current of the Indian Ocean flows southward along South Africa’s coastlines of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, where it meets the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean that flows northwards along the Western and Northern Cape’s beaches.
South Africa’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, and 26 hold the prestigious Blue Flag accreditation, the highest benchmark. The Blue Flag is an eco-label that is awarded each season by the Foundation for Environmental Education, which is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote the environmentally friendly development and preservation of the planet’s beaches.
To secure a Blue Flag, a beach must meet very stringent criteria, including making a map of the beach available that shows all the facilities, strict water quality testing, beach sand that is free of debris and trash, clean bathrooms, the monitoring of coral reefs around the beach, and trained lifeguards and life-saving equipment – to name but a few.
Local holidaymakers and international tourists who spend the day at one of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches can expect to soak up the sun, and enjoy the waves on world-class sands, knowing that their safety is a top priority and that no damage is being done to the environment.
Pinotage is a proudly South African wine that is counted among the best in the world. The man behind this famous varietal is Cape-born Abraham Izak Perold, who was the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University.
During the 1920’s Perold experimented with crossing various grape varieties. The decision to cross haughty Pinot Noir with humble Hermitage was a strange choice, but Perold left no explanation. He planted just four seeds in the garden of his official residence at the Welgevallen Experimental farm.
Cape Route 62 is the scenic route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It’s the meandering alternative to the snappy N2 coastal highway.
Winding through magnificent landscapes and historical towns, Route 62 leads you by the hand to explore in every sense the hidden gems that South Africa has to offer. Breathtaking mountain edifices, towering cliffs, and expansive horizons that will make your heart want to burst with love for this country...
Cape Route 62 offers an unforgettable adventure.
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|Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel very well waking up that morning. I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my wife would be pleasant and say "Happy Birthday", and possibly have a present for me.
As it turned out, she barely said good morning, let alone, "Happy Birthday". I thought....well, that's marriage for you, but maybe the kids will remember. My kids came down for breakfast and didn't say a word.