Our weekly update from South Africa Destination Manager, Richard Nurse…
Greetings folks; from a sunny, and slightly breezy, Cape Town.
I have been talking about the lovely beaches in and around Cape Town of late, as well as the flora in our National Botanical Gardens and on our mountainsides, not to mention the penguins near Simonstown, Robben Island and Table Mountain.
But I have not touched on the self-drive or driver guide possibilities that exist in and around the Western Cape. A driver guide, for example, has huge benefits, particularly if you’re set on visiting picturesque regions such as the Winelands. What better way to enjoy the countryside than with professional commentary so that you get a true understanding of the area? Plus, of course, the added benefit that you’re able to relax and enjoy the view, as well as a few wine tastings, and not have to worry about driving home!
A self-drive along the Garden Route is surely a must, with so very much to see and boasting excellent roads and many places along the way to stop for tea, lunch or even overnight.
The drive to Plettenberg Bay from Cape Town, non-stop, will take around six hours. But stopping off in Swellendam (three hours from Cape Town) for lunch, or at Mossel Bay (4.5 hours from Cape Town), makes the journey a fun experience not an endurance test.
The little town of Knysna (a Koi San word meaning ‘place of wood’) is a great spot to stay over for a few days with lots to do and see while you’re there. The Featherbed Nature Reserve on the western headland of the lagoon is a very worthwhile experience before setting off to Plettenberg Bay (40 minutes from Knysna). Walks along the beach while there, and a hike on the Robberg or a drive to Natures Valley and Stormers River mouth, are ‘musts’ too. With so much to do out here in this fabulous country, I suggest you hurry up and join me! I’d love to welcome you to SA.
Ask one of our expert South Africa Travel Specialists to assist with your booking, or if you need to know more, don't hesitate to contact me.
Lastly, another fantastic element which is sure to boost your South African sojourn is that you won’t need to spend much while you’re here with the exchange rate as it is today.
The British Pound is very strong against the SA Rand; great news for Brits travelling to the Rainbow Nation. As an example, here’s a menu at a good seafood restaurant I know in Cape Town and what the whole bill would have cost me in Pounds Sterling!
Starter: Prawn salad starter
Main: Local fish of the day (grilled)
Dessert: Crème Brûlée (my favourite!)
Bottle of Iona Sauvignon Blanc
Bill for two: GBP£40.00!
Sounds crazy? It isn’t, so don't waste time, come and see us.
Until the next time,