August and September is that time of the year when nature awakens in the Western Cape from its hibernation and invites, with floral magnificence, to admire and longer the beauty of it's landscape
Are you among those passengers who clap relieved after a safe landing at their holiday destination? A survey by the online flight search engine Swoodoo showed that almost 80% of the respondents perceive applause aboard as unnecessary and embarrassing. Only 18% follow their feelings and applaud out of pleasure or appreciation. Find out how you express your enthusiasm in a helicopter flight over the rugged mountains of the South African Cape Peninsula.
Besides the natural beauty and the remarkably brilliant colours, art is one of the distinguished attractions of the Cape.
With the fabulous ,For the love of food' tour, our partner Wine Desk created a new wine tour for connoisseurs. It offers the opportunity to experience as much of the cape‘s fabulous wine country food culture in one day. The pampering begins promptly at 8:00 with the experienced wine guide and driver Heith, who rounds off the impressions with his personal footnotes.
The smaller 'city mountain' (compared to Table Mountain) of Cape Town with its height of 669 m might seem smaller in size but guarantees a 360 degrees view of the City of Cape Town. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to the summit of Lion´s Head and especially the last third of the ascent is challenging. Because of its conical form the hiker has to surround the mountain several times and discovers each time a different perspective of the city and its suburbs.
Given that weather conditions are good, "snorkeling with seals tours" start from Hout Bay Harbour heading towards the seals colony at Duiker Island.
A few walking minutes apart through a dense forest just behind Pure Guest House opens up the hiking trail „Old Victoria Road“, the ancient mountaneous track between Hout Bay und Camps Bay, discovered by Thomas Bain (1830-1893).
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/) with its 36 hectare is the biggest of nine "National Botanic Gardens" in South Africa. The Garden opened up in 1913 to show and protect the diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
A must for all Cape Town visitors is a trip to the Cape, of course. On your drive there you will pass through beautiful towns and the ever changing countryside.
In the north of Hout Bay, just after the mountain pass "Suikerbossie", Llandudno opens up towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The mountain pass to Constantia starts east of Hout Bay and leads into the oldest wine region of South Africa with a tradition of wine production of over 300 years.
Boat trips to Duiker Island can be booked at Hout Bay Harbour and take about one hour.
Chappies, as the locals call it, is one of the most scenic coastal drives of the world, with its length of approximately 10 km and over 100 bends.
Just a few hundred metres away from our Guest House "World of Birds" is situated in the valley of Hout Bay.