Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of my favourite things to do on a lazy weekend afternoon is to go have a picnic in the exquisite Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  Its acclaimed as one of the great Botanic Gardens of the world and it’s literally 1 km from where I live in Cape Town.  How lucky am I!

The gardens are absolutely huge, you can explore and walk around for an entire day without seeing everything that’s there.  What captures me the most is the raw, unedited beauty of the place.  There’s a different tree or flower everywhere you look, some of which I could stand and take photos of for hours and still not be able to capture their beauty.  The best thing to do is to get lost on one of the thousands of different paths that meandre and criss-cross around the gardens.  You’re bound to end up in a secret spot that you’ve never been to before, seeing so much beauty along the way.

My personal favourite thing to do is to pack a selection of delicious cheeses, crackers, fruit and a bottle of champagne (of course); a picnic blanket and a good book and to then spend the afternoon relaxing on one of the many rolling lawns.  You can nature and people watch for hours on end, read your book or even play a few games!

If you ever visit Cape Town it’s definitely something that you HAVE to do before you leave!

A xx

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Hermanus Weekend Away

I’m so excited to write my first travel post for you!

It’s been a rather uneventful year so far on the travel front but this past weekend was a long weekend too so a group of us decided to spend it in Hermanus.

Hermanus is a quaint beach side town located about 1hr30mins outside of Cape Town.  It has developed massively over the past few years and has now got so many cute restaurants, bistros, art galleries and boutiques to try out!  A lot of them are located along the beach front so there is the most spectacular view of the sea while you’re meandering about.  The best time to visit would be during whale season.  Hermanus has been rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, and it is often regarded as the heart of the whale route.  There are different types of whales that pop in for a visit and they come during different times of the year.  The best time to visit is during October when  The Hermanus Whale Festival is underway.  The festival includes a variety of things to do, click on the link for more info!

My favourite thing to do when I’m in the area is to make the most of the gorgeous wine farms that are dotted all around the town.  You could go for a full weekend and not be able to visit them all.  We went to Sumaridge Wine Estate and Benguela Cove.

Sumaridge Wine Estate is located on the most incredible property with a beautiful dam and an opulent lawn to relax on while sipping some of their delicious vino.  You can’t do wine tasting on the lawn so we ventured into the main building which is a gorgeous 3 story Victorian looking mansion with wines growing up the walls and which has a stunning view of the dam and surrounding vineyards.

The next day we tried out Benguela Cove which has recently been upgraded into an absolutely stunning venue.  Think art gallery meets modern minimalist chic.  If you appreciate art and design then this place is perfect for you.  It’s also located on a big dam and surrounded by lustrous lawns so you feel at peace straight away.  Their dessert wines are to die for!

I can’t wait to go back and find out more of what this beautiful region has to offer.

A xx