French Flair in Hout Bay

Heading to the quirky seaside hamlet of Hout Bay for a romantic getaway, or for some pampering ‘me time’? A stay at the impeccably appointed dk villas RivervieW, offers sumptuous serenity in a secure environment, just a five-minute walk from the Hout Bay seafront. Bursting with French flair, and featuring only the best appliances, Egyptian cotton linen, and décor, this delightful one-bedroomed apartment will capture your heart as soon as you walk through the door. RivervieW is yet another jewel in the dk villas crown, and offers a sunny living space and a gorgeous balcony that is framed by bougainvillaea. Whether you choose to while away a lazy weekend in pure luxury, or use it as a home-from-home base to explore the beauty of the surrounding area, RivervieW is the perfect couple’s escape. For more information, or to book your stay, visit www.dkvillas.co.za/riverview.

These are the best high teas around Cape Town!

Scones, dainty sandwiches, pastries and a steaming teapot - there’s nothing quite like an afternoon spent enjoying a lovely high tea!

High tea (also called afternoon tea) is a British tradition. It’s the perfect occasion to indulge in some sweet and savoury treats with a few friends - and feel slightly posh while doing so!

La Residence

Photo courtesy of La Residence

A brief history about High Tea:
This is a ritual that is steeped in British history! Today, the terms ‘afternoon tea’ and ‘high tea’ are often used interchangeably. Back in the day, there was a noticeable difference. High tea was an afterwork meal that started in newly industrialised Britain; workers enjoyed some food and a cup of good strong tea to revive energy levels once they were finished their shifts and it was referred to as “high” because it was served at a high table or counter. Sometimes it was even eaten standing!

In contrast, afternoon tea became a popular social event. Afternoon tea began as the posher version. Introduced in England in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Afternoon tea broke up the long wait between lunch and dinner which was eaten “fashionably late.” Served in opulent dining or drawing rooms, you’d find delicate sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes served along with tea, of course!

Now that you know a bit more about the history of high tea, take a look at our 7 favourite high teas to enjoy around Cape Town:


1. Mount Nelson - Cape Town City Centre

Mount Nelson
Mount Nelson Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a mix of afternoon tea classics and South African flavours at the Mount Nelson afternoon tea! Take tea in the lounge and admire the views of the gardens in the iconic Cape Town hotel. Enjoy sumptuous cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches. Try “melktert” and choose from the 40 tea varieties available.

Afternoon tea takes place from Friday - Sunday and R395 per adult and R215 per child. A plant based option is also available on request.


2. Twelve Apostles - Camps Bay

Twelve Apostles

Sip on tea by the sea at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay! Enjoy an array of sweet and savory treats (plus scones of course!) at The Conservatory. Enjoy the bottomless selection of teas and add on a cocktail from the hotel’s Leopard Bar for a little something extra! You can also choose the Moët & Chandon High Tea to take your experience to the next level!

The Twelve Apostles High Tea is available on Monday to Friday at R325 per person and from Saturday - Sunday at R275 per person. High Tea sessions take place at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Vegan options are available on request.


3. La Residence - Franschhoek

3. La Residence - Franschhoek
La Residence Tea

Photos courtesy of La Residence

Transport yourself into a world filled with luxury and incredible scenery with an afternoon tea at La Residence in Franschhoek! Enjoy an indulgent selection of sweet and savory treats during afternoon tea at the Loggia which overlooks the pond and offers exquisite views of the surrounding gardens and vineyards. During the colder weather, settle in next to a crackling fireplace in the Great Hall!

Experience daily afternoon tea from 3pm - 5pm at R325 per person. Bookings are essential.


4. Silo Hotel - Cape Town Waterfront

Silo Hotel

Take in amazing views and treat yourself to a mouthwatering selection of goodies at The Silo Hotel’s Royal Tea. The talented pastry chefs select each of the sweet and savory tea time treats. The experience is described as “afternoon tea at its finest” and takes place on the sixth floor of the hotel. A visit to The Silo Hotel is an experience in itself and the building has been masterfully converted from an old grain silo and now houses the hotel and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

Royal Tea takes place Thursday - Sunday from 2.30pm - 5pm and is R325 per person.


5. One&Only - Cape Town Waterfront

One&Only

You’ll definitely be back more than once for the One&Only afternoon tea! Indulge in an array of scones, sandwiches, cakes, macarons and gold leaf eclairs as well as a selection of teas from around the world. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Vista Bar either inside or outside on the verandah overlooking the waterways.

Afternoon tea is served daily from 2pm - 5pm and costs R425 per person. Elevate your afternoon with some bubbly when you book a Cap Classique Afternoon Tea at R495 per person).


6. Cellars-Hohenort - Constantia

Cellars-Hohenort

Embrace the decadent side of life with a Classic High Tea at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia. Enjoy high tea daily in the sun lounge, Palm Arch or The Conservatory. Tuck into a menu created by the hotel’s pastry chefs; there is an offering of tarts, skewers and sweet treats like Madagascan chocolate cake, cupcakes and pavlova. Enjoy tea and coffee with the opportunity to add a glass of bubbly!

Cellars-Hohenort Classic High Tea for R295 per person from 11am - 12pm and from 3pm - 5pm.


7. Hazendal Russian Tea Ceremony - Stellenbosch

Looking for an afternoon tea with a twist? Make your way to Hazendal in Stellenbosch to enjoy a Russian High Tea! This is your chance to embrace Russian opulence and experience a taste of Russia in a setting of “hand-painted murals and crystal chandeliers (that) evoke the grandeur of Russian nobility.” Tea has played a central role in Russian society since 1638 and this ceremony celebrates its importance! Enjoy a black tea brew that is specially sourced and served in a steaming samovar (a traditional Russian tea urn) accompanied by sweet and savoury Russian treats.

Experience a Russian High Tea at Hazendal from Tuesday - Sunday between 10am - 5pm at
R395 per adult and R255 for children. There is a mid-week special offered from Tuesday - Thursday for R335 per adult and R216 per child. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available on request.

Hazendal Tea

Treat yourself to an afternoon of indulgence with a few friends! Pick one of the incredible spots above and you’re guaranteed to experience a fantastic afternoon. Please book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Say cheers and celebrate these international wine holidays!

There are many places around the world that are famous for wine; from the vineyards in the French countryside to the sun-drenched hills of California. One of the world’s most renowned wine destinations is the Cape Winelands. Throughout the year, we get to celebrate all things wine-related! There are a number of dates set aside to celebrate the wonders and varieties of wine across the globe. In honour of Cape Town’s link to wine - and for a little extra reason to do some celebrating - we have put together a list of international wine holidays to add to your calendar!

Wine Holiday

If you’re based in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, you could be lucky enough to spend one of these fun days visiting one of the region's award-winning wine farms! Take your pick from the incredible Cape Winelands, the historic Constantia Wine Route and the stunning West Coast Wine Routes.

At the moment, we may be having a bit of a dry spell in South Africa due to level 4 alcohol restrictions but they won’t last forever! Take a look at the list below and prepare to celebrate sometime soon in the future.

Groot Constantia

Image courtesy of Groot Constantia


January Wine Dates

10 January - Champagne and French Fry Day
While this may sound like a strange combination, champagne and French fries go together surprisingly well! Kick the year off with this interesting duo.


February Wine Dates

14 February - Wine-Lover’s Day
Wine and Valentine’s Day are a dynamic pair! The most romantic day of the year is also WineLover’s Day. Grab a bottle of your favourite wine and share it with someone you love.

16 February - International Syrah Day
Syrah, also known as shiraz, is widely grown and produced in South Africa. This full-bodied wine pairs well with grilled meat, such as steak or pork, as well as black olives and hard cheeses.

18 February - Global Drink Wine Day
Need an excuse to enjoy a glass or two of your favourite wine? The 18th of February is it! Join in the worldwide celebration of Global Drink Wine Day.

Last Saturday in February - Open that Bottle Night
Another great reason to uncork a great vintage! On the last Saturday of February, it’s time to open a bottle. Make an event of things and share with friends and family.

Cheers

March Wine Dates

3 March - Mulled Wine Day
Whether you enjoy the alcoholic or non-alcoholic version, mulled wine is a fantastic way to warm up in the colder weather (in South Africa, this will usually be in the winter season from June - August). Mulled wine is usually made with red wine and a variety of spices.

13 March - Riesling Day
Riesling originated in the Rhine Valley of Germany and is an aromatic white wine. Spend Riesling Day pairing a crisp glass of riesling with something tasty! Riesling is incredibly versatile and pairs well with spicy dishes.


April Wine Dates

17 April - World Malbec Day
Argentina is famous for its malbec! This is a robust, full-bodied red wine. It is a member of the Bordeaux blend of varietals and it is grown in a number of spots around the world including a few places in South Africa.

30 April - International Viognier Day
This full-bodied white wine originated in France but fear-not! Fantastic viognier (pronounced “vee-own-yay”) is produced in South Africa. Celebrate International Viognier Day with a glass or two at a wine farm on the West Coast, in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl or Constantia!

Constantia

May Wine Dates

First Friday in May - International Sauvignon Blanc Day
Even wine novices will be familiar with Sauvignon Blanc which is famous world-wide! Always celebrated on the first Friday in May, make it a special day by enjoying a glass with something mouthwatering. Sauvignon blanc pairs well with herby sauces as well as Thai and Vietnamese cuisines.

25 May - National Wine Day
This may technically be a holiday in the USA but that doesn’t mean we can’t share the spirit in South Africa on the day! Get some friends together and enjoy a bottle of two over a lovely picnic or home cooked meal.

Fourth Thursday in May - International Chardonnay Day
Chardonnay is another well-known white wine and is one of the most popular grapes in the world. This medium-bodied wine pairs well with creamy, buttery flavours. Enjoy the oaked or unoaked versions - the choice is all yours on International Chardonnay Day!


June Wine Dates

3 June - International Sommelier Day
Celebrate the knowledgeable minds behind great wine tastings on this day! Sommeliers are trained wine experts who usually work at wine estates and high-end hospitality destinations across the world.

5 June - National Bubbly Day
It’s time to pop open the bubbles! Bubbly is the ultimate celebratory drink. Get in the party mood and enjoy an evening sipping on a glass or two of your favourite type of sparkling wine before dancing the night away.

19 June - Drink Chenin Blanc Day
South African chenin blancs are amongst the finest in the world. This means today is the perfect day to try a few! Make it an adventure and select chenin blancs from wine estates you may not have sampled before.

Fourth Friday in June - National Rosé Day
Another drink that’s great for parties and a relaxing day under the sun! Gather your friends and pop open a bottle of rosé - this is definitely a summer drink!

Celebrate

July Wine Dates

25 July - National Wine & Cheese Day
Wine and cheese - the ultimate pairing! Pick your favourite wine, do some research on what the best cheese pairing is and get ready to treat your taste buds! Alternatively, enjoy a cheese platter at your favourite wine farm.

Fourth Thursday in July - Shiraz Day
Shiraz, also known as syrah, is a bold red wine. This popular variety pairs well with meat. Enjoy a glass with roast or grilled lamb, a hearty beef stew or enjoy a laid-back barbeque!


August Wine Dates

4 August - World White Wine Day
Celebrate all your favourites on World White Wine Day. From chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio to riesling, viognier and moscato - there is something for all kinds of wine lovers to enjoy on this day.

13 August - International Prosecco Day
Another day dedicated to wonderful bubbles! Prosecco is a sparkling white wine from the north of Italy. It’s an excellent drink to enjoy for all kinds of celebrations.

18 August - International Pinot Noir Day
This red wine is complex yet light to taste. Did you know pinot noir is a historic grape and was super popular during the Middle Ages?

28 August - National Red Wine Day
While we celebrated white wine at the beginning of August, the end of the month is red wine's time to shine! Take your pick from merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, malbec and much, much more!

Cheese and Wine

September Wine Days

1 September - Cap Classique Day
The first of September is the time to celebrate a proudly South African wine! Did you know that Method Cap Classique is produced using the same technique used to create champagne? This bubbly is delicious and definitely deserves its own day!

2 September - Cabernet Day
Often known by its nickname “cab sav”, cabernet sauvignon is another highly popular red wine! In fact, it is South Africa’s most widely planted red grape so you are guaranteed to find a wine farm offering an excellent cabernet sauvignon tasting!


October Wine Days

5 - 11 October - International Drink Local Wine Week
This is one of our favourite events on this list! At the beginning of October, it’s time to “support local” and visit local wine farms and estates. We are spoiled for choice in the Western Cape with dozens of award-winning destinations offering incredible wine tasting and dining experiences.

9 October - International Pinotage Day
Another unique South African addition to the list! Pinotage was created in 1925 by South African Professor Abraham Perold (who became known as the “Father of Pinotage”). He created this strong, bold red by crossing pinotage and cinsault grapes. Enjoy a glass today because local is lekker!

Groot Constantia Ducks

Image courtesy of Groot Constantia


November Wine Days

7 November - International Merlot Day
Merlot is a classic red that you will find on wine lists internationally so it definitely deserves its own day! It is one of the most popular reds, just after cabernet sauvignon. It’s dry but also an easy-drink. Enjoy it with beef fillet, blue cheese, gorgonzola and roast chicken. It also pairs well with red berries!

12 November - Wine Tourism Day
Celebrate the beautiful wine-producing regions of the world on Wine Tourism Day. Wine plays a huge role in tourism in South Africa and today is the perfect day to go out and explore some local offerings!


December Wine Days

4 December - Cabernet Franc Day
Enjoy a glass of cabernet franc today to pay tribute to one of the world’s main black grape varieties. It is often used to make merlot and cabernet sauvignon but today, it’s all about ‘franc! Toast to the last international wine day of the year!

20 December - Sangria Day
Last but not least is sangria! Sangria is a punch of sorts made from red wine and chopped fruits, and often a sweetener such as liquor or soda is added. It’s popular in Spain and best enjoyed with tapas under the sun!

Champagne

Conclusion:
Now you have all the dates to diarise, all that is left to do is grab a bottle and get ready to say cheers!

A serene escape along the West Coast with DK Villas

The quaint seaside town of Dwarskersbos is a tiny hidden gem on the West Coast. Here, you’ll find a handful of residential homes and holiday cottages that enjoy the gentle murmurs of the ocean waves – a welcomed juxtapose to the rush of the city.

One holiday cottage that boasts all of these amazing qualities is DK Villas – a chic two-bedroom cottage that’s perfectly situated near Dwarskersbos’ secluded beach – Dolfynstrand. This small slice of heaven will truly charm the pants off of you. It’s a magical place to “get away from it all” and this quaint cottage will certainly help you do just that. Read More.

Hello Winter! Warm up with these winter activities in the Winelands

As the end of June approaches, Cape Town and its surrounds are definitely settling into the winter season! During June - August, the days are shorter, there is a crisp chill to the air and the rain arrives. Locals swap shorts and sandals for scarves and thick jackets. Just because the weather is colder, winter here is far from boring!

It’s the time of year for all things cosy; from nights spent snuggling up next to the fire with roasted marshmallows and a glass of red wine, to warming up with a decadent cup of hot chocolate in one of the region's lovely cafes! One of the best places to enjoy the winter season is the Cape Winelands. There are a variety of activities to enjoy during winter. Whether you want to warm up with a wine tasting, gallery viewing or get your blood flowing outdoors, there is something to capture all interests in the Winelands!

Winelands

Take a look at these top Winelands winter activities:


Enjoy delicious wine tastings next to cosy fireplaces

Sipping on a glass of red wine while sitting next to a crackling fire is a quintessential winter experience! Make it a wine tasting to remember by visiting one of the Cape Winelands’ wellloved wine farms. Pay a visit to Spier, Glen Carlou, Grand Provence, Delaire Graff, Waterford and many, many more! Make a list of the spots you want to visit and start planning a day trip to the winelands! For a unique winter experience, enjoy a glass of hot glühwein!

Glen Carlou

Find an alternative tasting experience

The Cape Winelands is famous for its wine - just look at the name! However, the vineyards and vintages aren’t the only tasty things to discover in the region. For a fun winter warmer activity, why not find a unique, alternative tasting to enjoy?

Try the botanical vinegars at Rozendal, taste olive oil at Tokara and find the perfect ice cream and wine pairings at Clos Malverne (this could be a great sunny winter day activity!). You could also enjoy fynbos cupcakes with wine at Delheim, partake in an opulent Russian High Tea at Hazendal Wine Estate and go on a biltong and droëwors wine pairing adventure at Stellenbosch Hills!

Olive Oil

Admire the art galleries on select wine farms

Get your creativity flowing this winter with a visit to one of the estates in the Winelands that are home to incredible galleries and art works! Visit La Motte to peruse the museum and permanent gallery exhibitions. Delaire Graff is a premier art destination in the Cape; it is home to the famous ‘Chinese Girl’ painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff which is one of the biggest selling art prints of the 20th century! Each artwork on display at the estate is hand-selected by Laurence Graff.

More notable wine estates to visit include Spier which boasts an extensive sculpture and art installation collection, The Gallery at Glen Carlou which features curated exhibitions of South
African artists, Cavalli Estate where you’ll find a subterranean gallery, and Hidden Valley which is famous for its sculptures dotted throughout the grounds.

Cavalli Estate
Cavalli Estate Sculpture

Warm up outside and get active!

Any spot of sunshine that finds its way to the city and surrounds is greatly appreciated and it’s definitely time to head outside and enjoy the outdoors in the cooler weather! And pleasant weather during winter in Cape Town is not as rare as you may think! Enjoy a round of golf at De Zalze Winelands Golf Estates, Devonvale Golf & WIne Estate, and the gorgeous Pearl Valley golf course located at the Val de Vie Estate.

Hikers are in for a treat too in winter! The winelands landscapes are topped with impressive mountains and hills. Visit Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch for shorter hikes and full day treks filled with fynbos and waterfalls! Mont Rochelle Private Reserve is a fantastic option for hikes in Franschhoek as there are a range of trails for all hiking levels and beautiful scenery. Admire the scenery, fynbos and flowers that begin to bloom closer to spring!

Proteas

Better yet, even when the weather is overcast, you can still enjoy outdoor activities along the coast like surfing and kiteboarding! More on that below.


Check out exclusive winter time events in the Winelands

Winter brings with it a number of exciting events in the Winelands! Visit Babylonstoren to get involved with one of their captivating workshops - from food foraging and winter decor to bread making and crafting handmade soap. Experience Winter of Wander - a food and wine pairing evening series at Durbanville Hills and enjoy live music at Lanzerac Wine Estate. Make a stop at Delheim for an afternoon or evening of cheese fondue! (Note: Usually, Delheim hosts Cheese and Jazz evenings in winter; however due to Covid-19 restrictions, these have been paused for the time being. You can book a table for up to eight guests to enjoy a personal fondue tasting for now!). Finally, Franschhoek traditionally hosts an annual Bastille Day event. The town is alive with French-themed festivities for the French National Day. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, last year's event was held virtually and it may be the same case for 2021. Keep an eye on their social media pages for updates.

Winter Winelands

Follow your favourite Winelands destinations on social media to keep up with winter events!


What’s on in the rest of Cape Town in winter?

If you’re in Cape Town or exploring along the coast this winter season, there are a ton of things to do to keep yourself entertained! One of the most popular is whale watching. Hermanus is the country’s most famous whale watching destination and visitors flock to the coastal town to spot pods of Southern Right Whales from July to November.

Southern Right Whales

While it might sound strange, winter is a great time for all kinds of surfing around Cape Town! The season brings bigger waves, good wind conditions and warmer ocean temperatures. This makes it a great time to enjoy surfing, kitesurfing and kiteboarding.

Winter time is the quiet season for tourists in Cape Town. This means popular landmarks will have fewer crowds. This is your opportunity to travel to the top of Table Mountain without waiting in long lines or stroll around the V&A Waterfront minus the big crowds!

V&A Waterfront

What are you waiting for? Get out and warm up this chilly season with some fun-filled winter activities!

dk villas Guide to the West Coast Wine Routes

The West Coast is a beautiful region of land stretching from Cape Town’s northern suburbs all the way up to the border with the Northern Cape. Along the way, you’ll find a variety of landscapes, unspoiled coastal scenery, quaint fishing villages and historic destinations. Great news for wine lovers - this area is also rich wine-making country! While the Cape Winelands may receive a lot of attention, don’t miss out on the wonders of the West Coast!

The Western Cape is famous worldwide for its award-winning vineyards and wine estates. There are hundreds of cellars producing incredible vintages and bottling some of the best wine in the world. Better yet, they are all accessible from Cape Town! The West Coast Wine Routes are an exciting collection of famous names and boutique cellars.

West Coast Wine Route

With the crashing blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean to your left, follow the N7 northwards and get ready to discover the West Coast Wine Routes! Along the way, you’ll encounter towns that are ever-growing in popularity with visitors, such as Langebaan, Yzerfontein, Paternoster and Darling. There are a ton of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track destinations to enjoy!

Did you know? Quite a few of these wonderful wine estates are accessible from our
Skilliepark Dwarskersbos property on the West Coast. It’s just under two from central Cape Town and promises an incredibly peaceful retreat on the West Coast! You’ll find more info below.

The best way to plan a West Coast Wine Route trip is to choose how far you’d like to travel, pick a few wineries you would like to visit and get moving! Depending on how far up the West Coast you want to go, the drive can take a few hours! Find accommodation, break up the trip with stops at a few wineries (be sure to have a designated driver) or plan a few day trips.

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West Coast Wine Routes Guide:

There are several wine regions and routes found throughout the West Coast including Namaqua West Coast, Cederberg Mountains, Swartland (including Malmesbuy and the Riebeek Valley) and Darling. Each region offers unique wine experiences. We have listed them below along with useful info and a few winery recommendations for your next visit!


Namaqua - West Coast Wine Route

Namaqualand is rich with biodiversity, is close to the Atlantic Ocean and has the Olifants RIver flowing through the region. The sea breeze, sunshine and mild climate create fantastic wine growing conditions, this region boasts a number of big names in the wine world. Namaqua Wines is located in Vredendal and is one of the largest selling wine brands in South Africa - it has been going since 1947! Also in Vredendal you’ll find Teubes Family Wines. The Teubes family have been crafting award-winning wines since 1956 and the wine farm is a great spot to spend a leisurely afternoon wine tasting with friends and family! Klawer Cellars near the Olifants River Valley have an African Ruby Rooibos Vermouth that sounds like a real homegrown gem! More wine farms to check out in the area include Rosslo Wines, Seal Breeze and Lutzville Vineyards (to name just a few!).

Wine Grapes

Cederberg Mountains Wine Route

The Cederberg Mountains produce the highest altitude wine in the cape region. Travel here and you are guaranteed to be impressed by the scenery thanks to the unique mountainous location! Cederberg Private Cellar, located in Dwarsrivier in the Cederberg Mountains, produces awardwinning wines from high altitude vineyards. The remote destination offers a unique terroir and a cool climate. These delicious wines should definitely be added to your taste-list! Two more spots to visit include Tierhoek in Piekenierskloof and Piekenierskloof Wine Company in Citrusdal.

Cederberg

Swartland, Malmesbury and Riebeek Valley Wine Routes

We have grouped these three areas together as they lie in close proximity - however, each guarantees a unique taste of the West Coast! Here you’ll find bright yellow canola fields, fruit orchards, vineyards and wheatfields patchworked across the landscape. Swartland and surrounds offer beautiful wine, olives, food and art! A top stop to visit in Swartland is Org de Rac. It’s located just next to the N7, north from Malmesbury, and was one of the first wine farms in South Africa 100% committed to organic wine-farming! The aim is to produce quality wines as close to nature as possible. In Riebeek Kasteel and the surrounding valley beneath Kasteelberg (castle mountain) you can treat yourself to wine, olives and olive oils at Kloovenburg.
Allesverloren is a historic estate to visit with farming here dating back to the early 1700s!

Wine Cape Town

Darling Wine Routes

Last on the list but certainly not least is the Darling region! Darling is a small town that delights visitors! It is well known for its flowers and for being home to famous cabaret venue Evita se Perron. It’s also home to a handful of excellent wine farms. The area is suited to producing fantastic wines that are down to earth and offer great value for money! Darling Cellars have a wide range of wines available and the grounds are lovely! Groote Post is a historic farm that has a game farm on the property and farm drives are available! Cloof Wine Estate may be best known for hosting the Rocking the Daisies music festival and you can enjoy tasting their award winning wine at the Cloof cellar door. Ormonde Private Cellars produce award-winning wines that reflect the unique terroir of the area. Visit and enjoy great wine, great food and a tranquil atmosphere!

Wine celebration

It’s clear that the West Coast is a veritable smorgasbord of treats for wine enthusiasts! Have you picked your next few must-visit wine destinations yet? Select a few favourites from the list and start planning an unforgettable West Coast Wine Route adventure!

dk villas Best Autumn Adventures in Cape Town

Are you visiting Cape Town in autumn and searching for a few fun things to do? Look no further! We have put together a list of awesome autumn activities to keep you entertained in the Mother City.

As autumn arrives around April and May, Cape Town bids farewell to the long, hot, balmy days of summer and welcomes the cooler weather and red and golden hues of the new season. The great thing about autumn in Cape Town is that while the weather cools down, it’s still mild enough to enjoy many outdoor activities on offer around the city - you can even sneak in a beach visit every now and then if you’re lucky! You’ll see locals slowly start to layer up and embrace more cozy activities like morning walks under autumnal canopies and afternoons spent in cute cafes. This is also the time of year when the city is treated to incredible sunsets which is definitely an awesome way to end your autumn day in Cape Town.

Enjoy a few of these autumn adventures the next time you’re in Cape Town:


1. Autumnal walks

As the high heat of summer fades, this is the perfect time to get outdoors! Take yourself on one of Cape Town’s wonderful hikes or slow it down with a stroll through one of the city’s beautiful green zones. Newlands Forest is great for autumnal walks. It’s dog friendly and you can even sit down and enjoy a picnic if the weather is nice! There are also a number of Table Mountain hikes that begin and end in the Newlands Forest area. Farther into the Southern Suburbs you’ll find the Alphen Trail in Constantia. This is another dog-friendly space that is great for soothing nature walks.

Autumn walks

Photos courtesy of Sarah Cullen and Brandon Jameson Dowle

Wherever you are in and around the city, be sure to look up! Autumn turns the green leaves of spring and summer, orange, red and gold in many places! Stellenbosch is one of the best places to admire the changing colours of the trees!

Stellenbosch

Photos courtesy of Robyn Dyer


2. Sip on a warm cup of tea of coffee somewhere cool

A good hot cuppa’ something delicious is the best way to stay warm as the weather cools down! Cape Town and surrounds are home to a number of great coffee spots and tea houses. Visit O’ways Nigiro Teacafe in Plumstead for a unique tea, coffee and food experience. Stop by the Kirstenbosch Tea Room to fill up with a warm cuppa’ after exploring the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in all its autumnal glory. Visit Truth Coffee in the heart of the city for a cup of coffee with a steampunk twist. Grab a coffee at Hout Bay Coffee which is home to an array of specially selected beans from around the world!

Truth Coffee

3. Enjoy an adventure on the Franschhoek wine tram

Spending a day on the famous Franschhoek wine tram is a great idea before Cape Town’s notorious winter weather arrives! The wine tram is a hop on hop off experience that takes you around to a number of different wine farms. A combination of a double decker tram and open air tram-buses ferry travellers between wine farms and a number of routes are available. All you need to do is pick the line you’d like to travel and you’re off! It’s a unique and memorable way to discover the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Plus, with transfers offered to and from Cape Town, you can enjoy your wine, knowing you have a safe ride home.

Franschhoek wine tram

4. Take a road trip up the West Coast Way

If you are looking for a break from the city, a West Coast trip is just the thing you need! Whether you are heading off to stay the night somewhere or are simply getting away for a day trip, travelling the route up the west coast will bring a smile to your face. Follow the R27 and get ready for a mini adventure. Stop in Langebaan and pay a visit to Die Strandloper for some mouthwatering seafood. Enjoy time in Paternoster for a relaxing walk on the beach (and visit the quirky local “Panty Bar” at the Paternoster Hotel). Make your way to St. Helena Bay to admire the views and enjoy a sundowner! These are just a few of the charming towns found along the coast.

West Coast

Top tip: Keep an eye out on the dk villas blog for an in-depth guide to a West Coast Road trip - coming soon!


5. Forage for mushrooms in Delheim

Feel yourself get back in touch with the earth when you spend the day foraging for mushrooms! Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, hosts “wild hunts” where you search for mushrooms in a private forest area. Learn about the fantastic fungi, understand how to identify what’s edible and then set off for the forage hunt! It’s a unique day of fun(gi) hunting and gathering!
Keep an eye on the Delheim Wines website for updated event info.

mushrooms in Delheim

6. Live your best life at a snazzy High Tea

If the weather is feeling slightly brisk outside, it's the perfect excuse to head indoors for a fancy high tea! Cape Town boasts a number of places offering excellent high teas. From the opulence of the Mount Nelson Hotel and the One&Only to the artistry of Coco Safar’s high tea in Sea Point and the breathtaking views you can enjoy from The Silo Hotel in the Waterfront. Take a look at more incredible high tea options here.

Mount Nelson Hotel

7. Cycle along the Sea Point promenade at sunset

Finally, one of our favourite awesome autumn activities is to enjoy a sunset cycle along the Sea Point promenade! Grab your bike or rent one by the hour from Up Cycles at the Sea Point Pavillion and you’re ready to ride. The promenade is an easy route to cycle and offers lovely views of the ocean and the promenade itself. Pedal along, snap some photos and be sure to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset!

Sea Point Pavillion

Photo courtesy of Sarah Cullen

If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying Cape Town in the autumn season, be sure to put a few of these activities on your Cape Town bucket list!

dk villas Sublime Sunset Spots

There are few things in this world that feel quite as magical as watching a beautiful sunset. That moment when the sun dips behind the horizon and the sky is a kaleidoscope of warm oranges, pinks, reds, purples and blues before twilight settles in - it’s absolutely breathtaking! Cape Town is known for its wonderful sunsets and at this time of year, we are treated to some incredibly beautiful scenes.

Sunset

Life tends to get busy so it is important that we take time to slow down and give ourselves the chance to completely relax and enjoy the moment. Watching the sunset is a stress-free way to do so! It should be something we all strive to slow down and enjoy whenever we can. To make it even easier to enjoy the activity, we have put together a list of seven of Cape Town’s most sublime sunset spots! These range from the well known to those slightly off the beaten path.

Toast to the end of another day and say hello to a new evening at these sunset spots around Cape Town:


1. Camps Bay Strip

Camps Bay Strip

The Camps Bay Strip is one of the most well-known and most popular places to watch the sunset in Cape Town. The palm tree-lined boulevard is buzzing with activity - especially during summer evenings!. People sit down at restaurants, cafes and bars to eat, drink and admire the views! Just across the road on the beaches, you’ll find people set up to watch the sunset from the sandy shorelines. Taking in the scenery, from the lapping blue waves to the Twelve Apostles mountain range (which often take on a golden glow as the sun sets!) is a truly memorable Cape Town experience.


2. Sunset Beach, Bloubergstrand

Sunset Beach, Bloubergstrand

Sunset Beach is a 20 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. This aptly named destination is an epic spot to watch the sunset from in Cape Town! Settle down in the late afternoon in anticipation of some epic views. Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the city bowl nestled below can be seen from Sunset Beach. Add in the calming colours of sunset and you’ve got some incredible scenery right before your eyes! Head down to the beach for a sunset picnic, to walk your dogs or even to enjoy some yoga at the end of the day.


3. Llandudno

Llandudno

The small seaside suburb of Llandudno is nestled on the Atlantic Seaboard. It is a few minutes drive from Hout Bay and is home to a beautiful beach. The soft, white sand and deep blue waters are perfect for beach activities like sunbathing, surfing, beach volleyball and picnics. Let’s not forget that it’s also a lovely Cape Town sunset spot! Make your way to Llandudno and find a place on the sand to take in the scenic views. Do note that parking can be limited in Llandudno so it is a good idea to go early or be prepared to do some walking!


4. Oudekraal

Oudekraal

Located a hop, skip and a jump from the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa near Camps Bay is Oudekraal. The beach is tucked between Llandudno and Bantry Bay and offers beautiful sandy areas, coves separated by huge boulders and spaces to braai.Oudekraal forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park so there are entrance fees and opening hours for the area that is part of the national park. Sunset seekers can enjoy the views from Victoria Road where there are several spots to pull over and park your car. If you are feeling adventurous, scramble up a boulder or two near the water and watch the sun make its way beyond the horizon!


5. Lion’s Head & Table Mountain

Lion’s Head & Table Mountain

Photo courtesy of Luke Bolton

These are two more classic stops that should be on your Cape Town bucket list! Head up Lion’s Head for a sunset hike. Watching the moon and stars appear over Cape Town will stay with you long after you have made your way back down the mountain! The round-trip hike can take between 2 - 3 hours to complete and it will be dark for the descent so pack a headlamp or torch to help you on the way down. Table Mountain is an icon of Cape Town and her sunset viewpoints do not disappoint! Catch a cable car up in the late afternoon and enjoy the sights around the top. Find a spot to sit and take in the views of a glorious sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Important - do keep note of the time of the last cable car trip down!


6. Kloof Corner

Kloof Corner

Photo courtesy of Robyn Dyer

This is another great (and relatively easy) Cape Town hike that rewards you with some amazing sunset views! Kloof corner is a short, simple hike that ends with views of Lion’s Head, Table Bay and Camps Bay. The hike starts near the Table Mountain Cableway and is signposted. It's 20 - 30 minutes to the top and from there, you are free to enjoy the sweeping views!


7. Clifton Beaches & Sunset Rock

Clifton Beaches & Sunset Rock

Finally, you’ll find the last of our sublime sunset spots in the Clifton/Fresnaye/Bantry Bay area. Clifton beaches are well-known and well-loved! The white sandy beaches and cool (chilly!) waters are popular with beach goers during the day and make an excellent spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset as the evening settles in. Find an area that gives you a good view and get ready to enjoy the beauty of the sky! Sunset Rock is slightly less easy to come across than the Clifton beaches but is a local favourite. Travel along Ocean View Drive in Fresnaye/bantry Bay until you reach a dead end. Park your car here and take a walk past bushes and boulders until you find a big flat rock that offers excellent views over Camps Bay and Clifton!

Top tip: The consumption of alcohol is not legal on beaches in South Africa. So enjoy your sunset before you make your way to a nearby bar or cafe for a few cocktails and sundowners afterwards!

Lions Head

Photo courtesy of Robyn Dyer

If you have been lucky enough to catch one of Cape Town’s magnificent sunsets, share your photos with us on social media!

Celebrate Freedom Day in Cape Town with these proudly South African activities!

Freedom and democracy are at the heart and soul of South Africa. Every year on 27 April, the country celebrates Freedom Day.

Freedom Day is a public holiday that marks the anniversary of South Africa's first democratic national elections which took place on 27 April 1994 - 27 years ago! This was the first time that everyone of voting age could vote in South Africa; regardless of race. After the turbulent and dark history of apartheid, the country’s first democratic elections were a time of hope. Now every year on this day people across South Africa enjoy a public holiday to commemorate the long journey to freedom.

Freedom Day

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

If you are in Cape Town this year, celebrate Freedom Day with these proudly South African activities:


Visit Robben Island

Situated just off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island. This small island is most well-known for housing the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years. Numerous freedom fighters served time here and today, the island and prison are open to visitors as a museum.
Hop on a ferry and cruise across to Robben Island to embark on a museum tour. You’ll see a number of points of interest across the island including the prison itself and Nelson Mandela’s cell. It’s a sobering experience which offers insight into the country’s history and the sacrifices it took to get to where we are today.

Boats depart from the V&A Waterfront and you can book tickets online.

Robben Island

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Robben Island Tour

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism


Explore one of the city’s museums

Cape Town is home to a number of incredible museums. They cover art, culture, history, religion and the natural world - so there is something for everyone to enjoy! In the Company's Garden in the city centre you’ll find a number of fascinating Iziko Museums of South Africa including the South African Museum and the South African National Gallery which is filled with amazing artworks! Also in Company’s Garden you’ll find the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome which is the most advanced planetarium in Africa! Here you can watch amazing shows depicting our planet and the wider universe in the state of the art digital dome - it’s a super unique experience! Check out the show schedule here. Afterwards, why not take a walk around the picturesque gardens and enjoy tea and cake in the Company’s Garden restaurant? You can also explore the nearby Iziko Slave Lodge, the South African Jewish Museum and the District Six Museum.

Any art lovers out there? You should treat yourself to a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - the only one of its kind on the whole continent! It’s located in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront and there are several captivating permanent and temporary exhibits to explore. See more info on the website. You can also venture into the southern suburbs to explore the Norval Foundation. Here you can see visual art from South Africa and beyond, peruse the galleries and meander through the sculpture garden!

Norval Foundation

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism


Support local arts and crafts

Feel proudly South African by supporting local arts and crafts creators! The city and surrounds are bursting full of unique local finds. Take a walk through the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront which is a center for South African design. Here you will find small businesses selling fashion, art, ceramics, textiles and furniture. Green Market Square is in the heart of the city and is a colourful flea market filled with tons of arts, crafts and souvenirs. Woodstock is a hub for creatives! Pay visits to the Woodstock Foundry and the Old Biscuit Mill for your pick of beautiful local products.

The city center isn't the only place for gorgeous local finds. Montebello Design Center is situated in Newlands and is a project that supports local art, craft and design. Visit to explore the studios, workshops and nursery!

Montebello Design Center

Photo courtesy of Gesant Abed & Cape Town Tourism


Treat your taste buds and eat local

What could be more proudly South African than some great locally-produced food? Cape Town is a dream destination for foodies thanks to the cosmopolitan mix of restaurants and cuisines. Classic South African treats include koeksisters, gatsbys, milktark and, of course, a good old braai. Grab your favourites to enjoy on Freedom Day. Go super local and enjoy African fare at Gold Restaurant, Mama Africa or Marco’s African Place. For something different, seek out a small locally-owned restaurant and show them your support! Take a walk down one of your nearby streets or head somewhere slightly out of your normal routine to experience something new. One of the best places to find a number of local eateries in one place is at Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. It is open from Friday - Sunday and is a vibrant mix of restaurants and small artisanal stores - it also has great views over the bay!

Bo Kaap

Photo courtesy of Gesant Abed & Cape Town Tourism


Enjoy a walking tour of the city

Get out and explore the city on a free walking tour! These are a great way to get to know more about Cape Town’s culture and history There are a number of walks to choose from depending on the company you choose to go with; from historic walks to exploring the colourful neighborhood of Bo Kaap. If you are looking for something more creative, you can embark on a street art tour in Woodstock (these walks you will have to pay for). Put on your comfiest shoes, grab some sunscreen and let's get walking!

neighborhood of Bo Kaap

Photo courtesy of Gesant Abed & Cape Town Tourism

If you can’t make it to any of these places on Freedom Day - don’t worry! They are open throughout most of the year for you to explore and celebrate South Africa’s history, culture and people.

South Africa’s history, culture and people

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Remote working in Cape Town

Right now we are seeing the rise of the “digital nomad” - people who travel and work remotely from different spots around the world - all they need is a laptop and a strong internet connection! As technology develops and with the global pandemic this past year throwing the usual working norms out of the window, remote working is steadily growing in popularity.

There are a number of incredible destinations across the world that offer excellent remote working opportunities. Digital nomads will be seeking a spot that has connectivity, affordable cost of living, expat-friendly communities and a great quality of life. Cape Town, South Africa, has all of these things and more! It is a cosmopolitan city that attracts travellers from all over the world thanks to its diverse landscapes, incredible culture and an almost endless list of things to see and do!

The idea of an independent working environment and the freedom to travel appeals to many. The biggest decision you’ll have to make is choosing where to work! Here are a few reasons why Cape Town should be at the top of your list of choices for remote working cities:


1. The Scenery

Of course we have to start off talking about the sheer beauty you will be surrounded by in Cape
Town! From the mountain peaks and golden beaches to the sprawling vineyards and character filled suburbs. Imagine waking up to views of the Atlantic Ocean and going for a quick surf before work. Or working in the shadow of Table Mountain and finishing your day off with sundowners on Signal Hill. Nothing quite compares! Cape Town and its surroundings are bursting full of incredible scenery!

The Scenery

2. Affordability

In general, South Africa is an affordable country for foreigners to visit. The same is true for digital nomads who are looking for their next remote working destination - South Africa is definitely a cost-savvy option! Cape Town specifically is one of the more expensive cities in which to live in South Africa, but this cosmopolitan destination is nearly 60% cheaper than living in places like New York or London.

The cost of living in Cape Town is generally affordable - especially if you are earning in foreign currency! Local South Africans also flock to Cape Town to live, work and play so it could be an excellent option for South Africans looking for a change in routine. A nice meal out won’t cost an arm and a leg, there is a range of activities available at different price points and there are a number of options for areas to live in - whether you are renting long term or looking for a shorter holiday rental!

Affordability

3. Community

One of the biggest draws for Cape Town as a remote working destination is that it has a wellconnected expat scene. The city is a cultural melting pot of people from all over South Africa, Africa and further abroad. There are strong, expat-friendly communities and you are sure to come across another traveller from your home country either at one of the city’s co-working spaces or while you are out discovering the city.


4. Connectivity and co-working spaces

Speaking of co-working spaces, there is no shortage of these in Cape Town! Check out Workshop 17 at the stunning V&A Waterfront, Inner City Ideas Cartel and Work & Co (both in the CBD) and much more! Even better, Cape Town could almost rival cities like Vienna, Seattle and Rome with its growing coffee scene and cafe culture. There are dozens of stylish, quaint and quirky spots across the city (most with free wifi) where you can work for a couple of hours - be sure to try a cup of coffee wherever you are!

Another excellent option is to work from your home-away-from-home. Find a holiday rental with good connectivity or wifi included and make this your office base. Top tip - choose somewhere with a view!

Ultimately, you need to pick your work spot by seeing what best fits your needs.

Connectivity and co-working spaces

5. Activities

Once you are done with work for the day, it’s time to get out and discover your new location! The beauty of Cape Town is that there is so much to see, do and experience! From free activities to things that are worth saving up for. You will be surrounded by so many fun options! So much so that many digital nomads choose to stay for months at a time. Fill your days with adventure and fresh air before checking out the vibrant nightlife!

For nature lovers, there are walks, hikes, cycling routes and more to enjoy. Take a dip in the ocean, go surfing, kayaking and even snorkelling with seals! Any foodies out there? You’re in for a real treat in Cape Town! The city is home to world-class restaurants and you’ll find award winning wineries nearby in Constantia, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. There is an exciting range of fine-dining, popular eateries, foreign cuisine and local hotspots - and good old fast food too. Culture and Cape Town go hand in hand; check out the local music scene, explore one of the museums, catch a theatre performance and browse local arts and crafts at bespoke stores and markets. Sports fans can share their passions at the local rugby and soccer stadiums (once big group gatherings are on the cards again).

Hiking

6. Weather

Another huge “pro” of choosing Cape Town as your remote work destination is the weather. Summer in Cape Town is simply divine. Long, hot days when the sun rises early and sets around 8pm. Spring and autumn are mostly warm and pleasant - perfect weather for exploring the outdoors! While winter becomes cold and rainy with temperatures sitting at 11°C – 22°C, it is mild compared to winter in most major cities in Europe and North America. There are also great accommodation and restaurant specials at this time of year!


7. History, heritage & culture

South Africa is a country unlike any other. After stepping forward from the turbulent history of apartheid, today the ‘Rainbow Nation’ is a truly unique mix of people, heritage and cultures. History is all around. When you’re in Cape Town you can learn more about South Africa’s past at places like Robben Island, the District Six Museum, Bo Kaap, the Castle of Good Hope and the Iziko South Africa Museums. Take a local tour of the city and surrounds or travel up the West Coast to !Khwa ttu to learn about South Africa first people - the San.

Bo Kaap

Good to remember:

Two important things to remember when picking your remote working destination: Visas and safety. Do some research beforehand to check what visas you will need when travelling to South Africa. Safety is another important thing to keep in mind. South Africa is generally safe for tourists just be sure to keep your wits about you and remain vigilant as you would in any major city - be aware of pickpockets, don’t walk alone at night, try not to flash valuables around and be sure to have emergency contacts listed somewhere you can access easily.

With its incredible scenery, an abundance of activities, affordability and more, Cape Town appeals to locals and foreigners who are looking to live the digital nomad lifestyle. There’s no doubt about it - Cape Town definitely needs to be at the top of your remote working destination list!

Remote working
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