Yoga Retreats in Cape Town
May05

Yoga Retreats in Cape Town

There is nothing more rewarding than aligning your mind, body and soul to feel more connected with mother earth. The health benefits – both physical and mental – of yoga and meditation encourage a complete sense of wellbeing. In a frenetic high-stress world, we need to reconnect with the basics of life and get back to a healthier state of being. We need a calm space in nature and a quiet space that just lets us be, a place that nourishes both the mind and body; and feeds the soul. Yoga and Yoga retreats provide an ideal setting to reduce stress, nourish the body with only the healthiest of foods, and increase your overall fitness. If you can’t create the environment where you are located, then join a Yoga retreat to meet like-minded people We’ve sourced a few Yoga retreats in Cape Town and surrounds, and trust we’ll help you in the search to reactivate your potential! Hearth and Soul Location : Stanford – 2.5 hours drive outside of the city Stanford is located at the foot of the mountains along the Overberg coast. Situated just past Hermanus, Stanford’s natural environment offers both coastal and mountain tranquility. Hearth and Soul is tucked beneath a canopy of trees and is the home of transformational retreats. Hearth and Soul are facilitators of a variety of retreats, including anything from sustainable living initiatives to meditation workshops, conscious living and Yoga retreats. The team at Hearth and soul says, “We believe that art and nature have tremendous power and can help greatly with emotional, mental and creative blocks.” The spans 220 hectares of pristine fynbos vegetation and thick forests, and is a magical place deep within the mountain wilderness. There are 10 en-suite bedrooms with patios and balconies, all with panoramic views your surrounds. Decor is earthy, and furnished in a way that doesn’t detract from the pristine surrounds. You would need to check the current list of events happening at Hearth and Soul. The farm does offer daily classes in Korean immune-system strengthening exercise, which are open to guests staying on the farm. Pauze Retreat on the Atlantic Seaboard Location : Camps Bay, Cape Town between 27th Oct – 1 Nov 2019 The Pauze Retreat offers the opportunity to enjoy absolute serenity on the coast of Cape Town in area fondly referred to as the St Tropez of Cape Town. Palm-fringed Camps Bay rests on the shores of the Atlantic Seaboard and is a pocket of paradise at the foot of Lion’s Head mountain peak. The stark turquoise ocean contrasts the emerald vegetation carpeting the backdrop of mountains. The setting for this...

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Things to do in Hermanus
May04

Things to do in Hermanus

Hermanus is a coastal fishing village painted as the hub of whale watching in South Africa. The village is growing, but still manages to keep its quaint seaside charm. There really are a host of things to do in Hermanus. Bustling cafes, elegant hotels and seaside eateries lie sprawled across the rocky coastline of Walker Bay. Hermanus has been recognised as one of the 12 best places in the world to view whales, especially during the height of whale season which is from May – November. September is the time of year with high concentrations of southern right whales in the bay. Year round it’s quite possible to spot the Bryde’s whale that is more than just a seasonal visitor. The old harbour area is the most popular pocket of Hermanus and it’s where most tourists position themselves to view whales. However, there is so much more to Hermanus than this vibrant central hub. We encourage you to explore the blue flag beaches, tidal pools and bio-diversity coastal walks lining the town.   Whale watching : From land, kayak, air or boat  There are plenty of outfitters offering a variety of whale watching tours, so you most certainly won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to selecting a boat cruise. The best time of year to view southern right whales is from May to November, with almost guaranteed sightings during September and October. Visitors can also spot humpback whales, rare killer whales (orcas) and enjoy year round sightings of the Bryde’s whale.  During whale season there is an appointed “whale crier” that strolls around the area in front of the village square and old harbour. He notifies the public of a whale sighting by blowing a traditional kelp horn, and encourages people to stroll down to the main viewpoints to observe this large marine mammal in its natural environment. If you’re a die-hard ocean fanatic, sign up for a whale watching sea kayaking tour where you can enjoy a 2 hour round trip of the old harbour area. Don’t have sea-legs and prefer a bird’s-eye view? Then the 30 minute “flight of giants” comes highly recommended. Spend 30 minutes circling the air in a small Cessna plane, and enjoy idyllic aerial views of Walker Bay. If you’re wanting to watch whales from land, then find a section along the meandering 12 km coastal path that snakes its way from one end of Hermanus to the other. Swimming : Beach and tidal pools Have ocean, will swim ! It goes without saying that there are ample rock pools, coves, bays and beaches punctuating the uneven coastline of Hermanus. For starters,...

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4 Luxury Hotels in Hermanus
May03

4 Luxury Hotels in Hermanus

The splendid coastal region of Hermanus is nominated as one of the world’s top destinations for whale watching. Located along the Overberg’s Walker Bay coastline, Hermanus has flourished since it became known as the go-to destination for land-based whale watching. The town very quickly expanded and hotels, restaurants and adventure activity outfitters popped up everywhere. Although top on the tourist map of places to visit in the Cape, Hermanus remains a charming and quintessential seaside village – even when it’s laden with tourists. Hermanus is the type of place that doesn’t feel crowded when it’s crowded. Maybe it’s the crisp ocean air that puts a tranquil spell on its crowds? We’ve selected our favourite luxury hotels in Hermanus, each of which offers something unique. Without further ado, here are 4 luxury hotels in Hermanus. Birkenhead House The Birkenhead House is a regal coastal mansion built on one of the many rocky outcrops on the Walker Bay coastline. The Birkenhead building literally straddles a cliff, and certainly sets the standard in terms of luxury destinations in Hermanus. It exudes an elegant atmosphere and is certainly fit for a noble crowd. Decor is contemporary coupled with tasteful yet quirky beach-house finishings, and a bit classic flair.  A splash pool and surrounding deck area lies perfectly perched on the rocks, and has magnificent views of the coastline. This is the perfect place to relax during the heat of summer. After an arduous day of sunning your body, we recommend you enjoy a well-deserved spa treatment. The Birkenhead does its best to ensure the ultimate in seaside relaxation !  There are 11 individually decorate rooms, each with a bright and energetic feel.The Birkenhead House has a few different room types; they include the Deluxe Superior, Superior, Luxury and Standard.  A sublime stay epitomising Cape coastal luxury.  Misty Waves Boutique Hotel The Misty Waves Boutique Hotel is located across the road from the ocean, opposite the coastal path. This is a classic, simple seaside hotel that offers that typical seaside hotel accommodation with a vast array of room types furnished in different styles. Misty waves is known for its sweeping views of the coastline and each of the well-appointed rooms has a tranquil atmosphere, brought on by the salty ocean air that wafts its way through to your enclave of seaside paradise. It’s fit for a genteel crowd seeking a quiet seaside hotel.  On the top floor you have the plush Platinum superior rooms, designed to reflect the colours of the coast. Huge deep-set, luxury baths and unsurpassed ocean views provide a haven of luxury. On the top floor you also have the Platinum...

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Game Reserves in the Western Cape Ideal for a Wilderness Experience
Mar13

Game Reserves in the Western Cape Ideal for a Wilderness Experience

Visitors to South Africa arrive en masse to the Kruger during peak safari season, and the summer season sees them flocking to the shores of Cape Town for a bit of coastal splendour in Cape Town. Peak safari season and the coastal summer are poles apart in terms of time frames, which makes it hard to combine a Kruger bush and Cape Town beach combo. Visitors generally have to prioritise one of these types of holidays and settle for their second choice being outside of peak season when it’s not the most idyllic time to visit. Do you want peak safari or peak beach? The choice is entirely yours, but even out of season, both destinations are still exquisite and have a lot to offer! For travellers who have decided that the Cape Town coast is their number 1 choice, but still want to enjoy some kind of wilderness/safari experience, we recommend these game reserves in the Western Cape : Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Sanbona is famous for its White Lion Project that aims to return white lions into the wild. There’s already been a high success rate with the reintroduction of the Sanbona white lions into the wild. Sprawling across 54 000 hectares of pristine fynbos smothered Cape fold mountains, malaria-free Sanbona provides the perfect habitat for big game, general game and even the rare riverine rabbit. Located a mere 3-hour drive from the centre of Cape Town, Sanbona is close enough for a quick weekend escape from the Mother City. There are 4 accommodation options available, each catering for a different type of safari-goer. There’s the elite and exclusive Tilney Manor, ideal for a luxury wilderness retreat. There are six spacious open-plan suites complete with private verandas giving rise to sweeping views of the raw wilderness. Tilney Manor has a luxurious lounge, a tranquil rim flow pool and a spa room. Dwyka Tented Lodge is hugged by rocky outcrops and is home to 9 luxury tents, with private decks and heated jacuzzis. Snaking around a bend of a dry Karoo ravine, Dwyka is the perfect option for a remote wilderness experience. Gondwana Family Lodge is the perfect option for families and small groups travelling together and overlooks the mountains and Bellair Dam. Explorer Camp is a seasonal camp that offers adventurous guests a guided walking experience in the Karoo. Located along a shaded riverbed, this wilderness trail takes two days to complete. Activities at Sanbona include guided nature walks, photography, bird-watching, rock formations and features, trout fishing, a Wellness Centre, and spectacular star gazing. De Hoop Nature Reserve De Hoop Nature Reserve not only offers a wilderness experience, but it...

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Cape Town 1 of 3 African cities in global City Nature Challenge 2019
Mar12

Cape Town 1 of 3 African cities in global City Nature Challenge 2019

If you are a nature lover interested in getting to know the great outdoors of Cape Town, then this is something to diarise in April! For the first time, Cape Town is participating in the City Nature Challenge – a global annual event that is only in its fourth year of operation and already has more than double last year’s numbers participating. This is a challenge to residents and tourists in over 150 cities to photograph as many living organisms as they can within their city and urban nature reserves over four days from April 26 to 29. Launched in 2016 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the City Nature Challenge has grown exponentially, and this year Cape Town is among three African cities and over 150 cities in the world partaking in the global BioBlitz. See your city differently This initiative to assess the biodiversity of urban areas throughout the world is an exciting and adventurous way to spend time outdoors and pay attention to what plants and creatures live among us. It is so easy to get lost in the cityscapes and forget that there are mosses and insects and algae and weeds that are found in every nook and cranny. Not only that; there are floral kingdoms and forests and birds and mammals that live on the outskirts of our cities, existing alongside us as we go on with our daily lives. The City Nature Challenge is something that encourages us, our families, and our children to pay attention to our natural world and to be a part of the global documentation of the biodiversity makes this a challenge worth participating in. How to take part in the City Nature Challenge in Cape Town Taking part is easy, and it even requires using your smartphone! The challenge is so accessible for city dwellers and requires nothing more than downloading the iNaturalist app, signing in, and uploading pictures of every species of fauna and flora you find in your city and surrounding nature reserves. As participants, you are the data collectors, sending thousands of pieces of evidence to the teams at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences. Here, the data is analysed and the results form part of globally important biodiversity studies and scientific research. In Cape Town, official activities for participants will be held in designated urban nature reserves on the 26, 27, 28, and 29 April, so families and friends are encouraged to get out and enjoy the sunshine while exploring and discovering as much of the natural world around them as possible. The impact the City Nature Challenge...

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A Conscious Safari Experience at Roam Private Game Reserve
Mar07

A Conscious Safari Experience at Roam Private Game Reserve

Roam Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape’s Great Karoo combines a traditional safari experience with an opportunity to give-back. The team at Roam encourage guests to get involved in contributing to the overall success of their reserve by actively participating in a choice of activities and conservation research projects currently underway. This is a conscious safari experience where the perfect balance between a luxury safari holiday and conservation experience is achieved. The safari experience is NOT a volunteer program, and it’s not your average safari experience. It’s a way to enjoy a luxury safari while playing a part in conservation. The overall experience will bring you closer to the wild and ensure a greater understanding of the various behind-the-scenes jobs vital to sustaining a reserve.  Roam Private Game Reserve is located on 5000 hectares of malaria-free scrubveld, and is home to a recently introduced buffalo herd, and a coalition of cheetah. There are also over 240 species of bird in the Great Karoo, 13 species of antelope, and small predators such as colonies of meerkat, black-backed jackal, caracal, Cape fox and the bat-eared fox.  Below are the various aspects that you might become involved in when you sign-up for a conscious safari at Roam Private Game Reserve. Monitoring Flora and Fauna Roam is home to a wealth of wildlife and plant life. The overall health of the reserve needs to be monitored and effectively managed on a regular basis. Guests will have the opportunity to become involved in a few of the already established and long-term monitoring programs available. Monitoring processes include anything from establishing corridors of vegetation to monitoring species composition, creating transects along riverbeds, and making exclusion plots. The flora programs are generally conducted every 2 weeks. There are also animal monitoring programs available, each of which fulfils a different objective. High profile animals such as buffalo and cheetah, will be monitored regularly while more common species less frequently. Tracking cheetah will be done using telemetry, and guests will help to observe and document their behaviour. You will learn basic animal tracks and signs that various species leave behind for us to interpret to help find them. You might even be able to help set up camera traps in the wild, count tortoises, help with meerkat habituation, and get involved in a host of other monitoring activities needed. Bird Ringing Bird-ringing is a method of capturing, tagging and releasing birds into the wild. Guests will be involved in helping to release birds into the wild after the necessary data has been captured. The data is sent to a central database, and throughout the bird’s life historical data is...

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3 Classic and Classy Hotels in Cape Town
Feb01

3 Classic and Classy Hotels in Cape Town

We’ve spent ample time sharing blogs about our favourite hotels in Cape Town, which tend to include a variety of categories of lodgings from sophisticated, to glitzy, ocean facing and even historical. In Cape Town, you’ll find hotels of international standing, quirky boutique hideaways, historical hotels that form part of the Cape’s narrative, and cascading villas with commanding views of the icy blue ocean. Today we’re going to share 3 classic and classy hotels in Cape Town. These 3 premier hotels often fly under the radar, but are worth their weight in gold (or Rands!) and have certainly deserved their spot in our top choice of Cape Town Hotels. The Taj Located in the heart of Cape Town’s historic district; the stylish and elegant Taj Hotel is certainly the ideal place to explore the Mother City. With a distinct middle eastern feel, complete with the warm colours and well-appointed furniture, the Taj has the ability to transport us into absolute luxury that is fit for royalty. There are Heritage rooms, Standard rooms, Tower rooms, Bedroom suites and even the Presidential suite. Not only is the Taj a hotel, but it’s also a place to be seen. Locals and international visitors flock to the Twankey Cocktail Bar that has a delightful evolving cocktail. Expect wood-chip smoking methods when creating cocktails while barmen utilise the freshest ingredients in a creative way. Gourmet cuisine is served at the choice of restaurants located in the hotel. The Bombay Brasserie is possibly the best Indian fine dining experience in Cape Town, and if that’s not up your street; then we recommend Lobby Lounge or the Mint Local Grill. After an evening of eating, relax the next day with an indulgent spa treatment at Jiva Spa. This spa uses numerous eastern wellness philosophies to ensure relaxation of both body and mind. If relaxing isn’t your thing, then hit the fitness centre to sweat out your heavy night in the swanky Twankey Bar! Cape Royale  The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel is such a stylish place, and its main drawcard (apart from its New York style hotel facade) is the Rooftop sky bar and pool deck. The top level of the hotel gives rise to panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain. Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Green Point, the Cape Royale is just the perfect place for discerning travellers wanting to experience luxurious living combined with convenience. It’s within 1 km of the famous VA Waterfront, 1 km of the golf course and 5 km to the beachfront. When you aren’t sunning your body around the pool deck and sky bar, we suggest you mosey...

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