In this issue:
• Clarens & Fouriesburg on the Free State's Moluti Route
• Prince Albert & the Swartberg Pass
• Stanford, De Hoop Nature Reserve & Cape Agulhas
• New content in our Destinations section
Our 3,500 km, two- month road trip set out from Johannesburg at the end of January for the Moluti Route in the Eastern Free State, and the towns of Clarens and Fouriesburg. And some of the most stunning scenery in South Africa!
Prince Albert has the rare charm of an unspoilt country dorp which has been tended with care by city folk who have made it their home. We stayed at the superbly-comfortable Miller's House which has a delightful location alongside a dam.
Don't miss the story on the Swartberg Pass, which everybody should drive at least once. Superlatives don't do it justice! Read more.
It was the Village of the Year last year and it took to heart the advice that awards need to be used to make destinations even better. A new tourism committee has got the village fired up with (almost) everybody working together. In social media, Stanford outranks many far larger towns. Read the interview with William Stephens, new Stanford Tourism chairperson. CapeInfo has adopted Stanford as a case study for the coming year... what are they doing right? What can other destinations learn from them?
We've known about De Hoop Nature Reserve near Bredasdorp for a very long time but never visited. What stupidity! It is exquisite.
It's only three hours from Cape Town but you're transported into a completely different world of vlei, veld and sea. You can go mountain-biking in the company of zebra, eland and more. Accommodation ranges from luxury to budget and camping - click here. There' also a lot on at De Hoop - click here to see what tickles your fancy.
We are busy upgrading and expanding our Destinations content. Some that have been added (and will be expanded) include: Moluti Route (Clarens, etc), Bonnievale, McGregor,Greyton,Stilbaai, St Francis - the Bay, the Cape & the Port, Jeffreys Bay, Swellendam
A start has been made on Mpumalanga and will be expanded soon.
Click on the main menu's Gallery where you can add your own scenic and activities photos (while logged in). We will use the best that are added in the Destination pages, but please do add a caption and a copyright notice if required. Pics must be at least 900px wide and a horizontal format.
Once regarded as Hermanus' poor cousin, Sandbaai & Onrus were big surprises. They've grown up and got better. We stayed at Mountain View Manor (great hosts!) and took their advice to walk the coastal path to Onrus Beach, for lunch at the Beachside Bistro. It was one of the highlights of the trip.
Above: Pringle Bay is special... the beach, the fynbos, the quiet... no other place makes you want to just relax quite as much. Below: Clarens Drive, which links Pringle Bay to Cape Town, must be one of the world's most scenic routes.
And we'll have much more to share as soon as we finish adding the content. Enjoy!