Chapman’s Peak Drive = 9km of Paradise

Date posted: March 24, 2021 | Author: Denis Stupan

‘You gotta do Chappies’ is a common refrain to hear in Cape Town. ‘Chappies’ is local speak for Chapman’s Peak Drive, and it’s one of Cape Town‘s most famous landmarks. It’s nine kilometres and 114 curves of breathtaking scenery that takes you from Noordhoek to Hout Bay or the other way around. Some say it is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

Welcome to paradise. Here you’ve got the Atlantic Ocean on the one side, mountains on the other – to be exact, the mountain range is the southerly extension of the Constantia Berg (593m high). It’s worth stopping the car to burn this postcard picture of natural beauty in your mind.

No matter how many times you’ve seen Chapman’s Peak Drive in movies and adverts, it’s something you just have to experience first hand. It’s a moment when you’ll feel ‘life is good’.

It’s worth setting aside at least half a day or even a full day to for Chapman’s Peak Drive. About 25km south of the Cape Town CBD, it’s one of the most appreciated experiences on any Cape Town itinerary, a “must-do”. Take a picnic basket and stop at one of the picnic spots or view points. During late winter and early spring, you even have the chance to spot southern right whales. [Read more]

Table Mountain Cableway reopens

Date posted: August 21, 2020 | Author: Denis Stupan

Excellent news: Table Mountain Cableway reopens as 0f 1 September 2020. Wearing a mask is obligatory!

Table Mountain Cableway reopensThe cableway will operate between 8am and 3pm from Monday to Sunday throughout September. A maximum of 26 people plus the cabin master will be allowed per ride in the cable car to ensure physical distancing takes place.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, no person will be permitted to enter the cable car without a mask. The cableway will undergo a deep clean every 24 hours and will be sanitised after every ride to ensure the safety of visitors and our team. Hand sanitiser will also be provided at the lower and top stations.

The WiFi lounge at the top station will be open for hot and cold beverages such as coffee, tea and water. The visitor’s centre will be open at the lower station and snacks and takeaway meals such as sandwiches, salads and an assortment of cakes will be available at the kiosk. [Read More]

Tipping in South Africa

Date posted: June 10, 2020 | Author: Denis Stupan

Travel introduces you to a whole new world of culture and history, and without a little background on the place you’re visiting it can be tough to know what’s expected of you as a guest.

Tipping is one of those things that is different all over the world, and it can be awkward trying to figure out etiquette and local customs.

We asked some local experts to weigh in, and provide the official guide to tipping in South Africa.

South Africa has a tipping culture, and the general rule is we start at 10%. Many people who work in the service industry rely on these tips to make a living wage, so often tips are higher than 10%. [Read more]

Who claims popcorn does not fit with wine?

Date posted: February 22, 2020 | Author: Denis Stupan

Experience the contrary at Stellenbosch Hills estate. Polkadraai & Popcorn is a wine and popcorn pairing, designed to bring out the best flavours in each other. For R55 per person, you can taste four wines from the estate’s Polkadraai wine range, paired perfectly with flavoured gourmet popcorn.

Source:CapeTownMagazine

Which do you think would pop for you? The Sauvignon blanc brut, which has notable fruit flavours, with coconut and chia seed popcorn, or the Chenin blanc with salted caramel popcorn? Maybe you’re more of a red wine person, in which case you’ll love the berry-inspired rose complemented by cinnamon and pretzel popcorn, or the pinotage and dark chocolate popcorn combination.

Tastings occur at the Stellenbosch Hills winery, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Bookings are highly recommended as sessions fill up quickly.

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