Beyond the crystal water and the mind-blowing mountainous scenery the Western Cape has to offer, there’s an array of lush and calming vineyards, gardens and nature to take in of every variety.
Kirstenbosch’s reputation as one of the most beautiful gardens in Africa precedes itself. It’s sloped against the eastern part of Table Mountain and it’s overwhelmingly beautiful. If a picnic in the tranquil scenery isn’t your cup of tea and you’re not keen on a hike, Kirstenbosch also hosts a craft market once a month, open-air cinema shows and art exhibitions.
Paarl – The first time I went to Paarl was to visit The Alpaca Loom where I subsequently got spit on by one of those “adorable” critters. They may have been offended after I called them llamas. Jokes aside, it’s a really cool way to spend an afternoon and you can take Alpaca selfies just like mine. After that, you can head over to the Spice Route for all things delicious. My favourite is De Villiers Artisan Chocolate Roastery and Expresso Bar where everything tastes divine. I did a chocolate tasting and learnt everything from start to end about how the good stuff gets made.
Stellenbosch – Amongst the markets and the student vibe, there are about a million wine farms in good old Stellies. My favourite by far is Spier’s. It’s so incredibly beautiful and artsy and their wine makes me ever so happy. I did a chocolate and wine pairing (yes more chocolate) and I couldn’t get enough. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and you can spend a Sunday afternoon lazing under the trees or dine at either of the restaurants on the farm. There are even picnic movie nights hosted on the premises and I’m so jealous that I’ve never been able to go.