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The Guide’s Perspective #3| Spring 2019

December 2, 2019 -Cape Nature

The guest experience from the guide’s phone.

 

It’s been a time of renewal. Good winter rains have resulted in a mosaic of green and a brilliant recovery after the intense drought. New life and blossoms painted the mountains as we made our way around the Cape. It was also a period where we discovered excellent new culinary experiences. Exciting new relationships that we cannot wait to share with guests. South African as South Africa gets. From our very own braai master who offers a “fire & feast” complemented by his inspiring community upliftment to an exceptional dining experience at a private Constantia residence hosted by a young, charismatic and super talented Capetonian couple. Scroll down for some visual highlights of the most recent experiences with our guests… from the guide’s perspective.

A King Penguin, incredibly far from home, about 2000km, as they are usually found just off Antarctica! Here spotted on one of the beaches in Cape Point. Only a handful of sightings of this bird have ever been recorded on our shores, making this a very special sighting. Our head guide, Rodger Bowren, couldn’t resist the opportunity to go and photograph it.  

                Our new friends (and culinary obsession): Travel & Tell.
A classically beautiful family home in Constantia is opened up to welcome guests. Hosted by the uber passionate chef Oli and his infectious partner, Julz, it’s a dining experience that far surpasses the best of the Cape’s eateries. Local, exclusive and salt-of-earth authentic. Expect drinks on arrival by the pool, canapes, food demonstrations and tons of fun
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Oysters. Some of the most delicious we have had the privilege of tasting. Chef Oli, with his infectious smile and his take on how they should be served. 

Bo-Kaap crew. The next generation of Cape Town locals. 

Deep in the Cederberg and on the highest commercial farm in the Western Cape. How’s this spot for a leg-stretch and refreshment-stop while on a 90 min flight from Franschhoek to Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve. Thanks to our close friends who farm here, we are able to deliver this exceptional experience. A definite first!

The Heli Bar.
Fully stocked and in the middle of nowhere!

View from above the quaint village of Scarborough. Another mid-flight leg stretch and MCC stop to appreciate the beauty of the southern reaches of Cape Point.

Accessible to all but still so incredibly breathtaking.
The view of Table Bay from atop its namesake, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain. 

William Kentridge’s 4 decades worth of all his quirks and phenomenal talent, currently being exhibited across two of the city’s best art museums. How these forms are thought up and brought to life are beyond mere-mortal comprehension. 

Straight out of the barrel! Special friends in the wine industry allow our guests access to these off-track wine experiences. Like this one which compares the effects of oak from different regions (France and Hungary) has on the flavour of the wine. 

Our guests could not help getting caught up in the Rugby World Cup fever! Beers and burgers with the locals. Unknowingly watching the future champions, the Springboks! A team which has united our country and told stories of hope for kids from all backgrounds. 

The 60,000 strong Cape Fur seal colony on Dyer Island. Their grace and agility (only in the water) had us enthralled from the boat. 

Exploring the murals that help to beautify a suburb undergoing gentrification. The streets of Woodstock host a collection of incredible local and international talent. 

Bright new work showcasing all of the colour and skill harnessed by the street artists. 

Architectural marvel. The work of designer, Thomas Heatherwick, is as much a spectacle as the art found within the Zeitz Mocca. 

He is more at home next to an open fire than in his own bed. The Ultimate Braai [BBQ] Master, Justin Bonello. A new relationship we have forged and one we are particularly excited to share with our guests. 

The south-easterly wind blows viciously in summer. It brings great beauty such as the table cloth of cloud seen over Table Mountain and the crystal clear “tropical” looking ocean. Don’t be fooled though, the clearer the water, the colder it is! On this day, only 9’C!

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The Guide’s Perspective #3| Spring 2019

New life and blossoms painted the mountains as we made our way around the Cape. It was also a period where we discovered excellent new culinary experiences. Scroll down for some visual highlights of the most recent experiences with our guests… from the guide’s perspective.

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The Guide’s Perspective #3| Spring 2019

New life and blossoms painted the mountains as we made our way around the Cape. It was also a period where we discovered excellent new culinary experiences. Scroll down for some visual highlights of the most recent experiences with our guests… from the guide’s perspective.

Read more