Hi there, mine name is Angie and I’m the blogger behind SilverSpoon London, a luxury food and travel blog. I recently visited South Africa and completely fell in love with the country: the food, the people, the wildlife but most of all the beautiful scenery. Below is a summary of my favourite spots!
Cape Town really is a place that has it all; a busy city centre, beautiful beaches and stunning gardens. You simply cannot fail to fall in love with the Cape Peninsula on the South Western extremity of the country and indeed the continent. On a day of exploring the area we paid a visit to the penguins on Boulders Beach and admired the stunning Kirstenbosch Gardens, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. We also took in the gorgeous view at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point where a funicular took us 238 metres above sea level to view this glorious vista.
Hermanus is a gorgeous seaside town located around an hour and a half outside of Cape Town; it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a walk along the pristine beaches, eat delicious seafood and sip on a cool glass of local wine.
But one thing that makes Hermanus unique is that it’s the best land-based place for whale watching in the world. The peak time for whale watching is September and October when you’re guaranteed to see a whale’s tail popping out of the water, but it’s also possible to see them in May and June. If you’re feeling brave, a rather less sedate activity is shark cage diving, not really something for me but I imagine it’s quite an experience!
I think South Africa’s Winelands might actually be heaven on earth; about a forty-five minute drive outside of Cape Town, this area boasts some of the lushest mountain scenery that I’ve ever seen. The main towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are some of the oldest in South Africa and their rich, fertile soil produce the most delicious wine. As well as sampling wine at renowned wineries there are also many world-class restaurants, some of which have their own vineyards.
I would highly recommend lunch and a wine tasting at the Delaire Graff Estate, a beautiful property in Stellenbosch with some of the best views I’ve ever seen.
The Garden Route
Jump in the car and drive onto the N2 for the beautifully scenic garden route, a gorgeous coastal road through Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Sadly we weren’t quite able to experience everything that The Garden Route had to offer due to bad weather but there are vast stretches of ancient forests, pristine beaches and emerald lagoons. While staying in Plettenberg Bay, I’d definitely recommend visiting Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre for a close up experience with cheetahs.
Safari at Kruger Park and Sabi Sands
One reason for having always wanted to visit South Africa was so I could experience safari and see animals in the wild. We had four days in the South African wilderness and we split our time between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands, two special places that are adjacent to each other, both with amazing landscapes and excellent game spotting. I can’t tell you how incredible it was to see elephants bathing in the river, a pride of lions going on the hunt, wild dogs playing and leopards marking their territory. It’s definitely my number one travel experience to date.
I think you can see why I fell in love with South Africa, a country brimming with natural beauty and incredible experiences; a country I loved so much that I cried when I came home! One day I’ll go back and see the sun set on the savanna again.