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Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg Vineyards: Deliciously Satisfying Lunches

Tucked away in Tokai, Steenberg Vineyards is a welcoming respite from the everyday bustle of the inner city. More importantly, it is a key part of the idyllic Constantia Wine Valley. This beautiful farm, edged by picturesque mountain vistas and indigenous gardens, is a quality destination for all to enjoy. Steenberg Vineyards Has It All Steenberg offers plenty for its […]

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Hazendal Wine Estate: A Sensory Feast in the Stellenbosch Winelands

In August 2019, I first had the pleasure of exploring the newly revamped and revived Hazendal Wine Estate. Tucked away along Bottelary Road in Stellenbosch, even then, Hazendal struck me as a sensory feast, in every way. With its tranquil lawns and distant rolling hills, blend of Cape Dutch buildings and other modern additions (like the Pavilion), outstanding food- and […]

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Picnic Review: Blown Away by Hazendal’s Babushka Picnics

On my second estate visit to the beautiful Hazendal Wine Estate near Stellenbosch, we were privileged enough to be invited to enjoy Hazendal’s incredible Babushka Picnics. In August 2019, I had previously visited this stunning Stellenbosch estate for their enchanting Russian tea ceremony. And, after being thoroughly impressed by that offering, I had mentally added their picnics to my still-to-do […]

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Best Wine Farm Experiences

On wine estates across the globe, there are incredible wine farm experiences to be enjoyed. In wine regions spanning from France to the US. Wine Farm Winners South Africa’s Cape Winelands especially offer some truly wonderful wine farm experiences. Think everything from dreamy picnics to unique wine tastings to delight all your senses! In this post, myself and some guest […]

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How to Support Western Cape Wine Farms During Extended Level 3

With the third alcohol ban in South Africa under extended Level 3 regulations, wine farms – and restaurants – across the Western Cape are bleeding. So, for this post, I want to try highlight ways to support Western Cape wine farms during extended Level 3. Even if you can’t enjoy a wine tasting or take-home wine purchase. Show Your Support […]

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Delicious Wines I’ve Enjoyed During Lockdown

During lockdown, South African consumers have at times been unable to purchase alcohol. Although the restrictions have since lessened, there are still a lot of rules surrounding when, where and how you are allowed to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Fortunately, I only have a glass of wine or cocktail on occasion, when I’m out for dinner, socialising or of […]

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Best Travel Memories in South Africa’s More Remote, Beautiful Places

A warthog gatecrashing a camping breakfast; breathtaking stargazing in South Africa’s coldest town; discovering otherworldly rock formations; and losing yourself in a sea of green forest… these are just some of my best travel memories in South Africa and its more remote, yet fiercely beautiful places. My Best Travel Memories in South Africa In a time when we cannot travel […]

Best Romantic Destinations in the Western Cape

Whether you are in the young stages of love; rekindling things with an old flame; or have been soulmates through decades, exploring a romantic destination is always good idea. And what better time to do it than during February, so famously hailed as the month of love? What’s more, withΒ Travelstart, you can fly to your destination, ensuring added relaxation and […]