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DROUGHT WARNING – BREATHE A COLLECTIVE SIGH OF RELIEF!

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We are grateful to be able to report that the Cape Winter has brought good winter rains (and even some snow on Table Mountain) over the past few months and our dam water supply is in far better shape than at the same time last year and more rainfall is predicted for the next 2 months. Even with this good news, Cape Town’s citizens and visitors are being encouraged to continue to be water wise and save water, but the threat of a shutdown of our water supply is, thankfully a thing of the past at least for the next 12 months.

You might’ve heard of Day Zero (the day it was anticipated when the city of Cape Town could run dry) or you might’ve seen some news footage of people standing in line waiting to fill up bottles with water.

Sadly, the international news footage that was aired failed to mention that those people were queuing for FREE spring water, not because there was no water in Cape Town.  That footage made tourists panic and as a result, loads of guests cancelled their upcoming trips to Cape Town as they anticipated there would be no water in Cape Town.  Nonetheless, it is a scenario that could become reality for some water scarce cities around the world if the current global weather patterns continue.

SWIMMING POOL
The filing of swimming pools with city CLEAN DRINKING water is still against regulations and all pools must be covered at all times to avoid water evaporation, or, pools must be drained completely.

This means that our swimming pool might be out of commission from time to time and will remain covered at times whilst we are looking at alternative water supply to keep it filled up.   The city is also looking at alternative augmented water sources such as desalination plants and tapping into underground aquifers, but as things stand, we are forced to adhere to the city regulations to avoid heavy fines. 

FAREWELL KEITH & CINDY WHITFIELD

We would like to express our appreciation to two very remarkable and exceptionally wonderful individuals, Keith and Cindy Whitfield. They have been with the Villa for 11 years and have been the greatest addition to this place we like to call – home away from home. So we extend a heartfelt thank you for their hard work and dedication to making the Villa what it is today. We send our best wishes to them as they step into their retirement and wish them nothing but the best as they travel, pick up new hobbies and enjoy the simple life. :) Thanks for all you’ve done for the Villa, and our lovely guests too!

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WHALE WATCHING IN HERMANUS, CAPE TOWN.

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Please be reminded that 1 June was the start of WHALE WATCHING SEASON.
The Southern Right Whales arrive in Hermanus around June and stick around until mid-December. During this time, Hermanus Whale Watchers run daily whale watching trips from New Harbour.

Hermanus Whale Watchers Futures:

  • All Ages Welcome, we are child-friendly
  • Choose from various daily departures
  • Wheel Chair Friendly
  • Included – Light Refreshments included (soft drink or still water and packet of crisps).
  • Guiding: You will be accompanied by one of our SATOUR qualified guides for the duration of the trip.
    Our guides have first-hand knowledge about the marine wildlife of this area.

An exhilarating two-hour voyage to discover Walkerbay’s wonderful wildlife, stunning coastline and famous whales.  Depending on conditions and recent sightings, you could find yourself exploring the coast towards De Plaat or the sandy beaches of Hawston, in search of the stars of the whale watching trip – Southern Right Whales. On the way to our whale watching area we regularly encounter two different whale species inhabiting these waters, Humpback and Bryde’s whales.   Each trip is different, which makes the experience even more exciting! !  When we set out from the harbour we never know exactly what kind of whales wait for us out at sea on that particular day. While you enjoy your whale watching we will serve you crisps and cold drinks.

For more info: http://www.hermanuswhalewatchers.co.za/

Knysna Oyster Festival


The annual Knysna Oyster Festival presents 10 days of food, fun and adventure in a sport-and-lifestyle festival that aims to offer something for everyone.

Activities include a variety of concerts, comedy, fashion shows and an adventure-filled kids’ programme.

This year’s sporting events include mountain bike events on Saturday 30 June (with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes); the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July (with a 115km & 50km route); and on Saturday 7 July two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races: the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon.

Venue: various around Knysna, see website for more info
Times: see website for more info
Cost: see website for more info

Website: http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/

City-sightseeing Bus: Classic 3 for 1 Kids’ Special

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With their annual 3-for-1 Kids’ Special, two kids (under 18) can hop on for free with each adult Classic red bus ticket.
The special runs from 1 May to 8 October 2018 and will be valid on weekends, school holidays and public holidays.

Highlights

  • FREE tickets for two kids under 18 with every paying adult
  • 27 exciting stops at main attractions, hop on and off as many times as you like
  • On-board commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu)
  • A special audio channel for kids to enjoy
  • See discounts on the back of your ticket

Excludes

  • Entry fees to attractions

For more info: https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town/products/cape-town-open-top-bus-tours/classic-3-for-1-kids-special

Constantia Winelands Cycle Tour with AWOL Tours

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AWOL Tours have created a 15-km cycle tour that introduces travellers to the Constantia Wine Valley in all its splendour.

This private tour, which can be customised to suit personal taste and cycling ability, treats cyclists to beautiful winelands scenery and includes visits to three of the wineries that make up the original, historic Constantia Wine Valley. You will also have the chance to stop at the Groot Constantia Manor House and at the Sheikh Abdurahman Kramat (Islamic holy shrine). Depending on time and participants’ interests, the tour can be extended to include an additional 3.5-km ride through the lower part of the Tokai Forest to experience all the colours and scents of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

And of course, a trip to the wine region would not be complete without a sip and swirl session and a gourmet lunch experience, and time is made for both during the excursion (wine tasting is included in the tour fee, but lunch is for participants’ own account).

For booking and information, call +27 (0) 21 418 3803 (office), +27 (0) 83 234 6428 or email info@awoltours.co.za

COFFEE AND CAKE ANYONE?

Petits fours Restaurant in Blaauberg

Treat yourself to a drive to the other side of Table Bay for coffee and cake or a light lunch (on a wind-free day because this can be a hectically windy beach setting). It’s well worth the trip!

Blaawberg coastline outside Petits fours Cafe

 

 

ATTENTION HIKERS!

In the Cape Peninsula, we are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to hiking. Some locals spend their entire lives exploring these mountains and never see it all. Some hikes take you to a waterfall, grotto, yellowwood grove, shipwreck or spectacular viewpoint. The routes range from challenging climbs to the top of Table Mountain to leisurely strolls among the fynbos or along city beaches, and will appeal to hikers of all levels of experience – whether aspiring ramblers or diehard adventurers. For visitors, these hikes are the most easily accessible.

Lions Head
This short hike (about an hour up in general), gives a fantastic panoramic view of the city and beaches. Just a five-minute drive from the city’s centre, Lions Head is perfect for a sunrise or sunset hike. The full moon hikes are exceptionally popular too.
Cost: Free
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Table Mountain
If you want to skip the cable car there are a range of different routes you can take to get up top on the flat top. The most direct route is up Platteklip Gorge, which is also arguably the most challenging one. India Venster has great views of the city all the way up and then there are alternative routes up from Camps Bay and Kirstenbosch too. Just remember, what goes up must come down. Find out more here and read a full description of Cape Town’s best hikes here.
Cost: Free
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Silvermine
A 20-minute drive from the city centre, Silvermine Nature Reserve is a popular spot for walking and hiking, as well as bird-watching, picnicking, and mountain biking. There are several short, easy-to-manage hiking trails that offer beautiful views of the landscape from False Bay to Cape Point. One such trail is the hike to Elephant’s Eye, a large cave so-named because the mountain looks like the shape of an elephant’s head and the cave the eye.
Cost: R50 for adults, R15 for children (age 1 to 11)
Operating hours: 07h00 – 19h00
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BEACHES IN CAPE TOWN

Cape Town has two glittering coastlines with a beach to suit every mood and moment. Whether you’re after beachside bars, secluded coves, big waves, safe swimming beaches, or a romantic spot for a sunset picnic, there’s something here for you.

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Clifton has four beaches (Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) with each one home to its own set of typical visitors. The beauty of Clifton is not just the bathers (but yes, the eye candy is something to behold) but its positioning. Clifton hardly receives any wind and provides a sheltered bay for the yachts and small boats. A great place to see and be seen.


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Camps Bay is near Clifton but much bigger and more of a family beach. To the right lies Glen Beach, which has the best surf in the area, and behind Camps Bay beach is a Miami-like strip of bars and restaurants ensuring that a cold drink or hot meal is never too far away.

AMAZING RIGHT?

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Muizenberg is well-known for its multi-coloured beach huts and is located in the scenic False Bay, on the opposite side of the Cape Peninsula to the above-mentioned beaches. It is a recognised Blue Flag beach and a favourite spot for families and aspiring surfers.

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Llandudno
Llandudno has it all, a beach big enough to play sports on, great waves for surfers and even a nudist beach, Sandy Bay, within walking distance. This is a bit further from town than Camps Bay and Clifton but is a popular beach with locals.

A CAPE TOWN GUIDE IN YOUR POCKET

9BA7D992-D0C3-41AA-8F26-3A916467D1E9Everything you need to know about Cape Town, downloadable for free from the App stores for IOS and Android devices.

Official Guide to Cape Town.

iOS download link
Android download link

app

Targeted predominantly at first time visitors to Cape Town, the app is like a “local in your pocket” with an insider guide sharing hints and tips from locals alongside a carefully arranged and easy-to-use list of practical tools.

Featuring hundreds of Cape Town sightseeing landmarks, practical visitor information and user-friendly maps – the new Official Guide to Cape Town will also allow you to create and store an itinerary as you go, or simply suggest some themed itineraries for you.