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the only person in the water and realised and Earth) wine region, known for its
that this beach is not for swimming; it’s distinguished Pinot Noir, Sauvignon
for getting a tan and strutting around Blanc and Chardonnay, attributes its
looking beautiful. success to the cool maritime climate,
There is no such attempt at with the breeze coming off the ocean
sophistication on Cape Town’s South at Hermanus. This little Western Cape
Peninsula, where the drum beats to coastal town is famous for offering
a slower rhythm and surf dudes take the “best land-based whale watching
‘chilled out’ to its ultimate level. This in the world,” according to author
includes their language, and while and wildlife expert Mark Carwardine.
eavesdropping a surfers’ conversation He wrote these words from his hotel
I required a translator. ‘Howzit, broer?’ bedroom – that’s how close the whales
From the moment I set foot on the continent my
breath was taken away by the absolute
beauty and sheer size of this magnifcent place.
kane walker, melbourne, australia
(how are you my brother/friend) was come to shore. But you have to be in
answered with ‘Kief man’ (fine thank Hermanus at the right time – July to
you). I also found out that ‘lekker’ is a October – and I was here in a southern
good standby word meaning good, nice, hemisphere summer and missed the
fine, lovely or anything positive. gentle giants.
My ascent of Table Mountain in I did see hundreds of dolphins
four minutes via the rotating cable though, on a boat trip from the
car was very lekker and from the top I Garden Route town of Plettenberg
could see the nearby mountains of the Bay. Known as a party town, Plett (as
carrie hampton
Cape Winelands beckoning. I thought its locally called) also has more than
I had cultivated a wine palate capable its share of millionaire mansions
of distinguishing good from bad, but overlooking one of the most appealing
after a day’s tasting in numerous wine soft, sandy beaches of the Garden
estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Route. The neighbouring town of
I couldn’t tell a plum from a peach. Knysna is equally popular, but more
Absolutely everything tasted wonderful. for its lagoon cruises, luscious oysters
The Hemel en Arde valley (Heaven and dramatic scenery at ‘the heads’,
eric miller
from the toP:
broad vistas and
inviting walking
country in the
Drakensberg; game
viewing in the
kruger national
Park; café culture
at camps bay, cape
town; lisbon falls;
overlooking table
mountain from
lion’s head, cape
eric miller

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