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Klein River Cheese

Get your fill of cheese at this popular dairy and farm picnic site – their award-winning gruyère has fans far and wide but their sweet milk offerings are fabulous too. Loads of try- before-you-buy opportunities. They also sell preserves to enjoy with your purchase. Great for taking the kids for a romp in the open air –summer’s best for their cheese-fuelled country picnics...

EcoQuad

Zoom through nature on properly laid out quad- biking courses that take you through vines, water obstacles and over varied terrain. A great way to experience the natural surrounds here up close. A new 2½ hour ‘Indiana Jones’ off-road course promises thrills and potential spills for hard-core quad bikers. Rates: R300-R400.

Sunbird Lodge & Fynbos Reserve

Sunbird Lodge & Fynbos Reserve Great rates, a real ‘get away from it all’ atmosphere and pristine natural surrounds ensure that this budget spot is still as popular as ever. They have an eco-system where guests are given a discount for helping with their invader- plant combat programme. Rates: R180-R250. No - Credit Cards.

BKB Agri View Tours

BKB Agri View Tours If you’re in the area between the months of June and October, book a berth of an Agri view farm tour, where you’ll visit local farms, witness sheep shearers in action, get an upfront view of sheep- dog trials and try your hand at milking cows – in between lunch at a farm restaurant, a wine cellar stop and a visit to the mission village of Elim. Rates: R750 incl lunch...

Walker Bay Adventures

Walker Bay Adventures Boat-based whale-watching is something special, but frankly nowhere near as thrilling as being right on the water in a kayak when a southern right decides to leap up and give a splash-down for general applause. By law you can’t venture closer than 300m, but your proximity to the water itself more than makes up for that short distance. After a thorough briefing on...

Percy Tours

Percy Tours These specialists in designing tailor-made tours boast over 300 activities to choose from, whether safaris, shark cage diving or micro-lighting flights over Walker Bay. It really is special to see the whales from above. They also offer luxury transport around the Western Cape with experienced tour guides. Uncle Percy won’t leave you bored, that’s for sure. Rates: R350-...

Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre

For adventures of an equestrian nature, best drive about 15 minutes out of Hermanus to Klein Paradys where you can choose from a number of trails in the beautiful Overberg – depending on your abilities and requirements. With nearly two decades of experience, and tuition with SANEF-qualified instructors, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. For the more adventurous,...

Hermanus Whale Cruises

Hermanus Whale Cruises With their new 70-seater boat Whale Cruiser, there’s no need to book ahead – just pitch up at one of the appointed times and hop on for a boat- based whale-watching experience you’ll never forget. The whale-watching runs from mid-May to mid-January, while they’ll take you on a cruise to see dolphins, seals and African penguins right up until May. They also do cultural...

Hermanus Quads

Choose from a variety of quad bike trails with incredible views. Or combine romance and adventure with one of their stargazing trips, complete with professional guide and telescope. They also have 4km of fields to choose from for paintball massacres – they’ve hosted some of the biggest paintball parties in the country. Add to that nine new treetop slides (the longest...

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve The fynbos-clad Fernkloof offers several different grades of walk, and a visit to this dramatic nature reserve is considered obligatory among local holiday-makers. Over 1 600 different plant species are found within the reserve, which compares quite well with the UK’s total number of 1500 species! There are also wheelchair-friendly paths and healing plant gardens. Whether...

Stony Point Penguin Colony

Apart from Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, this is the only other shore-based breeding colony in South Africa. At Stony Point early last century, 300 whales were killed each year for their oil, but when the whaling station closed in 1930, the penguins started to breed at the abandoned station. Best viewing times: early morning or late afternoon when they return from their...

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

Cape Town Holocaust Centre Be warned, this memorial museum erected in honour of the millions of Jews who were massacred during the Second World War isn't for the fainthearted. The exhibition features a series of captioned photo displays charting the course of the war, with a soundtrack of Hitler's fervent rantings. You will also see footage of Holocaust survivors now living in South Africa. Open...

The Bo-Kaap Museum

The Bo-Kaap Museum Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, the Bo-Kaap was initially named Waalendorp after Jan de Waal, the man who spearheaded the development of the area in the 1760s. Later it became known as the Malay quarter or Slamse buurt, after its predominantly Muslim population, of which many were former slaves and exiles from India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Set in the only...

Prestwich Memorial Building and Garden

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Atlantic Seaboard suburbs of Green Point and the Waterfront were dominated by a large unmarked burial ground used for persona-non-grata members of white society, as well as slaves, servants and Khoisan. In 2003, the remains were uncovered when building commenced on a fancy high rise. Archeologists and volunteers set about the...

St George's Cathedral

St George's Cathedral Affectionately called The People's Cathedral, this church became known for its anti-apartheid stance. In a time of enforced racial segregation, St George's opened its doors to all races and regularly hosted Struggle speakers like Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Today, the ten church bells, named after the ten fruits of the Holy Spirit, still sound ebulliently before...