Arniston Seaside Cottages

Arniston Seaside Cottages If you’re here on a retreat and want to do your own thing, while indulging in some measure of laziness, opt for these self-catering thatched cottages in the style of Kassiesbaai’s historic fisherman’s cottages nearby. The cottages are serviced daily. Rates R260.

Way Down Africa Adventure Centre

Way Down Africa Adventure Centre If a sunset cruise on a hydrofoil-supported catamaran (on two oceans) sounds like your cup of tea, visit Cape Agulhas Backpackers and speak to owners Erin and Malan Conradie who also run the town’s adventure centre. Malan, a boat designer by trade, will help you spot whales (in season), dolphins, hammerhead sharks, seals and stingrays. The centre also offers sea...

Pelican’s Harbour Café

This cute, informal café overlooks the picturesque little harbour in Struisbaai with its colourful fishing boats. Enjoy everything from fresh oysters to fish and chips, or even some moules marinières. While you wait for your food, step out onto the pier and do some stingray-spotting as the dream-like creatures scavenge from the fishing boats around dusk. Open Season 10am-...

Lighthouse Restaurant

There’s something decidedly romantic about sitting beside a crackling fire inside a lighthouse on an autumn eve, watching the beam of light sweep rhythmically across the two oceans as you enjoy a hearty dinner. The ambience trumps the food here, but it sure makes for a memorable time. Open 8am-10pm Mon-Sat; 8am-5pm Sun. Main courses R75.

Kassiesbaai Traditional Fish Dinners

Kassiesbaai is the quintessential quaint fishing village – so what better place to enjoy a three-course traditional fish dinner prepared by members of the local community? They only cater for groups of six or more, however, so book ahead. Bring your own booze. Open 10am-5pm, 7pm-close daily. Bookings essential. Main courses R120 (3 courses). No credit cards.

Rijks Country House

Rijks Country House The only five-star accommodation in Tulbagh, Rijks offers accommodation in 12 beautifully appointed rooms in thatched Cape Dutch-style buildings, plus three more free-standing two-bedroom cottages. The views are stunning, and the staff treat you like royalty. Fabulous breakfasts are served on the terrace and the Que Sera restaurant offers fine dining. Rates R1100-R1400.

Palmboom Guest House

Palmboom Guest House Five en-suite bedrooms and one en-suite family bedroom in a converted residential house with patio, swimming pool and garden make this feel like a home from home. Having hostess Annalie Fourie personally make your breakfast to order in the morning makes it even more so. A woman’s touch is obvious in the small details like large bath sheets and a good selection of bedside...

Moniki Chocolatier

Moniki Chocolatier Visit Niki de Wolf for tailored chocolate-tastings or a gourmet high tea. Groups and children are welcome and kiddies’ workshops can be arranged. Take home a box of rooibos or lavender pralines or truffles flavoured with ginger or orange. Heavenly. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-4pm Sat; 10.30am-3pm Sun. Rates R35 a tasting. No credit cards are accepted.

Kimilili Cheese Farm

Kimilili Cheese Farm Visit the estate cheesery to see happy cows being milked, experience the cheese-making process and taste award-winning hand-crafted cheeses in the Swiss and French traditions. Small groups and children are welcome but booking is essential. The best time to visit is on a weekday morning. Open 10am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-1pm Sat, Sun. No credit cards are accepted.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

About 60km outside Ceres, Inverdoorn covers about 11 000 hectares of bushveld, with free-roaming game including cheetah, hippos, rhinos, giraffe, blue and black wildebeest and various buck. Lions rescued from illegal canned hunting operations are kept in a sepa-rate enclosure as are cheetahs, which are part of a breeding and rehabilitation programme. Overnight guests...

Ceres Transport Ryders’ Museum

This quaint museum pays homage to the transport riders who played an important role in the development of Ceres, which was relatively inaccessible before the completion of Michell’s Pass. Later transport became a major industry, and wagons were used by farmers well into the 20th century. Here you can learn more about the natural history of the area, as well as the early...

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve Lions, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard – get the big five experience and more just two hours from the city of Cape Town. It’s an easy day trip which begins with breakfast followed by a two- or three-hour game drive with refreshments and a visit to a San Bushman rock art site, lunch, and pool or fireside cocktails depending on the weather. This can be done in a safari...

Die Tolhuis

A gorgeous if somewhat noisy setting when the trucks go hurtling by on the pass, Die Tolhuis (Toll House) has limited indoor (with fireplace for winter) and deck seating, but a sprawling fairy garden with tables is tucked away between the trees and alongside the babbling brook. The small menu is chalkboard traditional South African while service is relaxed. Open 8.30am-...

Things I Love

Things I Love On the one side is a deli selling all manner of home-made goodies from small producers in the area. You’ll find everything from kitchenware to plants, baked goods, meat, dairy and preserves. Out back there’s a pretty courtyard for breakfast (smoked salmon scrambled eggs), lunch (four cheese macaroni) and tea. Open 8am-5pm daily. Closed Christmas and New Year. Main...


Paddagang At Paddagang, one of the best known eateries in Tulbagh, you can tuck into traditional boerekos under the shade of a massive oak tree in the court-yard at the back, or overlooking the rolling lawns in front. The restaurant is named for the frogs that cross this way, and you’re advised to look out for critters while you drive. Try the water-blommetjiebredie just like ouma...