Spring Breakers in Cape Town #Spring #CapeTown

 

Put a spring in your step and start exploring #SouthAfrica today. The Hermanus #Whale Festival is a 10-day festival (about an hour's drive from Cape Town) and celebrates the annual return of Southern Right Whales to South African waters.

Carefully chosen wine lovers and wine buyers are formally invited to the Nederburg Auction to bid for some of the most sought after and unique #SouthAfrican wines ever made.While a major event on the #CapeTown calendar this event is not open to the public.

September Events in Cape Town and Surrounds

Add a bit of #spring to your step with the month’s festivals, celebrations and annual fairs

As the first official month of #spring – and as the harbinger of sneezes for those with allergies – September sees earlier sun rises, warmer days and drier weeks. It’s also the point in the year when the well-known species of Capetonian, indigenous to the Western Cape area, rears its head from a long period of hibernation after months of rain and dreary weather, ready to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible.

So let’s put winter behind us, shake off the last drizzles and gear up for a month of creativity, trance parties, flower shows (it’s the best time of the year to view the spring flora in the Cape), wine trail runs (yes, that’s right) and much more.

Also, September is when we celebrate Heritage Day (or Braai Day as it’s been dubbed), and if you’re quick on the uptake you’ve already put in leave to make it a super long weekend – the public holiday falls on a Tuesday. In tune with heritage month, Western Cape SANParks offer visitors a week of free entry into select reserves, and Iziko museums is open to all (also for FREE) on Heritage Day.

10 affordable spring weekend breaks near Cape Town.

1. Wildebraam Berry Estate, outside Swellendam

Stay at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the slopes of which get covered in masses of pink Erica flowers in spring. The self-catering cottages cater for couples on a romantic retreat, but the larger cottages can also house up to 8 people. Taste the delicious range of berry liqueurs or take a 1,5km drive to go hike in the Marloth Nature Reserve, one of three reserves in the Langeberg Mountains.

2. Landmeterskop, outside Stanford

Waking up to see sheep grazing outside your front door is a sure sign that you’re on a working farm. They love the pastures outside Landmeterskop’s converted labourer’s cottages and if you forget to close your garden gate, they might even come up to your doorstep. The two self-catering cottages are identical and sleep four people each, while the recently renovated homestead is big enough for 11. Spend your days up at the swimming dam or in a paddleboat on a larger dam a short walk away. The Overberg creates a fine backdrop.

3. Duinepos Chalets, West Coast National Park

These charming chalets are situated within the West Coast National Park, a place well known for its spring wild flowers. And if you go in September, you can also see migratory waders, flamingos and pelicans returning after transcontinental trips. The 11 self-catering chalets are scattered around the area and each sleep four to six guests. Wake up to the sound of the birds, have a cup of coffee on your veranda and head out on a beautiful spring hike.

4. Aloe Cottage, Darling

This three-bedroomed cottage is situated on an indigenous renosterveld estate with only nine other houses on the entire estate. You’ll be close enough to Darling to enjoy dinner and wine at the Marmalade Cat, but far enough to enjoy the fresh country air. Mountain bikes are included to explore the area and town, and the cottage is pet friendly. Darling is also known for its picture perfect wild flowers in spring time.

5. Petersfield Farm, Citrusdal

Petersfield is an export citrus and rooibos tea mountain estate, overlooking the majestic Cederberg mountain range. Four fully equipped self-catering cottages each sleep six guests and have their own private swimming pool. (Except for Stonehaven cottage, which is more suitable for a romantic getaway). The cottages are more than a kilometer apart and create the perfect base from which to explore this 2000-hectare mountain wilderness reserve. And if you have pets, they’re welcome to join you – free of charge.

6. Anchor’s Rest, Hermanus

Hermanus is an all-time favourite for Capetonians and Spring is ideal for spotting whales. The four suites combine wooden floors and furniture with white interiors, creating a wonderfully refreshing atmosphere. Two suites sleep four people each; there are also two couples’ suites. You’ll be a short 150m stroll from the famousHermanus cliff paths where you can spot the whales. You can either cater for yourself or rent on a bed and breakfast basis.

7. Bordeaux River Cottages, Bonnievale

The Breede River travels about 300 kilometres on its journey from the Hex RiverMountains to the Indian Ocean, through Worcester, Robertson, Swellendam and past Bordeaux River Cottages in Bonnievale. While the river may not lap right up against the log cabins, it is close enough for you to hear it in the still of the night. Each of the three cabins is similar, with a simple set-up that sleeps six people.

8. Fynbos Retreat, between Stanford and Gansbaai

Many of the delicate, yet hardy species of Cape fynbos blooms in spring, making a weekend away to the Fynbos Retreat even more worthwhile than usual. Situated on the 2500 hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve, it offers three self-catering houses that overlook a beautiful dam and are well equipped with large outdoor entertainment areas. The biggest one, Arum Lily House, accommodates 12 people and even has its own pizza oven. Fountain Bush Cottage sleeps six, and the little Sewaartjie cottage sleeps two. Soak up the fresh sunshine by hiking, mountain biking or swimming in the dam.

9. Vaalvlei, just outside Stanford

This working wine farm not only offers you beautiful views of the Kleinriver Mountains and countryside, but it’s also known for its excellent trout fishing. And seeing as the early morning has lost its chilly bite, spring can be the perfect excuse to pick up that fishing rod. The two self-catering cottages are close to the lakes and those not interested in fishing can spend their time hiking, mountain biking or sipping on the farm’s own wines while enjoying the warm sunshine.

10. Kliphuis on Kleinfontein, just outside Tulbagh

Situated high up in the Winterhoek valley, this secluded cottage has a rustic feel, but boasts all the necessary self-catering equipment. It’s an ideal place to take in the views of the valleys and go hiking or mountain biking in the warm spring weather. The cottage sleeps six comfortably and walks out onto a patio with a braai area, making it an ideal weekend away destination both for friends and families.

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