Notes

CAPE TOWN FOR HIPSTERS

Most of our guest always look for good tips on where to visit which is a little under the radar and could give them a less obviously touristy feel for the city. I always recommend Observatory and Woodstock, especially as an ex-loft owner in that area and as developers increasingly buy up property, the tightly knit multi-racial community who once called this Cape Town area home are being driven away by the rising cost of living. Hipsters and tourists flock to the market at the Old Biscuit Mill to enjoy the pricey gourmet foods on offer. Photograph: Justin Sholk As...

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Eco Botswana Getaways

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If there's one African country that stands out as eco-friendly, it's Botswana. Hunting has been temporarily banned throughout the country, there are no fences, with wildlife free to roam at will, and the lodges of Botswana are all designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible. For these reasons, it's one of our favourite safari destinations, and these are some of our top eco-lodges. We love Botswana and the Delta is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Besides the ones listed here, we also love Stanley's for the Elephant experience as well as the fabulous Kanana, for the most peaceful...

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Some some Spring in your Step…

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Tiny blossoms are beginning to bring little flecks of colour back to the stark branches we’ve seen all winter. There’s a touch of spring in the air and with it, a flurry of excitement as Capetonians begin to wake from their winter hibernation. The promise of warmer weather and clear skies is enough motivation to get out of the city and enjoy a little breakaway. Whether it’s a hike to loosen up the wintry joints or that first icy spring dip in the Atlantic, here are a few out-of-city escapes that will get you into the summer spirit. Gondwana Game Reserve Did you know that just four...

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Happy Spring!

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It is spring at our Overberg guesthouse and with it comes the expected bloom on the estate which the Garden Route is so well known for. Our guest Regardt Laubscher made us this super cure spring bloom from balloons. And he should know. He is a magician. We want him to come back and do a show. Now that would be a great dinner evening!

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The Forest Walk

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Summer is not too far away, colder days are fewer and the sun is starting to set a little later every day over the Overberg. This means that our forest walk is nearly ready for guests to use and relax in. The gardeners are laying down the last of the stepping squares and removing a decades' dried branches and sticks. They are also removing a small forest of Black Wattles and a few other less desirable plants which retard the growth of indigenous species and undergrowth. Big shout-out to the Swellendam Municipality who, in an effort to assist with the prevention of occasional flooding have built...

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Fleurwatch: update on the Sean Penn movie

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One of our favourite Swellendam residents is Fleur van Eeden, who also features in our guesthouse brochure and on our website in various poses and guises. Here she is on set with Charlize Theron, shooting Sean Penn's latest directorial project. Fleur has recently wrapped up the shooting of the new season of Homeland, where she is the body double and stunt actor for Claire Danes, a project which was also shot in Cape Town. Sean Penn has returned to the director's chair for the first time since 2007's critically acclaimed Into the Wild on the African-set romantic drama The Last Face, reports...

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The Zulu Royal Tree

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Our Coral tree, Erythrina caffra, is in bloom on the new part of the property which borders the next street over and it's such a beautiful tree. The colour of the blooms against the blue sky is already such an art cliche but who can resist. It is truly one of the most spectacular sights. Some more on the tree just in case you were wondering but were to scared to ask... Erythrina is known as the red genus and E. caffra is widely loved for its warm red to scarlet-coloured flowers, which appear from the cold winter months up to spring. Its popularity can be ascribed to its ease of cultivation...

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‘Moulin Renaudiots’ visits Swellendam

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If you are in the market for a little trip to Burgundy we can highly recommend 'Moulin Renaudiots', the wonderful guest-house owned by Evelyne & Trevor Morgan. The house is set in a 17th century watermill and has been totally renovated, offering a high level of comfort and modern facilities. Five large guest rooms combine wood and stone with contemporary rural furniture & overlook peaceful gardens and surrounding hills. And just like at Augusta de Mist you can join Evelyne & Trevor for 'table d'hôtes' – dinner served on the terrace or in the main lounge. The guesthouse is the perfect...

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StreetSmart Swellendam says THANK YOU

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Your gift donations have changed the lives of children! Since 2005, StreetSmart SA has been instrumental in helping vulnerable children changing from being destined to long term begging on the streets, to children with a future.No matter what size of your donation, it helps StreetSmart to fund family reunification, education and skills training programmes for street children and children at risk.   ...

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Bursary Fund Donation

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It was a wonderful occasion when on Sunday, Gabi Zahn donated R40 000 to the Bursary Fund in Swellendam. This is money which she has worked very hard to collect and it is a huge honour for Swellendam to be the recipient of such a donation, especially from such a wonderful source. Gabi is already planning the 2015 season of Cape Classic and sounds like it is going to be amazing. We are looking forward to the concert in Swellendam in February 2014, with tickets selling well.  

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