Category: Overberg

  • Stanford Revisited

    There’s an apocryphal story about a neighbour who wasn’t too happy with his new German neighbours on the Wortelgat Road outside Stanford.  But the German neighbours invited him nonetheless when they opened their new restaurant… and he accepted. During the long lunch at Springfontein Eats, he had a phone call from his daughter, concerned about […]

  • Fancy a gypsey caravan?

    There are always unusual things coming out of Stanford.  Like the gygpsey caravans Howard Dunbar builds. He’s built about 16 caravans over the past four years, mainly in two sizes — 5.4 metres and 3.6 metres.  A fully kitted caravan — with complete solar power system, pumps, fridge, fitted kitchen and bathroom — costs between…

  • The social hub of Stanford

    Stanford Hills Estate has become the de facto community hub of Stanford.  It’s child-friendly… and has one of the best kids’ playgrounds anywhere.  It’s also pet-friendly and dog walkers from the village take to its hills every day.  If you don’t have a dog to walk, one or both of Peter & Jami Kastner’s Ridgebacks…

  • Southernmost Tip of Africa iconic site

    In 2002, the then municipal manager of Cape Agulhas municipality, Keith Jordaan, asked me for ideas to improve the area for tourism.  I gave him three ideas: Create a world class, iconic site at Cape Agulhas to celebrate it as the southernmost tip of the African continent and where two oceans meet. Napier was a…

  • Hermanus’ best-kept secret

    VOLMOED is a beautiful self-catering accommodation country retreat set in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus. Tucked away in it’s own little valley within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley lies a peaceful place called Volmoed. As the Onrust River makes it’s way from the heights of Babylon’s Toring through De Bos Dam it tumbles down into this little…

  • General Dealer Museum at the Stanford Hotel

    “It was originally a general dealer, then a men’s bar, a wine bar, a place to buy picnics, a function space — but it never quite worked. Then it occurred to me that Stanford didn’t have a museum — so I turned it back into a general dealer — as a museum.” A compulsive collector…

  • Could Elgin become SA’s adventure capital?

    Why is Elgin so often overlooked as a destination? Revisiting Elgin after a long time with a media group really got me thinking. It’s so close to the city, especially the Helderberg suburbs; it has spectacular scenery and natural beauty; there are wine estates of renown; and there are so many vibey places to go. …

  • Ultimate Getaways near the southernmost tip of Africa

    It was pure chance and serendipity that we ended up here… a blessing…  Klipfontein Keep is simply a Wow!   It lies between Bredasdorp and Struisbaai, looking across fields of bright yellow canola.  It’s a self-catering lodge that exceeds all expectations. In a historic sense, a Keep is a fortified tower built within castles during the…

  • Vermaaklikheid – the perfect getway?

    I first heard about Vermaaklikheid when a neighbour went there every year on holiday and swore it was the perfect holiday destination.  And then, more recently, I discovered that three architect friends had bought homes there — Hirsch Fish, Graham Parker and Paul Andrew — and that piqued my interest.  It must be special to…

  • A Lesson for all Tourism Offices who whinge about inadequate budgets

    Most tourism offices whinge about inadequate budgets without demonstrating that they do provide value for money or create significant numbers of extra jobs with taxpayers’ funding. Well, Swellendam has turned the “liability” of development on its head and gained itself a cash budget of R11 million a year for the next three years.  And there’s…