Everyone loves Hermanus – I’d even go so far as to say that everyone loves Hermanus a little too much. Each time I’ve visited the Overstrand town, it’s been in peak holiday season – the cliffs cluttered with December strollers or sharp-eyed searchers hoping to spot a denizen of the deep. Preferring to shy away … Continue Reading

Nestled between the towering majesty of three mountain ranges, Tulbagh is a town unlike any other. Having survived one of the most disastrous earthquakes ever experienced in South Africa, this historical hamlet emerged from the ashes and is now a characterful destination under two hour’s drive from Cape Town. Spending a speedy two nights in … Continue Reading

One of the most renowned heritage wine estates, Allesverloren epitomizes the best of what the Swartland region has to offer. I spent a sunny afternoon exploring a few of the epicurean offerings available in the area before ending up on the verandah of the old Allesverloren manor house for a harvest table lunch. The estate itself … Continue Reading

Late summer is harvest time on Zandvliet estate in the Robertson Valley. There is the sweetest hint of autumn in the air, from the cool mornings to the golden light – a discernible change from relentlessly blue skies to something softer. Having experienced almost every season in the area, harvest time is especially fascinating for … Continue Reading

This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “Storied Seafood  – an Abalobi- endorsed menu at Wolfgat”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. Running a restaurant on the West Coast comes with it’s own set of responsibilities. Tradition, community and symbiosis are essential to success in what is … Continue Reading