Lifestyle | 22 Jan 2018 | By Sun International
Guide to Western Cape
The Insider’s Guide to Enjoy Your Western Cape Escape
It’s never too early to plan your next escape, whether it’s a family holiday or a romantic getaway – the Western Cape has something for everyone. From shark-cage diving and sunset picnics to award-winning restaurants and botanical gardens, the only choice you’ll have to make is where to begin? We’ve put together a Western Cape holiday guide to help make choosing your Western Cape escape a little easier...
The Chefs that Care initiative was born from the desire of GrandWest’s food and beverage team to use their skills and passion to make a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate in surrounding communities.
With unemployment rife in many Western Cape communities, coupled with the high cost of living,
the reality is that many people do not have access to one balanced meal a day. Among the most marginalised and most affected are children and the elderly. Sadly, their nutritional requirements are not being met, resulting in a compromised quality of life and poor health.
Alleviating hunger is something that will always be close to our hearts. We feel privileged to be able to continue with this programme and help feed those less fortunate in our communities.says Wynand Schoeman, executive chef at GrandWest.
With the support of GrandWest and sponsors, including Bidfood, Palmans Foods, Green Scene, Hanco Packaging, Espresso Bakery and Maitland Farm, the Chefs that Care initiative has prepared and shared over 2 700 meals, and donated supplies to two soup kitchens.
“As chefs, we recognise that we have the ability to make a difference by using our knowledge of food preparation and nutrition for the betterment of those in need,” says Schoeman.
For those who like leaving the beaten path
Dotted around Cape Town, you’ll find a host of small towns and villages with hidden attractions, quaint shops and intriguing history just waiting to be explored these Easter holidays. Whether it’s Hermanus or McGregor, Franschhoek or Greyton, there are so many gems in the Western Cape you’ll want to see them all. Ready to pack your bags and get going? We don’t blame you.
Home to nine of the top 10 restaurants in the country in 2017, is there a better way to spend the holidays than feasting your way through the Western Cape? From the smorgasbord of Winelands eateries to cosmopolitan inner-city dining, there’s something for everyone’s palate and budget.
While the big-ticket restaurants will leave you starry-eyed, keep the local, hole-in-the-wall spots in mind too –the Eastern Food Bazaar in Cape Town is a local institution and popular with everyone from students to corporates. An authentic Cape Town experience, expect Turkish kebabs, Cape-style biryanis, North Indian curries and more with plenty vegetarian options.
Enjoy the Easter holidays by treating yourself to a romantic escape with someone special. From sunset picnics on top of Signal Hill to candlelit dinners at award-winning restaurants and yacht cruising along the coast, Cape Town was made for romance. Looking for the ultimate romantic day out? Take a helicopter flip around the peninsula from the V&A Waterfront and end it with a special night at The Table Bay – because no romantic escape is complete without fluffy robes, rose petals and complimentary wine in your hotel room.
For nature lovers
Apart from Table Mountain, there are places to take off your shoes and enjoy some fresh air around every corner, such as the world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or Boulders Beach (which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is known for its resident penguin colony). The beauty of Cape Town is that you can easily get your fix of beach sand and sea spray, blossoms or fynbos all within 40 minutes of the city centre.