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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Gansbaai

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

This coastal reserve has excellent hikes and is a prime birdwatching spot. The main attractions though, other than the ocean vistas, are the impressive Klipgat Caves, site of an archaeological discovery of Khoe-San …
Top Choice Fusion in Hermanus

Pear Tree

One of the town's top restaurants is an intimate venue decorated in bodega style – all bare brick and wine bottles. The small menu features delights like pulled lamb tagliatelle with truffle oil, braised pork belly …
Top Choice Barbecue in The Elgin Valley

Hickory Shack

This smokehouse has quickly gained a huge following for its slow-cooked and perfectly seasoned meats and Texan-inspired sides like corn salad, baked beans and slaw. There's craft beer on tap and a selection of cider…
Top Choice Historic Site in Greyton

Genadendal Mission Station

Some 6km west of Greyton is Genadendal, the oldest mission station in South Africa, founded in 1738 and for a brief time the largest settlement in the colony after Cape Town. It now has a population of around 5000. …
Top Choice Winery in Stanford

Stanford Hills

Taste the Jacksons pinotage here – a fine example of South Africa’s home-grown grape variety. There’s also charming self-catering accommodation available (cottages from R1100), a glamping option (single/double luxur…
Top Choice South African in Arniston

Willeen’s Restaurant

You can sample true local cooking at this restaurant overlooking the ocean in Kassiesbaai. It's a cheap and very cheerful place serving South African specialities like bobotie (mild curried mince dish topped with a …
Top Choice Cafe in Gansbaai

Coffee on the Rocks

All bread is baked daily on-site and everything else is homemade too. The ocean-facing deck is a great place for a sandwich, a salad or just a coffee while you look out for whales in season.
Nature Reserve in The Overberg

De Hoop Nature Reserve

Covering 340 sq km and extending 5km out to sea, this reserve has a magnificent coastline, with long stretches of pristine beach and huge dunes. It’s an important breeding and calving area for the southern right wha…
Nature Reserve in The Elgin Valley

Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

This mountainous and forested reserve stretches from Jonkershoek in the west to Villiersdorp in the east, skirting the Theewaterskloof Dam. There are day walks and overnight hikes, mountain-bike routes and kloofing …
Nature Reserve in The Overberg

Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Proclaimed in 1988 as South Africa's first Unesco Biosphere Reserve, the Kogelberg has incredibly complex biodiversity, including more than 1880 plant species. Birdlife is prolific, wild horses live in the wetlands,…