Organize your tour through the South African Cape Winelands now via Global Base Camps.
*Cover photo taken an Haute Cabriere winery
A haunted farmhouse in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
If you’re interested in the spooky history of the winelands just outside Cape Town, La Motte wine farm offers an historic walk on Wednesday mornings from 10am-11am. The walk is concluded by tasting artisan bread freshly baked in the farmhouse kitchen. Book now here. The cost is R50 ($3). More on Cape Dutch architecture here.
Famous for its “foraging” chef Chris Erasmus, this restaurant offers sustainable comfort cooking in a relaxed bistro setting. Big fireplace, wooden tables & an open plan kitchen welcome patrons. There are local produce and wines with an emphasis on terroir cooking. I was impressed with the extensive menu of interesting flavours and unusual combinations! My fiancé had the the braised kudu shank boudin, grilled springbok, roasted bone marrow, purslane, mushroom & oyster with honey bush jus (R175 / $11). I ate the pan fried yellowtail, brandade, courgette purée, vine tomatoes & basil velouté (R150 / $9). For dessert we shared the geranium & honey iced nougatine, salted chocolate custard with hazelnut ice cream (R60 / $3). Delicious! Thank you Foliage for the exceptional meal.
*Cover photo taken at Haute Cabrière winery in Franschhoek
Street scenes in Franschhoek, South Africa. Founded 1688, it’s one of the oldest towns in the country.
+ La Motte, Champagne, La Cotte, Cabrière, La Provence, Bourgogne, La Terra de Luc and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms — most of which still retain their original Cape Dutch farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek, South Africa, offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins. Entrance is R60 for adults ($4).
Bo La Motte Cottages are set in a unique location on the slope of the Middagkrans mountain with spectacular views and farm ambience, and are an ideal base for a memorable visit to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley just outside Cape Town, South Africa. The six self-catering cottages all have their own separate and scenic locations around the farm allowing guests the privacy and space in which to relax and unwind. There are 6 cottages available, sleeping from 2-6 persons, each for hire from R1000 a night ($60).
After quite an emotional week for the country, with the Oscar Pistorius verdict, I’m hoping to simply wind down this weekend. I still don’t know what to believe. A lot of my friends overseas aren’t convinced he’s telling the truth. The papers here were critical of him being cleared. Reeva was in the industry I’m in, not to mention she was from my home town! It’s my aunt in the courtroom sitting next to her mother. Here are some interesting links for you:
A lot of my work revolves heavily around video editing & production. In my opinion, videos are the new photos. In 5 years from now, platforms like YouTube & Netflix will be the main broadcasting streams, transcending the boundaries of our local television networks. They’re like television as we know it, but online. YouTube has already introduced the concept of users having “Channels” which are unique to them; styled & designed totally by the user. Everyone can have their own channel, for free, and can upload whatever videos they like to it. Having a channel on YouTube is like having one on TV. For South African readers, imagine all the different channels we get on DSTV. BBC Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, Universal Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel & Supersport are some of my personal favourites. Now imagine you had your own channel, what would you broadcast? The autonomy is with you. A YouTube channel is your own channel online. The videos you upload are like the episodes which are part of a show or series. In fact, YouTube has enabled you to categorize your videos into the various playlists or ‘shows’ that you offer. This allows users to navigate your channel easily. If you don’t fancy that route, you can of course keep your channel very simple & just have tons of videos uploaded in no real order or category. That’s OK, too. YouTube gives you complete freedom to do whatever you like. Just so you get the idea, here are some really awesome channels I subscribe to on YouTube.
VICE specializes in exploring uncomfortable truths and going to places we don’t belong. Now, thanks to YouTube, we have compressed two decades of our unique immersive approach to these subjects into delicious bite-size morsels. Herein you will find people talking frankly about their hatred and love for various things, general heresy, the only travel and news documentaries you’ll want to watch, tons of exclusive new stuff, and probably a lot of cats. You’re welcome.
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In the USA, “Netflix” is an enormously popular way of watching movies. For a small subscription fee a month, you have access via the internet to almost every movie / series / documentary ever made. For those of you like me, who simply love the art of video & film, you can understand how one could get addicted to this new phenomenon which is rivaling huge TV broadcasting networks like HBO. People want more these days; they want video & film. And they don’t just want them from their local surrounds (that’s great of course), but they want access to the world’s projects. They want to transcend the borders & limits of local channels & networks. They want to skip the whole “video store” middle-man. They want quick access to the hottest videos & films worldwide, and they want it now. With the rise of social media & its huge popularity which extends beyond borders & has become a universal trend over the past few years, it’s made it so much easier to watch videos & movies. With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+ and many other apps gaining power as advertising /marketing avenues for every business in every city worldwide, it’s hard to ignore the gradual evolution of social media & the demands from the people these days for more. Things like Instagram have recently introduced video to their app so not only can you add filters to photos & upload them, but you can add filters to videos & upload them as well. A new video sharing app called Keek is also exploding with popularity in the US. It started in Canada & is now spreading rapidly across the world, with 58 million users worldwide. Obviously we can thank stars like the Kardashians for spreading awareness of it and boosting its popularity! The benefits of these platforms are simple; to reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of people at the click of a button from your home PC or mobile phone. People don’t just want to see you. They want to know you…..hear you. And they want that instantly & on-the-go. We’re building communities, sharing opinions, exchanging experiences & connecting over shared interests. What’s more is, we’re building doing it into our 9-5 lives!