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V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is an historic landmark and one of Africa's most visited shopping, leisure and entertainment destinations, attracting over 23 million visitors each year. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone's throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers its visitors an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping, dining and entertainment venues merge seamlessly with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere.

www.waterfront.co.za

 

Meerendal Wine Estate

Meerendal Wine Estate, situated in Durbanville just 20 kilometres from Cape Town, is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa.  The unique location and terroir of Meerendal Wine Estate, in one of the coolest wine regions of the Western Cape close to the Atlantic Ocean, is ideal for the variety of noble cultivars that have been planted: Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  In his book on Estate Wines of South Africa, Graham Knox refers to the first block of Shiraz planted in 1932. This served as the mother block for cuttings for nurseries for many years thereafter. Although Shiraz wines were made in the cellar for many years, the first Meerendal Shiraz was only bottled in 1969. A Pinotage was also released in the same year. Meerendal Wine Estate is proud to treasure one of the oldest vineyards of Pinotage bush vines in South African that were planted in 1955 and produces a limited number of bottles from this Heritage Block.  Meerendal Wine Estate has scooped up many top wine awards over the past ten years and is exporting its quality wine to more than 12 countries.

The estate is well known as a family friendly wine estate right next to the town of Durbanville. The Meerendal Restaurant is a firm favourite for many visitors and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menus change frequently to incorporate local seasonal ingredients.  The gracious Cape Dutch homestead originally built as the family home has been converted into a boutique hotel keeping all the grandeur and elegance and combining it with timeless style and ultimate luxury. All six of the spacious en-suite luxury suites are uniquely designed and fitted with exquisite furniture, large extra length king size beds, Egyptian cotton linen and all the necessities to ensure five star luxury. The Loft is a modern and well-equipped conference venue. A popular Farmers Market is held every second Saturday of the month with lots of tasty home made products. 

www.meerendal.co.za

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Hermanus High School

Hermanus High School is a school where the emphasis is on active participation in the learning process within and beyond the school setting. Pupils receive instruction in English and in Afrikaans. Reports on the pupils progress are sent to parents or guardians on a quarterly basis. Tests, examinations and all forms of continuous assessment, required by the Department of Education, determine the promotion of the pupil from one grade to the next. The school serves pupils of all backgrounds and levels of ability.

They are committed to building a program of achievement in academics, culture and sport.

www.hermanushigh.co.za

 

Elandskloof

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range, the natural beauty of Elandskloof is breathtaking. On the outskirts of Greyton, guests can stay in one of their lovingly restored self catering cottages and enjoy peaceful walks, beautiful scenery and the charm of a working farm around them. It is the perfect place for hiking, mountain biking, splashing in the river, swimming in the weir or just relaxing in beautiful surroundings and reading a book. 

www.elandsklooffarmcottages.co.za

 

Oak Valley

Established in 1898 by Sir Antonie Viljoen, this magnificent 1786ha family estate is one of the pioneering farms in the country. In 1908 a cellar was built, but was sadly mothballed during the Second World War when fruit was in greater demand. New vineyards were established in 1985, followed by the release of our much acclaimed maiden vintage in 2003. With vineyards located on mountain slopes over 450m above sea level, ripening occurs slowly, vines bear ultra-low tonnages and troops of baboons compete relentlessly for the spoils! The estate has been host to the Absa Cape Epic.

www.oakvalley.co.za

 

Val de Vie

The idea behind “Val de Vie” was sparked 30 years ago when Martin Venter  dreamed of a place in the winelands his family could call home. For many years he searched for the ideal location and then in 2001 he found it while flying over the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Alongside the Berg River lay a wine farm dating back to 1783: this would be the “Valley of Life” that he had been dreaming of. Martin then took on the challenge of transforming the sand mine that was then in operation into a lush paradise. Today the land has been turned into a flourishing estate and Martin’s dream has been realised. In 2017 the Absa Cape Epic will finish at Val de Vie for the first time.

www.valdevie.co.za

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