Archive for June, 2017

Clarens, Jewel of the Free State

Nestled deep in the Free State, in the heart of the Maluti Mountains, is the small and pretty town of Clarens. The tranquillity of this region has created the perfect haven for artists and writers to disappear in a fantasy world of their own, uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of city life. As a result, the entire town is sprinkled with galleries that showcase the works of many of the local artists as well as those who come to visit Clarens for inspiration.

Known for its many trees and its breath-taking views of the surrounding Maluti and Rooiberg mountains, Clarens has been dubbed “The Jewel of the Free State”. The rugged starkness of the mountain faces meet with the greenery and fertility of the vegetation, all topped by the pure azure of the African sky. Continue Reading

Franschhoek

Although Franschhoek now falls under the Stellies district, it was originally established as a fully-functioning little town, independent of outside rule. It is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and, as such, still boasts much of the old-fashioned architecture of the late 17th century. This gives the entire area an intriguing quality of old-world class and elegance, with just a smattering of pure magic.

Franschhoek is nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains bedecked with emerald foliage. The clear African skies, lush vegetation, gorges, mountains and wine farms combine to lend Franschhoek an idyllic setting that is difficult to rival. It is, then, difficult to imagine that, a mere 75 kilometres away, lies the every-buzzing city of Cape Town. This is extremely convenient, as visitors are able to immerse themselves in the serenity of this food-and-wine hotspot, while still being less than an hour’s drive from the Mother City and its international airport.

Today, Franschhoek is known for its world-class wines, unrivalled luxury stay and awesome cuisine. Continue Reading