A weekend walk is a great way to relax while getting some exercise. I joined a group and took a hike from Paternoster to Britannia Bay. 20 kilometres along the roughered West Coast of South Africa. An easy walk on flat beach to prepare for the Fish River Canyon hike that we’re doing in July.… Read More West Coast – Paternoster to Britannia Bay
SA Tourism gave feedback on last year’s sector performance and the challenge put to Tourism by our new President Cyril Ramaphosa at his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). We are in agreement that the tourism sector provides the country with incredible growth opportunities. Mister President challenged the country from Sandton where the speech was… Read More South Africa Tourism Performance for 2017
There are so many fashions when it comes to wine but Cabernet Sauvignon from Simonsberg is the quintessential Stellenbosch varietal. It shows its terroir and makes the winelands fward proud. Stellenbosch is experiencing a huge resurgence in Cabernet Sauvignon because everyone has figured out that Cabernet works. Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick Wines joined Hermanus FynArts… Read More Simonsberg Cabernet Sauvignon – Best of Stellenbosch?
When tourism organisations get together the conversation almost always goes towards tourism growth. Recently the Western Cape’s Overberg got together and looked at how to develop small town tourism. The following five points were highlighted: Use what is there. Tell the story of your existing people and products. Provide the right material. Make sure you… Read More Growing Small Town Tourism
Cartographer and keen hiker Peter Slingsby reckons that Southern Africa probably has the richest legacy of Rock Art in the world. He is of the opinion that the Western Cape, and particularly the area from the Cederberg to the Agter Pakhuis, may have more rock paintings per square kilometre than anywhere else in Southern Africa.… Read More Cederberg Rock Art
Driving from Hermanus to Clainwilliam is a long way to go. 4 Hours drive requires a few stops. My first stop was not far from home at the Houw Hoek Farm Stall in Grabouw. When a shop is famous for their pastries and even have their wifi password as “famous pies” you know it will… Read More Road Trip Coffee Stop – Desert Rose
2020 will mark 100 years since the Tollman family first got involved in hotel keeping. Today their Red Carnation Hotel group has 17 properties in 5 countries. Would you guess that it all started in Paternoster on the South African West Coast? In 1920 Solomon Tollman bought the Paternoster Hotel. This has grown to 3… Read More A History of Almost 100 Years of Hotel Keeping
The Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award is very much part of the annual Hermanus FynArts Festival. Artists are invited to sumit round work of art – tondo or tondi – that can be fitted the barrel heads for display at Bouchard Finlayson’s cellar. The maximum diameter of the tondi is 60cm which includes a mount… Read More The Shape of Art
Hemel-en-Aarde winery, Creation, is always keen to collaborate and participate. They go all out. Hermanus FynArts Festival is no exception. Not only is Creation onboard for the festival with a Geometrica exhibition of Gordon Froud’s welded steel work but they also have a whole new menu for the occasion. Food and wine pairing just got a whole… Read More Fine Art of Wine & Food
Hermanus FynArts is due to start this weekend and the artwork is being displayed – not just in galleries but also on the Hermanus Cliff Path, Municipal Auditorium and on wine estates. There is due to be something for everyone. Come and visit and see for yourself.