Gourmet Capital in the Western Cape

After a lovely leisurely road-trip through the Garden Route we headed back to the Western Cape, deciding to spend our last three nights in Franschhoek. If this post doesn’t entice you to at least consider a trip to the Western Cape, then I don’t know what will.

The last post in my South African holiday in 2008 – I hope you have enjoyed it. I certainly have – and once again, please leave your comments on the original post.

Where is your favourite foodie town? Please let me know, I’m always up for a visit 🙂


The final part of our South African trip took us back towards Cape Town along the N2 through George, Mosselbaai and Swellandam where we stopped for a light lunch and to stretch our legs. There is a lovely Dutch Reformed Church and an interesting museum so Swellandam would make a good place to stopover en route to the Garden Route. Dutch Reformed church Swellendam After Botsrivier we turned off onto the R321 towards Villiersdorp, a winding road with beautiful views across the Helderberg (formerly known as Hottentots Holland) Nature Reserve and around the Theeswaterkloof Dam. P1130713 Here we turned onto the R45 up through the Franschhoek Pass and stopping for an awe-inspiring view from the top of the Cat’s Road which is a series of hairpin bends winding itself down to the Franschhoek Village like a sleeping serpent. As you drive over the pass on the R45 from Theewaterskloof Dam, you have no idea of that beautiful valley ahead of you. P1130745Franschhoek has always been a huge favourite of…

View original post 1,224 more words

Published by


I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.