Month: September 2020

Long Weekend Garden Route Escape

Still looking for your long weekend escape?

With the long weekend approaching you may still be looking for a family escape in a place where you can breathe fresh small-town air, explore and indulge in some of the best wine and food around.

Four and a half hours from Cape Town on the renowned R62 Oudtshoorn is a town for all ages. Having recently spent a week there I realise that a long weekend may not be enough time to experience all this Klein Karoo town has to offer.

Quite apart from the beautiful landscape, Oudtshoorn is framed by the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains, giving guests unique entry through one of the many mountain passes that lead into the town. Off road adventurers will be charmed by the Swartberg Circle Route passing the road to Gamkaskloof and through Meiringspoort with its famous waterfall. I understand from chatting to visitors that the falls are spectacular at the moment.

Guided Cave Tours and Wildlife Preservation

On the list of must-do’s for families definitely include a visit to Cango Caves – a natural phenomenon dating back millennia. Their guides offer insight into an
underground magical world where brave adventurers once discovered these subterranean tunnels which are now an international tourist attraction and natural
world wonder.

On the way back into town from the caves allocate enough time to stop at Cango Wildlife Ranch for lunch and an opportunity take up their special deal of a guided tour, meal and soft drink plus an animal greeting. Have your camera ready, there are many photo opportunities around every corner. Cango Wildlife Ranch are partners with the Cheetah Preservation Fund, do ask your guide about this important global project.

Taste a little bit of heaven

For wine, gin and food lovers the choice may be difficult given the many options in this area. Karusa wine produces top quality red and white wines and my favourite MCC. Other local wines found in this area include Grundheim, who also produce stunning gins and a rather lovely rum with the funkiest label I have ever seen. De Krans is another great option so do include them in your itinerary.

If like me you are an olive fan then do not drive past Surval Boutique Olive Estate, I am so enthralled with their garlic and rosemary olives that I am about to courier a few bottles back to my home in Cape Town. De Rustica just outside the quaint town of De Rust make award winning olive oils having recently won the best olive oil in the world accolade. Naturally a few bottles of this precious oil also travelled home with me.

Amongst favourite restaurants it is a good idea to visit Nostalgie Restaurant, Black Swan and their sister bistro Mintt. We had a most delicious breakfast at Café Brulé at Queens Hotel and Cape Karoo Ostrich Emporium is open during the day for meals.

Get your heart pumping and then chill

Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills at Cango Caves Ziplines located at the parking area of the caves and the Skydiving company located at the airport is definitely an option for those brave of heart.

Accommodation options range from affordable B&B’s and Guest Houses to star-graded hotels. There are a number of self-catering, backpackers and camping
options in the area. If, however you are looking for a Big 5 game experience to add even more adventure to your trip, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge situated just outside the town is your stop.

This luxury tented camp offers game drives, elephant greeting, lion feeding and an opportunity to learn more about their Endangered Wildlife Trust work ensuring gene pool purity for cheetahs. Morning and afternoon cheetah walks are available, and funds raised on this excursion go directly to the trust.

For more information on accommodation, activities and attractions please contact Oudtshoorn & De Rust Tourism: info@oudtshoorn.co.za | 044 279 2532

Welcome Aire del Mar

Big Tree Marketing welcomes Aire del Mar Guest House to their portfolio

Aire del Mar Guesthouse located in Kleinbaai has joined the Big Tree Marketing portfolio. At a time when business owners are looking for high quality hospitality and tourism marketing, collaboration is the savvy way to grow both awareness and bookings in an affordable way.

The guesthouse is situated in the hub of the shark diving capital of South Africa and is a welcome partner to the Big Tree Marketing portfolio of clients which includes White Shark Projects.

Fresh ‘Aire’

Aire del Mar is perfectly located enabling guests to take advantage of scenic sea views, breathe in the fresh ocean air and relax in this quiet seaside town. Eight of the nine rooms have uninterrupted sea views and one enjoys spectacular mountain vistas.

All double occupancy rooms are stylishly decorated with genuine care and attention to detail, even the amenities follow a maritime theme. Rooms are equipped with Nespresso machines, wi-fi, satellite TV and South Africans favourite home-made rusks.

So many activities on offer

Gansbaai is popular not only for shark cage diving but also whale watching, wine, beer and cheese tasting with some outdoor activities offered to those more
adventurous guests. Golf, fynbos and horse-trail adventures are also popular with visitors.

‘We are delighted to welcome Aire del Mar Guest House to the Big Tree Marketing portfolio, despite these confused and anxious times an exciting journey lies ahead for us both. We can’t wait to showcase this gorgeous little sea-side gem to domestic and international markets’, said Director Lindsey Gibaud

For more information visit www.bigtreemarketing.co.za and www.airedelmar.co.za

Date : 11 September 2020
Written by : Lindsey Gibaud
Big Tree Marketing
Written for : Hannelene Maritz
Aire del Mar Guest House