Traveling on the winding open road towards Elim, it’s a town many seem to overlook. With it’s whitewashed houses and thatched roofing, why explore anywhere else. 

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With that old world charm, a countryside town like Napier is a town worth exploring; welcoming you with rolling wheat fields mixed with a quirky countryside style living; all with interesting buildings and heaps of history. 

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Napier? Is that even a town? Don’t feel offended! I too could kick myself ever-so-often for not knowing the town of never ending fields of wheat and barley.

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Alluring towns with a rich heritage make the drive up there all the more special, especially since it’s the third oldest town in South Africa. Settled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, one can see why Swellendam is so exceptional.

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If you looking to do something out of the ordinary besides staying at luxury apartments and hotels then I’ll definitely recommend you try something called Glamping (modern camping) and you’ll be surprised by the outcome.

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In a world where complexity can be so alluring, I’m astonished by the elegance of Barrydale. Enclosed in a narrow valley at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, and along the iconic road Route 62, this was a town I had longed to visit for some time.

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I was born and breed a Moravian since the day of my existence. I visited this tiny town back in 2010 during my confirmation camp; only this time I wanted to explore this quaint little historical village known as Genadendal which means Valley of Grace, with Courtney. Throughout my confirmation classes we were taught about the history of the Moravians and this man, Georg Schmidt who arrived in the area to evangelise among the Khoi people as far back as 1738, only to be thrown out by rival Cape Dutch Reformed clergy who did not believe he had the right to baptise converts, after only eight years of being in the region. According to them, Schmidt was not an ordained minister and therefore had no right to administer the sacraments. In 1743 Schmidt was forced to return to Europe.

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This festive break, I spent most of my time lounging around on the beach, enjoying the sun baking on my back and basically eating sand seeing that Cape Town is a full blown sand machine. With only a two week vacation and Courtney not having any leave besides a few off days, we really had to make the most of it. All I wanted was to relax this time around by sleeping in, reading and eating till my stomach hurt. In all honesty, this was one of the best December holidays I had in years because I really got to unwind and not think about work.

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