Grantourismo in South Africa

Falling in love with Cape Town

Cape Town It was Lara and Terry's first visit to Cape Town and although at the beginning they felt uncomfortable about the disparities between rich and poor, after two weeks meeting the local people and touring the city's townships, they started to develop warm and fuzzy feelings about the place. The couple's fondness for Cape Town was all about the people though; there is clearly plenty of work to be done, the challenges facing South Africa are complex, serious and overwhelming, however the spirit of the people is uplifting.

Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to South Africa

Cape Town

A warm, welcoming and well-appointed family home in Camps Bay, literally a five-minute stroll to the beach, was 'The Bayleaf', Lara and Terry's 'home away from home' in Cape Town and a wonderful place to settle in for a while. Considering their ideal location, just one block from the sea, the couple made a habit of taking a stroll along the breathtaking coastline or walking to the promenade for a quick look at the surf at least once a day during their fortnight stay. The beach is a great place to meet the locals, who are usually down there doing some beachcombing, kicking a ball around, picnicking, or watching the sun set with a bottle of chenin blanc.

For one day in Cape Town though, Lara and Terry decided to play at being tourists and followed everyone's advice to take the cable car up to Table Mountain and visit the V&A Waterfront. However, the Grantourismo team also focused on the the main purpose of the project and explored the local neighbourhoods during a tour of the townships of Cape Town with Cape Capers. They also enrolled in two different classes to learn more about the South African culture and music: Lara attended an African beading workshop and Terry took an African drumming class.

There are few better ways to get beneath the skin of a place than through its music and food, so the couple went on a Cape Town jazz safari where they discovered the rhythm of the city’s culture through its jazz. They also decided to do a Cape Malay cooking safari, which included a visit to Bo-Kaap Museum, a stroll around the charming neighbourhood, and a hands-on cooking class. And finally, because the South Africans have been making Cape wine for three centuries, Lara and Terry had to go on a trip to the Winelands to visit three wineries in three different wine-growing regions.

Property 82597 The Bayleaf - Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home' in Cape Town was a comfortable, luxury villa located in the prestigious Camps Bay. The property has a small garden and plunge pool and offers lovely views of Table Mountain. Featuring four en-suite bedrooms, a modern, fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious living area with piano, this is a warm, welcoming and well-appointed family home ideal for those looking to settle in for a while.

The property is available to rent on (Property 82597).

Read Lara and Terry's full review of the property in Cape Town 

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