SOUTH AFRICA: THE BEST OF THE REST

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I absolutely loved South Africa and it truly was the BEST holiday (the emphatic nature of this statement requires CAPITALS). However, I am going to have to stop banging on about it as it doesn’t do to dwell on the past even if the present is back to sitting at a desk! So here’s my final post on my holiday and it’s the best of the rest. I have a feeling brevity will not kick in!

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Delaire Graff

My favourite day of the whole trip was lunch at Delaire Graff.

I’d had gushing recommendations about this vineyard from two people so I booked it weeks in advance of our visit as I didn’t want to miss out. It had a lot to live up to, and, I kid you not, it surpassed my already very high expectations. It was perfect and that is not a phrase I would band around lightly.

Lunch pretty much took up the whole day which undoubtedly is the number one sign of a great lunch. If you are looking for it, and you should, you can find Delaire Graff here between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. You should go. That’s an order! Just in case you’re wondering, this isn’t a sponsored post this is just my honest opinion. It was wonderful. So what made it so good? Setting, wine tasting and quality of food.

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The setting

We arrived early and took advantage of the wine tasting they offered in the most stunning setting. We tasted five wines at a cost of 50 Rand per person (less than £2.50 per person). As a side note I’d also recommend mend Rickety Bridge for wine tasting (20  My favourite, after a lot of consideration (I had to taste them all quite a lot, just to make sure, you know), was the Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc which I have found in the UK here (hurrah!).

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The wine tasting 

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We then moved to a different outdoor terrace with beautiful views again for our lunch. Our bread arrived with three types of butter – smoked (the best), miso and chickpea & lime – and smoked salt (I’d never heard of smoked salt but, as a fan of smoked food generally, really liked it. I have found this in the UK too from Halen Môn). This lead my boyfriend to exclaim, no word of  lie: “Wow! who knew butter could taste so good?” That still makes me smile. We then had oysters, langostine linguine  (me), steak (him), passion fruit and white chocolate dessert (me) and crème brûlée (him) with a very nice bottle of wine (mostly me).

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The three butters
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Main courses

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The desserts

We ate like kings for the price of a normal dinner (the pound is strong against the. Rand at the moment). Simply put, it was the best meal I have ever had (before I promptly fell asleep for the rest of the day so full of food and wine was I).

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Cape of Good Hope

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When staying at Camps Bay we headed down the twisting road of Chapman’s Peak Pass down to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (almost the most southerly point on the continent). We had a lovely day hiking up to the lighthouse then along to the next lighthouse before walking the Voetpad Trail along the boardwalk to the beach (both are about 90 minute round trips). If you like walking this part of Table Mountain National Park is the day out for you.

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The boardwalk from the lighthouse to the Cape of Good Hope beach

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Wildlife

We didn’t do safari but that did not stop us from seeing a really good array of animals. It started on the way out to Robben Island when we saw two whales swimming together and that was incredibly special. We also saw this gang (luckily no snakes!)….

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Boulder’s Beach

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Hout’s Bay

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Cape of Good Hope

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Cape of Good Hope
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A cheeky one!

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed the posts on South Africa. I can’t wait to start planning my next adventure. Any suggestions?