Wild, Wondrous Wildeberg

Very near the end of Franschhoek’s Verdun Road, in the southern corner of the valley, on a steep mountainside, an adventurous bunch of people is making wine. They’re not worried that for all of the

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Cape Country Charm

Cape Country Routes is a grouping of independent hotels and country inns with members from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. I visited some of their members in the Klein Karoo on assignment for Franschhoek Life.

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A River Runs Into It

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow” read the note left on my pillow on the final night of my stay at Wilderness Safaris’ Kwetsani Camp in the central Okavango Delta. I agree;

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Siegfried Schäfer

about me

Born in Stellenbosch and raised in Franschhoek, I call South Africa’s famous Cape Winelands my home. University in Stellenbosch led to an MA in International Management and an MBA cum laude. Work in the tourism and business consulting fields took me here and there, but I’ve now happily settled back in Franschhoek, where I publish the local newspaper – the Franschhoek Tatler. I’m a qualified nature guide, active in several community organisations and a town councillor in the local municipality. I get to travel from time to time, and occasionally I get around to writing about it. That’s when it ends up here! I hope you enjoy my efforts.

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