LIbertas Parva & Ackermann House, Stellenbosch

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Dorp Street is the oldest street in Stellenbosch and part of the Old Wagon Road to Cape Town. I wandered up and down this street more than once, at different times of the day, and loved the simplicity of the buildings, the … Continued


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It was hot, we had walked at La Motte, and the priority was a beer! Then we visited the Huguenot Memorial and Museum. The flight of Protestants from France was precipitated when the Edict of Nantes was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685, ending … Continued

Walking at La Motte

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We were looking for a walk in the Franschhoek Valley and the Tourist Office in Franschhoek, gave us information about a trail at The La Motte Vineyard. 

The De Hoop Nature Reserve

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I wanted to walk in the countryside and decided we should visit the De Hoop Nature Reserve – it was not a wholly successful expedition. Firstly I had not found the map on the Reserve website… Big mistake! It clearly showed the roads we should … Continued

The Old Residency, Graaff Reinet

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The land on which The Old Residency stands was first bought by Willem Janssens in 1801 and the house was built in 1819 by Johannes Gerber. The house changed hands several times and was eventually bought by the Rubidge family in 1855. It … Continued

Reinet House, Graaff Reinet

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On our first day in Graaff Reinet we launched ourselves into The Graaff Reinet Museum which is housed in four historic buildings: Reinet House, Urquhart House, The Old Library, and The Old Residency. Reinet House, built in 1812 on an H-plan, … Continued

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