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LEVEL 6 WATER RESTRICTIONS

The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 6 Water Restrictions, effective from 1 January 2018 until further notice.

But what does it all mean? Well, a whole lot.

RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL CUSTOMERS
No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed. This includes watering/irrigation of gardens, vegetables, agricultural crops, sports fields, golf courses, nurseries, parks and other open spaces. Nurseries and customers involved in agricultural activities or with historical gardens may apply for exemption.

The use... read more..


Keeping kids entertained during the holidays is a difficult job. Experienced parents know that when kids are kept inside too long they start to get a little crazy. If the only experience your little ones have with animals is Peppa Pig, then it’s time to broaden their horizons and let them get close and personal with Mother Nature’s majestic, weird, and hilarious critters. Here are our picks for the best animal encounters for kids in Cape Town.

Imhoff Farm
Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie makes for a great day trip with the kids. This quaint farmstead has a number of animal activities... read more..


Wondering what to do for New Year's Eve? Cape Point Vineyards is 20 minutes drive from Simon's Town and is planning an evening to remember!

NEW YEARS EVE FEATURING DJ RENE THE FRENCHMAN

Cape Point Vineyards in conjunction with DJ Rene the Frenchman proudly presents THE GRAND SOUTH NYE 2017.

Dress Code: STEAMPUNK EXTRAVAGANZA – PRIZES FOR BEST DRESSED

Tickets:
R250.00 per person: Limited tickets availible – first come first serve!

VIP: R700.00 per person
– Exclusive access to the deck
– Canapes served from 7 – 9 pm
– A glass of... read more..


We recently celebrated National Braai Day in South Africa and here are the best braai spots recommended in Cape Town:

Nothing says easy-going summer vibes like the sound of sizzle and the waft of smoke. Fire up the barbie!

Whether you call it tshisa-nyama, a barbecue or a good ol’ braai, cooking meat over the coals with friends is the quintessential South African feast, come rain or shine (but preferably shine). So, in the spirit of Heritage Day, we’ve rounded up the best braai spots in and around Cape Town.

SILVERMINE NATURE RESERVE
Located in Table Mountain... read more..


Tourism Month is in full swing, with the South African National Park (SANParks) once again opening its doors for free for South African National Parks Week from Monday, 18 September until Friday, 22 September.

The initiative is part of the annual South African National Parks Week. The campaign is held under the running theme ‘Know Your National Parks’. It allows locals, with valid identity documents, a chance to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.

The week-long campaign is at all national parks managed by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders at... read more..


Water crisis in Cape Town!

As the province moves into the spring and summer seasons with little prospects for rain, the City of Cape Town has announced tougher water restrictions by raising the water consumption alert to level 5.

The new restrictions include a cap on individual domestic property usage and sets it at 20kl per month.

Residents who use more than this will be subjected to a very high fine. All users are also required to remain vigilant with regards to water use. The City said that further measures to reduce water pressure will commence immediately.

... read more..


LANZERAC’S WINTER TASTINGS
Lanzerac Winter Tastings
FROM THU, 31 AUG 2017 TO THU, 31 AUG 2017 VENUE LANZERAC, STELLENBOSCH

Winter is on its way and it’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a cosy fireplace whilst tucking into a hearty bowl of soup and home baked bread. This winter Lanzerac Wine Estate, home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage, invites you to join them during May, June, July and August for a series of after-work winter inspired tastings. The tastings will be presented in the comfort of the Tasting Room and the inviting... read more..


Early travellers would not have had an easy time of attempts to negotiate the Hottentot’s Holland Mountain range, which stretches along the eastern side of Somerset West and Gordons Bay.

The summit provides one with the most awe-inspiring backdrops in the Western Cape - on a clear day you can view the range all the way from the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Today, Sir Lowry’s Pass allows easy passage across this daunting natural barrier.

The beauty of this pass, often shrouded in mist and rain, more than makes up for the unsynchronised traffic lights that grace the N2’s... read more..


Things To Do in Stellenbosch
Cape Winelands Walk

hiking trails walks & hiking cape helderberg cape winelands

WHERE? Start in Somerset West and end in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
WHEN? Booking is required.
HOW? Call +27 (0)21 852 5937 or +27(0) 82 888 1585
HOW MUCH? Price on request

This self-guided, fully-catered walk through the sumptuous winelands of the Cape has two options. The slackpacker hike is seven days, but there is a shorter version over four days. Most of the paths are through wine estates of the region as well as the Helderberg... read more..


There are several trails in the Reserve, of which only the Brown Route is non-circular. Many regular walkers buy an Early Riser key which allows them access to the Reserve on foot before opening hours. This is a great way to beat the heat and enjoy a quiet walk. Early Riser keys are available from the Visitor Centre. Applicants need to be a valid member of the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Membership cards are also obtainable at the Visitor Centre.

Walking Trails on the Helderberg

The Pink route goes to the top of West peak which is outside the Reserve. The Green... read more..


The Hermanus Whale Festival started 26 years ago in the coastal town of Hermanus. Residents and visitors celebrate the migration of Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions, emphasising education and environmentally responsible adventures and activities.

From the 30th of September till the 2nd of October 2016 the Hermanus Whale Festival is celebrating the only enviro-arts festival in South Africa, “putting the creatures of the deep on stage and under the spotlight alongside top performers and musicians.

” Hermanus, known as... read more..


Don your beret and celebrate France’s Independence Day with good food and wine

What better way to paint the town red, white and blue than in a beret? “Vive la Résistance!”

Party à la française (French-style) at the centuries-old French Huguenot fête that is poised to, once again, take over Franschhoek for Bastille Day, France’s Independence Day. On Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 July 2017 visitors to Mzansi’s French corner can look forward to a two-day feast featuring good food, great wine and enthralling entertainment. This time around, the annual get-together celebrates its... read more..


Wine tasting is an utterly charming way to pass the weekend. When paired with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture and awe-inspiring food, it becomes one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities for visitors and locals alike.

But how to go about getting the absolute most out of your experience? Well, for starters, you can take a look at our insider’s guide to the Cape Winelands!

THE CONSTANTIA VALLEY WINE ROUTE
The Constantia Valley is the closest wine route to the city, no more than 20 minutes away. The magnificently beautiful region... read more..


Have a Whale of a Time in Hermanus
Watch the world’s gentle giants of the deep frolic in waters of Walker Bay

Wedged between the mountain and the sea, the quaint hamlet of Hermanus has been rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, and it is often regarded as the heart of the whale route.
This story-book fishing village along the southern coast is, arguably, one of the Western Cape’s most breathtaking destinations and is complemented by a range of fine restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and more. It’s no... read more..


South Africans have been inundated with tips on how to save water, followed by warnings of what will happen should we not comply.

Now, it’s caution of a different kind headed our way, as experts warn Capetonians should be geared up for a significant winter storm this week.

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the western part of the country from Tuesday night through to late afternoon on Wednesday.

Consumers need to conduct appropriate maintenance checks to ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition, as well as conduct comprehensive maintenance repairs... read more..


South Africa’s largest culinary event, the Good Food and Wine Show is back in Cape Town. Ticket holders at the “innovative, creative, informative and entertaining” event attend theatres – Chefs Open Theatre, Baking Theatre, Wine Theatre, Kids Corner, Partner Theatres and more – free of charge, as well as having access to a high level of both local and international chefs and sommeliers, such as Marco Pierre White, J’Something, Reza Mahammad , Jenny Morris and more.

“The Good Food and Wine Show lived up to its promise, delivering products and entertainment to satisfy every kind of... read more..


Lourensford Market, Somerset West is happening every Sundays in Somersetwest

Combine the scenic splendor of the renowned Lourensford Wine Estate with the rustic sophistication of a quality market and you’ll find yourself at the Lourensford Market. Bespoke crafts, gourmet foods, ABRU craft beer and Lourensford Wine are just a few of the items our carefully picked traders will have on offer at the Lourensford Market. The market also boasts a kiddies area, live entertainment and a “doggie bar” to ensure there is something for everyone.
Additional Information:
– Dog... read more..


As most of you know the Western Cape is experiencing extreme water restrictions and things are just going to get more serious if we do not receive most needed rain. We feel it is everyone's duty to do as much as we can and we strongly believe that we should not only be saving water only in times of need, but make it part of our everyday living.

With more and more areas struggling with droughts, conserving water is more important than ever. Even if you’re not living in a drought-stricken region, cutting back on water use also means a lower utility bill and helps conserve a precious... read more..


Did you know?
Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.

A single day is really not enough to thank Mom for being the one who helped you with your homework, dried your tears after crash-landing off your tricycle, and ferried you between parties in her mom-taxi. From cheering you on at your sports day to cheering you on as you go through life, your Mom is your single biggest fan (apart from Dad, but... read more..


Join us for a glass of wine at the opening of our new exhibition: ‘Landscapes of the Mind’. This is a group exhibition featuring work by Revalle Beaton, Nicolene Botha, Marion Cross, Cliff Davies, Anja Meeter, Mary-Jane Morris, Hein Reinders, Ann Selbach, Angela Stannard, Bert Touwen, Charles van der Merwe, Lester van Rooyen, Kathy Wivell and gallery owner and artist, Di White.

Venue: Bright Street Gallery
Dates: 05/05/2017 to 05/05/2017
Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


South Africans love wine and biltong, so putting them together just makes sense. The best of the best will be at the festival, so come along to L’Avenir Wine Estate in Stellenbosch for a day of delicious biltong and sensational wine from local vineyards. You’ll be able to taste them all, and learn to pair them together to get the best taste out of both!


Travel safely this long weekend!


#Pickoftheweek: KKNK (8 - 15 April 2017)
The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees is returning to Oudtshoorn yet again in 2017 and we cannot wait to join the fun at this multi-platform arts festival. The organisers have made sure that they cater for everyone with the diversity of all of their events. You’ll be able to catch performance theatre, music, art, concerts and kids activities.
Get your taste of true South African art culture with the KKNK.

2. Autumn Beer Festival (8 April)
Jack Black’s Brewing Co. are inviting you to join their very first beer festival at... read more..


The Western Cape’s largest travel, outdoor and adventure event, The Cape Getaway Show, returns to Lourensford Wine Estate from 31 March to 2 April 2017.

Unlock your travel dreams at the Cape Getaway Show

Travel inspiration
Plan your next holiday
Great offers and prizes
Kiddies’ activities
Fun for the whole family
Adventure activities
Beer tent
Live music
Travel and taste theatre
Latest camping and outdoor gear
Wine village


Somerset West (Afrikaans: Somerset-Wes) is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. Organisationally and administratively it is included in the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is situated in the Helderberg area (formerly called Hottentots Holland), about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Cape Town central city area, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Strand. The town is overlooked by the Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains. The vehicle registration code for Somerset West is CFM and the post code is 7130 for street addresses,... read more..


Cape Town – Firefighters in the Western Cape have responded to 17 000 fires since the start of the fire season in December, local government MEC Anton Bredell said on Monday. 2017-03-13 20:24
James de Villiers, News24

"Ten years ago, the Western Cape experienced an estimated 12 000 fires for the full year. Over the past three months alone, we have recorded more than 17 000 fires across the province," said Bredell in a statement.

He said extreme conditions, strong winds and high temperatures along with dry conditions in particular, have contributed to the current... read more..


The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge staged over two days starts tomorrow 4 March at Le Bonheur Wine Estate.
(Only 35 Km from Room With A View Guesthouse).
We still have accommodation available!


Wishing all our guests a Happy Valentines Day 2017!


Somerset West and its surrounding areas offer some excellent mountain biking routes from ragged mountains trails to challenging routes through forests.


Dear guests, please take note of our accommodation prices.
Kind regards


We were were only a house away from the fire, our guests from Germany and surrounding neighbors were of great help. Danile Caudia and her brother Mark, and the whole team supported us greatly, thank you. Now we are family!
Congratulations to the Fire Brigade, the helicopter guys were great, the fire fighters and community, all stood together. We salute these heroes! It's not all over yet, but we believe we are safe.
Regards
Room With a View team
Picture source: Sullivan Photography


Every sunset in Cape Town is special – and now with our Sunset Special offer, everybody can enjoy the spectacle from the top of Table Mountain.


Happy New Year to all our guests.


Dear guests, enjoy this special time with family and friends. Thank you for your kind support this year. Travel safely, and Merry Christmas!


Taste Turkish coffee at Byblos Café
The Rundown: Byblos is a quaint Lebanese-inspired coffee shop at The Palms in Woodstock owned by a passionate and award-winning barista, Mikhael Bou Rjeily. The whole coffee drinking experience – from the décor and furniture to the cups and ambience – transports you to the exotic world of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish coffee is also one of the oldest brewing methods in the world – a cup of coffee here is like enacting an ancient ritual.
Super Cool Factor: The Turkish coffee is served with a complimentary baklava, which is a rich, sweet pastry... read more..


We meet the most interesting people here at Room with a View.


A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. We were privileged to experience this on 14.11.16


CAPE TOWN TOURISM VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES are conveniently located throughout the city to provide you with friendly and informed advice, information and booking services for: Accommodation • Tours • Vehicle Hire • Shuttle Services • Eating Out • Wine Tours • Sport • Adventure • Shopping and much more.

Cape Town Tourism also offers business support to emerging entrepreneurs who either own a tourism business or are interested in starting one.

The print edition of the Cape Town Green Map is available at Visitor Information Centres around the city.

021 840 1400
... read more..


Hello November, take a look at our peak season rates, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/IEpO2t


Heritage Day (24 September), which falls on a Saturday this year, is a South African public holiday that celebrates our rainbow nation’s diversity and that calls on South Africans to unite despite their differences.

Controversially nicknamed National Braai Day in 2005 as a result of a pointed media campaign led by Jan Braai, the occasion traditionally sees families, friends and strangers unite over Webers, drums and potjies to share in South Africa’s favourite pastimes: vuur, choppies en chommies (fire, chops and friends)! If you’re a braai-ginner, have a look at the top tips from... read more..


Some of the most scenic Mountain Bike Trails can be found in the Helderberg area. The trails range from green to black and there will surely be a trails for every taste and fitness level. The world famous Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race ends at the Lourensford Estate in Somerset West.
On the R44 toward Stellenbosch at the edge of Somerset West lies Helderberg Farm which offers amongst many activities a Mountain Bike Trail.
Situated on the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road close to Sir Lowry’s Village, you will find and exciting range of trails known as the Schapenburg Mountain Bike... read more..


Women’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, making it the perfect day to treat yourself or that unique lady in your life with our selection of excellent specials and events. This day commemorates ladies who fought for their rights and dignity as they pushed back the regime’s "pass" systems (identity documents that limited freedom of movement). In 1956, well over 20 000 women marched to the Union Building in Pretoria in fierce defiance of the oppressive apartheid laws. On Women’s Day, we celebrate the magic, beauty, love and strength in every woman.

WOMEN’S DAY AT THE FOOD BARN IN... read more..


August is derby month and this year Premier Interschools is bringing one of the biggest and most famous ones on Saturday the 6th of August to your local screens. Paarl Boys High versus Paarl Gimnasium


WHERE? Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape
WHEN? Booking is required.
HOW? Call Cape Nature on +27 (0)21 483-0190
HOW MUCH? Price on request


You don’t have to sweat; there’s no huffing
and puffing. It’s just great fun.
Mon - Fri, 9:00 - 16:00

Contact us:
Tel: +27 (0)76 403 7320
www.byecycletours.com
info@byecycletours.com


School’s out! Yes, pupils across the Western Cape are gearing up for a well-deserved holiday that kicks off this Friday (24 June), and parents across the province are probably worrying about what to do with their children over this period. Luckily, we have a comprehensive overview of school holiday programmes, events and more to keep your little ones, tweens, teens and even toddlers busy and entertained.

If you are looking for a particularly thrilling activity and your children are over the age of 12, we recommend taking a plunge into shark-infested waters with the White Shark... read more..


A trip to the Mother City will not be complete without a visit to each Cape Town Big 7 attractions namely:
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway,Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Robben Island Museum – An agency of the Department of Arts & Culture., V & A Waterfront, Cape Point, South Africa, Cape Town Partnership City Walk and Groot Constantia.


If you love art and culture then make sure you visit the Art Creations Africa Sculpture Garden and Gallery on the Helderberg Estate in Somerset West. Stone Sculptures are made in Zimbabwe and brought here to be placed on display. Exhibitions are also often held at art galleries, botanical gardens, wine estates and leading hotels worldwide.

Take a stroll through and admire these exceptional statues that are extremely detailed and full of emotion, expressing the artists look on life, mood or inspiration. There is a lot to browse through and fascinating art to be discovered. Art... read more..


Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 29 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016.
Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. Whether it’s dancing like nobody is listening at Beerhouse, or sampling the best of SA’s cheese at the Cheese Festival, this weekend is sure to be one to remember.

#PickoftheWeek: Afrika Ablaze Unchained Dance Showcase
The choreographic genius that is Glenda Jones brings you a rediscovery of movement and expression at the Baxter... read more..


Hi All our Wonderful Guests and our Friends, we will be closed until mid June 2016 for maintenance.
Be on the look out for our Winter-Warmer Special after June!

(If you are in need of a long term booking during this time, feel free to contact us via phone or email.)

Blessings on your day.
Hanli and Danie


1 to 3 April 2016 | Save the date!

The Western Cape’s largest travel, outdoor and adventure event, The Cape Getaway Show, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans, is back at Lourensford Wine Estate and promises to be bigger and better than before.

With live music, delicious food, wine and craft beer, specials on camping, outdoor and travel gear as well as amazing holiday prizes up for grabs this is a jam packed weekend you won’t want to miss out on.

The Cape Getaway Show has special events happening each day with loads of adventures for the whole family and a few special... read more..


Initially a wild flower garden, the 407-hectare Helderberg Nature Reserve was proclaimed a reserve in 1960 to preserve an important enclave of Mesic Mountain Fynbos.

Along with the incredible plant diversity, the reserve has a rich fauna. Visitors can experience bontebok grazing at any time of the day and some 169 species of birds have been recorded. Look out for three types of tortoise – the mountain tortoise, the angulate tortoise and the padloper.

There are several lovely walking trails, of which only the Brown Route is non-circular. Facilities in the reserve include an... read more..


Officially declared a public holiday in 1994, Human Rights Day (21 March) serves as both a reminder of the happenings at the Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of Mzansi’s unique foundation, which gives all citizens equal rights.

This year, it falls on a Monday, and what better way to celebrate this coveted weekend interlude than with a range of activities in Cape Town.
Apart from the high-profile events in our weekend overview, the Mother City boasts a slew of niche things to do, and revelers looking to commemorate Mzansi’s diversity with something slightly offbeat can... read more..


summer concerts kirstenbosch south africa

The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2015 to April 2016 for the annual summer sunset concerts. Each year, hordes of music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens. This year, the exciting bill includes some seriously big names and local lekker acts such as Freshlyground, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre, The Plastics and more. Additionally, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and pops can rest assured that... read more..