Reasons to Visit
The most economical and by far the most popular way to experience South Africa is on a self drive. The roads are good, traffic tends to be light and driving is on the left.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'. Here you can admire the manicured rows of green and russet vines and even stop to sample the local tipple.
Cape Town – one of the world’s great cities, Cape Town has excellent accommodation, is easy to explore and is the gateway to the Wine Regions and Garden Route. Cape Town is an ideal place to start your trip around South Africa.
Hermanus and Walker Bay, near Cape Town, are perhaps the best places in the world to spot whales from the shore (Jun-Dec). Whale watching trips from boats are also popular in South Africa.
Learn how Ghandi, Paul Kruger and Winston Churchill were all involved in the battle of Spioenkop, during the Boer War, or how a hundred British soldiers held off some 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, and how nearly 1,800 were killed a few hours earlier at the battle of Isandlwana.
South Africa offers some of the best safari in the whole of Africa. One of the best places are the private reserves of Kruger Greater Park, where you can see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).
South Africa boasts some spectacular scenery across the whole country. These include the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, coastal views along the Garden Route, the impressive Blyde River Canyon and the vast Karoo.
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Abbey Manor strikes the perfect balance between being close to the main attractions of Cape Town, while providing a relaxing base to come back to at the end of a day's exploring.
Abbey Manor is a five star guesthouse occupying a beautiful location on the foothills of Table Mountain with spectacular views over Cape Town.
Its nine rooms are sumptuously furnished to a high level of comfort with meticulous attention to detail; every inch a grand Georgian home with warm and welcoming interiors. The beautiful stained glass windows are a real feature of this property. There is a good-sized swimming pool and a lovely roof terrace with hot tub. With Table Mountain right in front of you - what better place for sundowners?
Abbey Manor strikes the perfect balance between being close to the main attractions of Cape Town, while providing a relaxing base to come back to at the end of a day's exploring. The owners, Russell and Judy, also manage the guesthouse and go out of their way to look after you and ensure your stay is just perfect.
Cape Town offers so much to see: the re-developed Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was jailed, District Six museum and of course the iconic Table Mountain.
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