Cape Town and around in December vibrate at different frequencies

19 December 2022

— by Lisa K Hill —

The question is not what to do but what not to do during this festive month with its abundance of choices. Whether you are exploring the richness of our mountain trails and game lodges or sipping Chardonnay at one of our world class wine farms, your ‘to do list’ just got an extended holiday.

Both new visitors and frequent guests from all over the world are grasping at this long-awaited unrestricted holiday season. We also welcome the millennials – with more than their share of energy – who can compact a week’s worth of luggage into three weeks’ worth of experiences:

Why celebrate this festive season at The Liz McGrath Collection?

Let us start in Cape Town at The Cellars Hohenhort. For the exuberant exercisers, we have the perfect trifecta of events. The Constantia Nek’s trail, just around the corner from our hotel, is flooded with fynbos making it a real South African treasure trove to explore. It is home to the De Villiers Dam at the summit and offers panoramic views of False Bay. Signal Hill is the launch pad for paragliding if you want an adrenalin rush. Lion’s Head trail whose summit offers a 360-degree view of the Atlantic seaboard is a popular walk for early sun-risers and a perfect place for sundowners.

You can conserve your adrenalin without compromises by taking yourself on a tour around the peninsula past the penguin park in Boulders Beach and on to Cape Point which needs no testimony to its magnificence. Then as you wind your way over the back of Chapman’s Peak, treat yourselves to an exclusive lunch at Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic -located within a National Park- which in the evenings oversees mesmerizing sunset views of Hout Bay.

Photo Credit: Africa Endeavours

With your taste buds for fine dining and adventure on high alert, it is time to move on to our a Hermanus chapter at the Marine Hotel. Here you can do either a catamaran cruise around Walker Bay and or visit the recently launched Hame (Home in Scottish) boutique restaurant. A four course fine, dining eclectic Scottish cuisine mirrored only in Scotland. You will be introduced to between 3 and 6 different choices of the finest Scotch whiskey to perfectly pair with the menu that evening. After which, stroll through the art walks with their galleries of paintings and shops of sculptures and showcases of pottery all made by brilliant local artists. Everywhere from the Marine Hotel is walkable.

Photo Credit: Rhino Africa

Then, whether you fly or drive you would have done your ‘steps’ for the holiday and earned the opportunity to pillory your holidays in Plettenberg Bay tasting their finest award winning MCC wines along the ten kilometers ‘valley of kings’ bubbly route. The perfect end to this holiday and start for the New Year are conjoined with this exceptional tour during your last few days with us at the Plettenberg Hotel.


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