On September 24, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their heritage and culture. And what better way to do this than by celebrating with braai broodjies and a trip to one of the many heritage sites around the Western Cape.
Here are five accommodations that will help you celebrate Heritage Day and the long weekend!
There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe how amazing Kagga Kamma is. They offer 10 cave suites that are nestled against natural rock formations in the Cederberg, providing a unique experience that’s sure to connect you with inhabitants of the bygone era – the Khoi and San. Cederberg is also a great location for anyone keen on exploring the Khoisan rock art that this area is famous for or for those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning region. Explore the stars with their Star Suite, or enjoy the blue skies with their Sky Suite.
Because Cederberg is such an incredible area that’s brimming with beauty and history, we just had to include another accommodation to help you explore this region, and Doringbos is the perfect addition to this list. Located on a 3000-hectare farm, this property offers luxurious lodgings that include the main farmhouse and the four surrounding cottages. Enjoy views of the rugged Cederberg landscape while sipping your morning coffee on the deck. Horse riding, rock climbing, and quad hiking are just a few of the fun activities you can get up to.
Bo-Kaap is a colourful fixture on Cape Town’s must-visit list and is the perfect location to celebrate Heritage Day. Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when slaves were brought from Malaysia, Indonesia, and parts of Africa to work in the Cape. This De Waterkant Airbnb city sanctuary is the perfect accommodation for those looking to explore Bo-Kaap, and the surrounding area, while still enjoying the incredible architectural and natural beauty of the city.
The charming town of Stellenbosch is a great way to escape the city while exploring South Africa’s history as it’s considered the second oldest town in South Africa, dating back to 1679. There’s a range of historical sites to check out, including the famous Dorp Street and The Devonshire House. Grabbing a room at the Victorian-era guest house Bonne Esperance is an excellent way to explore the history of Stellies while sleeping in a piece of history. The guest house was built in 1901 and does a terrific job of blending historical charm and modern luxury into its interior design.
Surrounded by mountain ranges and stunning vineyards, the quaint town of Tulbagh is an excellent choice for those looking to sample heritage and good wine, all while unwinding in the tranquillity of nature. The town is considered one of the oldest in South Africa and dates back to the 1700s, with Church Street being considered a Heritage Site. Just a street away from this heritage site is the Tulbagh Boutique Heritage Hotel, a Cape Dutch property that offers luxurious accommodation with decor that’s reminiscent of the 1700s Cape Dutch era. It’s the perfect and comfortable stay for those looking to enjoy this area.
Picture: Bonne Esperance Guest House