Three Easy Women’s Day Getaways near the Mother City

In South Africa, Women’s Day commemorates the 9th of August 1956, when a group of determined South African women took a stand against unjust pass laws.

With Women’s Day just around the corner (on the Thursday the 9th of August) many will be taking that Friday off too and making a long weekend of it. With that in mind here are some quick and easy getaway ideas near Cape Town for you and your girlfriends.

 

The Overberg: Hermanus

 

The whales are already back in Hermanus this year, so why not head out this popular seaside town for a picturesque weekend away? There is plenty to do in ‘the village’ and on the way there. When driving to Hermanus (via Sir Lowry’s Pass) be sure to stop at The Hickory Shack in Elgin for a delicious Texas-style barbecue feast in a stunning mountainside setting. Just pull in off the N2 about 1.2km after Paul Cluver. The menu has something for everyone but their ‘Backyard Brunch’ could be the perfect start to a girl’s road trip.

 

A quicker but equally tasty food stop is the Houw Hoek Farmstall (also off the N2 just a few kilometres before the Botriver turnoff). They’re famous for their wide selection of pies with the venison option being a firm favourite for many. Another great and worthwhile detour is a pampering session at the Western Cape’s most famous Natural Warm Mineral Baths located in the farming town of Caledon (approximately two hours from Cape Town). You could drive on to Hermanus through Caledon by taking the back route into town through the gorgeous Hemel-En-Aarde Valley.

 

Facilities at the Caledon Hotel & Spa include an elegant Victorian Bath House (erected 1897), cascading hot pools, a steam room, sauna, frigidarium pool, Swiss shower and jacuzzi. Only 80 tickets are available per day and demand is high weekends and public holidays so arrive early or book in advance to avoid disappointment. (028 214 5100)

 

Once in Hermanus, you’ll be truly spoiled for choice. There are wine estates to explore (visits to Creation or Hamilton Russell are always worthwhile). Or you could have a seafood lunch at the pristine Marine Hotel with its fantastic ocean views and then follow that up with a stroll along the cliff paths where whale sightings are frequent. If you prefer to take it easy, then enjoy a sublime sunset on the dunes of Grotto Beach.  But the more adventurous in your group could opt for tandem paragliding above the town or shark diving below it. Visit Hermanus Tourism to see just how much is on offer.

 

The West Coast: Yzerfontein

 

If you and your gal crew are looking for a chilled, super- escape, then take a trip out to Yzerfrontein located only 80 kilometres from Cape Town. This charming oceanside village is not only a haven for birdlife, wildlife, sea life and indigenous flora, it also boasts South Africa’s longest stretch of beach which runs for 25 kilometres, all the way up to the start of the West Coast National Park in the north. Popular with water sports enthusiasts, other activities include whale spotting, fishing and hiking.

 

You may also want to visit the nearby town of Darling, made famous by satirist Pieter Dirk Uys whose popular quirky theatre complex ‘Evita se Perron’ is a must-see – especially if Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout is in residence. And road tripping is thirsty work so be sure not to miss the Darling Brew Experience for a taste of ‘slow living’ at its best. The Tasterroom & Brewery on Caledon Street is a genuine treat. Indulge in an unusual beer and food pairing while soaking up the relaxed country atmosphere.

 

A visit to the West Coast National Park is another great detour even during off-peak periods. The reserve stretches from Yzerfontein to Langebaan and offers an array of activities such as bird watching, game sighting, biking and whale spotting. Avid birdwatchers can spot over 200 species of land and seabirds, and the game includes springbok, kudu, gemsbok and the rare mountain zebra. The popular restaurant, Geelbek, is situated near the Langebaan lagoon.

 

The Winelands: Franschhoek

 

A girls’ weekend away in Franschhoek is always a winning idea. This historic and postcard perfect village is a wine and food lovers’ paradise. And best of all it can be reached by driving through the university town of Stellenbosch which has many of its own culinary hotspots to enjoy.

 

Franschhoek, stemming from the Dutch for ‘French Corner’ is situated 75 kilometres from Cape Town and was founded in 1688 by French Huguenots.  This quaint mountain valley village has many Bed & Breakfast options and a stunning array of restaurants, coffee shops and bars to choose from. You can sample a host of award-winning estate wines all within a 5km radius and it’s impossible to run out of dining options. From simple country fayre through to Michelin Star status, you can sample some of the finest food that South Africa has to offer.  The ‘wine tram’ is a popular activity among visitors and the town is also famous for its unusual boutique shopping selections. It’s not too late to make a booking so get busy planning.

 

There’s a whole world waiting on your doorstep so don’t let winter weather keep you at home. Get your girls together and celebrate somewhere special.

 

From all of us at The Point, we wish you a very happy and fun-filled Women’s Day.

 

Enjoy,

The Point Team x

PEOPLE OF THE POINT: CARINE GLASS

This go-getting entrepreneur founded an experiential marketing and events agency in 2008, thus fulfilling a dream to start her own business.

In the past decade, she has launched both new products and brands for one of the leading cosmetics, skincare and fragrance companies in the world, and her latest project – RAFAELA LEAH – is a continuation of her passion for excellence and innovation in all things luxurious.

After more than ten years in beauty PR and eventing, Carine is ready to unveil her sensational new undertaking, by launching her very own jewellery brand.

Tell us more about Rafaela Leah and how it started

I grew up in a jewellery environment with both parents having forged careers in this very exciting industry before I was born, so my love for the trade started at a very young age.  For over a decade, I actually ran my own corporate events business but in 2016 I decided to change my professional direction, and less than a year later I launched RAFAELA LEAH online jewellery store. Six months after that, we opened our first retail kiosk.

 

 

Rafaela Leah is named after your daughter and your jewellery is named after females who have inspired you, who are some of your favourite inspirations?

My children are my biggest inspiration and the driving force behind everything that I do! After them, I draw inspiration from the amazing women with whom I spend my time –  family members, friends as well as colleagues and other women in business.  Hence the reason I give them all praise in my business my naming jewellery after them!

 

You were in marketing and events why the change?

A personal event 2 years ago made me re-evaluate how, where and with whom I want to spend my time.  Whilst the events business is exciting and comes with many perks, it also means extensive travelling and time away from home and loved ones.

 

What was your thought/goal when starting Rafaela Leah?

I really want to provide women with stunning jewellery items that are of the highest calibre. RAFAELA LEAH is all about uncompromising quality, yet the range is also priced attractively. I want everyone to aspire to own a piece of RAFAELA LEAH jewellery, but still, ensure the brand remains affordable. It makes me incredibly excited to position this brand on the cutting edge of the South African jewellery industry.

 

Are there any exciting projects/ ranges launches/collaborations in the pipeline?

We are launching the MIKAEL NOAH men’s collection towards the end of August which I’m thrilled about – the South African market has been lacking in trendy men’s accessories and jewellery, which I’m planning to change – so watch this space!

 

What is the best part of being in your industry?

I love spending time at my kiosk and with my customers when I get the chance – getting to know them and what jewellery they like is key to building and maintaining a successful jewellery brand.

 

What inspires and empowers you about women?

Margaret Thatcher sums it up for me – I just love this quote from her “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”.

 

How do you try to inspire and empower women?

By encouraging them to have a voice, be it in the workplace with their colleagues or at home with their families. Women need to shift the perceptions they have about themselves and the other women around them. We can wear the pretty lipstick and still go to battle! We shouldn’t have to make a choice between being feminine and balsy.

 

What is your wish for your daughter and future woman?

That she, and all of our daughters, will hopefully not have to spend so much of their valuable time and energy proving that they are as capable as their brothers!

 

Thank you, Carine, for being such a wonderful inspiration to all women, everywhere.

 

Till next month,

The Point Team x