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BPJ Erasmus Presents a Revised and Updated Edition of the Bestselling Travel Guide, On Route in South Africa

On Route in South AfricaOp Pad in Suid-AfrikaNew from Sunbird Publishers, a revised and updated edition of On Route in South Africa and the Afrikaans version, Op Pad in Suid-Afrika, both by BPJ Erasmus. Over 100 000 copies of the book have been sold and the new editions have been featured on the Exclusive Books Homebru Selection for 2014:

From Pofadder, eMkhuze and Haenertsburg to Cookhouse, Klipplaat, Maokeng and Taung … South Africa’s amazing diversity is an invitation to take to the road.

This revised and updated edition of On Route in South Africa has a new, contemporary look, but contains all the features that have made it such a classic. Previous editions won a special place in the hearts of South Africans. No other book available offers such a range and depth of information about the villages, towns and cities of this land, and on the intriguing and informative tales they have to tell.

The 37 chapters are arranged in logical sequence, beginning with Cape Town and radiating outwards. Each chapter corresponds to an established and coherent geographic or demographic area. Included are detailed regional maps, incorporating up-to-date place names, and complemented by route directions within the text. With its expanded text and more than 500 photographs, On Route in South Africa contains a remarkable wealth of information, making it the perfect travel planner and companion.

About the author

BPJ Erasmus, graduate of the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town and author of both the first and this edition of On Route in South Africa, lives in the village of Phillipstown in the Great Karoo, where he moved from Pretoria in 1989. Since the early 1970s, he has written, contributed to, edited and translated a number of reference books and other works of non-fiction. He is married with four children.

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Jenny Morris and Lindsaye McGregor at the South African Book Fair (13 – 15 June)

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisWineries of the CapeThe 2014 South African Book Fair takes place from 13 to 15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Jenny Morris, author of Taste the World with Jenny Morris, and Lindsaye McGregor, author of Wineries of the Cape: The essential companion to touring the Winelands, will be discussing food and wine pairings (complete with a tasting) on Sunday at 2 PM.

Sunday 15 June

The perfect couple – books and wine
2 PM (Room 1.42)
Indulge with Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris and wine-maven Lindsaye McGregor as they chat around the best pairings – includes a wine tasting and morsels of Jenny’s food.

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Claire Hu’s Ten Must-see Cape Wine Farms

Wineries of the CapeInternational wine, food and travel journalist Claire Hu has shared her ten favourite South African wine farms.

Hu’s recommends farms based on ten different criteria, including food, location, accommodation, child-friendly and “hippie vibe”, and among her top ten are Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Constantia Uitsig, Blaauwklippen in Stellenbosch and Weltevrede in Robertson.

For anyone planning a trip to the region, Lindsaye McGregor and Erica Moodie’s Wineries of the Cape is the essential travel companion.

I’ve spent a decade visiting the most famous vineyards around the world.

For sheer beauty, the winelands of South Africa come top of the list.

Whether you’re looking for stunning views or a great place for the kids, here are my top 10 recommendations.

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Best Places to Stop for Biltong in the Karoo

Getaway Guide to Karoo, Namaqualand and KalahariNo trip to the Northern Cape is complete without Brent Naudé-Moseley and Steve Moseley’s Getaway Guide to Karoo, Namaqualand and Kalahari: Out and about in the Northern Cape.

Getaway has also recently listed some of the best places to stop and buy biltong when travelling through the Karoo, so you can plan your padkos around these spots:

Karoo Biltong, Laingsburg

Kobus Reynolds recommends Karoo Biltong in Laingsburg, high praise considering he’s a purist and generally eats only biltong made by his wife, Annatjie. 11 Voortrekker Road, 023-551-1619.

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30 – 40 Wine Farms Expected to Receive New Cape Vintner Classification

Wineries of the CapeThe Cape’s new independent governing body for wineries, the Cape Vintner Classification, is hoping to grant between 30 to 40 wine farms their seal of approval.

The Cape Vintner Classification was launched last December, following the disbandment of the Cape Wine Producers’ Association, and was founded by Schalk Burger Snr’s Welbedacht Estate, Anthonij Rupert, De Wetshof, Kanonkop, Neil Ellis, Rust en Vrede and Vergelegen.

According to Harpers, farms that are expected to recieve the classification are Bartinney, whose Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are “worth watching”, Hamilton Russell, whose 2013 Pinot Noir is expected to be excellent, Sumaridge, who has also produced good Chardonnay over recent years, as well as a strong Pinot Noir and Epitome (a blend of Syrah and Pinotage), and Scali, for its medium-bodied Syrah and Pinotage.

The four main criteria for CVC accreditation will be strictly enforced to prevent a “farce” according to Burger. These are that fruit must be grown and vinified on the estate; that a cellar door is open to the public six days a week; that ethical labour and environmental practices are observed; and that wines are subject to technical and quality audits by an independent committee. Another requirement of a minimum 20 hectares under vine and 100 tons of fruit may be reduced to allow smaller estates to qualify.

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Free Wi-Fi Pilot Project Planned for the Garden Route

The Garden Route and Little KarooThe Garden Route is one of the key areas identified to be part of the Western Cape’s free Wi-Fi initiative, which was launched last month.

The pilot project plans to connect 90 000 in Delft, Atlantis, Robertson and the Garden Route, with schools being given priority, before being rolled out to the rest of the province.

According to Charles George of Home of Compassion Ministries, a non-profit organisation running the project in Delft, connectivity in schools is in place, with communities expected to have access in the “coming weeks”.

Project Isizwe – which runs the free WiFi project facilitated by the City of Tshwane – is set to begin its Western Cape initiative in July. It will cater for Atlantis and Robertson, and Digital Village Communication will ensure connectivity along the Garden Route.

Alan Knott-Craig Jr, head of Project Isizwe, said connectivity will be provided over public access WiFi spectrum of either 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz and will use 15 to 20 base stations.

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Durbanville Hills Chardonnay Named in World Top 10

Wineries of the CapeDurbanville Hills‘ 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay has made the 2014 Chardonnay du Monde top 10 list.

The list, decided at the Chardonnay du Monde in France, names the 10 best Chardonnays from around the world. A panel of judges tasted 794 wines from 40 countries. The Durbanville Hills wine shares top position with wines from France, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Australia and Spain.

The Cape is one of the great wine capitals of the world, with breathtaking scenery and legendary vineyards. Wineries of the Cape: The essential companion to touring the Winelands, by Lindsaye McGregor, a long-time contributor to Platter’s Wine Guide, is an indispensable companion to the area.

Durbanville Hills cellar master Martin Moore explains how the 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay was created:

We follow a much gentler approach with our Rhinofields Chardonnay and believe that a Chardonnay should never be overpowered by wood. To ensure a seamless integration between oak and fruit we ferment and mature 60 percent of the wine in stainless steel tanks over a 12-month period. The other 40 percent spends the same amount of time in French oak barrels. We roll these instead of stirring the lees in the conventional manner.

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Garden Route Tourism Booms Over Festive Season

The Garden Route and Little KarooTowns along the Garden Route experienced their best festive season ever, reports the SABC. A provisional growth figure of 20% has been reported, with the majority of this coming from the tourism sector. Some accommodation places are already booked out for the next festive season.

Read Leon Nell’s book, The Garden Route and Little Karoo, to learn more about the area.

Towns along the scenic Garden Route in the Southern Cape have reported their best festive season ever, raking in millions of rand despite the gloomy outlook forecast by economic experts last year.

The woes of the rand had no impact on the spending frenzy over the holidays, with the Garden Route reporting a 20% spike in earnings for the town’s economy to date.

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Excerpt from The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes by Graham Ross

The Romance of Cape Mountain PassesGraham Ross drew on a series of 18 articles called “Reminiscences about Cape mountain passes”, which he had written for the magazine Civil Engineering, and his research on the history of civil engineering works in the Cape, to produce the book The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes.

Read his introduction to the book, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot:

The reasons for writing this book are twofold. Firstly, I feel that there is far too little record of the history of civil engineering works in our country. And as Winston Churchill is alleged to have said, ‘the further backward you look, the further forward you can see’, such a record should have merit. I decided to see if I could do something about it, seeing that I am now retired and supposedly my own master. So I got stuck in, researching and recording the various sources which are available here. I started on the Cape, as that is where the major portion of my engineering has been done, and I soon realised that I must in fact restrict myself to the Cape: my available time is limited, and the Cape offers sufficient challenge to keep me on my toes.

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Excerpt from Getaway Guide: Eastern Cape and Wild Coast by Michael Brett

Getaway Guide Eastern Cape and Wild CoastThe Eastern Cape and Wild Coast’s “moderate coastal climate is ideal for beach holidays”, writes Michael Brett in Getaway Guide: Eastern Cape and Wild Coast. December and January is the peak holiday season for this area, so start planning your trip now!

Read the following excerpt from Getaway Guide: Eastern Cape and Wild Coast, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, for more on what the province has to offer tourists:

The Eastern Cape’s diversity of landforms, biomes and vegetation units is incredible. It is indeed possible for a traveller to struggle through a midwinter snowdrift in the Amatoles and later on the same day to be swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The region’s moderate coastal climate is ideal for beach holidays, and can be visited at any time of the year even though thoroughbred Eastern Capers tend to regard December and January as the peak holiday season. In fact, all that this means is that the other months of the year are perfect for relaxed holidays for people from other provinces when the area is not too crowded. In a province where there is so much to see and do, the main tourist attractions can be summarised as beach, landscapes, wildlife, culture and history.

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