This month we head out to the Cape Winelands, to indulge in the French influence. A beautiful town called Franschhoek, literally translated as "The French Corner". This valley is one of the oldest in South Africa, with French Huguenot refugees settling in 1688, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government. These French protestants named their farms after the areas they had originated from: La Motte, La Provence, Cabrière, La Dauphine to name but a few, many of which still retain the original Cape Dutch farmhouses.
Winter has arrived in Cape Town and many locals will soon be leaving to warmer climates for our mid-year holiday. Although the locals are not fond of the winter weather in the Cape, this does not seem to put our international travellers off at all. Winter can be a great time to visit South Africa. One will find that most hotels and villas reduce their rates significantly during this time of year, the popular sites and activities are far less crowded and this is the best time of year to go on safari (June to September).
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