A Few Days In

Follow Her to South Africa: Hotelier's Perfect Cape Vacation

by Prisca Llagostera
Kalmoesfontein Photo courtesy of Kalmoesfontein.

While interviewing Prisca Llagostera about her life as a hotelier — she owns charming farmhouse hotel Kokos Huis in Swartland, South Africa, and L’Ovella Negra mountain lodge in Andorra — we asked her to design a perfect trip around South Africa's Western Cape.

Land in Cape Town and stay at The Dorp Hotel, a quirky little place at the top of Bo-Kaap.

Start your journey by spending a day driving to Cape Point — the scenery is amazing. Drive through to Simon’s Town to see the penguins and end up in Kalk Bay for fish and chips on the beach or at Olympia Cafe.

Make sure your visit falls over a weekend so that you can spend Saturday morning strolling around Oranjezicht Market and enjoying some oysters. Once it closes, you can move on to La Perla for lunch by the sea. It’s a super local authentic restaurant that almost feels like it has stopped in time. Once you finish lunch, stroll along Seapoint promenade, right across.

On Sunday, you have to grab a bagel at Kleinsky’s and climb up Lion’s Head to enjoy time by the pool. On any given night, you'll have so many options for great wine and food. I’d recommend having wine at Publik Wine Bar or Leo’s Wine Bar, followed by dinner at Tomson, Fyn Restaurant, Ouzeri, or Kloof Street House.

Photo courtesy of The Dorp Hotel.
Photo courtesy of The Dorp Hotel.

Move on to the Swartland, just an hour from Cape Town, and enjoy downtime by the pool at Kokos Huis in Riebeek Kasteel. (Come visit me!)

From here, we can help you organize wine tastings off the beaten track, as well as a 5 a.m. braai, a South African barbecue. No trip to the region is complete without stopping by pizza night at Kalmoesfontein winery and having a prego sandwich at Osteria in Wellington.

You should also spend a day strolling around and visiting the shops at Babylonstoren. You might as well spend a day on the wild West Coast, having lunch at Die Strandloper, a very authentic seafood establishment. (Just be warned that it can be a little rough!)

If you still have time, you can fly up to Johannesburg for a city vibe and on to the Kruger for a safari. But there is tons to do in the Western Cape, and Kokos is a great starting point.

Read Prisca's interview and get to know more Women Who Go the Distance.

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