Best Festivals in Cape Town – April Edition

Cape Town is world renowned for a deeply ingrained culture of celebration, which is more than likely why we are considered the festival centre in South Africa! We have a festival around virtually every corner, whether it is food and wine, arts and crafts or culture, the variety is endless and encompasses everything that makes... Read more »

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A Boho Bride’s Dream Day in the Winelands

  For a bohemian bride, an Explore Sideways wine tour is the perfect way to spend the day with family and friends for a hen party (obviously, we're partial). Cape Town local and brand ambassador for wedding dress designer Bo and Luca, Kirsty Craik, epitomises bohemian beauty. She opted for a flower-crown laden float around the... Read more »

Top 5 Cape Town Food “Trends” that Are Hopefully Not Just Trends

Top 5 Cape Town Food “Trends” that Are Hopefully Not Just Trends

Guest Explorer: Ilana Sharlin Stone Ilana Sharlin Stone is an American freelance writer and former chef who has lived in Cape Town, South Africa since 1994. Originally from Los Angeles, she worked as a professional chef for 15 years and opened and operated Rustica, the iconic rustic Italian restaurant in Cape Town, in the early... Read more »

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The Cape Winelands’ New Viticultural Era Looks Bright

Author Jonathan Snashall - After a corporate career, Jonathan re-qualified as a winemaker and now consults, guides (for Explore Sideways), writes and baths in wine. His immersion in wine includes winemaking in New Zealand, Italy and Spain and two years in London and Europe on the IMW’s Master of Wine programme after which – miracle of... Read more »

The Best Of The Cape Perninsula

Experiencing the Best of the Cape Peninsula

Enjoy a full day private tour with Explore Sideways which will take you on a breathtaking journey around the spectacular Cape Peninsula where you will get to take a stroll with the penguins at Boulders Beach, stand at the historic Cape Of Good Hope lighthouse where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet in all their... Read more »

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Foodie Focus: Carolyn Martin from Creation on Food & Wine Pairing

It’s no secret how much we love the food and wine experience at Creation Wine Estate in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The Creation wine and canapé pairing is one of the highlights on our “Best of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Tour” and we receive nothing short of rave reviews from every guest that experiences it. Quite honestly, there are... Read more »

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Higgo Jacobs’ Top 20 South African Chenin Blancs

The team at Explore Sideways does a LOT of wine tasting and we've been really excited to see how so many wineries are starting to embrace the heritage of Chenin blanc. Historically, Pinotage has been the most distinctive South African wine but many industry insiders say that Chenin is taking center stage as it gains... Read more »