The first six months of 2019 have been rather emotionally draining, but incredibly rewarding. My new job has taught me so much in half a year that I actually cannot wait to see what I learn in the second half. My boys have settled in at school and are thriving. I needed to get out of the city, if just for a night. I wanted to surround myself with mountains and rolling fields. I was searching for some tranquility and I found it in Tulbagh.
Tulbagh is about 120 km, an hour and 20 minutes drive from Cape Town, making it the perfect weekend getaway. Encircled by magnificent mountains, Tulbagh is a wonderful destination no matter the season.
The town of Tulbagh ticked all the boxes for me: quiet, beautiful with historical buildings and picturesque churches.
Tulbagh is the 4th oldest town in South Africa, and the charming Church Street boasts the largest number of Cape Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian provincial heritage sites in one street in South Africa, all lovingly restored after the devastating earthquake of 1969. I remember my mom telling me that when she was a little girl, living in Cape Town, she felt the tremors of that earthquake, that their walls swayed and the earth moved. A feeling I only experienced while living in Johannesburg.
Take a slow walk along Church Street and view all the old buildings before you pop in at Things I Love for breakfast or lunch.
Things I Love
On Sunday morning I had breakfast at Things I Love, a quirky restaurant/vintage shop/deli. The town’s electricity was out due to maintenance, so there was no tea! But they have a gas stove, so there was still breakfast. Yay!
Raptor Rise in Tulbagh
After hearing about Raptor Rise on one of the #TravelChatSA sessions on Twitter, I bookmarked it for a future stay, so when I was looking for accommodation they were the first website that I looked at. Self-catering accommodation is one of my favourite types as it gives you the most privacy, and I love privacy. They are located in Tulbagh’s ‘Valley of Abundance’ and is a working olive and cattle farm. Although I didn’t see any, Raptor Rise is named for the birds of prey that ride the thermal currents created by the combination of valley and mountains in the area.
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