Once my partner and I had arrived in Cape Town, we picked up our hired car and set off towards Franschhoek. It was a nice and easy 45-minute drive around the Mother City and into the countryside to our first hotel, Angala. We were welcomed by the owner and a lovely glass of prosecco each before being shown to our room. This was located slightly away from the main area, and on the way we passed the hotel’s amazing natural swimming pool and sauna/steam room.
This trip took place in August, so it was still relatively cold in the Winelands. We lit our fireplace in the room, grabbed our dressing gowns, and headed off to the Jacuzzi and steam room. We were very lucky to be the only guests in the entire hotel that night, so it was fantastic to hear nothing around us except for the tweeting birds. This peace and quiet gave us a great chance to reflect on our trip so far, as we had just explored Victoria Falls on both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides – you can read my blog about our adventures here.
Angala Boutique Hotel is a brilliant property – one that I would highly recommend – as it is located on a vineyard estate yet still gives you a feeling of being part of nature. It’s definitely a special place for people who want a balance of stunning landscapes and a prime location close to the town of Franschhoek.
Later that evening, we arranged for a taxi to pick us up and take us to Le coin Français for dinner. This is a restaurant that’s had some superb reviews. We wanted to treat ourselves to top-class dining, and we were certainly not disappointed. We chose the ‘8 course chefs journey menu’, which was absolutely phenomenal! (If you’re a real foodie, here are the YZ top recommendations for restaurants in the Cape Town area.)