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Travel: Whales, wine and wonderful music

A trio of treats at De Hoop this October

The Wine, Whales and Music affairs at De Hoop are always a treat, and the 2021 event is coming up, and really is a fantastic reason to head on down to the Cape.

A fabulous profusion of wine tastings, high tea, gourmet dinners and special performances by jazz duo Hanna and Bram, as well as a world class ensemble Whale Time Serenade with celebrated musicians Malané Hofmeyr-Burger, Peta-Ann Holdcroft, Irina Tsoniff and Ivo Ivanov and Vladimir Ivanov doing their marvellous thing on the flute, cello, violin and viola.

Guest speaker Prof Mike Bruton will be talking about Finding Old Fourlegs: The Remarkable Story of the Coelacanth and there’ll be chocolate-making and pizza-creating workshops , guided marine and bird walks and, of course, whale- watching … a highlight of any trip in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

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The 2021 Wine Whales & Music Weekend takes place from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October at the De Hoop Collection in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Rates range from R2 170  a  person sharing a 4-sleeper cottage for two nights to R5 194 a person in a suite. This weekend rate, with a minimum two night stay, includes all the entertainment, wine and cheese tasting, two dinners and breakfasts, high tea and a visit with the whales. Drinks and guided activities are excluded. Rates for these are: the nature drive – R375 a person; a guided bird walk – R175 a person;  the chocolate-making workshop – R100 a person. Children younger than 12 will be charged half price for these guided tour and workshops rates. De Hoop is a member of Cape Country Routes.

Contact – [email protected]

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