Franschhoek and Stellenbosch may be home to some of the famous wine routes in South Africa, but Constantia wine valley with its charming wine estates and stunning views is definitely a place worth exploring. Located a mere 20-minute drive from the center of Cape Town, this picturesque wine valley is South Africa’s oldest wine producing region and a firm favorite with both locals and tourists. For an experience unlike any other, we’ve put together a list of the best 5 Constantia wine estates where you can sample delightful award-winning wines and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
1) Groot Constantia
2) Constantia Glen
3) Klein Constantia
5) Beau Constantia
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Equality, Responsibility, Democracy.
Although I understood the value of these words, it holds an entirely different meaning post the visit to the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg. Through 1948 to 1991, South Africa was under "Apartied" - a government-sanctioned ruling that controlled every moment in the human experience for people of color; including, where they lived, they worked, education, healthcare, and whom they could marry. The elected government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse.
When these groups opposed such atrocious treatment, they were subjected to brutal oppression. It was an visceral experience seeing the force, which was state sponsored used against the people. People as young as 13 years old were kept as slaves, killed and dumped without any consequences.
The Apartheid museum tells the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. I have been to numerous museums but seldom have been so moved by the experience. Their liberation in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela, the prisoner who became president, is a climax in the saga of a nations resistance, courage and fortitude. “NO ONE IS BORN HATING ANOTHER PERSON BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN, OR HIS BACKGROUND, OR HIS RELIGION. PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO HATE, AND IF THEY CAN LEARN TO HATE, THEY CAN BE TAUGHT TO LOVE, FOR LOVE COMES MORE NATURALLY TO THE HUMAN HEART THAN ITS OPPOSITE.” ― NELSON MANDELA