Arabella Country Estate

Summer Spa Moments from Arabella Spa


Summer Spa Moments from Arabella Spa
Available from the 01st of September to the 30th of November 2017
We have 3 indulgent treatment packages available to choose from:
1.    A 2hr30min Luxurious Escape, which includes a decadent body exfoliation; a hydrotherapy tub session; a classic massage and a wash and blow wave for R1200 per person (valued at R1710 per person)
2.    The Ultimate 19th hole – Just for him – a 2hr30min pamper session including a back tension relief treatment; a Man on the Move facial and a male foot grooming for R1000 per person (valued at R1500 per person)
3.    3hrs of Eternal Bliss which involves a deluxe rejuvenating facial; a back massage; a spa pedicure and wash and blow dry for R1500 per person (valued at R2085 per person)
To book your pamper session call the spa on 028 284 0036 or email

Fernkloof Nature Reserve


Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 18 square kilometres in the Kleinrivier Mountains in Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842 m.

The name of the principal vegetation type of this region, fynbos, is derived from the Dutch word ‘fijn bosch’ which is the collective name for a myriad of evergreen shrub-like plants with small firm leaves, often rolled – but also includes woody plants with hard leathery leaves, usually broad.
The prevailing climate is Mediterranean with cold wet winters and hot dry summers with strong south easterly winds.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve comprises 0.002% of the Cape Floral Kingdom but contains 18% of its plants in just 18 square kilometres.
There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity.
More than 1250 species of plant have thus far been collected and identified in the Reserve itself.

The Reserve lies across almost the entire northern side of the town with a 60 km network of trails.
These provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to enjoy some exercise and fresh air.

A display of some of the flowers that can be found in the veld at any specific time is permanently maintained at the Fernkloof Visitors’ Centre.
Grey rhebok, Cape grysbok, klipspringer, baboon, mongoose and dassie are present in small numbers. Others such as porcupine, genet and hare are nocturnal and these mammals are seldom seen.

Although not as rich in bird-life as other areas in South Africa, 100 bird species have been recorded.
Species most likely to be seen include the Cape Sugar bird, sunbirds, Rock thrush and Rock Jumper. Raptors include the Jackal buzzard and Black eagle.
Limited areas of forest alongside streams support numbers of seed and insect-eating species such as Rameron pigeon, canaries, flycatchers and white-eyes.

The various trails offer magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay, the Hemel en Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai.
The custodians of Fernkloof Nature Reserve include the Overstrand Municipality, the Fernkloof Advisory Board and the Hermanus Botanical Society.
The Hermanus Botanical Society has a mandate to protect the flora and fauna and is heavily involved in educating people on the need for conservation of the Reserve.
For more information please visit

2017 Berg & Beach Trail Run


Calling all trail runners, enter the 2017 Berg and Beach Trail run taking place Saturday 21 October in the famous Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus. The race is geared for beginners to more advanced with a 7km, 18km and 30km routes.
Entry fees:
7km – R90.00 – this does not include a braded race camp for R100
18km – R270.00 – this includes a branded race cap.
30km – R420.00 – this includes a branded race cap

Entries close on Monday 16 October at midnight or once 150 runners per distance are entered and confirmed. The race categories per distance are Senior Male [16-39]; Senior Female [16-39]; Vet Male [40+], Vet Female [40+], Masters Male (50+), Masters Female (50+) and Junior U/16 – for the 7km only.

Registration and collection of race numbers can be collected at Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Friday, 20 October between 18h00 – 20h00 and Saturday, 21 October between 06h00 – 07h00 before the race starts.

For more information please visit
RACE RULES: Please adhere to these race rules. You will NOT be allowed to run the 18km or 30km if you do not have a waterproof rain jacket available. Please ensure you “know” the difference between a “wind breaker” and a “waterproof rain jacket”.
•    Runners must be self-sufficient and carry enough water and food to sustain them for the entire route. THERE ARE NO WATER TABLES ON ROUTE! There are some clean, fresh water streams on the 30km run.
•    You must carry a cell phone
•    You must carry a wind shell, whistle and emergency blanket if you run the 18km or 30km.
•    You must bring a water proof rain jacket with a hood to the race. IF the weather conditions looks anything like rain etc – you WILL be required to carry this jacket WITH YOU. Make sure that it is a WATER PROOF jacket and not just a wind jacket. It must have long sleeves and a hood. We’ll do a kit inspection before the start and you will NOT be allowed to run if you do not have the correct equipment.
•    If you have any adverse health condition, please do not enter.
•    You must carry a card with all your medical details on it such a Doctor’s tel number, Medical insurance number, emergency tel number and contact name, blood group, any allergies etc. This must be inside a sealed ziplock bag and on your person
•    Each person must save this cell number on their phone – 082 658 3078 [Ugene Nel] for emergency use only.
•    Do not attempt to run if you are not physically fit for it! The weather might be adverse and your lack of fitness could seriously affect your health
•    Only run/walk on the trails
•    Do not take short cuts – any person caught taking short cuts, littering, abusing other users in the reserve or any other place during the event will be disqualified from all future Quantum Adventures events, Fernkloof Nature Reserve and possibly other similar events organized by other event organizers.



Arabella Spa is proud to present the Conferencing Spa Menu specially tailor made for you to make sure you get a taste of the benefits of a pampering, relaxing and luxurious treatment in the hands of the world’s best.
For Men we have the following on offer – A man on the move facial; A back, neck and shoulder massage; A men’s hand grooming; A Men’s foot grooming; A Rassoul clay treatment, which is not only deeply relaxing, but gets you muddy from head-to-toe to greatly improve the health and vitality of your skin and hair is; and a Hydrotherapy tub session. Each treatment includes a gift.
For the ladies we offer the following – A radiant glow facial; A back, neck and shoulder massage; A spa manicure; A spa pedicure; A silky soft foot peel; A Rassoul clay treatment; and a Hydrotherapy tub session. Each treatment includes a gift.
T’s & C’s
Groups of 10 or more conference delegates qualify for a discounted rate of 20%. Bookings are only available from a Monday to Friday with full pre-payment to secure bookings. Treatments need to be booked and paid for atleast 14 days prior to the treatment. Individual cancellations will be allowed up to 48hrs in advance without any charges, thereafter a 100% charge will apply. Any cancellation of 10 treatment slots or more needs to be made 7 days in advance. Thereafter a 50% cancellation fee will apply. After 48hrs a 100% cancellation fee will apply. If there are specific requests pertaining to the gender of the spa operator, this need to be specified upon booking of the spa treatment. There is also no guarantee that an adequate amount of male/ female therapists will be available, however we will do our utmost to accommodate such requests.
For further information or to book your treatments please contact the spa on 028 284 0036 or email

Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium 2017


Visit the Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium 2017 taking place on Friday 06 and Saturday 07 October 2017 at Houw Hoek Hotel
The 2nd annual Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium will be taking place on 6 and 7 October, celebrating Elgin’s unique cool climate Chardonnays under this year’s theme “Seriously Cool”!
The two-day programme is as follows:
• A seminar and tutored tasting featuring 17 Elgin Chardonnays and 8 international benchmark examples, hosted by Michael Fridjhon and Jamie Goode.
• Lunch and refreshments.
• The evening’s dinner will be prepared by Chef Craig Cormack and will be served at the Houw Hoek Hotel’s Barn venue, together with selection of the best Elgin wines.
Visit for the full Friday programme.
• Guests will be able to choose their favourite from six lunch and wine events, jointly co-hosted by participating producers at various estates, bringing an exciting finale to the event.
Visit to view your lunch hosts and full details.
Your Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium ticket costs R3000 per person and is all-inclusive of the following:
• Bubbly on arrival
• Vinpro report by Conrad Schutte
• Elgin presentation by Richard Kershaw MW
• International speakers Jamie Goode and Michael Fridjhon
• 2016 Elgin Chardonnay Vintage tasting
• Lunch
• International vs Elgin Chardonnay tasting
• Dinner prepared by Chef Craig Cormack
• Saturday lunch & wine events at one of 6 venues
Tickets for this year’s event are strictly limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Visit to reserve your seat for this year’s unmissable event!
Almenkerk Wine Estate
Elgin Ridge Wines
Elgin Vintners
Hannay Wines and Custom Crush Winery
Highlands Road Wines
Iona Wines Elgin
Julien Schaal
Lothian Vineyards
Neil Ellis Wines
Oak Valley
Paul Cluver Wines
Paul Wallace Wines and Guest Cottages
Richard Kershaw Wines
South Hill Vineyards
Tokara Wine & Olive Farm
Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Mentor – 2 Visions Exhibition


Art lovers make sure you visit Rossouw Modern Art Gallery on between Friday 06 to 20 October to see Mentor – 2 Visions an exhibition showcasing works from Jenny Jackson & Obert Jongwe

“Mentor – 2 Visions” is an exhibition showcasing the works of two very disparate artists that happenstance has brought together in the town of Hermanus, local artist Jenny Jackson (82) originally from England and the young Zimbabwean artist Obert Jongwe (34). Our purpose is to show the interaction between two people from completely different backgrounds and the influence they have had on each other professionally, illustrated through art. Their positive artistic growth is a testament to the fact that with enough effort and good will we can all become mentors to each other, even in a world where nepotism, racism, xenophobia and prejudice are rife. “Mentor -2 Visions” vividly demonstrates that, through the arts, we can empower and interact with each other to make a positive difference.
Where – Rossouw Modern Art Galleries 5 Harbour Rd, Hermanus

For more information please visit

Who is Jenny Jackson?
Mingling brush strokes and color to achieve a nearly ethereal quality in oil on canvas, the contrasting intensity of Jenny’s portrait studies are almost shocking. There is a sense of knowledge in the eyes of her models as though they’ve experienced more than they’re willing to share; yet with what appears to be some intrinsic understanding of these experiences, she manages to capture a depth and emotion which urges the viewer to linger.
Born in England in 1935, Jenny spent the better part of the first decade of her life away from home at Boarding School. Separated from her beloved mother for most of her childhood, Jenny, like so many other children of her generation in that part of the world, was forced to stand on her own feet at a very young age. Harsh discipline at school, the terror of war being a constant reality, and fear of what the future might hold molded this little girl into a willful, headstrong young lady. Despite her parents’ wish that she pursue a university degree, Jenny had ambitions to lead a more glamorous life. Dreams of becoming a famous actress or even a pilot once thwarted, (to her intellectual parents’ relief and her dismay) Jenny was persuaded to attain a more practical skill.
A typing and shorthand course opened up an opportunity in reporting for the local paper. This would also eventually lead Jenny and her first husband to cross paths. After eleven years with the dashing young journalist, and their two children, Jenny’s life took a harsh turn when she was widowed. Having moved on from journalism to antique dealing, she also attempted to move on in her personal life. Although neither of her subsequent marriages proved to be successful, her antique business expanded and provided her with a prosperous career.
Throughout, Jenny continued to search for a more personally fulfilling venture, trying her hand at playwriting and producing. Eventually, at the age of 60, a brief program of self-discovery and an emotional encounter with the facilitator, a gentle Irish nun, steered her towards painting as a means of expression and personal therapy. Finally, Jenny had found her true niche. The joy of creating and bringing a canvas to life provided her with a peace and happiness she’d spent most of her life searching for. Today, at the age of 78, Jenny is a vibrant, exuberant lady, with an amazing talent, creating paintings that speak not only of studious effort and growth in her art, but are also a testament to years of a life fully lived.

Who is Obert Jongwe?
Obert was born on the 3rd of April in 1980 in the rural Mt Darwin in Northern Zimbabwe. During his early years he became interested in drawing through assignments given to him at school. When he became friends with an artist, Tichaona in 1999, he realized that he wanted to become one as well. Through minimal information supplied by his friend, Obert started visiting galleries and studying the different arts around him.
In 2000 he saw the work of a Zimbabwean artist, Tendai Nhavira. This inspired Obert to start painting.
From the first moment of taking painting seriously, Obert knew that he was fulfilling his destiny, working and suffering on this new journey. From the very beginning his work was highly regarded by the galleries, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
His vibrant colors and bold style, depicting the native scenes around him, quickly found their way into homes and hearts. Though young, he takes his work very seriously, reflecting the moods of his subjects at various times of interaction with a brutal honesty. Since then his work has been taken up in major galleries across Africa, including the Zimbabwe National Gallery, and acquired by collectors of modern artwork. Obert had his first solo show with the Rossouw Modern in 2010, and participates regularly in group exhibitions nationally.
“What I see and feel is art, so I paint!”

Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk


Join us this Friday for the Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk from 5 to 8pm
First Fridays’ in Hermanus is our part of a worldwide initiative to make art and art galleries more accessible to the public. On the first Friday of every month, art galleries in the centre of Hermanus remain open until 8pm. Pick up a map at any gallery, stroll through the village, savour a glass of wine from one of our local vineyards and enjoy the astonishing range of art and fine craft on display.
The array of artworks available at the participating galleries ensures something for every palate. If you’re looking to spend R50 000 on an investment piece by a famous South African master, you’ll find it. If you’re searching for a delicate little porcelain bowl at R100, it’ll be waiting for you. If you want to see an artist at work, several of the galleries are also the home studios of resident painters and sculptors whose completed works are displayed. Ceramics, bronzes, glassware, jewellery, watercolours, African artefacts; more than enough to fill an hour or two with delight and indulgence.
Each month the Artwalk has a different theme and on most months there are also fantastic prizes up for grabs. Don’t forget to buy your First Friday walking stick from participating galleries. We will all be meeting at 18 Impala St, Hermanus at 5pm
Hope to see you all there
For more info please visit or like the First Fridays Artwalk page on Facebook.

Fun on the Bot River Lagoon

Kite Surfing 1

For the first time in the history of the Estate, residents and visitors now also have access to the Bot River Lagoon to use for non-motorised boating activities and lagoon fishing. So it was great to see a kite-surfer out onto the water this past weekend making the most of the lagoon. The Estate has recently built an additional look-out deck right on the waters’ edge, which will not only make a breathtaking spot to have lunch or sundowners on, but will also allow easy access to the water , storage of canoes, fishing, etc.

The beautiful Bot River Lagoon is a prime bird watching spot in the Overberg. It is incorporated into the Rooisands Nature Reserve, part of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a bird hide and walkways create accessibility for all.
The habitat is a mix of open water, lagoon edge, marsh and coastal thicket. Populations differ depending on the time of year. The Rooisand Ramble is an easy 2 hour walk of about 5 km and the trail will take you to the northern side of the estuary, which usually presents far better sightings.
Water Birds
Cormorants, gulls and terns, greater flamingos, great crested grebe, grey and black headed heron, great white pelican, SA shelduck, common greenshank, blacksmith lapwing, Kittlitz’s plover, curlew sandpiper, common whimbrel, Caspian tern, common tern, sandwich tern, swift tern, three banded plover, marsh sandpiper, bar-tailed godwit, African spoonbill, black oystercatcher, sacred ibis, pelican, little egret, black-winged stilt, African snipe are some of the species to be spotted.
Other Birds
Rock kestrel, osprey, bar-throated apalis, long-billed crombec, common fiscal, Cape bulbul, Cape robin-chat, grassbird, yellow bishop, malachite sunbird, barn swallow, Levaillant’s cisticola, African pipits, African fish eagle.
Some of the specials that will excite keen birders are African Openbill, European Oystercatcher, African Grass-Owl and Hottentot Buttonquail, with Southern Tchagra along the access road.
In addition to the birding, you may be lucky enough to see the herd of feral horses, which roams the flats of the estuary, made up from the descendants of horses that were abandoned after the Anglo-Boer War.
The Rooisand Nature Reserve is situated halfway between Kleinmond and Arabella Golf Estate along the R44.
For more info about the Bot River Lagoon please visit


Friday Golf Humour

Family GOlfing

See golfing with the family is easy!

Big thank you to Eskom

Thank you

Thank You Eskom!

Following a recent spate of electricity cable thefts, Eskom undertook the task of replacing the main copper cabling from Salandra to Arabella Country Estate with aluminium cabling. We, at Arabella County Estate, would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to Eskom W Cape(Overberg) for completing this task in the shortest possible time and restoring our power back to us earlier than initially anticipated.