The Cape Winelands are one of the most amazing regions I’ve visited. It’s not just about the wine (although the wine *is* amazing here), it also plays home to some incredible restaurants, hotels and to-die-for scenery.
But if you dig a little deeper, you will also find that this colourful region isn’t just about the fancy places to be seen in. Nor is it just about swilling glasses of Viognier in a fancy winery. It is also home to a very layered history.
Close to the town of Paarl, I discovered sprawling townships created during the Apartheid Era when thousands of South Africans were forced out of their neighbourhoods in Cape Town under segregation laws.
During that time, there was a rise in the number of people following the Rastafari religion and I was fascinated to visit the ‘Rasta House’ in the township of Mbekweni, created by Rastafaris at the time. You really do have to see it to believe it.
Have a read of this piece I wrote for SUITCASE on my travels here.
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