Autumn in the Western Cape of South Africa is rich in colour and texture and drenched in balmy sunshine. This is what we were looking forward to when we planned our April trip to the wine lands of this region.
What we found is a country in a grip of drought. It is warmer than usual for this time of year and evidence of wildfires are everywhere. In many places the vineyards are still green. In others it seems that the leaves merely shrivel up and drop off. Those rich autumn colours we were after were few and far between and mainly found in cultivated gardens.
Still, we did all we wanted to do; saw everyone we wanted to see and more.
Come now. Take a break and go on a mini tour (of a tiny corner) of the Western Cape as you sit back, relax and enjoy the slideshow.