It could certainly be said that most things look better through the mint-coloured frosting of a mojito glass. But the picture of Jacobsbaai in front of us, a calm and shallow idyll that even children can walk across, needs no enhancing.

Adopting my usual penchant for avoiding N-roads by dawdling along back roads and dirt tracks, it took us the best part of six hours to cover the 350km circuitous route from Bot River. That said, we’d garnered a boot-full of delicious Breedekloof wine en route and filled our minds with acres of calm...

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