All it takes is a morning drive to find that in South Africa, the extraordinary lies in every direction.

Sometimes, it takes a visitor to our neck of the woods for us to remember what an extraordinary country we live in. Workmates Esona Ndongeni and Jordan Dunn experienced this when they decided to play tourists in their own town – and they certainly chose a peach of a day to do it.

“To me extraordinary means sharing meaningful moments. I’m hoping that we can create memories together and have a couple of laughs whilst going to different spots,” comments Esona Ndongeni, Content Marketing and Production Specialist at Capitec. 

Their extraordinary adventure started with a pick up from Kiff Kombi Tours – and tour guide Jean Pietersen promised a laid back tour to enable the colleagues to take in everything the winelands had to offer.

Not wanting to be weighed down with lots to look after, the savvy duo had little more than a comfy pair of shoes, great company, and a cellphone to capture the memories and make digital payments thanks to Capitec bank

The first stop was Stark Conde’s Postcard Cafe – a fittingly named breakfast spot in The Jonkershoek. Foreign film crews return year in, year out to shoot commercials in these valleys and few landscapes equal the setting.

“I’ve heard so much about the Post Card and I think it truly is a hidden gem. The one thing that really stands out for me is that it’s so picture perfect when you arrive here. Now I understand why it’s called Postcard,” says Esona. 

Jordan Dunn chose well with his breakfast of smoked trout and scrambled eggs that he found moreish. He also graciously picked up the bill and with zero fuss or paperwork, he could savour the live better moment even more.

“The benefits of being a Capitec account holder is that you don’t necessarily need to take your wallet. You can just have your phone, pay digitally and off you go,” comments Jordan Dunn, Marketing Co-Ordinator at Capitec.

It’s as easy as logging into your Capitec app, selecting Scan to Pay, scanning the QR code and then the payment is done. 

As tempting as it was to linger, word had come down the line that when in the Paradyskloof, the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden is not to be missed – under any circumstances.

Dylan Lewis is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost sculptors of the animal form. He initially focused on the big cats; in recent years, he has used the human figure to explore our relationship with our inner wilderness.

Located between two worlds, one wild and one tamed, the garden borders the manicured suburbs of Stellenbosch and a rugged mountain wilderness where leopards still roam.

Local artist Hanle Hill made a first-class guide.

“The garden happened quite impromptuly in 2009 when Dylan took a sabbatical from sculpting. It was shortly after he had reached international acclaim at Christie’s of London – being the first live solo South African to have his own exhibition and auction at Christie’s,” explains Hanle Hill, Garden Guide and Culture Concierge at Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden.

The garden is open to the public from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and offers something for everyone to enjoy, so worth adding to your wish list. 

We were out visiting the world-famous Cape winelands but, even at estates renowned for their reds and whites, there are other adventures to transport you to another era. Courtesy of Michelle Mazurkiewicz who runs Wine Valley Adventures at Vrede en Lust.

“This is a horse and carriage experience, which is something that you don’t see anymore. It’s something very special to go out on the beautiful wine estates on a carriage where you actually feel like you’re going back in time,” comments Michelle Mazurkiewicz, Owner of Wine Valley Adventures. 

“It was amazing to visit a farm that was established in 1688 and be transported around on a horse and carriage – and learn that this horse got a second lease on life transporting tourists around wine farms,” states Jordan. 

The live better occasion was made even more memorable by the warm winter sun, ease of movement and payment, and kiff vibes and sounds dished by guide Jean Pietersen.  


The easiest way to live better is just to step outside and begin to really ‘live’. Tell us what extraordinary wonders we’re missing in your home town – and stand a chance to win R1000. Simply reply to the competition post on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile with #CapitecLiveBetter and your response to enter. The competition ends 4 September 2022 and Ts&Cs apply.







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