Soup Kitchens, Sheep and Sauvignon Blanc
Many people from overseas have yearned to live in South Africa having fallen in love with it after an initial visit. Few make that move. Even fewer encourage others in their family in their move to a new country, build a business, make their own wine and commit to uplifting their community.
That’s exactly what members of the Schaap family from Holland have done. It was a dream of Thierry Schaap, a highly successful young banker who had a vision of making his own fine wine and drinking it with friends and family whilst enjoying the beauty of the Western Cape, “I loved the scenery, nature, wildlife and that families were together, enjoying great food and wine in beautiful vineyards”. The discovery of a neglected bed and breakfast lodge high on the Schaapenberg was the catalyst. Lalapanzi Lodge (Xhosa for ‘where I lay my head to rest’) is now a four star luxury guest house with two self-catering cottages and is run by the owner’s sister Marie-Helene and her partner Ian.
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