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When Tintswalo Atlantic burnt down with the Cape fires in March of 2015, Capetonians shed a tear. But fear not, because the loyal staff of this iconic Hout Bay hotel, which is nestled at the foot of Champan’s Peak, have worked tirelessly to rebuild this beauty, and it has recently been re-opened to the public.

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And when the Africa Geographic team was invited to toast the new Tintswalo Atlantic one Friday afternoon, we welcomed the opportunity. Our cars were left enjoying a panoramic view of Hout Bay as we were shuttled down a winding road flanked by shimmering ocean on one side and the steep cliffs of ‘Chappies’ on the other.

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Upon arrival at the restaurant, the blues and creams of the interior perfectly echoed the Atlantic ocean that lapped at the stoney beach just feet away from where we enjoyed the most delicious mango cocktails.

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A short walk along that beach and we would have been forgiven for thinking we were in Zanzibar with a postcard-perfect hammock that matched the “stone town” style doors adorning the guest rooms.

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Newly plamyed trees were dotted around, replacing the old ones that were lost in the fire. And the ancient milkwood trees that burned down are remembered in the form of the new bar and outdoor coffee tables made from the charred remains of these precious deities.

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You could win two nights at the beautiful Tintswalo Atlantic with our Africa Geographic Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, brought to you by Canon and Cape Union Mart. Find out more details and enter here!

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Photographer of the Year 2021
Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year

The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition is brought to you by Land Rover and Canon, in association with At Close Quarters, Airlink, Klaserie Sands River Camp, Hideaways, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Thule and Rhino Tears. The competition will run from December 2016 to May 2017 and entrants can submit images via the online entry form or via Africa Geographic's Instagram channel. This profile will be used to showcase photographic tips from experts as well as blogs from our sponsors to set you on your way to becoming our Photographer of the Year!