In 1926 a Swiss aviation pioneer, Water Mittelholzer, embarked on a flight from Switzerland across the African continent to Cape Town in 77 days. He did this is a Dornier Merkur that was reconfigured as a seaplane so that he could plan his journey along the Nile, lakes and the open sea, independent from airfields. The amazing thing is that the original propeller of the Dornier Merkur is now exhibited in the international departure hall of the Cape Town airport.
Born into a family of engineers, the founder of Dornier, Christoph Dornier, was a lover of art and against the will of his father, he persisted to became a recognized artist. That love is now showcased in the beautiful artworks displayed in the restaurant and in the artwork that is Dornier Wine Estate.
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