Rotary Way, Hermanus

Rotary Way is often described as the best-kept secret in Hermanus. It’s a fabulous drive along the spine of the mountains above Hermanus. It’s well worth a detour for the unparalleled views across Walker Bay and Hermanus on one side and the beautiful Hemel en Aarde (heaven and earth) Valley on the other side. There…

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le cap – une peninsule magnifique

I don’t know if I could live anywhere that doesn’t have mountains or ocean.  I live on the Cape Peninsula so I have both – lucky me! I don’t climb the mountains often enough (does it count that I regularly use the cable car to the top of Table Mountain?) and I seldom swim in the icy waters…

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Cape Cobra on Hout Bay beach

When did you last see a Cape Cobra on Hout Bay beach? It’s always fascinating to see how a photograph or video goes viral. Aside from the rapid spread of the item, there’s the ‘broken telephone’ aspect of what happens to the story. In the case of these photos it couldn’t be more obvious that…

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Most unusual museum in South Africa?

Oh boy, have I discovered a hidden treasure – possibly the most unusual museum in South Africa and certainly the only one of its kind! The Hartenbos Iron and Washing Museum. All I wanted was a cup of coffee and a ladies’ room. The nearest town was Hartenbos so I popped in and stopped at…

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Rencontres avec animaux sauvages – pas naturel!

How low will we go to comply with the absurd requests of some tourists? Lions are bred for hunting. Centres along tourist routes claim to be rehabilitating a variety of wild animals who are then kept in enclosures and available for petting and so-called ‘encounters’. We are ‘rescuing’ orphaned elephants and training them to carry…

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Bibliotheque a l’aeroport – Flybrary

You might think a library in an airport isn’t something that’s really going to work but think again. You’ve bought something to read on the flight, something light and easy, and now you don’t need it, it’s not the sort of book you want to keep. You also need to lighten the load so you can…

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Langebaan Lagoon

The rock arch near Churchhaven in the Langebaan Lagoon (part of the West Coast National Park, one of my favourites, especially at this time of year) is one of the most photographed spots of the reserve. You have to park your car and walk down to the beach to see it – something people forget to do…

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Mama Tembo Cafe – bonne cuisine locale

We were in Sea Point and my client wanted some springbok for lunch. I draw a blank for a quick lunch venue serving venison and called one of my colleagues who lives in the area. He suggested Mama Tembo Cafe on the corner of Main and Oliver Roads. What a lovely find! I can’t believe I didn’t know about…

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Choses a faire au cap – 6 nouvelles attractions

Summer 2014 is about to kick off with these six new things to do in Cape Town. Boomslang Treetop Canopy Walk The long-awaited ‘Boomslang’ treetop canopy walk at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens opened to much acclaim this year. The Boomslang is 130m long and starts at ground level using the natural slope to rise to 11.5m…

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West Coast National Park

It’s Spring in the Cape and that means it’s time to head off to the West Coast National Park to see the annual display of wild flowers that carpet this reserve. This year the flowers are not as showy as usual because the weather hasn’t been ‘just right’, but that doesn’t stop us from making…

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Nature’s Valley

South Africans love roadtrips and there’s nothing better than a roadtrip with like-minded friends who don’t mind stopping every few minutes to take photos, drink in the view, chat up the locals, or break out an impromptu picnic on an old stone wall next to a cliff. I did this recently with my 2 closest…

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Kirstenbosch Conservatory

After our visit to the new Kirstenbosch canopy walkway we popped in to the Kirstenbosch Conservatory – a favourite part of this magnificent botanical garden. The Kirstenbosch Conservatory is a desert house that displays the succulent treasures of southern Africa.  It consists of a central area and four corner ‘houses’. Each bed represents an ecological region or biome of…

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