Lamberts Bay

And then to Lamberts Bay If you live in Cape Town and enjoy road trips it sometimes happens that you haven’t seen the ocean for a few days and you start to miss it. Especially in summer. This happens to me often and it happened recently during a trip to the Cedarberg. Temperatures were soaring…

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ROOIBOS

  I recently spent a few days in the majestic Cedarberg region. It’s well-known for many things – amazing rock formations, ancient rock art, authentic veldskoene, and South Africa’s favourite natural health drink – rooibos. This treasured caffeine-free ‘tea’ is fast gaining popularity throughout the world as a refreshing, healthy, hot or cold drink. Did you…

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Famous shipwrecks of the Cape

Famous shipwrecks of the cape It is said that the first name given by the European sailors to what we now refer to as Cape Town or the Cape Peninsula, was ‘The Cape of Storms’.  With good reason, as the winter storms are more accurately ‘tempests’. It was also described, by Sir Francis Drake as…

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Beat the Cape Town summer queues

  Cape Town is very popular all year but even more so in summer, peaking from mid-December to the first week of January. We host visitors from abroad as well as elsewhere in South Africa, and many locals are on annual vacation. This results in long queues at certain attractions. Here are 3 important but…

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Budget activities in Cape Town

Here are 10 budget activities in Cape Town that are not only inexpensive but also fun and will teach you a lot about the history, and the fauna and flora of Cape Town. KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is said to be the most beautiful in the world. The experience of rolling greens, splashes…

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The Quagga Project, bringing back the extinct

The Quagga Project is a sort of Jurassic Park in South Africa, but not quite. The Quagga Project, started in 1987, is an attempt by a group of dedicated South Africans to bring back an animal from extinction and reintroduce to reserves in its former habitat. The last quagga died in captivity in 1883. At…

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What happens in Greyton ..

After a detour soaking up history and culture of Genadendal, it was just a few kms to Greyton. And what a treat this village is. Named after Sir George Grey, the Governor of the Cape, the layout of the village has changed little since 1854 when it was established.  It’s interesting to note that it was only in…

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Genadendal, an Overberg treasure

 Roadtrip to the Overberg, first stop: Genadendal! My sister, who lives in Pretoria, came to visit me last week and we were blessed with magnificent spring weather so I jumped at the chance to be a tourist in my own region and took her somewhere off my usual beaten track in the Overberg: Genadendal and Greyton.…

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Homo naledi, new species discovered at Maropeng

Homo naledi There was huge excitement in South Africa, and the world, this morning as we turned on our televisions and radios to hear what historically important announcement was to be made. We were not disappointed – a new species of hominin has been discovered at Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind The initial discovery was…

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Hiking Table Mountain safely

Table Mountain attracts hikers from all over the world and there are locals who walk to the top on a regular basis. If you’re fit the best way to visit this iconic landmark is to hike up and take the cable-car down. Unfortunately, many people underestimate this mountain – possibly because it’s flat-topped and not…

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Swellendam

SWELLENDAM is more than just an Overberg stop-over – it is steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. Swellendam, South Africa’s third oldest town after Cape Town and Stellenbosch, is often overlooked or considered as nothing more than a stop-over. This is doing it an injustice but perhaps I shouldn’t be writing this because the town…

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Western Leopard Toad looking for love

We recently wrote about various wild animals that roam the streets of South Africa but we didn’t mention the Western Leopard Toad – amietophrynus pantherinus. Whilst not exactly dangerous or frightening, this little creature is endangered as a result of urban sprawl and Cape Town motorists are asked to help them on their annual love pilgrimage.…

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