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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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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Cape Town ghosts

Everyone loves a ghost story – here are some of our favourite Cape Town ghosts. Tokai Manor House Built in 1796, this house was designed by Louis Thibault, a Frenchman who was South Africa’s first architect and who designed many of the finest buildings in the country. The owner was financially ruined after building it and…

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Sunday lunch in Philadelphia

It’s the middle of winter and the rains are late so the weather has been fabulous. Cold and crisp but sunny, and the light is beautiful at this time of year. Last Sunday my friend Caroline and I dressed warmly and, with her little girl, we set off for lunch and a walk through the very pretty…

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Hemel en Aarde – heaven and earth!

A client gave me a simple brief for a day tour: wine tasting, lunch must be a food and wine pairing but not in Franschhoek as we did last time and not in Stellenbosch because that’s where she and her friends would all be staying. So it made perfect sense to go to the beautiful…

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Brocken Spectre on Table Mountain!

Yesterday, my group and I headed up Table Mountain in the cable-car just before 09:00. The temperature was about 5 degrees centigrade and even my intrepid clients, used to the cold and snow of New Zealand, found it a bit chilly. But we were warmly-dressed, the sun was shining, and there was no wind. I fully expected…

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