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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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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South Africa itinerary

People always ask for ideas on a typical South Africa itinerary. Obviously they want to see as much as possible but just as obvious is the fact that it’s a huge country with a lot to offer so, unless you can spend several months here, you won’t see everything in one trip. It’s worthwhile to plan…

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Cape Peninsula – an awesome place

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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Do you know the famous Cape Town Big 6 ?

The wildlife reserves have the Big 5 – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo – but do you know the Cape Town Big 6 attractions are just as famous? Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm and now a beautiful museum, still producing excellent wines! Spend some time strolling through the grounds and the…

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Top 10 things to do in South Africa

South Africa has much to offer visitors but sometimes you don’t have enough time to do it all so how do you decide what to do? Here is our list of top 10 things to do in South Africa on your next holiday. Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg – if you only do one thing in Johannesburg, this…

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Table Mountain, a few things you may not know

Table Mountain is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the most recognised of all South Africa’s icons, visited by millions of people every year and the largest mountain on the Cape Peninsula. Here are some interesting facts about Table Mountain. History Prehistoric people first left evidence of their lives on Table Mountain…

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8 of the best in the Cape

It’s no surprise than these 8 of the best are the most popular attractions in the Western Cape, as recently reported by tourism statistics. Kirstenbosch. This world-famous botanical garden celebrates 100 years of showcasing South Africa’s unique fynbos plant kingdom. The best way to enjoy it is to spend a day with a picnic and…

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Things to do in Cape Town – 6 favourite Cape hikes

The Western Cape is a hiker’s paradise. The mountains make for beautiful vistas wherever you go; a coastline that is either jagged and rocky or white and sandy, scented fynbos that offers something throughout the year, well-marked paths, and the best of all..a variety of hikes to suit all fitness levels. We asked some of our…

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Noon Gun Tearoom closed

  A few weeks ago I forced myself out of my usual Saturday morning sloth and went to visit the Oranjezicht City Farm – you can read about it here. Seeing as I was up and about I decided to make the most of the day and persuaded my companion to take in a few other places…

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Oranjezicht City Farm

Have you heard about the Oranjezicht City Farm? I was very excited to hear that a piece of land that was originally part of the largest farm at the foot of Table Mountain is back to its original purpose of a farm after many years of neglect as a bowling green. The Oranjezicht City Farm on…

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10 reasons to visit the V&A Waterfront

  The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is South Africa’s most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. The Waterfront, as it’s known to locals, has enough attractions to keep an entire family busy and happy all day long and,…

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