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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Wild animal encounters are not natural!

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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Flybrary – a library in an airport

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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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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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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Arch at Churchhaven, 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 – good local fare

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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Things to do in Cape Town – six new 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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