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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Rotary Way, best-kept secret in 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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Companys Garden – Part 1, The Trees

  This is the first in a series about the historic Company’s Garden in the centre of Cape Town. Originally designed as a fresh produce garden for passing ships, it has now become a beautiful space for all to enjoy and is full of history. We love our City Tour and the best part is walking…

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The infamous dompas of Apartheid

What was apartheid? Many visitors to South Africa ask ‘What exactly was apartheid?’. You might be puzzled at such a question because, surely, it was simply: legalised segregation of races. There was Grand Apartheid which was a massive grab of all resources for the benefit of whites; and there was Petty Apartheid which affected all individuals’ personal lives.…

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Cape Town weather – unpredictable as always!

I always tell people that Cape Town weather is fabulous during early autumn because there’s a lingering summer heat without the strong south-easter wind. I’m being proved wrong this year. Yesterday, on a Cape Point tour with clients, I had no warning of bad weather, except for some grey skies. The V&A Waterfront started off…

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Off the beaten tourist route on a private tour

Off the beaten tourist route on a private tour – the only way to deal with plans going awry. Last week’s tours were planned in advance. After a day on Table Mountain and in the city centre, we hoped to visit Cape Point, Kirstenbosch, and the Constantia Winelands, the basic and most popular sightseeing attractions…

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Cape Town fires 2015

Cape Town fires 2015 – the worst since 2000, we won’t forget them in a hurry. The Western Cape mountains are covered with a very unique type of vegetation called ‘fynbos‘. One of its special characteristics is that some of it needs fire to regenerate. Now that man has encroached on nature, we prefer to plan those fires…

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