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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le cap – une peninsule magnifique

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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Cape Cobra on Hout Bay beach

When did you last see a Cape Cobra on Hout Bay beach? It’s always fascinating to see how a photograph or video goes viral. Aside from the rapid spread of the item, there’s the ‘broken telephone’ aspect of what happens to the story. In the case of these photos it couldn’t be more obvious that…

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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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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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West Coast National Park

It’s Spring in the Cape and that means it’s time to head off to the West Coast National Park to see the annual display of wild flowers that carpet this reserve. This year the flowers are not as showy as usual because the weather hasn’t been ‘just right’, but that doesn’t stop us from making…

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Nature’s Valley

South Africans love roadtrips and there’s nothing better than a roadtrip with like-minded friends who don’t mind stopping every few minutes to take photos, drink in the view, chat up the locals, or break out an impromptu picnic on an old stone wall next to a cliff. I did this recently with my 2 closest…

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Kirstenbosch Conservatory

After our visit to the new Kirstenbosch canopy walkway we popped in to the Kirstenbosch Conservatory – a favourite part of this magnificent botanical garden. The Kirstenbosch Conservatory is a desert house that displays the succulent treasures of southern Africa.  It consists of a central area and four corner ‘houses’. Each bed represents an ecological region or biome of…

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One day road trip

Why not come on a one-day road trip with us – we do it all the time! This one shows you two different oceans, one mythical ‘cape’, one Unesco heritage site, a variety of beaches from rocky to white-sandy, the oldest wine route in the country, pretty bays, fishing harbours, a naval base, a penguin colony,…

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Kirstenbosch Canopy Walkway

The Kirstenbosch Canopy Walkway at the Botanical Gardens, also known as the Boomslang since it resembles a snake, is the newest and most exciting attraction in Cape Town. We’ve been monitoring the progress and waiting for it to be completed so we wasted no time going there as soon as it opened. The Kirstenbosch Canopy Walkway,…

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10 facts about Cape Town you may not know

You know about the beaches and the wine and Table Mountain and about many other beautiful aspects of Cape Town but here are 10 Cape Town facts you may not know. During the late 18th century French soldiers stationed at the Cape to help the Dutch defend it against the British turned the burgeoning city…

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Springbok Experience, pour toute la famille

I’m no rugby fan but I think the Springbok Experience rugby museum, which opened last November in the V&A Waterfront, is one of the best museums in town. It’s also one of the most technologically advanced. The Springbok Experience is not only for rugby fans because there is something for the whole family. Fans will…

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