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Green Map for Cape Town

Green Map for Cape Town
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Those who live in Cape Town are the envy of most of the country. It is one of the most spectacular settings on the planet, although its unique environment is also its most fragile asset. It lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, the smallest and most...
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Wining, dining and music at Solms-Delta

Wining, dining and music at Solms-Delta
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Hey la la, hey la la, hey la la - our voices were jiving, our hips swaying and our fingers clicking in time to Robbie Jansen's slightly smokey voice as he gave vent to his own interpretation of Cape jazz - a fusion of musical influences ranging from traditiona...
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Culture vultures in Kalk Bay

Culture vultures in Kalk Bay
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On Wednesday I not only managed to sneak into an art exhibition opening and mingle with the art aficionados of Cape Town, but I also managed to snatch a moment of poetry at Kalk Bay Books straight afterwards. I didn't know the Kalk Bay Modern existed, until...
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Food & Wine Market at Hermanuspietersfontein
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This is a popular market on a Saturday morning for residents of Hermanus and the surrounds. Its setting is the Hermanuspietersfontein Wine Cellars at the Hemel en Aarde Village closest to Onrus, and if you're not there to pick up the weekend's nibbles and nosh...
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A stay in Vermont

Tell people that you're on your way to Vermont and many give you a puzzled response. They obviously are not expecting you to go all the way to America for the weekend, but whilst their brains are whizzing around trying to place the town on a map, I rescue them...
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Which two oceans, mum? (Two Oceans Aquarium)
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It's a pretty valid question when asked by a four-year old en route to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, but it had me stumbling for a moment as, with my indicator stuck, my head craned round to see oncoming traffic, and my other finger reaching for the ai...
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Farmstalls along the N2 between Sir Lowry’s Pass and the Houhoek Pass
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As the N2 summits Sir Lowry's Pass and begins its meander through one of the most lovely valleys known to man – the Elgin Valley is sumptuous it is such a feast of beauty -  it passes no fewer than five farmstalls distributed fairly evenly on either side of th...
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Let’s go camping – the best campsites in KwaZulu-Natal
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It's virtually that time of the year again, when a beach holiday for the family looms on the horizon and visions of just how one is going to wiggle one's way into one's swim attire with a fair amount of grace occupies one's thoughts, if only for a moment. The ...
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It isn't easy to find somewhere to stay on a farm that is remote but still close enough to a small town to provide light entertainment when needed and supplies when necessary. I spent quite a bit of time on the internet before I found our little gem on a farm ...
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It’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, my cherry!
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Ficksburg didn't mean that much to me until I visited the pretty little town set on the banks of the Caledon River. It lies at the foot of the beautiful Imperani Mountain in the Free State, for those of you who didn't know, and I had only heard of it before th...
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Joostenberg Deli – a stop worth making time for
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Saturday was a day filled with new discoveries and interesting stops. We visited a local farmer, Erick, on his farm just outside Bloekomsbos, accidentally discovered one of the Stellenbosch jewels - Joostenberg Deli - and uncovered a gem of a garden centre jus...
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Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins
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Harold Porter Botanical Garden is a really pleasant surprise! In fact, it's one of the Cape's best kept secrets ... I had forgotten just how gorgeous the drive from Cape Town to Betty's Bay along Clarence Drive, known also as Route 44, is. We were to visit fr...
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A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest

A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest
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Getting to Pilgrims Rest from Johannesburg takes longer than you think it will. It shouldn't, as the obvious route along the N4 is pretty straight forward - Witbank, Belfast, Waterval Boven - but this is where it starts getting fuzzy, because by this stage not...
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Birds Boutique Cafe – on its way to becoming iconic in the city bowl
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A meal at Bird's Boutique Cafe is something of an experience, and if you haven't already stopped off to taste Mathilde Stegmann and her daughter's delectable dishes, then I would advise that you do. Set on the corner of Bree and Church Street in a building ...
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