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Rondevlei Nature Reserve – Hippos in the City
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One of the serious advantages to living in Plumstead, other than the quick access to just about anywhere in the city, is the close proximity to both the Rondevlei and Seekoevlei nature reserves. Constantia may lay claim to Kirstenbosch (admittedly gorgeous,...
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Why support organic and local, and where to get it in Cape Town
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Everyone's talking organic and local. Eating organic is obviously a lot better for you, given the lack of chemicals used in growing the food. But is it always the best choice for the planet? And where do you go to find it? Organic produce is important. We have...
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Orange Kloof Forest Trail

Orange Kloof Forest Trail
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The day was perfect for a hike – cool winds and blue skies overhead – and our group set off in anticipation of cool forests, mountain streams and beautiful views. We weren't disappointed. Orange Kloof is a particularly beautiful, protected area above Hout Bay,...
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Munching my way through breakfast at Martins Bakery
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Martins Bakery in Diepriver is one of those hidden gems about which only the locals know, and visitors to Cape Town wish they knew, given the recent propensity for artisan breads. Martins resembles a typical old fashioned deli / coffee shop, which indeed is...
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kwaLapa – telling the stories of food

kwaLapa – telling the stories of food
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It's my week for visiting food stores. And kwaLapa in Newlands Montebello Design Centre, just recently opened, is about to take the southern suburbs organic-and-green-for-lunch crowd by storm. It's not just their catchy byline - telling the stories of food,...
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Easy Walks Cape Town: A couple of the easiest and most beautiful walks in Cape Town
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It's not always easy to find walks on which you can take a four year old. Actually, to be more frank, because his level of fitness easily surpasses mine, it isn't easy to find walks that a four year old will complete. If he chooses not to, and this is more oft...
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Sipping organic wine at Waverley Hills

Sipping organic wine at Waverley Hills
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Lying at the foot of the Witzenberg Mountains on the R46 between Tulbagh and Ceres, Waverley Hills produces organic wines that are definitely worth sampling. The Du Toit family entered the rather tough organic market in 2000 when they planted 21 hectares of vi...
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National Parks week – get in for free

National Parks week – get in for free
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It's official. This week, starting today 14th September, you can get into any (or at least the majority) of the South African National Parks (SANParks) for free. So, if you're in Cape Town you have the whole of the Table Mountain National Park at your disposal...
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Dreamcatcher Tulbagh – A Place to Dream …
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On the edge of Tulbagh, shortly after passing along its bustling Main Road to where a rather imposing NG church sits overlooking the valley, there is an unobtrusive row of bluegum trees. Just beyond this is the Bloekombossie restaurant - a rather quirky loo...
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Moniki Chocolatier – an outing in Tulbagh to remember!
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Don't expect to find Moniki Chocolatier, on the outskirts of Tulbagh, easily. In hindsight, after much muttering about the derth of clearly marked signs, I realise that the rickety, wooden, handmade signage that changes without warning, from green, to purple a...
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Tulbagh and its Hidden Secrets

Tulbagh and its Hidden Secrets
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Tulbagh's allure is immediately obvious. The scenery, which includes the towering peaks of no fewer than three mountain ranges, is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and the obvious seclusion of the horse-shoe shaped valley in which it lies simply adds further appeal t...
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Chandani in Woodstock

Chandani in Woodstock
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We're fans of Indian food, and rather than heading off to town to eat at Bukhara's - which, incidentally, has recently had a fire (we learned as much when trying to book a table) where the plush décor is a pre-sentiment of the bill that follows, even if the fo...
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Western Cape Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Western Cape
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Cape Town and the Western Cape make it to the top of most lists when visiting South Africa, and the province is one of the most beautiful in which to seek adrenaline related thrills. Table Mountain, the lap of Cape Town, and the city's most famous landmark,...
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Mpumalanga Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Mpumalanga
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Mpumalanga is often referred to as the 'adventure capital' of South Africa, and it is not hard to imagine that this paradise of lowveld, spectacular mountains, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests, set on the eastern borders of the country and including a p...
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