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Hogsback Labyrinth – Travelling within whilst staying in the same place
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I was overawed by the Hogsback Labyrinth set in the gardens at The Edge in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. I've subsequently read someone else's unimpressed comments and am struck anew by how two people, looking at exactly the same object, can have two such oppo...
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Not many people know much about Hogsback, or where it is, for that matter, which perhaps is just as well given that its charm is something one might want to protect, and because the very essence of Hogsback is its almost otherworldly silence, where it lies hig...
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Addo, addo, addo!

If it weren't for the Addo Elephant National Park, Addo would still be an obscure little town off the beaten track, roughly an hour from Port Elizabeth. It really is something of a one-horse town, and locals use the police station as a landmark, rather than th...
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Think of a childhood dream of living in a treehouse, something like the magic faraway tree, then add the further dimension of handcrafted wood interiors, furniture, a tented bedroom, a wooden open-to-the-elements bathroom, complete with de luxe bath, and you h...
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Breakfast at the Wild Oats Market

Breakfast at the Wild Oats Market
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As far as food markets go, the Wild Oats Market in Sedgefield on the Garden Route probably comes up tops. Residents of Sedgefield and visitors to the town head out in their droves on a Saturday morning to the edge of town right next to the Swartvlei lake-lagoo...
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Maynardville and Chelsea Village – a reprieve in the midst of Wynberg
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A few of my friends have been talking about Maynardville Park of late. It seems that the park has undergone something of a facelift and the children's play area in particular is now definitely worth a visit. Besides, we're all waiting in anticipation for the n...
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The Imhoff Farm

The Imhoff Farm
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If you’re on the way to visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve - or hey, even if you’re not - be sure make a stop at the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. You’ll find yourself whiling away a more than pleasant afternoon at this historical farmstead, whether enjoying a le...
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Hout Bay’s Green Faire

Hout Bay’s Green Faire
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Twice a year Hout Bay hosts a Green Faire - a showcase of sustainable living options in an outdoor setting. It's an occasion worth diarising as we've visited the first and the third, the latter having taken place last weekend, and been more than a little impre...
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Kelp Vuvuzelas – a local, green touch for the Fifa World Cup Final Draw
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I stumbled upon a new type of vuvuzela that definitely bears talking about. Not that I'm a fan of the vuvuzela. I happen to hate them. I know, how very unpatriotic of me, but anything that makes that much noise and is mass produced in plastic so that it bears ...
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The Oude Skip (or Oude Schip) walk, named after the shipwreck and also known as the Sandy Bay shipwreck hiking trail, shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandud...
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Mariannhill Monastery – a gentle space of beauty and peace
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I'm looking at the incredible interior of the church of the Monastery of Mariannhill and realising why, despite its being years since last I was here, it had such a profound effect on me as a 16-year-old. During my third year of high school I sang with a ch...
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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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