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Fynbos Rocks at Good Hope Nursery
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Fynbos Rocks at Good Hope Nursery

Located just over  the road from Cape Point Nature Reserve, the fynbos experience at Good Hope nursery includes an indigenous retail nursery, an outdoor tea garden, a playground for children, fynbos walks, quarterly events, as well as landscaping and garden design. They also wholesale to other nurseries including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Table Mountain National Park. Good Hope Nursery have over 1000 indigenous species on their  data base, ranging from local fynbos to sub tropical trees, and the majority of these are grown at the nursery under harsh Cape Point weather conditions wh...
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The Walk to Elephants Eye Cave
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The Walk to Elephants Eye Cave

We had no idea when we set out last weekend to Silvermine, intent on walking to Elephant's Eye Cave, just what the walk entailed, or we may have had second thoughts. That's not to say that it's a difficult walk, it isn't (bar the last bit that climbs to the cave), but we had a monster munch in tow, who, amazingly, left us in his dust in his efforts to reach the cave immediately he sighted it (pity about the saga getting back down!) Silvermine, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park with its entrance gate at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg about 20 minutes' outside of Cape Town's cent...
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Visit the Drakensberg
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Visit the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg mountain range, translated from Dutch as Dragon’s Mountains, is the most extensive in South Africa, spanning a distance of around 1000m, and boasts the highest peak in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3482m in height. This particular peak was named by the Lesotho people, and means “nice little mountain” in SeSotho, however, there are many other famous peaks within the range, including Cathedral Peak, Giant’s Castle, and other mysteriously named and majestic peaks ... Visit the Drakensberg ... The famous Blyde River Canyon falls within the furthest northern reaches o...
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Table Mountain Hikes
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Table Mountain Hikes

Any Capetonian will admit that winters are pretty wet and windy in Cape Town - but in between the cold fronts we are also treated to sunny, crisp and clear warm days.  Perfect for getting out into the great outdoors! Last Sunday I did just that - my brother and I parked on the road that runs past the Table Mountain cable car station and walked until the tarmac ran out.  We walked for just over an hour (although you can walk for much longer depending on where you park) and the mountain was just spectacular after all the rain - streams are gushing and waterfalls are in full flow!  The views ...
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Tea Time Cape Town – Fit for the Queen …
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Tea Time Cape Town – Fit for the Queen …

Cape Town can’t deny its colonial heritage, and there are certain traditions left over from the time we paid allegiance to old England that we should embrace. One of these is that, come late afternoon, there’s just nothing nicer than a spot of tea. And if it’s possible to be sipping your cuppa someplace decadent, removed from the city’s hustle and bustle, and have it accompanied by a few indulgent nibbles … well jolly good, all the better, I say. Herewith, Cape Town’s premier teatime spots ... Tea Time Cape Town - Fit for the Queen … When it comes to old-school, colonial elegance, there ar...
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Walking above Simons Town
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Walking above Simons Town

If you've ever wanted to experience the land of the hobbits first-hand then head off to Red Hill reserve and the Kleinplaas Dam, just above Simon's Town. First of all, it's not inundated with people and their dogs (although dogs are most welcome; this is purely a figure of speech), and secondly it is an enchanted countryside that transports you into a virtual otherworldly zone, although few will tell you this (we have to have some secrets in Cape Town), and it does depend largely on the time of year that you head up to Kleinplaas Dam (the enchanted aspect does tend to disappear below the wa...
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Favourite South African Beaches
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Favourite South African Beaches

After this weeks cold spell, a day at the beach is probably not high on the agenda but summer will roll around again so here are a few of my favourite South African beaches … In the Overberg, Nanny’s Beach, also known as Kammabaai, is a well loved Hermanus beach.  A firm favourite for a family day on the beach, Nanny’s Beach has great waves for surfing and body boarding and also has safe swimming for the kids.  Milkwoods provide shade for the picnic and braai spots and to work off your lunch you can climb the many rocks around the beach! Breakfast Bay, also in Hermanus is sheltered b...
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Eco-Tourism Western Cape – Eco-Friendly Activities in the Western Cape
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Eco-Tourism Western Cape – Eco-Friendly Activities in the Western Cape

We start our eco-tour of South Africa in Cape Town, voted one of the world's top 10 green cities - the US think tank Ethisphere Institute named Cape Town as a centre of global sustainability. The "Mother City", so blessed with natural beauty, offers a multitude of outdoor activities which can be enjoyed guilt-free. Hike Table Mountain, enjoy the Cape's beaches, or go shopping. Yes, I did say shopping in an article about eco-tourism … Eco-Tourism Western Cape: Cape Town is home to South Africa's first environmentally conscious mall. Visit 210 on Long (opened in February 2009, Long Street, Ca...
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Painting South Africa Pink
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Painting South Africa Pink

There’s no doubt that South African tourism has had a burst of colour of late, and I don’t mean in terms of our Rainbow Nation. Not only are we frontrunners in the arena of green, eco-friendly travel, but our pink tourism – a kind of niche tourism geared toward gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people - has really taken off as well. In fact, South Africa is consistently voted as one of the top ten gay holiday destinations in the world. Here’s why Gay Travel in South Africa is considered cool… The equality of every South Africa citizen, regardless of, among other things, sexual or...
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Shark Tales
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Shark Tales

The following aquatic conversation is based (albeit very loosely) on true fictional tails. The names of the Great White Sharks have been concealed in order to protect their predatory identity. Overheard on location in Gansbaai: Shark 1: "Where are they? They know its winter and we're practically lurking around in schools this time of year!" Shark 2: "I don't know but I didn't floss my pearly whites on seaweed to impress the sardines, they better show up soon I've got some scaring to do" ... Shark 3, Shark 4, Shark 5, Shark 6 and Shark 7 appear from the shadows of the deep Indian Ocean....
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The Labia Theatre – Dinner and a movie, the Cape Town Way
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The Labia Theatre – Dinner and a movie, the Cape Town Way

Life in Cape Town always marches along to the beat of its own drum, but there are a few more traditional social institutions that we too subscribe to. One of these is that age-old night out: dinner and a movie. Now one of the things I’ve always envied about NYC and London, is the proliferation in those cities of independent cinemas - those small, intimate theatres, not part of any corporate chain, that offer you a more cosy cinematic experience, away from blockbuster trailers and exorbitantly priced popcorn. Luckily, Cape Town’s City Bowl offers just such a little niche of movie magic - The La...
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Are you cold enough?
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Are you cold enough?

In the Western Cape we are accustomed to it getting really chilly in winter. And when its gets to a certain level of cold (you know - when you have to put extra logs on the fire, turn on another heater, get out a thicker pair of socks) then you know that there might be snow in Ceres ... Yesterday was one of those days and a drive out to Ceres revealed enough snow for our two "snow scouts" to do a bit of snowboarding. I kid you not, they went snow boarding in Ceres! Last year all we got was a photo of a rapidly melting snowman - this year we have the full show - our snowboarder doing his thi...
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Barleycorn Anyone??
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Barleycorn Anyone??

Looking for a fantastic way to spend you Monday evening? Well then I have the answer for you - Barleycorn, held every Monday evening at the Rygersdal Sports Club ( just off Belmont Road in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town).  It was a great way to spend my evening and anyone who has the slightest interest in music will enjoy this. Let’s take a quick look at where Barleycorn comes from and then we can get into what you’re really interested in - who performed and rocked the crowd ... Barleycorn conceptualised by Bob Denton from the USA, when he and a few musician friends met up on a regula...
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