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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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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town

I’m sure lots of Moms are wondering what to do with the Kids during the school holidays? Well, Cape Town and surrounds actually offers more than its fair share of things to do, even during the winter season. For starters, seeing as most of us are having to watch our budgets, this is the time to take advantage of the special deals offered at some of our famous touristy “hot spots”! See our new series of 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town, revisiting many old favourites and including lots of new finds sure to delight children > Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town. Not only are these pl...
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Things to Do in The Cape Winelands
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Things to Do in The Cape Winelands

You’ll be hard pressed to find a moment to put your feet up and relax in “couch potato” fashion if you are planning to spend time in the Cape Winelands. That’s not to say you won’t be relaxing … there are plenty of things to do that require minimum input for maximum return … but you certainly won’t be watching much television! Start your day on a Hot Air Ballooning trip with Winelands Ballooning, which will have you floating cloud-wards in a musical silence across the peace of the Winelands. Your colourful craft launches at sunrise and you will be laid back to earth after an hour of hot...
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Pop Your Cork in the Cape Winelands
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Pop Your Cork in the Cape Winelands

If it’s superb viticulture you’re looking for, then spending some time exploring the Winelands of the Western Cape will definitely pop your cork. There are a staggering number of wine routes to choose from (around 560 wineries), most of which are little more than an hour, at most, out of Cape Town. And the socially-conscious traveller will be happy to know that South Africa has the largest number of Fairtrade-certified wineries in the world. The Stellenbosch wine route, the oldest wine route in the country, boasts over 300 wineries. Stellenbosch itself is a university town ... student dr...
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Stellenbosch Natural and Organic Farmers’ Market
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Stellenbosch Natural and Organic Farmers’ Market

Pick up freshly picked produce at the Stellenbosch Natural and Organic Farmers' Market on the grounds of the Stellenbosch Waldorf School. The provenance of organic ingredients sold at this intimate little farm market (trading since 2001) adds simultaneously to the quality of taste and life. The passionate practice of pure pleasures and plantations are sold stallside by earth loving purveyors. A German bakery warms dreams with hot pretzels and breads. Elgin apple juice takes the texture of organic clouds in a glass. Organic dried fruit and nuts play 'eat-me' with free-roaming children. U...
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Real men’s health is not all push-ups and bench-presses!
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Real men’s health is not all push-ups and bench-presses!

We all know that the term 'metrosexual' is now a little passé, with few people even able to remember a time when guys didn't cleanse and moisturise. We men, however, are still a little behind on the evolutionary ladder of bodily beauty. The spa experience, so loved by the men of ancient Rome for its rejuvenating properties, is a feminine secret that has been sadly overlooked by contemporary males. Until now ... "Most men choose between deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish or reflexology," says spa therapist Kate Woolley. And she should know. Working in a popular spa in Cape Town’s Southern ...
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Dress like Madiba
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Dress like Madiba

Think Nelson Mandela; think leader; think freedom, think iconic African printed shirts. Mnandi Textiles carries an African textile and ready-made fashion range fit for a king, suitable for a tribesman and worn by a Nobel Peace Prize winning president. Choose from a selection of traditional African prints in geometric patterns inspired on sub-Saharan soil and adorned on a statuesque statesmen. Vibrant natural fibres are embellished with ethnic shapes authentic to rural tribal cultures. Shweshwe is the ... traditional name of a 100% cotton material tailored for special formal events and g...
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Green is the new Black – Green Travel in South Africa
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Green is the new Black – Green Travel in South Africa

Green is the new black. No, really; we’re recycling, driving hybrid cars and generally trying to be intelligent enough not to melt the polar ice caps or widen the hole in the ozone layer. So why not travel green as well? Eco-tourism is low impact travel, usually to protected areas in which flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the main attractions. Its focus is on educating the ecologically conscious traveller and minimising the negative aspects of conventional tourism, while providing funding for conservation initiatives and economic opportunities for local communities. Of course, it’s...
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