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Kelp Vuvuzelas – a local, green touch for the Fifa World Cup Final Draw
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Kelp Vuvuzelas – a local, green touch for the Fifa World Cup Final Draw

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 little resemblance to the original home-made kudu horn version is hardly inspiring. I'm not surprised there was an attempt to ban them. But the vuvus made in kelp are works of art. And I'm inspired to buy one in time for the World Cup Final Draw on Friday, particularly as its unique to Cape Town. Graphic designer, Adam Carnegie, is beh...
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Seal takes fish from Fisherman’s mouth – Video
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Seal takes fish from Fisherman’s mouth – Video

Below is a short (17 second) video of an encounter between a fisherman at Hout Bay and a seal (seal takes a fish from the mans mouth). We were lucky enough to capture this moment on camera, taken at the Hout Bay Harbour on a Sunday morning, just as the boats came in laden with crayfish. See more photographs in the gallery below ... Video: Seal takes fish from Fisherman's mouth: Photographs of Hout Bay Harbour - Click to enlarge: Hout Bay Links: Hout Bay Attractions Things to Do in Hout Bay Hout Bay Map Hout Bay Self Catering Hout Bay Accommodation
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Mariannhill Monastery – a gentle space of beauty and peace
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Mariannhill Monastery – a gentle space of beauty and peace

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 choir that recorded Franz Schubert's mass no 2 in G standing within this sanctuary. It was one of the most intense experiences of my life. The sound we managed to evoke in this place of God was not only incredible, it was impressive and, as young people only beginning to form opinions and views on the world, I felt I had touched something w...
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Things to Do in Cape Town by a Capetonian
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Things to Do in Cape Town by a Capetonian

As a born and bred Capetonian and since it is almost time for holidays I thought I would suggest my own list of activities that I think everyone would enjoy while they’re in Cape Town. So if you plan to be in Cape Town during the holidays (or at any other time of the year) give some of these a try - Things to Do in Cape Town by a Capetonian. Top of my list would be a visit to Table Mountain. As one of Cape Town’s prominent features and also nature's GPS for the city (whenever I am lost my dad’s words come back to me “which side of the mountain are you looking at” and then it’s easy enou...
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All eyes on Cape Town (photographs)
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All eyes on Cape Town (photographs)

The city is buzzing with visitors all here to enjoy what Cape Town has to offer in the lead up to the final draw for the FIFA 2010 World Cup which is happening on 4 December. Readers of the UK Telegraph recently voted Cape Town as their favourite city outside Europe and in Condé Nast Traveller's Readers Choice, Cape Town was named top city in Africa / Middle East, and 4th in the world ... Wouldn't you rather be here too? Photograph: View from Robben Island towards Cape Town Photograph: Table Mountain Cableway Photograph: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Cape Town is gearing up for a ...
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Food & Wine Market at Hermanuspietersfontein
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Food & Wine Market at Hermanuspietersfontein

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, then you're there for breakfast with friends. It's a market in much the same vein as the Neighbourgoods and the Earth Fair markets in Cape Town, although on a slightly smaller scale. It can get busy though, so you might want to get here relatively early. The market opens at 09h00 ... As you enter the generous courtyard, its perime...
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Peaks, Valleys and Champagne … in the Drakensberg
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Peaks, Valleys and Champagne … in the Drakensberg

One of my favourite holiday spots is the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach and there is nothing better than an early morning swim in the Indian Ocean, but the Drakensberg offers just as good a holiday and there is no need to watch out for jellyfish and sand in your sarmies! The Northern and Central Drakensberg falls into four valleys; Champagne Valley, Didima Valley, Amphitheatre Valley and finally the Middledale Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. Big peaks in the Champagne Valley are Cathkin and Champagne Castle with peaks of 3149 and 3248 metres resp...
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A stay in Vermont
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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 and explain that it lies close to Hermanus. The relief is palpable. Acquaintances of ours have a wee cottage set in the heart of Vermont's 'old' quarter. After staying in the town twice now, and familiarising myself with its streets, I have divided Vermont into the 'old' and 'new', or 'east' and 'west' quarters for my own reasons....
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Which two oceans, mum? (Two Oceans Aquarium)
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Which two oceans, mum? (Two Oceans Aquarium)

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 air conditioning that needed a mighty overhaul if you consider the angst with which it was emitting tepid air, my brain and mouth couldn't get in synch to wrap around the rather meaty 'Indian and Atlantic, love'. Just as well it isn't the Pacific Ocean that meets the Indian or the Atlantic, or my child would have spent at least ten m...
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Two Oceans Aquarium photographs
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Two Oceans Aquarium photographs

Todays photographs are a collection of photographs taken at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is without doubt one of the most exciting attractions in the city, particularly if you have children. Called the Two Oceans Aquarium because the vast Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet here, or almost here at the southern tip of the continent, the delightful underwater nature reserve displays over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles, and penguins on display ... see our article "Which two oceans, Mum?" Entrance to the Two Oceans ...
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Photograph of iconic Table Mountain on International Day of Climate Action by Dave Estment
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Photograph of iconic Table Mountain on International Day of Climate Action by Dave Estment

Did you know that 24 October was the International Day of Climate Action? The intention of this day, organised by 350.org, was to lift public awareness on the need for an international climate treaty to reach 350. 350.org called upon people from every corner of the globe to find an iconic place in their community and incorporate the number 350 with this place and take a photograph. Once all the images are collected they will be delivered to world leaders and the media to show how unified the climate movement is ... We received the following stunning photograph from Naomi at Outdoor Video an...
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Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins
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Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins

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 friends in Somerset West in the evening and, since it looked as though the day would be clear, we ambitiously set off for the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, a long-delayed visit, one we had been meaning to make for too long. Fortunately for us, despite roadworks in Somerset West that could have turned our journey into a complete mis...
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29 Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa
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29 Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa

The new season of Blue Flag South Africa was launched at Muizenberg beach in Cape Town yesterday where it was announced that 29 of South Africa's beaches have achieved Blue Flag status - an increase from 19 to 29 this year ... Announced by Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Minister of Tourism), who said that the increase of Blue Flag beaches from 19 last year to 29 this year was extremely good for tourism in South Africa. “In order for South Africa to optimise its tourism potential, it is critical that we offer both domestic and international visitors clean, safe and well-managed beaches.” Sout...
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History or horticulture? How about a whole lot of both at Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden?
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History or horticulture? How about a whole lot of both at Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden?

The Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden is one of the Cape’s most well-known tourism draw cards, as well as being a favourite with locals as a picnic spot. Any Cape Town guide book worth its salt will tell you about the Garden’s 528 hectares of indigenous flora and natural forest (36 of which are cultivated), its restaurants, its hiking trails and its line-up of summer concerts. What they might not tell you about is Kirstenbosch’s very long and interesting history ... It’s a common misconception that just about all of Cape Town sprang into existence only when European settlers planted thei...
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