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Ceres – it’s not just about the Fruit
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Ceres – it’s not just about the Fruit

Ceres, in the Western Cape, is named for the Roman goddess of the harvest and plenty. Living up to this name, the town has a reputation as one of the best fruit growing areas in South Africa, and accounts for a large amount of the production of deciduous and other fruit in the Cape.The fruit industry here so permeates the every day life of the town that the fruit growers have developed a tour through their factories to allow a peek into what makes the fruit from this area better than most, as well as tours of the farms, where the precious harvest is grown and dried for local use and export...
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Long Beach Noordhoek
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Long Beach Noordhoek

There is a beach that will always take my breath away, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Long Beach, in Noordhoek, located on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, en route to Cape Point, is named as such for its great expanse and stretch, right through to Kommetjie. The beach is not only long, but is wide, giving way to wetlands, flora and fauna.Family, dog and horse friendly, it is always a hive of activity, for locals and tourists, horseriders, surfers, runners and toddlers, each enjoying their little piece of paradise out on the perfect white sands of this maginificent beach....
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The KwaZulu Natal South Coast
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The KwaZulu Natal South Coast

It is easy, when driving through most of the South Coast area of KwaZulu Natal, to imagine that you have been transported to a tropical island. Roads are edged with lush green vegetation, or the ubiquitous sugar cane and banana plantations.Towns such as Umkomaas, renowned for its angling, as well as a top class golf course, Shelly Beach, named for the prevalence of shells found on beaches in the area, and Margate enjoy the year round bustle of tourists, as does Port Edward.In fact, the climate of this area is very much like a tropical island, and even in the middle of winter, it i...
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Glorious Gordons Bay
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Glorious Gordons Bay

Glorious Gordons Bay: The area known today as Gordon’s Bay was named after Captain Robert James Gordon, an officer in the Dutch East India Company, who explored the area in 1778, however, for many years before that, the area was known as Fish Hoek – the same name as another town on the opposite side of False Bay.This little known fact is evidenced by the name on the wall outside the local Post Office. Another common misconception about the town is that the initials GB (see photograph below), inscribed large on the mountain above the town, stand for Gordon’s Bay, however, they commemora...
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Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town
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Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town

The Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town based at 'The Old Biscuit Mill' in Woodstock, is Cape Town’s answer to world renowned markets such as Portobello Market in the U.K. It has a dedicated following of fashionistas, families, chefs, singeltons, hippies, yuppies and just about any other person who appreciates great food and atmosphere and something truly unique to fill a Saturday morning. A busy hub of organic offerings including meat, cheese, beverages, chocolates, cakes and desserts, it offers even the most discerning palate a treat for the senses. With barely enough space to breathe on a ...
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Back from Rocking the Daisies
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Back from Rocking the Daisies

Starting just three years ago, the folk and rock festival, Rocking the Daisies, has fast become one of the best music festivals in South Africa. It takes place on a farm in Darling, on the West Coast, and is one hours drive from Cape Town, making it a pleasure to attend for most locals. Combining eco, green and live music themes, it constantly aims to educate followers on living more consciously, giving back to the environment and reducing their carbon footprint.Although messages are difficult to get across to loud and drunk revellers, the organisers pull out all the stops to be consistent...
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Festivals in the Cape
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Festivals in the Cape

The amazing variety of festivals in the Cape is evidence of the fact that Capetonians like to celebrate. Having recently experienced the epic, eco-friendly Rocking the Daisies music festival in Darling, I can attest to the fact Cape Town’s party spirit is alive and well.Capetonians don’t just rock ‘n roll however. From the Whale Festival in Hermanus, celebrating the town’s status as one of the whale watching sites in the Southern Hemisphere, to the Cape Town International Jazz festival, bringing the best performers from all over the globe, it seems every taste is accommodated.The C...
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Majestic Muizenberg
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Majestic Muizenberg

With the faded opulence of its grand old manor houses lining the seafront, its retro children’s playgrounds and vintage soft drink advertisements that have been bleached by the sun, Muizenberg wears its past on its sleeve and seems akin to stumbling upon a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!One can easily imagine the sight of sun worshippers flocking to the beach in the past, tumbling out of their Beetles and Morris Minors enthusiastically, filled to the brim with giggles and soda bubbles, looking forward to family time spent together bathing on the beach. But the shadow cast by the developing cit...
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Langebaan – A West Coast Gem
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Langebaan – A West Coast Gem

Defined by its rugged shorelines, coastal vegetation, heritage fishing villages and unpretentious lifestyle, the Cape West Coast still holds an element of the wild unknown. A tangibly strong culture of fisher-folk with their quaint small wooden fishing boats and simple lives on the sea, are qualities that draw visitors from across the globe.Loved by many, the dramatic coastline, changeable seas, white sandy beaches and cerulean blue skies creep under your skin and seep into your soul. The most popular of all the quaint villages is Langebaan, with its natural wonders, blue lagoon and azure ...
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Take a Trip to Saldanha
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Take a Trip to Saldanha

The seaside town of Saldanha lies in the northern corner of the largest and deepest bay in South Africa and is a bustling harbour town with a thriving fishing industry with fish, crayfish, mussels, oysters and seaweed. Any visitor takes a walk amongst the fisherman when they bring in their catch is in for an impromptu lesson in local culture. The banter amongst the fisherman goes on in regional speech with words and gestures that belong to the Cape West Coast alone.Many travelers have the impression of vast, grey open spaces when they think of the West Coast, of a country side that onl...
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Cape Town Street Crafts
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Cape Town Street Crafts

Cape Town Street Crafts: Anyone who travels round the streets of the Mother City cannot fail to be moved by either the extreme beauty or the dire poverty that makes up much of Cape Town life. Each journey can be an emotional roller-coaster ride – joy, sadness, enchantment, anger, hope.But for me one of the most powerful and recurring themes has been an absolute respect and admiration for the extraordinary craftsmanship and dazzling inventiveness of the street artists that ply their bead work, paintings and metal sculptures around a number of major intersection across town.Wow! Thes...
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The Bainskloof Pass
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The Bainskloof Pass

However wordly and well-travelled you are, meeting a man who has had an ear and part of his nose bitten off by a bird of prey is an unusual experience. The ranger as the camp site we stayed at in Bainskloof had a remarkably good sense of humour for someone mauled by an eagle. Asked about it, he merely shrugs. As a snake wrangler and keeper of the type of birds that can take off body parts with a single snap of the beak, apparently it comes with the territory. I couldn't help but be glad that I didn't inhabit that territory.Bainskloof pass (a part of the R303 regional road) runs from Pa...
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The French Charm of Franschhoek
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The French Charm of Franschhoek

Meaning French Corner, Franschhoek, was first colonized by the French Huguenots in 1692. One of the most famous attractions in the town remains the Huguenot Memorial, with its distinctive three arches, representing the Holy Trinity and the woman, holding a bible and broken chain, symbolizing these early settlers escape from religious oppression, which is located at the end of the main road. When entering Franschhoek, one is immediately aware of an air of relaxation and elegance, and on any given day, the streets are lined with holiday makers and leisure seekers.A cultured and refined l...
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