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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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Catch your Breath in Kalk Bay
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Catch your Breath in Kalk Bay

This wonderful historic harbour village, en route to Cape Point, has everything you could possibly want from a day out by the sea. Well, everything except warm water. Which is just as well, because you might be less inclined to explore all those amazing antique, art and bric-a-brac shops, outstanding restaurants, ice cream parlours and funky bars that line its main thoroughfare. By far the best way to arrive is by train, a most exquisite journey from Muizenberg (park at the Olive Station), taking in breathtaking views of the winding coastline, while all the while keeping an eye out for pass...
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Bayworld in Port Elizabeth
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Bayworld in Port Elizabeth

Now known as Bayworld, which means you get to see the Oceanarium, the snake park, and no 7 Castle Hill as part of the same visit, the country’s third oldest museum boasts a 15 metre Southern Right whale skeleton, a life-size reconstruction of the giant dinosaur Algoasaurus (it’s not a recently discovered species, but a take on Algoa Bay) and a bronze cannon that dates back to 1640 that was recovered from a Portuguese galleon shipwrecked off the coast near Port Elizabeth. If that isn’t enough reason to visit the Port Elizabeth Museum, which effortlessly combines cultural and natural hist...
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Observatory Cape Town (Obz!)
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Observatory Cape Town (Obz!)

Those visitors hankering for the more eclectic / hectic night-time buzz, should make their way to Observatory in Cape Town, or 'Obz', home to the first Royal Observatory and a dazzling array of bars and clubs and restaurants. Unlike Long Street, there’s ‘something of the night’ about Obz, its battered elegance cast into permanent shadow, those past pretensions brought to earth with a bang, decrepit balustrades overhanging walls and doorways smothered with graffiti and flyers. If ever a place was screaming out for gentrification ... Obz is definitely not for the faint hearted, it’s b...
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