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7 Cape Town Community Gardens That Are Setting A Trend
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7 Cape Town Community Gardens That Are Setting A Trend

A community garden is a piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. They serve as a way to build a sense of local community, a connection to the environment and to provide fresh produce and plants. They range from small plots of vegetables, to large 'greening' projects to preserve natural areas. And not all of them have an open gate policy. Some grow only ornamental plants, others function as market gardens. In Cape Town Community gardens have been a rising trend for a while now. Whether they're tiny backyard plots, a portion of a city park, rooftop gardens, vertical gardens o...
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Top Cape Town Instagrammers To Follow
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Top Cape Town Instagrammers To Follow

A picture paints a thousand words. Or more accurately: a picture is worth a thousand words is a fitting phrase to describe how a picture tells a story just as well as wordy, descriptive text (the latter quote was adapted into the former by David Gates (of Bread fame) for the album: Manna). I'd even go as far as saying that today pictures speak louder than words. To coin a Chinese proverb: one picture is worth ten thousand words. Which is why Instagram is so big. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, choose a filter, and you've a picture to share with the world. It's faster than news, i...
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30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands
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30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands

The essence of the Cape Winelands is wine tasting. You will discover, however, that there are so many wine estates jostling for your attention that you need something other than wine estates as your yard stick for selecting which ones to visit. For this reason we've put together a list for you of 30 things to do in the Cape Winelands. Select what interests you most, and then visit the wine farms closest to you. Alternatively, choose one of the winelands' villages  as a base for the weekend, and visit the wine estates closest to your town of choice... Toys and Miniature Museum, Stelle...
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7 Ancient Forests in and around Cape Town
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7 Ancient Forests in and around Cape Town

Once upon a time, before the fynbos evolved, much of the south-western Cape, and indeed Southern Africa, was palm forest. Rainfall patterns and climate changed, and more robust trees replaced the palms forming magnificent forest. Today forests are southern Africa's smallest biome. The ancient, once-huge forests are still in evidence in only 0.5% of Africa. You will find what remains in sheltered, remote pockets in mountain ravines or on river banks; the trees' ancestry millions of years old - a legacy from the time when man was not yet on Earth. In and around Cape Town you will find 7...
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30 Things You Need To Do Before You Can Call Yourself A Capetonian
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30 Things You Need To Do Before You Can Call Yourself A Capetonian

Before you call yourself a Capetonian, there are 30 things you need to do in order to earn this title... 1. Climb Table Mountain You've actually hiked the mountain, not done it by cable-car (anyone can do that!). Favourite hikes include: Skeleton Gorge to Maclear's Beacon, Upper Cableway Station to Maclear's Beacon, Platteklip to Upper Cableway Station and the Pipe Track. 2. Buy something for your home in Woodstock Because the furniture, clothing, handmade jewellery, second-hand bookshops, food trucks, and coffee shops of the design district are just so happening... 3. Know where t...
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10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town
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10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town

There are many nature reserves in and around Cape Town. The 10 below include national parks run by SANParks, and reserves managed by CapeNature. These are 'public' reserves that are open to anyone, although most have an entrance fee attached to using their facilities... 1: TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Few people realise just how vast Table Mountain National Park is. All land on Table Mountain above the 150-metre contour is protected. The 28 898 hectare reserve runs the length of the peninsular mountains that stretch from Signal Hill, overlooking Table Bay, all the way to Cape Point; a full 5...
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10 Great Spots for Snorkelling and Free Diving in Cape Town
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10 Great Spots for Snorkelling and Free Diving in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the best places to free dive, or snorkel, in the world. Cape fur seals, mako sharks, blue sharks, seven gill sharks, dolphins, whales and the magic of the kelp forests that line our west coast, mean the seas are rich with marine creatures, and incredibly beautiful. Snorkelling is the act of swimming through the sea with nothing other than a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel and, usually, fins. In Cape Town you will need a wetsuit. Snorkellers make use of the shallow kelp forests, using the stems to pull themselves to the sea bed. Through the kelp fringe roam...
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I Love Greyton Because … Insider Tips
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I Love Greyton Because … Insider Tips

Hi, we are Ines Stoll and Mark Dittke from The Purple Dog Self Catering House in Greyton in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape. Greyton IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent piece of peace, tucked away from the N2 but still close enough to Cape Town with its oak tree lined streets surrounded by the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN whilst meandering in the Nature Reserve along the Gobos River with an easily accessible waterfall or from the top of the Mountain whilst hiking the Loerkop Trail with a marvellous 360-degree view with the whole chain of the Riviersonderend mo...
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6 Ways to Experience Cape Town’s Ocean Wildlife
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6 Ways to Experience Cape Town’s Ocean Wildlife

Known historically as 'The Cape of Storms' the tempestuous seas around the Cape Peninsula have battered the rocky shores, and more than a few ships, for millennia. The peninsula juts out into the ocean at the edge of the African continent, tipped by the Cape of Good Hope (which, contrary to popular myth, is not the southernmost tip of Africa – this honour is reserved for Cape L’agulhas, a little further east). With the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one shore, and the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean on the other, Cape Town has historically served as a watering hole for travellers, an...
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To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town
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To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town

I've obviously left my Christmas market shopping a little late as I've missed both the Constantia Gift Fair (this weekend past), and Kamers vol Geskenke. The good news: there are still plenty of Christmas markets to choose from (despite the fact that Kamers must be one of the best markets ever, and I missed out on a bumper edition of creativity and variety!). TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN CAPE TOWN (and surrounds) 22 November 2014, Rondebosch Potters' Market Capetonians love the bi-annual Potters Market. Held under the trees at the park, on the corner of Campground and Sanddown Roads in Ro...
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style's most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what's the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables are different. Rather than lying at the end of a house, as they do in Amsterdam and elsewhere in Europe, they are set right in the middle of the façade over the front door. They're even given an appealing name for this reason - the central dormer gable. Over time this gable, the work of skilled Malay craftsment, was to become somethin...
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Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you
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Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you

The impression we hold of the Karoo has romance at its heart: dirt roads, windmills, sunsets that look as though someone has thrown claret on a canvas, big sky and mountain passes. The semi-desert region known as the Karoo is inspiring. Despite its droughts and extreme climate, it is a space in which to unwind, slow and retreat from the world. We share 8 of the best Karoo farmstays with you... 1. ABBOTSBURY, Graaff-Reinet Abbotsbury is a 4300 acre sheep farm just 27 km outside of the historical Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. This beautifully restored homestead lies just 3 km off the N9 s...
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4 jam-packed day trips to the Cederberg
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4 jam-packed day trips to the Cederberg

The Cederberg is the place of rooibos and buchu tea, blue and cloudless skies, intensely hot summers, little towns and fertile valleys that summon holiday makers all year round. For Capetonians, it is a playground and long weekend hiking paradise, whilst hikers, rock-climbers, cyclists and nature lovers treat it as a refuge. Dominated by burnt orange mountains and jagged sandstone rock formations, like the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross, and ancient !Xam rock art, it is a 70 000 hectare mountainous wilderness ripe for outdoor adventure. It gets its name from the Clanwilliam Cedar, an en...
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Spring Flowers Can Be A Little Rock ‘n Roll
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Spring Flowers Can Be A Little Rock ‘n Roll

The Cape Flower Route is a fixture on most traveller's bucket lists around the world, but for those of you who love a little nature (while reveling at the same time), we've come up with a few ideas for you this spring. We share our favourite experiences along the flower route, in locations such as Darling, Napier, Citrusdal, the West Coast and Clanwilliam, which will speak to everyone's inner hippie... Don't be a shrinking violet! Let our your inner Daisy Duke come out and head off to flower country this spring. Get an ear and eye full of Rocking the Daisies What started out as festival...
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Cape Town Picnics – Pretty Places for Spring Picnics in the Mother City
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Cape Town Picnics – Pretty Places for Spring Picnics in the Mother City

Cities ... living in one requires that you open your wallet countless times a day. So, when it comes to celebrations or casual get-togethers with friends (who won’t fit into your bachelor flat), meeting up for a picnic in the Mother City is not only a way to spend time soaking up some vitamin D – it’s pretty kind to your bank balance too. We asked some city-bowl-dwellers and Cape Town locals where their secret picnic spots are, and this is what they shared with us... Cape Town Picnics Deer Park If you’ve lived in Cape Town for a little while, chances are that you’ve been to Deer Park at ...
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