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15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa
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15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa

15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa, with Places To Stay so Close You Can Fall Out of Bed for Your Cuppa Leveraging off South Africa’s growing coffee culture, we suggest you bookmark this list of best coffee shops in South Africa. We’ve made it super easy...
Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs

The best of Cape Town is found in these suburbs... Cape Town’s city bowl is vibrant, cosmopolitan, and a major attraction for visitors to the Mother City, despite the drought. But you could be missing the bigger picture to assume this is the best of Cape T...
15 Things Only A Capetonian Would Do
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15 Things Only A Capetonian Would Do

Is there such a thing as typical Capetonian? As much as the rest of the country loves to generalise about those who live in the Mother City as tardy, with a propensity to wait until the last minute before committing to an event, and obsessed with their moun...
10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Kirstenbosch
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10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Kirstenbosch

There isn't a visitor to Cape Town who doesn't visit Kirstenbosch. The 52 800 square kilometre botanical garden is up there with the best in the world, particularly since the introduction of the 'Boomslang' (officially named the Most Beautiful Object in South ...
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 ...
Grab A Cone At The Creamery
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Grab A Cone At The Creamery

I popped into The Creamery yesterday for an ice-cream, on recommendation from a friend who said it was simply the best ice cream around. Well, they were right! The Creamery, which is in the very lovely area of Newlands, undoubtedly serve the tastiest and cream...
Camissa – Cape Town’s return to a place of sweet water
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Camissa – Cape Town’s return to a place of sweet water

'Camissa' is the ancient Khoi word meaning place of sweet waters, and their word for Cape Town. It's been adopted by a project called Reclaim Camissa that aims to reconnect Cape Town and its people to the water that we have available to us, right beneath ou...
Newlands Forest Walk To The Base Of Newlands Ravine
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Newlands Forest Walk To The Base Of Newlands Ravine

The Newlands Forest walk is a relatively easy short burst of uphill on the right of the river - destination: simply awesome wooden treehouse. Followed by a quick downhill – an essential part of which is straying off the path enough to introduce an element of e...
An afternoon at Kirstenbosch – Photographs
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An afternoon at Kirstenbosch – Photographs

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is known the world over for its beauty and diversity. Only indigenous plants are grown in the gardens and the 528 hectares support a diverse area of fynbos and flora. The gardens boast collections of South African plants...
A Walk Down Kildare Road – Photographs
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A Walk Down Kildare Road – Photographs

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I decided to take a walk down one of my favourite roads in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town - Kildare Road. You will find Kildare Road in the leafy, upmarket suburb of Newlands. If you are a cricket or rugby fan you prob...
Cecilia Waterfall from Kirstenbosch – A Wonderful Walk
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Cecilia Waterfall from Kirstenbosch – A Wonderful Walk

Normally, when people speak about walking Cecilia Forest, they refer to the more-or-less amble you can do through the forest after parking on Rhodes Drive, along the main jeep track. Cecilia Forest has a number of lovely walks and jogging paths that pass throu...
Untamed at Kirstenbosch
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Untamed at Kirstenbosch

Go and see this exhibition if you can. Actually, you can't miss it if you visit Kirstenbosch in the next year - or just under a year as it's moving on, they think, to Johannesburg come June 2011 - as the organic structure takes up most of a space you're used t...
Gardener’s Cottage – an escape beneath the trees in Newlands
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Gardener’s Cottage – an escape beneath the trees in Newlands

If you're thinking of lunching at this popular haunt, set under the trees in Newlands, then book ahead. Time spent here is always down time, whether in summer or winter. There are gorgeous, old, and huge shade trees under which lie tables, chairs and umbrellas...
Perfect weekend fare – Breakfast at Caveau and picnics in Kommetjie
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Perfect weekend fare – Breakfast at Caveau and picnics in Kommetjie

My Saturday was, as per usual a day of eating.  I didn’t feel too guilty about it though because Knysna Half Marathon training has commenced so I did my scheduled 3kms on Friday night and wrapped up a quick 5kms on Saturday morning (the views from Boyes Drive ...