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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa

South Africa is as famous for its coastline as it is for the Kruger National Park. Stretching for over 2 500 kilometres from the dry and barren border with Namibia in the west, around the Cape of Good Hope and northeast to its border with Mozambique, in the...
10 Places You Could Be Spending Christmas in South Africa, and Why
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10 Places You Could Be Spending Christmas in South Africa, and Why

South Africans celebrate Christmas in much the same way as the rest of world. We spread good cheer, enjoy Christmas traditions – like leaving cookies and carrots out for Santa Claus – decorate our homes with mistletoe, Christmas lights and little figurines ...
Spectacular Views At The Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages
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Spectacular Views At The Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages

Unwind at the heavenly Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages up on the mountain slopes surrounded by nature. Home to a number of endangered Leopard toads and some exquisite flora and fauna, this magnificent retreat is everything you could hope for and more for a ...
The Best Places To Watch The Sunset In Cape Town
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The Best Places To Watch The Sunset In Cape Town

The time just before the sun sets is my favourite time of the day. The rush of the day is drawing to a close and there is a peace in the air as if the city and its inhabitants are breathing a sigh of relief and beginning to rest as the sun’s tired glow is the ...
Cape Escapes – Villages To Which To Escape, When You Live In Cape Town
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Cape Escapes – Villages To Which To Escape, When You Live In Cape Town

We went away this weekend, yet stayed at home. We drove all of 30 kilometres. Right the way to just beyond Simon's Town. It took us a little over half an hour to get there (longer if you take the wonderfully cheerful route, peppered with roadworks, along Main ...
Top Places For Families to Walk on Sundays in Cape Town
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Top Places For Families to Walk on Sundays in Cape Town

There is something about Sunday afternoons and the need to get out of doors with little ones. Gone are the days of lie-ins and reading novels on the couch. And this fact will be made all the more palpable the more you try and relive them, so getting out is a g...
Peers Cave Hike
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Peers Cave Hike

Most people get to Peers Cave, above the dunes of Fish Hoek, in a fairly dignified manner, albeit a steep one. There is, after all, a fairly logical and easy to find path hewn for hikers that leaves a parking lot on Ou Kaapse Weg and takes you up to the cave i...
Café Roux in Noordhoek, perfect for families or a leisurely luncheon
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Café Roux in Noordhoek, perfect for families or a leisurely luncheon

Sarah's birthday (see my post from Friday) continued into Sunday because she had no idea that her wonderful friends had organised an entire treat of a day on Saturday!  So, she'd arranged lunch at Café Roux in Noordhoek for the wider circle of chums and for th...
Cape Point Vineyards – wine, sea and views in Noordhoek
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Cape Point Vineyards – wine, sea and views in Noordhoek

There are a few things that impress you about Cape Point Vineyards. For one, few people even know that a wine estate exists here just below the entrance to Chapman's Peak with incredible views over Long Beach (okay, you do have to hike it for about five minute...
I Love Noordhoek because …
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I Love Noordhoek because …

Hi, I’m Chris Spengler from Noordhoek on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town. NOORDHOEK IS BEST KNOWN FOR it’s gorgeous long beach with white sand, turquoise waters and towering mountains (lovely for horse riding at Sunset!), it’s hiking, bird watching and i...
The Imhoff Farm
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The Imhoff Farm

If you’re on the way to visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve - or hey, even if you’re not - be sure make a stop at the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. You’ll find yourself whiling away a more than pleasant afternoon at this historical farmstead, whether enjoying a le...
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...
Hout Bay – a Delightful Hideaway
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Hout Bay – a Delightful Hideaway

Hout Bay gained its name from early Dutch settlers in the Cape. It literally means Wood Bay, for the timber they gathered there to construct the early buildings in the Cape. After a brief period where the area was used for Manganese mining, the still-existent ...
Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat

Chris Spengler, owner of Afton Grove Country Retreat in Noordhoek - Cape Town, reports having recently found an Arum Lily Reed Frog (Hyperolius horstocki) on the glass pane of a dining door at the lodge recently. The Red Data listed species - Western Le...