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Struisbaai Photographs
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Struisbaai Photographs

Although a bit windy on the day we visited Struisbaai and not being during ‘season’ just yet we could still get a vibe for this pretty seaside town located in the Cape Agulhas region of the Western Cape.  Colourful fishing boats bobbed in the harbour and children swam and boogie-boarded in the waves (don’t children ever feel the cold?!). A boardwalk through part of the dunes makes for easy walking and the views of the beaches are worth seeing – whether it’s windy or not! During the summer months Struisbaai enjoys a healthy amount of visitors who come to the town to enjoy the water sp...
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Bredasdorp Photographs
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Bredasdorp Photographs

We had the opportunity to visit the town of Bredasdorp when we took part in the Voet van Afrika Marathon this past weekend.  The town is situated in the Cape Agulhas region of the Western Cape and claims to be the first town or dorp to be established in South Africa. Apart from being a big producer of wheat and protea flowers, Bredasdorp is also well known for having South Africa’s only Shipwreck Museum (which was sadly closed on this weekend).  The museum has an extensive collection of artefacts from ships wrecked along this coastline … one can see cannons, coins, chinaware and ship bells....
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A Wild Ride at Ratanga Junction – Photographs
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A Wild Ride at Ratanga Junction – Photographs

I have to admit, I haven't been to Ratanga Junction in years - I remember when I was at school it was all the rage to spend as many weekends as possible at Ratanga. Going on every ride until we were delirious with adrenaline and excitement. So when a friend suggested this for her birthday I jumped at the chance. Off we headed to Century City to get there when the gates opened at 10h00. Since the park is only open during school holidays and this was the first Saturday of the holidays we expected a fair number of people, however the queue was snaked around the entrance with eager people of al...
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Stanford Photographs
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Stanford Photographs

Stanford is a quaint, sleepy village that is found on the other side of Hermanus in the Cape Overberg.  Sheltered by the Klein River Mountains it’s a peaceful village that has a healthy mix of art galleries, antique and second hand shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and pubs. Originally a farm, de Kleine Riveirs Valey and the historical buildings on tree-lined streets are reference to the English influence on the village and why its now the third most historically important village in the Western Cape. If visiting Stanford a must see is the Birkenhead Brewery which is a boutique brew...
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Bay Harbour Market Photographs
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Bay Harbour Market Photographs

I’m a big fan of a market so imagine my sheer joy when we walked into the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay!  It seemed to be a case of ‘the early bird catches the worm’ because on arriving at around 9.30am we managed to walk around easily, found a table to sit at and didn’t have to wait in to long a queue to order our delicious breakfast and perfectly made creamy cappuccino. I was so impressed with this market; it’s been open for about six weeks and in that short space of time has become very popular.  There are over 100 stalls which have a healthy mix of food, art, clothing, craft, décor...
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Spring in the Western Cape in photographs
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Spring in the Western Cape in photographs

We were sent some really beautiful photographs which were taken near Philadelphia in the Western Cape which got us all excited about Spring. It's a wonderful time of year. Join us in celebrating the imminent arrival of Spring in the Western Cape. "I love this time of year and the rural fields are full of the new wheat and oats and the gush of bright yellow canola. The farm animals and birds take pleasure in the warm days too. What a wonder this is … Enjoy my part of the world"!" ~ Barbara View the full gallery on Flickr.com (Photographs courtesy of and © Barbara Mueller) Useful W...
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A Seafood Extravaganza at Strandloper in Photographs
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A Seafood Extravaganza at Strandloper in Photographs

A friend decided to have his birthday at the Strandloper Seafood Restaurant in Langebaan and it was a scorcher of a day. We all arrived with plenty of suntan lotion, hats and cooler boxes filled with drinks and ice (definitely recommended when its hot). Booking is essential and since we were a large group we were given a big space under plenty of shade cloth. Lunch consisted of too many courses to remember, start the day off with the most spectacular homemade bread and butter - I could have quite honestly munched through an entire loaf myself, mussels done in garlic, followed by braa...
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Zinkwazi Photographs
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Zinkwazi Photographs

Zinkwazi is probably one of my most favourite places in South Africa.  A small seaside village on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, it hasn’t changed much since we started visiting it thirty odd years ago.  In fact the only growth is Prouds Pizza on the beach and the Magohany Reef beach bar – and this is just the way I like it!  I’m lucky enough to have family that now resides permanently at Zinkwazi so the visits continue. Zinkwazi has beautiful beaches with the main beach equipped with shark nets and lifeguards making safe swimming possible.  One of the focal points of the village i...
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Gorgeous Greyton Photographs
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Gorgeous Greyton Photographs

The gorgeous Greyton village located in the Cape Overberg and surrounded by farmlands and the Riviersondered Mountains is a very manageable 90 minute drive from Cape Town and is just perfect for a weekend getaway. Greyton village has a number of super restaurants and delis so a decent coffee and a loaf of artisan bread is easy to find … if that is what you are looking for.  The Greyton Market takes place every Saturday from 10am to midday; thing to try would be the lemon curd pancakes, the homemade lemonade, the heavy with meat pies, the pestos – actually the list is endless. The oak...
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Franschhoek in mid-winter – photographs
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Franschhoek in mid-winter – photographs

Even in the middle of winter the gorgeous town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands enchants. If you are looking for a romantic breakaway, Franschhoek in winter is a gem with lots of charming places to stay and lots to do in and around the town. Franshhoek’s village has a wonderful collection of art and antique shops and galleries and the main streets are lined with restaurants and coffee shops and things to do. It is easy to spend a day or weekend (or even a week or two!) here and Franschhoek serves as an excellent springboard to other wine routes and the Four Passes Fruit Route, of which ...
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Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival Photographs
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Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival Photographs

Some of our team members attended the Franschhoek Bastille Day festival on the weekend of 16 July and brought back some wonderful photographs of the festivities. We especially like the photos of the Solms-Delta marching band - aren't they a handsome bunch? Franschhoek, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, celebrates its centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a wonderful feast of food, wine and entertainment at its annual Bastille Festival. Its a great time to be in Franschhoek and if you haven't been yet, we suggest you try to get there next year! Its a wonderfully festive time. ...
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A Day Visit to Vermont – Photographs
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A Day Visit to Vermont – Photographs

Last weekend my family headed off to Vermont in the Cape Overberg (just before Hermanus) to say a fond farewell to my grandfather. He had lived in Vermont for more than 25 years and we thought it fitting to scatter his ashes in the town he called home. Although his house is quite literally falling apart Spangereid (as he called it) has an amazing location and it just a short walk to the tidal pool. The tidal pool is always a hive of activity, not only does it boast gorgeous views but you will always find people sitting on the beach gazing out into the ocean, children swimming (mostly in...
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Muizenberg Beach Photographs
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Muizenberg Beach Photographs

After a late night and a disappointing Stormers match I woke up early-ish on Sunday morning and headed off with a good friend to watch some other friends who had begun learning how to surf with Roxy Surf  School. We arrived on Muizenberg Beach just after 09h30 and after finding a spot where the sun would warm our backs we scoured the waves to see if we could spot our mates. The waves weren't really up to anything exciting on this morning and I can't say I envied my friends in the cold water, however after a good hour and a half in the water they were ready for a hot shower. Once they...
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Liliesleaf Farm Photographs
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Liliesleaf Farm Photographs

On a recent visit to Johannesburg my mom and I decided to spend a morning taking a tour at the Liliesleaf farm in the leafy suburb of Rivonia. I had heard of Liliesleaf before but this was a learning and historical experience unlike anything I have experienced in a while. Liliesleaf farm was key to the political and military policies and strategies of the ANC during Apartheid and the farm has been restored and turned into an interactive exhibit which has been open to the public since 2008. We were taken on a tour by an experienced guide who was both knowledgeable and happy to answer our bar...
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Nottingham Road Photographs
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Nottingham Road Photographs

Nottingham Road, one of my favourite places in South Africa is a quaint farming village in the heart of the Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal.  Surrounded by spectacular scenery; think green rolling hills, snow capped mountains in the winter (actually Notties has been known to have a substantial amount of snow during the winter!), fly fishing dams, fields filled with grazing cattle and trees turning colour during the autumn it truly is a beautiful part of the country. As part of the hugely popular Midlands Meander it offers a wide variety of gorgeous shops, restaurants and sunny spots for cof...
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