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Heavenly Hilton Photographs
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Heavenly Hilton Photographs

Hilton, a pretty, misty village with an English country feel is located at the start of the very popular Midlands Meander. The streets are tree-lined and it’s the perfect place to live during the summer months with temperatures normally a good five degrees cooler than Pietermaritzburg in the valley below. The village was some wonderful examples of Tudor-style architecture – the recently renovated Protea Hilton Hotel is testament to that. Old Main Brewery (formerly Crossways) is located opposite one of the two sets of traffic lights in the village and is a Hilton institution and a great plac...
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Really Close – A Cheetah Approach
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Really Close – A Cheetah Approach

“Just remember they are wild animals”, a warning from Rudi, our game ranger, as we disembark our game vehicle. We’d been tracking two male Cheetah near the Northern Gate of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for about an hour and had finally spotted them (no pun intended), laying in the brush about 30 metres from the road. “Stay close,” a reminder. “They’ll let us know once we’re close enough.” And I’m thinking, how exactly are they going to do that? And with that we’re off, walking in single file, in a zig-zag pattern towards them and talking loudly, so they know we’re coming – in  Rudi’s opinion the...
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Vergelegen Wine Estate photographs
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Vergelegen Wine Estate photographs

Explore the gardens at the beautiful Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West. The Vergelegen story begins with some of the oldest living trees in the country guarding the three century old Homestead open to the public. Grand interior and elegant furniture narrate the preserved archives of South African history. The original winery, original pigeon house and original mill are bystanders to a bygone era and the library dictates bound recollections of life rebirthed through the elaborate White, Herb and Rose Gardens. These photographs were taken two weeks ago when we visited the gardens at...
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Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden – Photographs
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Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden – Photographs

The Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden is a wonderful, public area open seven days a week with free entry for all.  There are two entrances to the park; one off the fan walk (I followed the signs from the stadium) or otherwise opposite the Mouille Point lighthouse. There is loads of open space for a picnic lunch or an impromptu game of cricket. The biodiversity garden features over 300 local Cape plant species and is both educational and inspirational.  Separated into ‘People and Plants’, ‘Wetlands’ and ‘Discovering Biodiversity’, the different beds are planted according to vegetat...
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Rhodes and Barkly East Photo Gallery
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Rhodes and Barkly East Photo Gallery

The Northern Ukhahlamba region of the Eastern Cape is an area of wide open spaces dominated by the majestic Drakensberg. Known for its freezing winter temperatures it is one of the only areas in the country where snow skiing is available!  This is not the only activity available though with options like mountain biking, trout fishing, horse trails and fossil trails also high on the list of things to do. The villages of Rhodes and Barkly East are found in these Eastern Cape Highlands (one reaches Rhodes from Barkly East). Barkly East is known as the Switzerland of South Africa, offering al...
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Silvermine Nature Reserve Photographs
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Silvermine Nature Reserve Photographs

The beautiful Silvermine Nature Reserve is part of the Table Mountain National Park is is perched on top of the mountain, overlooking on the one side Ou Kaapse Weg (the entrance is at the top of this road), Tokai, Constantia and Westlake and on the other side Noordhoek, Fish Hoek and Sun Valley. There are loads of well marked mountain biking and hiking trails (dogs are allowed on some of the trails) so if you enjoy either of these activities you will love Silvermine.  Picnic and braai areas are available in parts of the park and some of these are situated around the Silvermine Reservoir - a...
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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; many of which are from the winter rainfall of the country which would suit the rainfall pattern of the Western Cape. Guided tours of the Gardens are conducted at 11h00 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  There are a number of trails through the natural forest and Fynbos of the garden so one can take oneself on a tour! It’s a magnifice...
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The Blue Bird Garage Market – Photographs
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The Blue Bird Garage Market – Photographs

The Blue Bird Garage Market in Muizenberg has grown in popularity since it opened its doors in late 2010.  Open every Friday from 4pm to 10pm, Blue Bird Garage is the perfect meeting place for friends and family at the end of the week …and if you arrive any later than 7pm and you battle to find a seat at one of the many trestle tables set up for visitors. The market has a bar offering wine or beer and a variety of food stalls selling pizzas, curries, potjiekos, kebabs, burgers and pies.  Other vendors sell freshly baked bread, fresh vegetables, coffee, samoosas and nougat.  There are also a...
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Splendid Simons Town Photographs
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Splendid Simons Town Photographs

Located on the False Bay coastline of Cape Town, Simons Town is a historical little village, steeped in South African naval history and home to the South African Navy.  St George’s Street (also known as Simons Town’s historical mile) has buildings over 150 years old; among these are museums and the Church of St Francis which is believed to be the oldest Anglican Church in South Africa. Apart from museums and historical buildings, Simons Town boasts wonderful shops, antique stores and restaurants. There is so much to do; whether it’s sitting at the pier enjoying fresh fish and chips, book...
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Wildekrans Country House – Photographs
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Wildekrans Country House – Photographs

Photographs taken on a recent trip to Elgin where we stayed at Wildekrans Country House. If you stay at Wildekrans you need to set aside at least an hour to explore their award-winning garden. Featured in numerous magazines and part of the well known "Elgin Open Gardens", its simply stunning. Although we visited in Autumn which would not be "prime" garden visit time, we found the garden most charming and enjoyed our afternoon walkabout with the chickens letting us know we were on their turf! Beautiful garden sculptures and decorations (including a collection of whimsical sheep), a lovely po...
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The Fynbos and Food Festival Photographs
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The Fynbos and Food Festival Photographs

The Fynbos and Food Festival took place on Family Day, Monday 25 April at the Good Hope Nursery near Cape Point. The nursery specializes in indigenous plants and the staff, full of expert gardening advice were on hand to give tips and assistance. Lines of gardeners (both budding enthusiasts and keen gardeners alike) waited patiently for a few minutes of time with the professionals who pointed out plants and shrubs for sale around the nursery. Stalls sold a selection of pancakes, fresh bread, ginger beer and cupcakes while live entertainment kept visitors tapping their toes as they enjoyed a...
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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 probably know about Newlands as this is home to Cape Town's cricket and rugby stadiums. However this isn't all that Newlands has to offer, next time you're headed to a game stop and look at what you are walking past. You will find gorgeous buildings which are steeped in history and if you don't find something to inspire you, you haven't lo...
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Glorious Grabouw Photographs
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Glorious Grabouw Photographs

Glorious Grabouw Photographs ~ We were invited out to spend this past weekend in Grabouw and although I’ve heard a lot about it (my father grew up here), it has been a long time since I spent any amount of time in the Cape Overberg town and its surrounds.  Our accommodation in Grabouw was about 35kms on the other side of the village, so after ambling around for a bit we headed out into the country to explore and take some photographs... The scenery in and around Grabouw is in short, spectacular. With autumn here the leaves are sporting burnished reds and oranges which look beautiful against...
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Designer Maker Easter Market Photographs
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Designer Maker Easter Market Photographs

After the roaring success of their Christmas Market, Freeworld Coatings and the the Evangelical Lutheran Church jointly held the Designer Maker Easter Market on Saturday, 16 April 2011 in the Cape Town City Bowl.  The market took place in the courtyard between Freeworld Coatings and the church and even when I arrived in the last hour of the market (it ended at 15h00) there were still a good crowd browsing the different stalls. Colourful bunting had been draped across the tables which held a wide variety of goods.  Lauren Shantall, Head of the Freeworld Design Centre did a magnificent job in...
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Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market Photographs
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Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market Photographs

I had been looking forward to this Saturday morning for a while now, my friend had told me about a fantastic market she had been to and we had finally arranged to go together. The Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market is held every Saturday at the Oude Libertas Estate, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands and opens at 09h00. We had a wonderful leisurely few hours browsing through the market which offers you anything and everything from fresh produce, delectable home baked goodies (you simply have to try the nougat and waffles), clothing, jewellery and more. The stall holders are happy to chat to you abou...
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