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6 Great (relatively unknown) Gardens to visit in Cape Town
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6 Great (relatively unknown) Gardens to visit in Cape Town

I'm not going to bore you by listing the obvious gardens - like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the Company's Garden and Harold Porter Botanic Garden near Betty's Bay – if you're new to Cape Town, these are the obvious gardens at which to start, given...
Bloemfonteins Botanical Garden Perfect for Photos
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Bloemfonteins Botanical Garden Perfect for Photos

Bloemfontein gets a rather raw deal. Mention that you're spending Christmas there and you're immediately the recipient of sympathetic looks. Some people will even groan out loud, assuming this will automatically make you feel better. Fortunately I have no a...
Biodiversity Garden – a wonderful visit in the shadow of the stadium
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Biodiversity Garden – a wonderful visit in the shadow of the stadium

Remember the slight furore about the Common in Green Point, Cape Town round about the end of 2006, when plans for the new stadium became common knowledge? Locals of the neighbourhood jumped up and down at the mention of the word 'stadium', siting terms like 'w...
Exploring the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden
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Exploring the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden

Hidden in the heart of Stellenbosch where one least expects to find a garden, and where Neethling, Murray, Keefom and Van Riebeek streets meet in amongst residences, historical buildings and guesthouses, lies one of the most beautiful gardens imaginable. And I...
Where to see the flowers in Cape Town
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Where to see the flowers in Cape Town

Whilst a fleeting search on Google will divulge that the spring flowers in Cape Town are found north along the R27, this is not entirely true. There are places in Cape Town where you can see wild spring flowers that erupt at this time of year. Namaqualand dais...
Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden – get there to see the flowers
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Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden – get there to see the flowers

Before any confusion sets in, there has been a name change. No, it's not new. It just obviously takes me a while to cotton on to these things. The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden was known as the same, but without the 'Desert'. The fact that this cha...
Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins
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Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins

Harold Porter Botanical Garden is a really pleasant surprise! In fact, it's one of the Cape's best kept secrets ... I had forgotten just how gorgeous the drive from Cape Town to Betty's Bay along Clarence Drive, known also as Route 44, is. We were to visit fr...
Flower Power – the Cape Floral Kingdom
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Flower Power – the Cape Floral Kingdom

Here in South Africa, we’re really quite proud of all the cool stuff our country has to offer. You’ve heard us wax lyrical about our mountains, our game reserves, our wildlife, our beaches, and just gush in general about South Africa’s natural beauty (not to m...
Down the garden path … Cape Town Company Gardens
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Down the garden path … Cape Town Company Gardens

In the midst of Cape Town’s bustling CBD, abutting the Houses of Parliament and Tuynhuys (the President’s Cape Town residence), hides an oasis of greenery, the roots of which extend across the centuries to tap into our country’s history – though most locals si...
Spring Photos of the Kirstenbosch Gardens
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Spring Photos of the Kirstenbosch Gardens

Spring has sprung in Cape Town's favourite garden - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern ...