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Grabouw for the day
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Grabouw for the day

Grabouw for the day: Our boot is full of apples and plums. We're talking big, red, juicy apples. The type that, the minute you get home, having travelled a two-hour round trip to get them in the first place, you wish you'd been smart enough to stock up on thre...
Jolly up the Klein River on the African Queen
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Jolly up the Klein River on the African Queen

We spent part of this past weekend in Hermanus for a friend’s birthday and on Saturday afternoon found ourselves on the way to Stanford for a jolly up the Klein River on the African Queen! The African Queen is a double decker boat and was first launched nea...
Boesmanskloof Trail (also known as the Greyton-to-McGregor trail)
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Boesmanskloof Trail (also known as the Greyton-to-McGregor trail)

It is hard to imagine that the walk between McGregor and Greyton, both wonderful little towns in their own right and worthy of overnight stays at each, is a mere 15 odd kilometres (depending on which account you read, the distance varies between 14km and 19 km...
De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …
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De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …

De Hoop is filled with such rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that it is part of a World Heritage Site. All around you are proteas, ericas, restios and heather – in full bloom. The exuberance of colour in the dying sunlight – for we only reached the...
The Gravity Adventure Festival – a weekend of adventure
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The Gravity Adventure Festival – a weekend of adventure

This past weekend I left work and headed straight to a friends house to pick her up and off we headed to Betty’s Bay for a weekend of adventure. Arriving in the dark we eventually found the turn off to the driveway and in we went to our supposedly 'haunted hou...
Struisbaai or Blue Lagoon?
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Struisbaai or Blue Lagoon?

I have a very fond memory of swimming in a lagoon ten years ago. Not only found because I was ten years younger but also because the surrounding were so exquisite. Basically it was like being in The Blue Lagoon. Ten years later I may have changed, but the Blue...
A Grand Old Mac Daddy time in Elgin
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A Grand Old Mac Daddy time in Elgin

The weather was divine. It was a beautiful winters day, with rays of sun tickling your skin with warmth while leaving the sky clear and beautiful, when I left the hustle and bustle of the city and in just over an hour’s drive and a dirt road later I saw before...
Kleinmond for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts
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Kleinmond for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts

About an hours drive from Cape Town, along the picturesque drive of the R44 is the little town of Kleinmond. Sitting between the jagged Palmiet mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this peaceful coastal town lies within the unique Kogelberg biosphere reserve...
Kogelberg Nature Reserve – world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot?
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Kogelberg Nature Reserve – world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot?

Just outside Kleinmond, about an hours drive from Cape Town, is the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Lying within the southern stretch of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, this reserve has remained secluded and unspoilt. With high mountain summits, sharp kloofs,...
Betty’s Bay – a perfect get away
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Betty’s Bay – a perfect get away

The quaint seaside village of Betty’s Bay is the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located between Kleinmond and Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay is only an hour’s drive from Cape Town along the picturesque Clarence Drive Route (R44). Squeezed ...
Vanilla Cafe – Slow life in Greyton continues with breakfast, lunches and high teas
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Vanilla Cafe – Slow life in Greyton continues with breakfast, lunches and high teas

Putting a bouncy castle in your back garden is an almost full proof guarantee of clientèle. Or at least, those of a certain age group. If you're in the presence of a four-year old, there is virtually no stronger magnet. 'Mom, it's a jumpy castle!' emitted t...
Visiting Genadendal
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Visiting Genadendal

Tourist brochures speak about Genadendal as a 'must do' when in Greyton. The quaint little historical village just six kilometres outside of Greyton is described as the oldest Moravian mission village on the continent, never mind South Africa, and as a village...
Von Geusau Chocolates – the chocolates, the man, the story …
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Von Geusau Chocolates – the chocolates, the man, the story …

Richard Von Geusau woke up one morning as an accountant, and went to bed that night with the idea of becoming a chocolatier. In between, he happened on a book written by Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo Chocolates and author of Real Chocolate and two …