Things to do in Cape Town, the Helderberg, and the Cape Winelands

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Walking from Meulwater Botanical Garden up to Paarl Rock (2021-03-13)

If you take a peek at my Instagram you will notice that the girls and I are doing a fair bit of walking about in nature this year, primarily because Emily is now a little bit older and thus a… Continue Reading →

Wild Flower Watching in the West Coast National Park near Langebaan (2019-09-01)

With the start of each Spring, the months of August and September see our West Coast region bursting with colorful carpets of wild flowers, instantly transforming this laid back and generally quiet part of South Africa into a total tourist… Continue Reading →

Hunting for Proteas at the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West (2019-07-27)

Sometimes it just doesn’t work. I can’t convince, bribe or coerce my wife or either of my girls to head out for a walk with me. Mind you, not that it bothers me in the slightest – it is their… Continue Reading →

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and the Southernmost Tip of Africa (2019-03-23)

In March of last year I decided to drag the family out on a spur of the moment day trip to the see the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and visit the southernmost tip of Africa marker in the Agulhas National Park…. Continue Reading →

Traipsing about Rooi-Els Nature Reserve (2019-01-19)

At the start of last year I managed the unusual in that on a rare weekend morning without Helderberg Cake Company orders to fulfill, I got Chantelle to agree to come out for a nature walk with me and the… Continue Reading →

Soaking up some Sun in Rooi Els and Pringle Bay (2020-02-08)

I am doing a lot of walking these days, primarily because I enjoy it but also to try and at least somewhat counteract the insane amount of time I spend sitting in a chair behind a screen thanks to my… Continue Reading →

Antelope Spotting at Bontebok National Park in Swellendam (2019-09-27)

Bontebok National Park is an unusual SANParks site in that it is a species-specific national park, originally established in 1931 to try and ensure the survival of the relatively rare Bontebok antelope. In this they succeeded and today the park… Continue Reading →

A Stroll through Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch (2019-03-31)

I’m quite fond of the extremely accessible Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch. Situated within the town itself, the park is compact, has well marked out paths, gives gorgeous distant views of the Stellenbosch mountains, and really is a breath… Continue Reading →

Birding on Intaka Island in Century City, Cape Town (2018-11-04)

You will discover Intaka Island about 7 km out from the Cape Town CBD, tucked away behind the tall buildings of Century City and its Canal Walk shopping mall. Built by Century City developer Rabie following an initial project environmental… Continue Reading →

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