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

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Walking up Hoy’s Koppie in Hermanus (2021-01-09)

Back in the mid-19th century when Hermanus was still going by its original name of Hermanuspietersfontein, this isolated hill, standing on an otherwise flat plain and rising some 75 metres above sea level, was simply known as “Klip Kop”. However,… Continue Reading →

McDonalds at Poinsettia Park in Somerset West (2020-08-22)

I am not fond of McDonalds fast food to say the least. If we absolutely do have to have fast food then the oily (but tasty) mess that is KFC could probably be classified as my favourite fast food option,… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Nature Walk around Paardevlei in Somerset West (2019-04-06)

All the newly developed houses, apartment blocks and office spaces are now quickly springing up all around Paardevlei, but pleasingly the nature walk that takes you around the vlei is still open to the public – and if you know… Continue Reading →

The Silverhurst Trail in the Constantia Valley Greenbelt, Cape Town (2018-09-09)

The leafy, affluent suburb of Constantia in Cape Town is blessed with incredibly fertile soil and a lot of precipitation, meaning that greenery and natural beauty abound in every single direction. Towards the east is Constantia Valley, home to a… Continue Reading →

Hiking up the Hill at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve in Bellville (2018-04-29)

Bellville’s 300 hectare large nature reserve in the form of Tygerberg Nature Reserve offers a great opportunity for locals to stretch their legs in nature without really having to go anywhere. And while it may not be a mountain, Tygerberg… Continue Reading →

Hiking and Picnics at the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West (2017-10-21)

At the top of Somerset West, situated on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, and overlooking False Bay, you’ll find the Helderberg Nature Reserve, a City of Cape Town owned and managed nature reserve. Pushed by the Rotary Club… Continue Reading →

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