Great Escapes for Geotourists in Hout Bay

Great Escapes for Geotourists in Hout Bay

There is a growing interest in “geotourism” in southern Africa. Hout Bay has some gems for the would-be geologist, not least of which is the famous nonconformity (photo a & c) between the light-coloured Cape Granite (intruded 540Ma) and the overlying maroon to brown thinly bedded mudstones and sandstones of the Graafwater Formation (518My) at…

The cherry on the top…

The cherry on the top…

If you are in Cape Town in late November or December and feel like a grand day out, this is for you! Cherries have long been the food of emperors and kings. Their luscious colour and delicious taste have lured us to their trees for centuries and we have our very own cherry orchards at…

Don’t forget to smell the roses

Don’t forget to smell the roses

Roses have an illustrious history – they have been around for at least, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years. Wars have been named after them, countless lovers have been wooed by them and friendships cemented through them. So it makes perfect sense to take time out from your holiday and visit a lesser known…

Getting your ducks in a row

Getting your ducks in a row

Wine farms and wine tasting opportunities abound in the Cape and it is often hard to choose where to go. Sometimes it is fun to look for something a little bit different and this is where Vergenoegd Wine Farm near Stellenbosch fits the “bill”! Visit www.vergenoegd.co.za Vergenoegd meaning “content and cheerful” lives up to its…

Picnic with the penguins

Picnic with the penguins

This has to be one of the most delightful outings for a family. If you are in Cape Town for a few days it is really worth packing a picnic and heading for the oldest naval port in Cape Town. Simon’s Town, named after the first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, was…