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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…

Marvellous “Mesembs and friends”

Marvellous “Mesembs and friends”

Looking at the blaze of colour provided by succulents in the Karoo Gardens at Worcester it is hard to imagine that thick snow capped the surrounding peaks just a few weeks ago! On the back of the drought, which thankfully has broken this winter, succulents are the new thing for Cape Town gardeners. All of…

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…