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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…

Kirstenbosch for younger children

Kirstenbosch for younger children

Some of my most precious memories are from when we took our children on family outings. “Off we go” was our favourite phrase and the kids would jump up and down with excitement and anticipation. When visiting a new country it is always useful to have some local knowledge!  To turn family outings into lasting…

Mellow Meanders to Cape Point

Mellow Meanders to Cape Point

Feeling like getting away from it all but don’t want to travel too far? Cape Point http://capepoint.co.za/ is perfect for a day’s trip away. Grab your thermos, a tasty treat, camera and binocs and head for Cape Town’s version of the Wuthering Heights moors. You can do a circular route so start by making your way…

The Sound of Spring at Kairos Lodge

The Sound of Spring at Kairos Lodge

As the Kairos garden matured we continued our quest to draw nature in by creating a large pond. One of my favourite season sounds is the mating call of the endangered Western Leopard Toad (Amietophyrus pantherinus). It is a characteristic sound of August. The Hout Bay population (top left dot on the map) is interestingly isolated from other known locations. read more