Cape Point – Table Mountain National Park
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Pristine fynbos in full spectacular floral bloom and a vista of views across False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is just a fraction of what can be expected when visiting the Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park. With a number of day-walks that range between an hour and five hours in length and a good road network … Read More

The African Penguin – Fading away to Extinction!
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When Vasco Da Gama first rounded the Cape a few hundred years ago, African Penguins numbered in their millions. Today, the global population stands at around 30 000 pairs and with the population of this iconic seabird falling at 20% per annum (equating to a loss of 200 pairs per week over a period of 100 years), the African Penguin … Read More

The Cape of Storms: Why Newlands is the wettest suburb in South Africa
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Last night Cape Town was buffeted by a cold front bringing torrential rain and gale-force winds. The build up to this cold front, and the subsequent weather, is a classic case study of Cape Town’s winter weather. Firstly a stream of high cirrus clouds rolled in, creating spectacular clouds, but definitely warning us of an impending storm. This was followed … Read More

Dark caverns and blind critters
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For those of us lucky enough to have spent time on Table Mountain we are well aware of how unique and diverse some of her species are, with some found nowhere else on earth. Few of her visitors, however, have ever ventured into her network of caves, home to some of the most enigmatic of her creatures. Including the well-known … Read More

Our famous life giving tablecloth
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Table Mountain’s dramatic tablecloth is almost as famous as the mountain itself. Pouring over the table top like a magnificent waterfall or slowly sneaking through her crevices, this cloud formation creates more than just a dramatic photographic opportunity for tourists, it creates life. The cloud formation is created by moist air rising over the back of the mountain, which then … Read More

Chapman’s Peak
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Still one of my all-time favourites, this quick run/hike gets the blood pumping in minutes with a steep ascent to the top, where you are rewarded with some of the most spectacular 360 degree views in the country. You can either start at the toll booth on Chapman’s Peak Drive or, as we did, you can start on the Noordhoek … Read More

Marine biodiversity in the Fynbos region
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Often overlooked in the awe and wonder that the terrestrial species evoke is the equally remarkable and spectacular marine biodiversity that surrounds the Table Mountain chain. This is because two ocean current systems meet and merge off its southern tip – the cold Benguela current in the west and the warm, fast-flowing Agulhas current from the east and south-east. Each … Read More

Animals of the Fynbos region
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While its plants have, understandably, commanded most attention, the Fynbos region also contains several categories of the animal kingdom that are equally significant in global biodiversity terms. Because of its nutrient-poor soils, fynbos supports few big mammals, and its bird-life is not particularly spectacular, with just six endemics. But the insects, reptiles and amphibians are also unique and fascinating, as … Read More

Newlands Ravine – from Kirstenbosch via Newlands Forest
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My husband and I have never been routine people, we like to get out and explore different places (preferably mountains) every weekend – we love trying new things, experiencing new places and meeting exciting new people. But, to be honest, recently we have found ourselves getting into a rather gorgeous Sunday morning routine, which, if we don’t shake soon, could … Read More

Fynbos
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Fynbos is not easy to define, but it is essentially a term for an evergreen, hard-leafed shrubland vegetation type, or collection of plants, that is primarily associated with nutrient-poor soils and often, though not exclusively, with a winter-rainfall Mediterranean-type climate. It is characterised by four elements – protea shrubs, ericas or heaths, restios or Cape reeds, and geophytes or bulbous … Read More