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Clanwilliam, it’s worth the dam drive ;-) - Cederberg Heritage Route- Part 3

August 30, 2018

Enjoy the casual pace and ease of travel by “slackpacking” some of the six amazing community trails in the Cederberg area.

Your luggage and accommodation are taken care of, the only thing left is to stroll the path and take in the splendour of the mountains in spring. 

You will be staying over at some of the beautiful Moravian mission villages of Heuningvlei, Brugkraal and Wupperthal, and the cost of the hike serves us a much needed cash injection into the local communities, where the money is put to good use to improve quality of life and education.

The natural splendour is amazing, doing something good for the locals while you are there, priceless. 

Where: Clanwilliam, Western Cape

URL: http://www.cedheroute.co.za

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Clanwilliam, it’s worth the dam drive ;-) - The Rooibos Tea House- Part 2

August 29, 2018

For a truly unique perspective into the world of the famously fragrant Rooibos Tea, this is the place to visit. 

It’s the only Rooibos Tea House in the world, and within its doors you can taste over one hundred different flavours and subtle blends of rooibos tea that are available to taste and purchase. Amongst these are caramel, buchu, peach,green, fermented, espresso, lemongrass, hoodia and mint teas, as well as infused rooibos varieties (such as lavender, chai and camomile).

In the words of the creative sisters Marietjie and Sanet: “Join us for a cup of Rooibos on our stoep (verandah) and experience so much more than tea.”

URL: https://www.rooibosteahouse.co.za

F: https://www.facebook.com/RooibosTeaHouse/

Where: 4 Voortrekker Street, Clanwilliam

Phone: +27 27 482 1007

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Clanwilliam, it’s worth the dam drive ;-) - Clanwilliam Wildflower Show - Part 1

August 28, 2018

In a tradition that dates back to 1972, the annual flower show is a stunning showcase of the unique flora from the Ramskop Nature Reserve and the greater Clanwilliam district. It not only draws attention to the splendour of the spring displays, but also sheds a light on conservation efforts around these magnificent specimens of our local floral kingdom. 

You’ll find a great selection of activities including music performances, art competitions for kids, hiking trails and trips such as the Rooibos Route.

This years theme is “Rejuvenate!”, which is something we sorely need after the most recent dry spell!

URL: http://clanwilliamwildflowershow.co.za

F: https://www.facebook.com/ClanwilliamWildflowerFestival/

Where: Clanwilliam, Western Cape

Phone: +27 79 497 8996

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A slightly bizarre bucket list - Namaqua Flower Camps - Part 3

August 23, 2018

A solid six hour (plus) drive from Cape Town is totally worth it when you see the beginnings of the Namaqualand Spring.

Nothing short of glamping in this spectacular canvas will do it justice, and there are several operators offering this as an option. Skilpad Camp is one of these and offers their services during the peak viewing season between 23 August to 23 September.

These spring flowers have a worldwide reputation, as there are over three and a half thousand species of flowers blooming, with over a thousand of these being completely unique to the area. 

You will also have an unparalleled opportunity for star-gazing as there is minimal light pollution and you will see stars like you have never seen them.

Worth the trek!

Where: Richtersveld, Northern Cape

URL: http://flowercamps.co.za/namaqua-flower-skilpad-camp/

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A slightly bizarre bucket list - Yzerfontein 16 Mile beach - Part 2

August 22, 2018

Slightly over an hours drive from Cape Town, up the beautiful West Coast, you will find an amazing beach that seems to never end. 

At around 30 km in its entirety, this beach is the longest uninterrupted sandy beach in all of South Africa, and is well-loved by equestrians, tourists, fishermen, kite surfers and sun-bathers. 

This is also a very popular place for whale watching from September until November (calving season).

The usual beachy activities apply, but in our mind this is a perfect beach for a sundowner, or and afternoon horseback outride (you may even bump into an ostrich or two along the way)!

Where: Yzerfontein, Cape West Coast

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A slightly bizarre bucket list - Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - Part 1

August 21, 2018

Situated in the beautiful Franschoek area of Simondium, Le Bonheur has a variety of reptile related activities to keep the whole family entertained (and possibly, slightly creeped out) :-)

There are crocodile pond tours every forty-five minutes where you can even participate in a crocodile cage dive (book before, minimum age 9, groups of up to ten). Swim in the same water as crocodiles and experience one of evolutions fiercest predators as closely as you’d like. 

They also have an amazing snake centre with a variety of reptiles on display as well as snake shows on the weekend. For the keen fisher you will also be able to engage in some relaxing catch and release fishing, this is a prime location for catching bass.

URL: http://www.lebonheurcrocfarm.co.za/

Where: Babylonstoren Road, R45, Simondium

Phone: +27 (0)21 863 1142

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Organic Markets - The best in the Cape! - The Mojo Market - Part 3

August 16, 2018

Right on our own front door we find the Mojo Market in Sea Point, featuring forty-five designer retail stalls, a daily fresh goods section and twenty-five speciality food vendors.

It’s set up to allow for maximum indoor/outdoor flow with the pavement becoming the storefront and then transitioning into the indoor market. Indulge in ice-cream from Baskin Robbins or get All Thai’d Up for a zing of something spicy. There are clothes, accessories, trinkets and food, food and more food to choose from.

Kick back with an original Earthfire pizza and enjoy some of the live entertainment. This is definitely a “two-or-more visit” kind of market., you need to keep coming back :-)

Where:  30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Opening Times:

EARLY BIRD’S BREAKFAST 

Mondays to Sundays - 8am – 10pm

FOOD STALLS 

Mondays to Thursday - 11am – 10pm

Friday to Sundays - 10am – 10pm

RETAILERS

Mondays to Sundays - 10am – 6pm

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Organic Markets - The best in the Cape! - The Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day - Part 2

August 15, 2018

This is one of those community garden success stories that turned into so much more. This market is held every Saturday in Granger Bay near the V&A Waterfront. 

It’s a community-driven, farmers-style market for independent local farmers as well as artisanal food producers. You can easily do your weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli and much more) here. 

There’s food to be had, both raw and cooked :-) Aside from these, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment and there are also plenty of activities for kids such as storytelling, planting, craft and yoga.

Where: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront

When: Every Saturday from 8.30am to 2pm.

Contact: market@ozcf.co.za

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