The Best Accommodation in Cape Town is in the Country

For centuries, until the advent of steel ships, sailing boats coming around the Cape of Good Hope would anchor in Hout (wood or forest) Bay, if they needed to undergo any repairs. The forest is still there, although depleted of its largest yellowwood, stinkwood, ironwood and other forest giants, but the upper tract of the [...]

April 20th, 2016|

The Ultimate Winelands Tour

I think we were polishing off the third or fourth bottle of wine when one of the party piped up: “So take why don’t you take us (i.e. your friends) to some of places you take your touring clients?” With the gauntlet laid down I put together my idea of the ultimate Cape Winelands tour, [...]

April 8th, 2016|

Zonnebloem College – A Mixed (Race) Legacy

Few youths attending the various schools and colleges on Zonnebloem Estate (District Six) at the foot of Table Mountain, including the seemingly new Cape Peninsula University of Technology would be aware of their historical provenance. District Six is most famous for the mass evictions and bulldozings of the so-called Coloured (mixed race) community that thrived [...]

March 20th, 2016|

African Penguins – Endearing and oh, so Endangered

When the penguins moved in around 25 years ago the locals of Simons Town wanted them to be evicted. The din they make when all gathered in the evening can sound like 1,000 donkeys being stabbed with sharp sticks. So why has Boulders Beach, home to about 2,500 refugee African penguins, become one of Cape [...]

February 18th, 2016|

A Window Back In Time

Visitors to Cape Town typically want to see the city’s “flesh pots” – Table Mountain, Cape Point, Boulders Beach penguins, Kirstenbosch … which are all very good things to see. However, I was impressed this past weekend when I went up to Paternoster – about 2 hours’ drive up the West Coast – and saw [...]

February 15th, 2016|