Fact of the Day – Dawid Stuurman, one of Robben Island’s Less Well Known Heroes

Renaming roads and public places can be a politically polarising process, especially in places such as Durban where perfectly good old names such as Point Road are now Che Guevara Road, and where you can have a significant street named after your inept son with an appropriate donation to The Party. So what a fresh [...]

January 25th, 2016|

The Amazing Proteas from “That Heaven On Earth”

The national flower of South Africa is a protea, more specifically the soup-bowl size king protea, Protea cynaroides(meaning red protea, although you sometimes see a yellow one) There are 92 species in the genus Protea. If there was a national floral type it would be the Cape’s fynbos (or heath-like) vegetation, wherein the proteas mostly [...]

January 5th, 2016|

(Is Now) The Best Time to Visit Our Cape

First-time visitors to Cape Town usually complain when leaving: Why didn’t ‘they’ tell us it was so beautiful … there was so much to do … there was so much variety … that we needed more time. Summer and winter in Cape Town can be harsh, so spring (right now) and autumn/fall are the best [...]

September 30th, 2015|

Living Endangered

A percentage of Racontours’ profit is donated to the Wilderness Foundation conservation trust. In partnership with The Last Word Intimate Hotels we offer our guests beautiful pieces in our Living Endangered range – tooled leather fashion handbags as well as a range of jewellery in precious metals and stones which  commemorate several of the lesser known [...]

August 24th, 2015|

Kogelberg (biosphere reserve)

When I studied fynbos ecology with legendary Professor Eugene Moll, we would look across the Cape Flats from our study site high in the mountains above Bain’s Kloof Pass, and he would point to the highest peak on the saw-tooth outline of the distant Hottentots Holland Mountains and say (something to the effect of): “And that, [...]

August 19th, 2015|