Stony Point Nature Reserve Betty’s Bay South Africa

Stony Point Nature Reserve is situated along South Africa’s Whale Coast at the base of the Kogelberg Mountain Range. The history of the area is fascinating! This rocky Atlantic Ocean outcrop in Betty’s Bay is home to African penguins, whaling stations, shipwrecks, Egyptian geese, cormorants and other seabirds, and dassies. The village of Betty’s Bay…

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Hermanus South Africa Animal Welfare Society

I began volunteering at the Hermanus Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) this week. HAWS “cares for sick, abandoned, and abused lost cats and dogs”. I’m spending time with both dogs and cats. Walking the dogs is especially satisfying, since they’re so happy to get out of the kennels into fresh air and sunshine! It’s good exercise…

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Hiking Blue Mountain Trail Elgin Valley South Africa

Captivating Elgin Valley is part of the Overberg‘s Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The valley is surrounded by three mountain ranges – Kogelberg, Groenberg, and Hottentot Hollands – that form a cool mountain plateau. It’s one of the most beautiful reserves I’ve experienced! A few weeks ago, I went ziplining in Grabouw and enjoyed eagle-eye views of the…

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Sea Kayaking Walker Bay South Africa

A special joy of South Africa is its beautiful coastline. Experiencing it from a kayak is the best, but winter swells are often prohibitive. For about a week Walker Bay wasn’t safe for kayakers. This morning it was clear, crisp, and calm with minimal swell on the Bay, so I joined a sea kayaking adventure.…

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Whale Watching Walker Bay South Africa

Humpback, Bryde’s, and Southern Right whales – we saw them all during a whale watching trip yesterday! It’s early season on the Whale Coast, so I was hopeful but not overly optimistic. Heavy sea swells caused cancellation of previous Southern Right charters, but this time we hit the jackpot and delighted in multiple spectacular sightings!!…

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Ziplining Grabouw Elgin Valley, South Africa

For years I’ve wanted to experience ziplining. Saturday was the day! The adventure didn’t disappoint and was rich with adrenaline rushes, beautiful landscapes, and good company. I discovered Cape Canopy Tours with the help of a Hermanus kayak company – Walker Bay Adventures. After four attempts at joining a Cape Town kayak group and as…

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Mandla Mlangeni – Oratorio Of A Forgotten Youth at Artscape Cape Town

I attended another Artscape performance last week. The musical “Reflection of A Forgotten Youth” focused on South African youth in 1976 and wasn’t like what I imagined. South Africa Youth Day June 16, 1976 “marked the beginning of the Soweto Uprising, a series of protests that escalated quickly around the country, especially in Cape Town”.…

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art Cape Town

During this travel adventure I’ve explored museums and galleries in Europe, but South Africa’s Zeitz Museum always remained at the top of my list. I missed it during past visits and made a point of popping in last week. The first and third floors are closed for renovation and will reopen in August. I still…

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Cape Town Philharmonic Winter Season Premier

Cape Town Philharmonic 2019 Winter Season premiered at City Hall Concert Hall last night. The talented musicians didn’t disappoint! I sat in the upper bays – a great location for watching the orchestra in action. Over the years, I’ve seen the orchestra perform from various vantage points in the Concert Hall. One memory is sitting…

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4 Tons of Fun Aretha Franklin Tribute at Alexander Theatre Cape Town

I enjoyed a performance of Cape Town’s 4 Tons of Fun at Alexander Theatre last night. They paid tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. Produced by Sthe Mfuphi, Soi Soi Gqeza,  Bulelwa Sakayi, and Michelle Thomas, the show featured Aretha’s all-time favorites like “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “A Deeper Love,” “Ain’t…

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Kunene and the King at Fugard Theatre Cape Town

Fugard Theatre’s production of Kunene and the King is masterful! Seasoned actors gave powerful performances capturing the audience’s full attention. John Kani’s new play presents the deep pent-up emotions of South Africans before and after the end of apartheid twenty-five years ago. It gets to the heart of things with no holds barred. My first…

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