De Kelders Overberg South Africa

De Kelders is a nearby fishing village in Walker Bay Nature Reserve. It’s one of the best places for whale watching and is almost too gorgeous for words! I’ve visited De Kelders previously but wanted to return and spend some relaxed time there. Somehow, the tiny seaside village escaped the chaos of tourism and remains…

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First Fridays Artwalk Hermanus South Africa

First Fridays Artwalk was a fun and lively evening! Hermanus weather has been glorious, forcing people out and about. The galleries were packed, and the crowd was overwhelmingly local. It’s late winter, and we’re in the throes of whale watching season, but a series of protests at Zwelihle Township have deterred would-be tourists.It was great…

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Stony Point Nature Reserve Betty’s Bay South Africa

Stony Point Nature Reserve, formerly an infamous whaling station, is home to African penguins, Egyptian geese, seabirds, dassies, and shipwrecks. A rocky outcrop along the Atlantic Ocean Whale Coast, it’s situated below the Kogelberg Mountains and has fascinating history! It’s no secret that I think South Africa’s nature reserves are special, but Stony Point has…

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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. Kogelberg, Groenberg, and Hottentot Hollands mountain ranges surround the valley forming a cool plateau. Kogelberg is undoubtedly 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 Elgin Basin from high…

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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 sea swells are often prohibitive. For about a week Walker Bay was unsafe for kayakers. This morning it was clear, crisp, and calm with minimal swell, so I joined a sea kayaking adventure. Our group…

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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 spectacular whale 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 local adventure activity company – Walker Bay Adventures. After four attempts at joining a Cape Town kayak group and…

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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 many great museums and galleries in Europe, but South Africa’s Zeitz Museum always remained near 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.…

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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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