First Fridays Artwalk Hermanus South Africa

Hermanus Art Walk First Fridays Artwalk was a fun and lively evening! Hermanus weather has been warm and fantastic, forcing people out and about. The galleries were packed, and the crowd was mostly local. It’s late winter and peak whale watching season, but a series of protests at Zwelihle Township have deterred some would-be tourists.It…

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Stony Point Nature Reserve Betty’s Bay South Africa

Whaling Station to Nature Reserve 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 Whale Coast, picturesque Stony Point is situated along the Atlantic Ocean below the Kogelberg Mountains. It’s no secret that I think South Africa’s nature reserves…

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Hermanus South Africa Animal Welfare Society

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

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Hiking Blue Mountain Trail Elgin Valley South Africa

Elgin Valley is part of the Cape Overberg and Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Undoubtedly, Kogelberg is one of the most beautiful reserves I’ve experienced! Three magnificent mountain ranges form a cool plateau around the valley – Hottentot Hollands, Kogelberg, and Groenberg. 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 sea swells are often prohibitive. For a week Walker Bay was unsafe for kayakers. This morning the weather 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

Humpbacks, Bryde’s, Southern Rights 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…

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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 South African landscapes, and good company. I discovered Cape Canopy Tour through a local company – Walker Bay Adventures. After four attempts at joining a Cape Town kayak group and as many cancellations…

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