Hermanus Wine and Food Festival + Botriver Wild Horses South Africa

It was a festive week in Hermanus with enthusiastic Heritage Day celebrations continuing into the weekend and even more fun at Whale and Wine and Food Festivals. September is peak whale season, when visitors and locals marvel at the glorious creatures carousing in Walker Bay. Wine and Food Festival I spent Saturday hanging out with…

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De Kelders Overberg South Africa

De Kelders is a nearby fishing village in Walker Bay Nature Reserve. It’s a choice location for whale watching and too gorgeous for words! I visited De Kelders in the past but returned to spend more time exploring. The seaside village escaped the chaos of tourism and remains a quiet, peaceful place known for its…

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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! The reserve is surrounded by three magnificent mountain ranges that form a cool plateau around the valley – Hottentot Hollands, Kogelberg, and Groenberg. A few weeks ago, I went ziplining in Grabouw…

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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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