Whale Festival – Celebrating Marine Life

Annual Whale Festival Last weekend was the 26th Hermanus Whale Festival highlighting efforts to protect whales from extinction. The festival’s “ocean-themed activities emphasized education and environmentally responsible adventures”. The people of Hermanus “look after their destination, from an environmental and conservation perspective”. The festival focused on creating awareness and celebrating the annual return of the beloved…

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Sandbaai Adventure Western Cape

What began as a meander along the Atlantic Ocean, turned into an educational mini adventure. Having been in Hermanus for nearly two months, I’m feeling comfortable and relaxed and becoming slightly complacent. I don’t always plan the day, and on a spur of the moment whim, decided to hike the Cliff Path but extend it…

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Zonnebloem and District Six Cape Town South Africa

District Six Next week I begin volunteering at The Shine Centre in Zonnebloem, part of Cape Town inner-city District Six in City Bowl. District Six is a residential area which includes Walmer Estate, Zonnebloem, and Lower Vrede. Its interesting history began in the 1800s. 1830s In 1838 during the British Era and after the release of…

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Crossroads Squatter Camp Cape Town South Africa

Cape Flats Crossroads Township was a large squatter camp (shanty town) in the Cape Flats area on the outskirts of Cape Town. Many people moved to camps like Crossroads to get closer to work opportunities, health care, and education services unavailable in poor rural areas. Crossroads History Settlements like Crossroads consisted of thousands of shacks made…

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