Whale Festival – Celebrating Marine Life

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, both from an environmental and conservation perspective”. The festival focused on creating awareness and celebrating the annual return of the beloved Southern Right Whale.…

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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 6 Cape Town

Next Monday I begin volunteering at The Shine Centre in Zonnebloem, part of inner-city District 6 in Cape Town’s City Bowl. In addition to Zonnebloem, District 6 is a residential area including Lower Vrede, Walmer Estate, and Zonnebloem. Its interesting history began in the 1800s. In 1838 during the British Era and after the release…

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Crossroads Squatter Camp Cape Town South Africa

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 poorer rural areas. History Settlements like Crossroads consisted of thousands of shacks made of wood, tin,…

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