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The Table Mountain as viewed from cape Town's V&A Waterfront


Have you ever been to a place for the first time and felt as if you’d been there before, like this foreign place somehow felt like home? This happened to me on my first trip to Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Many aspects about the city felt strangely familiar to me, as if it […]

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Kawana - image courtesy of William Cho

Ten scenic golf courses around the world

I don’t play golf but the exuberance with which the rest of my family pursues the sport ensured that I was dragged from one golf course to another during my adolescent years… as an ‘assistant’ (or rather a nuisance) to the caddy. As my brother and brother-in-law showed off their golfing prowess on the course, […]

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Driving the Cape Winelands

South Africa’s Cape Winelands is located in a stunning corner of the Western Cape province, a short drive away from Cape Town. The historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl dominate the tourism scene but, to me, the splendid wine estates and restaurants located in and around these towns really steal the show. If you […]

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10 tips to enjoy the World Cup 2010

The FIFA World Cup (for football or soccer), the world’s largest sporting event after the Summer Olympics, kicks off in South Africa in a few days. This marks an historic occasion as it is the first time that the World Cup will be hosted by an African nation. Billions of dollars have been spent to […]

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View of Cape Town from Bloubergstrand

Driving the Cape Peninsula loop

The Cape Peninsula is a spectacular region in South Africa that stretches from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope. Hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay, the Cape Peninsula boasts magnificent scenery, quaint towns, beautiful beaches and lovely vineyards. It’s easy to explore the Cape Peninsula from Cape Town as a […]

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Driving the Klein Karoo loop

The Klein (Little) Karoo, in South Africa’s Western Cape province, is a region of astounding contrasts and boasts the imposing Swartberg mountains, green fertile valleys and desert plains, charming villages and towns, and South Africa’s largest ostrich breeding industry. A visit to the Klein Karoo, a few hours’ drive east of Cape Town, is a […]

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Cederberg: mountain passes, safaris and San rock art

Bordering the expansive plains of the Great Karoo, the Cederberg and Swartruggen mountains are one of the Western Cape’s wildest and most desolate regions. Located just a few short hours north/northeast of Cape Town, this region boasts some truly spectacular mountain passes, rock formations, unique safaris and fascinating San rock art. San or Bushman rock paintings […]

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Bo Kaap in Cape Town

Ten things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town ranks (on my list) as one of the world’s most spectacularly situated cities, alongside Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, San Francisco and Sydney. Its location, fronting an impressive bay and backed by the magnificent Table Mountain, is simply stunning. I’ve listed below ten things you shouldn’t miss if it’s your first visit to this […]

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A Kaleidoscope of Colour

Imagine thick blankets made of billions of flowers laid over the mountain slopes and valleys that stretch till the horizon, with an astounding spectrum of colours. Experience this magnificent natural phenomenon in South Africa during the explosion of spring blooms in the region that encompasses the Western and Northern Cape provinces. If you’re in Cape […]

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The thousands of seals on Dyer Island

The marine life of the Western Cape

The Western Cape of South Africa is a popular region in the spring/summer seasons to watch whales and other marine life in their natural environs. Hermanus, about a two-hour drive east of Cape Town and close to the southernmost tip of the African continent, is a great place to start for whale-watching activities but there […]

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