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Why are there five dams on top of Table Mountain?

The idea of a dam on top of a mountain seems to defy logic, doesn’t it? Well, one only has to explore the upper reaches of Table Mountain to discover that it’s entirely possible. Our Mother City’s magnificent mount has five dams dotted across its...

Saving Stripes – The Cape Mountain Zebra

The Cape Mountain Zebra’s entire population is restricted to the southern mountains of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces and at the turn of the century the species was at the brink of extinction, reaching a total low population of around ninety animals in the...

Biodiversity importance of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

One of the key values of protected areas is to ensure that the biodiversity of a biome is protected and allowed to function in accordance with natural processes. The Cape Floristic Kingdom is the richest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, proportional to size, and...

Carrel’s Ledge: Table Mountain’s most adventurous traverse!

On considering whether to attempt Table Mountain’s notorious Carrel’s Ledge, a quick Google search revealed a collection of blogs that described the traverse as awesome, breathtaking, extremely exposed, challenging, crazy, terrifying and exhilarating. Naturally, it had to be done. We chose a hot, December day for our...

Spekboom: Miracle plant and superfood

In case you were wondering, it doesn’t taste like bacon. Contrary to its colourful Afrikaans name, Spekboom (literally translated to ‘bacon tree’) is a lush, emerald succulent plant with juicy, round leaves and an unmistakable, lemony flavour. It grows naturally in the Western Cape and...

Namaqua National Park

Fields splashed with floral diversity and colours are ubiquitous with the Namaqua National Park, but this special gem of a biodiversity hotspot has so much more to offer! It lies within the heart of the succulent Karoo and is home to 134 vegetation types of...

Dreaming of a White Christmas … in South Africa?

Actually this is not beyond the realms of possibility… I recently read that in 1957, when I was not quite two years old, it snowed on Table Mountain on Christmas Day! (ref) While I don’t remember that Christmas day back in 1957, or if it did...

Robberg Nature Reserve

Often referred to as the Cape Point of the Garden Route, Robberg Nature Reserve lies on the edge of Plettenberg Bay and forms a long narrow peninsula that stretches out for approximately 4kms into the sea. The terrestrial section of the nature reserve is bordered...