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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...

Making KOS: Exploring indigenous plant foods with Loubie Rusch

We have become increasingly removed from the concept of foraging for food as we’ve evolved to rely on planes, trains and automobiles to deliver our food to us, often from halfway across the world. Foraging requires an alternative mindset, focused on the indigenous resources that we...

Festive Fynbos: Deck the halls with boughs of fynbos

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree … When I was a child we lived in Namibia, it was before the days of artificial Christmas trees, and pine trees were simply not available, so for Christmas my parents brought in a branch of the indigenous South African...

Goukamma Nature Reserve

Goukamma Nature Reserve covers an area of about 2500has with an additional 14km long marine protected area that extends for 1,8kms offshore. Located in the Southern Cape, Goukamma forms part of the suite of CapeNature managed reserves and despite its relatively small size, a variety...

Fynbos flavours: Cooking with buchu

Of all the teas I tried and tested during my recent exploration into fynbos herbal brews, buchu was undoubtedly my favourite. Its mild, minty flavour with a hint of aniseed makes it easy to drink, and admittedly, quite moreish. It has a wonderful calming and...

Bontebok National Park

Lying just off the N2 highway on the outskirts of Swellendam, the scenically beautiful Bontebok National Park comprises of open landscapes of pristine fynbos that are ringed by the distant Langeberg Mountains and the tranquilly flowing Breede River. Bontebok National Park may be the smallest national...

La Motte Hiking Trail

Where better to start a hike than on a beautiful wine estate, that is not only producing top quality wines, but is also committed to conservation excellence. As an estate, La Motte is committed to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards, and their hiking trail is...