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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...

Fabulous Fynbos Wines: Vondeling

Yesterday's delicious Rooibos #FynbosFlavours were paired with the creamy and environmentally friendly Vondeling Chardonnay. As a WWF Conservation Champion Vondeling, and its sister estate Bowwood, are following an impressive and noteworthy environmentally sensitive approach to farming. With 200 ha of their 654 ha farm under...

Fynbos Flavours: Three courses with a touch of Rooibos

Naturally free of caffeine and low in tannins, Rooibos continues to earn ‘good-for-you’ gold stars across the globe and health fundis all over the world are happily swopping their morning coffees and caffeinated teas for guilt-free ‘red bush’ infusions.  It’s even becoming a trendy ingredient...

The Agulhas National Park

The Agulhas National Park was originally proclaimed on the 23rd of September 1999 and started off as a 4 ha portion of land. It is situated at the southern-most tip of Africa where a rugged stretch of coastline has claimed many a ship through history....

Olifantsbos: Cape Point’s best-kept secret

If you’ve been into the Cape Point reserve before, you may have noticed an enticing right turn a little way down the hill before you reach the point. Take it. This is the way to Olifantsbos, one of Cape Point’s best-kept secrets. At the end of...

Biodiversity Economy of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

Biodiversity in the Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) is worth vast amounts to the South African economy. The wild flower industry alone is worth R150 million per annum – 80% of this as foreign exchange. The Cape deciduous fruit industry, that is worth R1 billion per...