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All the small things: Captivated by the Cape Dwarf Chameleon

Any creature that can change colour and look in two different directions at the same time is certainly worth learning more about. Chameleons are remarkable animals, known mostly for their uncanny ability to adopt an entirely different hue within a matter of seconds, but also...

Pakhuis to Sanddrif: 5 days of Cederberg solitude

We woke up in the cloud. Unzipping the tent after a chilly night on the mountain (and an unrelenting scuffle with a persistent bush rat), we stepped into an icy breeze with mist all around us. First, warm tea, coffee and oats – then the...

Lower Tokai Plantation

The Tokai Plantation: What is at stake?

One of the most encouraging aspects to emerge from the Tokai plantation felling debate is the immense energy with which our local citizens tackle issues around nature and the outdoors. The people of Cape Town should feel proud, particularly in the wake of Heritage Day,...

All the small things: The long-tongued fly

Flies are such tiny creatures - at a glance, just wings and eyes. Yet these seemingly simple insects are among the most important pollinators on the planet. As they have evolved to fulfil this fundamental role in ecosystems across the globe, many species have adapted...

The majestic Cape rhinoceros – lost to history

In this week’s #SpeciesInFocus we celebrate World Rhino Day by looking back at the sad history of the southern black rhinoceros (D. b. bicornis) in the Cape. Few are aware that the southern black rhinoceros was once abundant in the Cape of Good Hope, but...

Fynbos teas that are extraordinarily good for you

I’ve recently begun to explore the world of herbal teas. During an attempt to cut down on dairy, I quickly realised that the prospect of my morning cup of tea without milk was not at all an exciting one (I’ve always been a ‘good old...

Table Mountain Ghost Frog

In this month’s Introductory Series we introduce you to another of Table Mountain’s rare and mysterious species, namely the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, a rare and secretive creature of darkness. Few people will be lucky enough to ever see a Table Mountain Ghost Frog (Heleophryne rosei)....

The story of ‘Chappies’: How Chapman’s Peak Drive came to be

An afternoon meander on Chapman’s Peak Drive has become something of an institution in the Cape. Cut into the towering coastal cliffs between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, this iconic mountain pass boasts some of the most spectacular ‘out-the-car-window’ views in the world. Its status as...