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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...

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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...

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Nature as the antidote to modern life: Why it’s so good for us

“Imagine a therapy that had no known side-effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost? It exists, and it’s called ‘interacting with nature.’” These words come from a study run by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, US professors of environmental psychology, known...

Sleeping under a rock rainbow: A night at the Wolfberg Arch

  Pitching a small hiking tent beneath the Cederberg’s gargantuan star-speckled sky is something special; falling asleep with the silhouette of a giant rock arch towering above your head is just plain extraordinary. And then, of course, there’s waking up. A slither of sunlight crept across my face,...

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Looking for some peace and quiet? Look for Tranquility Cracks

Table Mountain’s ‘tabletop’ isn’t as flat as it looks. Many of us have learnt the hard way that walking on the mountain involves a surprising amount of undulation over buttresses, through ravines and over many a rocky mound. But that’s not all, once you’re up there...