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A wilderness hike at Cape Point: Gifkommetjie

A wilderness hike at Cape Point: Gifkommetjie

It must be said that the name of the place doesn’t sound that enticing: Gifkommetjie loosely translates as ‘small poison bay’ and you’ll have to clear your throat to pronounce it properly (‘hif-comma-key’ is about right). But although it’s only a short drive from the...

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Nature Shows Off: The Cape Orchids

Nature Shows Off: The Cape Orchids

Their name comes from the Greek word for testicle and sometimes they are only seen after fire has incinerated their habitat: weird, wonderful orchids have long fascinated humankind and if you thought you had to go to steaming tropical rainforests to see them, then it...

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The Return of Cape Flats Fynbos

The Return of Cape Flats Fynbos

I’ve just moved house from the outskirts of Cape Town’s central business district to the Cape Flats. When I saw my new garden, a windblown, sun-baked sandy wasteland, tears welled up in my eyes. Not out of disappointment you understand, but out of pure excitement....

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