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HIKING OLD NICK: DEVIL’S PEAK

HIKING OLD NICK: DEVIL’S PEAK

It’s pure coincidence that my hiking partner for Devil’s Peak is called Nick. And anyway, he’s not especially old though come to think of it he does have a bit of an impish grin. Be that as it may, Devil’s Peak, named after a fabled encounter between a Dutch settler –...

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LION’S HEAD: AFTER THE FIRE

LION’S HEAD: AFTER THE FIRE

Having collected 50 000 floral specimens over a lifetime of discovery, it’s fair to say that English naturalist William Burchell (1781 – 1863) knew a thing or two about plants. But even he was staggered by the flowers on Lion’s Head during a visit to Cape Town,...

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RONDEBOSCH COMMON: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

RONDEBOSCH COMMON: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Like beer and burgers, the flowers on Rondebosch Common are always better in the afternoon. There’s no point getting there in the morning: these are Cape Town plants after all, and you know what Cape Town is like. The mornings are simply too early to do anything, and...

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