THE STRANDVELD: WELCOME HOME

THE STRANDVELD: WELCOME HOME

Sorry to tell you this but Fynbos is a tight-fisted so-and-so. As beautiful as it is, this vegetation is so lacking in things to eat that even Bear Grylls would end up ordering in. Apart from a handful of Iris bulbs, nearly all fynbos plants are inedible: very few...
BACKYARD BEASTS: A FYNBOS GARDEN

BACKYARD BEASTS: A FYNBOS GARDEN

AAAAAAUUUGHHHH!! Sorry, they come out sometimes. Oh, I know lockdown is hard for everyone but remember we’re talking here about someone who was outdoors surrounded by nature every 2.2 days last year. It’s killing me. But every time my wife yells – staccato – “Will you...
HOW TO COMBINE CAPE TOWN WITH A SAFARI

HOW TO COMBINE CAPE TOWN WITH A SAFARI

Combining Cape Town with a genuine safari experience requires a bit of forward planning. South Africa’s Cape region – Cape Town, the Winelands and the Whale Coast – has a very different climate to classic safari destinations like the Kruger Park, Botswana and Victoria...
CAPE TOWN NATURE: ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW

CAPE TOWN NATURE: ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW

I realised I started this blog all wrong. It began as a lament to the loss of nature – the rainforests are burning, the coral reefs are dying – but I should, in fact, be marvelling at the robustness of the natural world. Nature is everywhere if you know where to look,...

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