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Knersvlakte - A week in succulent heaven

We were recently lucky enough to spend a week in the Knersvlakte, one of Cape Nature's recently proclaimed reserves. The Knersvlakte is a vast, rocky landscape that stretches for kilometres and kilometres along the N7. It is also a succulent heaven and contains an insane amount of succulent species, some of which are endemic to the region. There isn't currently any accommodation available on the reserve, but we were lucky enough to be invited by a family friend who is a retired botanist and is currently compiling an online reference list of all the succulent species in the greater Namaqualand region, which includes the Knersvlakte. This is a mammoth task, considering there are thousands of species to find, describe and photograph. We...

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A staycation at Spier

Have you guys ever been on a staycation (basically, it's a vacation, but really close to where you live)? We recently spent a weekend at Spier and even though it's right around the corner from us and we've visited many times, spending an entire weekend there made it feel like a proper holiday! The idea was to document a winter breakaway at the estate as they are running some very tempting winter specials (check them out here). The thing is, winter in the Cape is quite a mysterious thing. Almost everyone in Joburg is convinced that winter in the Cape means that its raining constantly. Capetonians very likely contribute to this idea, because boy they can really milk it if it does rain for a...

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Delaire Graff

An unforgettable day in the winelands. Delaire Graff is one of those wine estates that we have driven past countless times, often ooh-ing and aah-ing about how beautiful their gardens are and promising ourselves that we'll visit soon. However, living in the winelands, so close to many of these spectacular estates, makes it too easy to think that you can simply visit on another day and so we end up never getting round to some of the estates until a particular reason pops up. This is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago, when the #Stellenblog bloggers were in town. We joined them for a day at Delaire Graff and were blown away by the sense of peace that...

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Boesmanskloof

The start of the trail. "If I am to live as a man, I must have a mountain" - Diana Gabaldon The above quote is one of those that have lingered in the back of my mind since first reading it and it immediately sprung to mind as I was going through the images of our visit to Boesmanskloof - Die Galg. Die Galg is situated on the MgGregor side of Boesmanskloof and provides overnight accommodation to hikers that do the Boesmanskloof hiking trail between Greyton and McGregor. It also provides a mountain refuge to seekers of fresh air such as ourselves!  We visited Die Galg at the beginning of winter (a while ago), and it was already chilly enough up in...

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This was our favourite roadtrip...so far

The Kalahari. It feels kind of odd to write about our not so recent trips, but the road trip we took to the Namibian portion of the Kalahari Desert in 2015 feels too special not to share with you. It happens so often that we take heaps of photos on a trip that just end up gathering proverbial dust on a hard drive. But no more! This little corner on the interwebs is a place where we can come back to, scroll through the pictures and remember the stories.   We take our time, stop regularly to take pictures or to have coffee and rusks by the side of the road We love our leisurely road trips. We take our time,...

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