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Tour Guide: Street art

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I am an avid art lover and in the past couple of years have come to learn about and appreciate street art. This is a small taste of the beautiful street art that the City of Cape town in South-Africa has to offer.

While you can absolutely take yourself on a street art walking tour of Woodstock, the experience is enriched with the correct context applied to each work.

Woodstock, South-Africa, street art walking tour The regeneration of Woodstock comes in part thanks to the Woodstock street art project that began in 2009, where locals like our walking tour guide, decided to take art from its traditional setting indoors, to the great outdoors.

As you walk through the streets of Woodstock in Cape Town you will be amazed at the amount of street art you will find. It is quite difficult to choose a favourite artist or even a favourite piece of art. The best way…

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Driving through the Outeniqua mountain pass in South-Africa

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Starting our winding ascent of the Outeniqua passStarting our winding ascent of the Outeniqua pass

The Outeniqua Pass is a mountain pass in the Western Cape of South Africa. It connects Knysna and the Garden Route coastal plain with Oudtshoorn. It was constructed between 1943 and 1951 and is characterized by gentle southern sleeps and steep drops on the north side down into the valleys.

What a stunning view of the Outeniqua Mountains!!What a stunning view of the Outeniqua Mountains!!

‘Outeniqua’ is said to be derived from a Khoisan tribe that once lived in these mountains and means “they who bear honey”. Rock paintings from the Khoisan people can still be found in the area.

Sloping mountains and valleys of the Outeniqua MountainsSloping mountains and valleys of the Outeniqua Mountains

Was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for this scenic drive!Was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for this scenic drive!

My brother and I drove through this pass on our way to the Cango wildlife ranch from Knysna. We stopped at a couple of places along the pass to take some pictures of the stunning scenery we were driving through.  

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Ferry trip and a hike through Knysna featherbed nature reserve

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On one of the docks at the Knysna Lagoon waiting to board a ferry!On one of the docks at the Knysna Lagoon waiting to board a ferry!

Looking out over Knysna Lagoon!Looking out over Knysna Lagoon!

Me loving the ferry trip across the lagoonMe loving the ferry trip across the lagoon

Knysna is definitely the most beautiful part of the scenic Garden Route in South-Africa. It is here that my brother and I spent 3 lovely days relaxing during our Christmas holiday. At the heart of Knysna is a lagoon protected from the sea by the monolithic sandstone “Heads”. These two large headlands have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. We stayed right in town and the lagoon was only a 10min walk from our hotel. It was a lovely stroll through the small town pass quaint little restaurants and shops.

Armed with a sun hat and loads of sun screen I am ready for our Knysna ferry trip!Armed with a sun hat and loads of sun screen I am ready for our Knysna ferry trip!

I loved the ferry…

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Excursion through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna

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Driving through the Western Cape of South-AfricaDriving through the Western Cape of South-Africa

It was a rare cloudy and cool Thursday in December and perfect for the 5 hour drive through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna. The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometers northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometers eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast in South-Africa.  Its been years since my brother or I have been in this area and we wanted to see a bit of our own country. I travel a lot so only get to visit South-Africa every 2 years and rarely get the opportunity to play tourist in my own country. I was very excited at the prospect of spending a couple of days in Knysna and very glad that my brother volunteered to drive the 464km there.

Dark clouds moved in and it started to drip a bit as we started our Road trip!Dark clouds moved in and it started to drip a bit as we started our Road trip!

We were quite glad that it was a cool day and not the usual 30 degrees!!We…

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Road Trip to see penguins at Betty’s Bay in the Eastern Cape.

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Betty's Bay, home to the African Penguin.Betty’s Bay, home to the African Penguin.

Betty's Bay area is such a beautiful part of the Western Cape coastBetty’s Bay area is such a beautiful part of the Western Cape coast

Stoney Point Penguin reserveStoney Point Penguin reserve

Betty’s Bay is a very small seaside village in the Eastern Cape. My brother drove from Stellenbosch all the way along the coast to this small village. It was a lovely drive filled with stunning scenery!!
Betty’s Bay is surrounded by the Harold Porter Nature Reserve thus covered with “fynbos” and other indigenous vegetation. Unfortunately summer time is quite dry here in the Western Cape so there weren’t any flowers blooming along the side of the road.

Hallo Betty's Bay!!Hallo Betty’s Bay!!

Stoney Point Penguin reserve lives up to the stoney part in the name!!Stoney Point Penguin reserve lives up to the stoney part in the name!!

The penguins have chosen a lovely place to make their home!!The penguins have chosen a lovely place to make their home!!

I enjoy playing tourist every time I visit South-Africa so that I get to see some of my beautiful country before I leave again…

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Flower filled Botanical Garden

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Summer has finally arrived in the Western Cape and that means exploring time for me!! I just love walking around in the sunshine, be it in a city or in the countryside. In the Western Cape there are tons of beautiful gardens and national parks to go and explore. Driving, along the very beautiful coastal Route 44 from Bloubergstrand where I live, between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay, lies the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. This Botanical garden is peaceful and secluded, lying snugly between mountains and sea.

The Botanical Garden lies in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region. Fynbos is a distinctive type of vegetation found only on the southern tip of Africa. It includes a very wide range of plant species, particularly small heather-like trees and shrubs. A lot of the beautiful fynbos are in bloom at the moment and the mountains are covered with coloured patches…

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