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WHAT? South Africa is planning to build SIX brand new and ‘shiny’ NUCLAR POWER PLANTS… I grew up in Germany about 20km away from a   Read More ...

  It took 5 days and over two thousand people to fight the raging fire across Cape Town’s southern Peninsula. It broke out above Muizenberg   Read More ...

Have you ever driven through the Elgin Valley, only to stop at one of the farm stalls next to the road? Honestly…..BIG MISTAKE! Last weekend   Read More ...

Now this is a throwback back to January 1980. A trip to Cape Town and of course up to the top of the iconic Table   Read More ...

This is Cape Town, isn’t she a beauty? Where else can you find a 221 km² nature reserve a few steps away from your doorstep?   Read More ...

The little Valley of Franschhoek is only a 45 minute drive away from the buzzing city of Cape Town and just the perfect place for   Read More ...

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Things get crazy by the beach sometimes. We headed out for a late afternoon surf in the seldomly warm and prestine turquoise coloured sea, only to be stopped in our tracks by one of the Shark Spotters on duty, warning us to some possible shark activity due to a nearby swarm of fish, which some trek fishers were about to net. We went out anyway, but got called back to   Read More ...

WHAT? South Africa is planning to build SIX brand new and ‘shiny’ NUCLAR POWER PLANTS… I grew up in Germany about 20km away from a nuclear power plant. An imginary line ran through the forest, just outside our village, which described a radius around the plant. In case of a fallout, everything inside this circle had no chance of survival! Phew, we were such lucky bastards to be juuuuuust outside!   Read More ...

  It took 5 days and over two thousand people to fight the raging fire across Cape Town’s southern Peninsula. It broke out above Muizenberg on the 1.3.2015 and spread rapidly as strong winds carried the fire further, affecting 5 500 hectares of land. Definitely one of the scariest moments of our lives. A huge thanks to the marvelous people from the Volunteer Wildfire Services, Working on Fire and all   Read More ...

Have you ever driven through the Elgin Valley, only to stop at one of the farm stalls next to the road? Honestly…..BIG MISTAKE! Last weekend we had the chance to dive a little bit deeper into one of our yet undiscovered wine regions. Thanks to Skye from Discover Overberg  who gave us and a little group of enthusiastic adventurers the possibility to get a sneak peek into wine making, harvesting   Read More ...

Now this is a throwback back to January 1980. A trip to Cape Town and of course up to the top of the iconic Table Mountain using the cableway. This cable car model was introduced in 1977 and ran until 1997 when it was replaced with the most recent model which has 360° revolving floors. The views are as spectacular now, as they were back in 1980. Happy 85th birthday   Read More ...

This is Cape Town, isn’t she a beauty? Where else can you find a 221 km² nature reserve a few steps away from your doorstep? Check out our 360° interactive panorama shot from the top of Table Mountain: Click to open panorama picture (Controls: click left mouse button and drag to pan the image and use mouse wheel to zoom in and out)      

The little Valley of Franschhoek is only a 45 minute drive away from the buzzing city of Cape Town and just the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Take a break, reboot your system, enjoy nature and spoil yourself to the best wines and other delicacies the area has to offer. Close your laptop and leave your office a bit earlier…you wouldn’t work on a Friday afternoon anyway! CHEESE: Stock   Read More ...

The abundance of wildlife we get to experience almost on a daily basis never fails to amaze us. Right now the whale season is in full swing (May – December) with many of these gentle giants to be spotted along the coastline. They have traveled far to migrate to our shores where they come to mate, give birth or rear their young. Most of the time you’ll see them logging   Read More ...

What do you get when a group of young eco-enthusiasts with a great vision start a tree planting movement and gather together more than 400 like-minded individuals at Africa’s southern most indigenous forest, the Platbos Forest: A weekend filled with yoga classes, forest walks and eco talks, drumming, strumming and humming by the campfire, loving, laughing and lots of digging, mulching and planting, planting and more planting!! In total 7.001   Read More ...

Thick white fog embraces us, while we climb higher and higher. A journey into the unknown, maneuvering our car around the tight bends, as suddenly the clouds unveil the long-awaited sign: Sani Pass!

IMAGINE! What a wonderful motto for the 5th anual Cape Town Carnival. Once again over 2000 performers outdid themselves in creativity, colours and excitement!

The 30 km pothole studded gravel road immediately slipped our memory, when we cast a first glance into the Injisuthi valley. Thrown back to a land before our time, our view wanders along the green hills, the rugged cliffs of the surrounding mountains and an innocent gurgling stream beneath us. Ruffled clouds urging over the mountains, sloshing into the scenery, beams of sunlight breaking through, sprinkling spots of golden light over   Read More ...

 “Zombies are fictional undead creatures regularly encountered in horror and fantasy themed works. They are typically depicted as mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh, and particularly for human brains in some depictions”(Wikipedia) The street-sellers, passersby and tourists on St. George’s Mall and Company’s Gardens were ripped out of their ordinary entity last weekend, when hordes of undead creatures dragged their rotten and bloody bodies through the streets   Read More ...

Cirrus my friend, where have you been? Stratocumulus, long time no see! Cumulonimbus, Nimbostratus, Cumulus Mediocris and Cumulus Humilis…so good to see you again. So many difficult names for these liquid droplets or frozen crystals made of water, drifting through our atmosphere. Always on the move, dissolving into thin air and resurrecting out of the blue, creating thin layers and big towers, shapes of animals, faces and just things, a   Read More ...

“I’m so tired but cannot sleep! Can’t feel my feet anymore! My ears are also frozen! To be honest, I am chilled to the bones! I am thirsty and there’s at least 20 meters between me and the water bottle. What? The temperature says 2 degrees outside?!…I will never go camping again!” If this is something that went through your tired out brain on one of those freezing nights while   Read More ...

A couple of weeks have gone by, since I’ve been asked to review Hi-Tecs Ladies SugarHill Softshell Jacket. All this time the weather has been playing some mean tricks, throwing every possible sort of challenge at me. I therefor can happily say I was able to give this jacket a proper spin in almost every condition. Having spent many years living in Europe my outdoor clothing is mostly of European/North   Read More ...

Lazing around in the city all day does not mean you have to relinquish wildlife! Just visit the Green Point Urban Park and experience vivid birdlife – the closer you look – the more you see. Vigorous coots extending their nest for their baldy offspring, a kingfisher hovering patiently above the water, fixing it’s eyes upon the unsuspecting frog and an ongoing exhausting air fight between the local geese and   Read More ...

A self-experiment. Strictly abiding the traffic rules for 1 month! South Africans mostly stretch the traffic rules across the limit, it is more a feeling you have, how fast you can drive. If a road feels like 100 km/h but the sign says 50, it is ok (as long as there is no speed trap standing in the way)! Signs want to assist you, rather than dictate terms…you just go   Read More ...

Isn’t it obvious to start surfing when you live in Cape Town, one of the hottest surf spots in the world? Also you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete, incredibly fearless or part of a super cool surf-gang to catch some waves. Being in the water for some hours every weekend, trying to jump on your board and avoid falling off for some seconds is so much fun. The   Read More ...

This year we skipped the long Easter weekend due to miserable weather and a higher than usual workload and decided to hit the road the following weekend instead. A bonus of course being that we left behind the masses of people simultaneously leaving town. The Tankwa Karoo National Park, about 300 km’s travelling distance from Cape Town sounded very appealing to us, so we booked one of the 6 camping   Read More ...