Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Dive into the Jungle, run with the hippos, swim with the crocodiles. Birds will fly through your hair, trying to pick the litchis from the trees. Climb the neck of a giraffe just to see the rolling waves on lonely white beaches. Only a leatherback is moving it’s heavy body out of the water to dig a hole for new life. The ghost of a crab appears to snatch a   Read More ...

“This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o—erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire” — Hamlet, Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2, William Shakespeare, c. 1600. Ever dreamed of traveling into space, see all these sparkling stars, nebulas and planets? No Problem. Your journey begins only 370 km away from Cape Town in the middle of the Karoo in the sleepy little village called Sutherland. Far   Read More ...

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 ...

Categories: Cape Town, Nature, People

  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 ...

Categories: Cape Town, Nature, Panorama, Video

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!

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 ...

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 ...

Iceland was never on your bucket list? Big mistake! Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries you can possibly imagine! This little island with only 320 000 inhabitants and 103 000 m² holds surprises and adventures ready at every turn. The only bigger city is Reykjavik, a living and colorful town with friendly people, delicious food, museums worth visiting and a pulsing fresh vibe you will never forget. There is only   Read More ...