Hermanus is a hive of activity as about 72 whales have been spotted frolicking in the shallow waters. This is the month of whale watching and all around the peninsula one is able to see whales, with the best spots being False Bay, Hermanus, Gandbaai and Witsand. At Witsand 40 whales have been seen the past weekend.
At certain times of the year during winter, sparse vegetation or drought, a leopard tortoise will eat calcified dung to help with shell development or egg laying; giraffe will suck on large bones, using their tongue to manipulate the bone in and out of their mouth to obtain trace elements such as calcium and phosphorous.
It’s always a challenge to find something original to do on the third Sunday of June of any year...Father’s Day. The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L'Ormarins, which belong to the Ruperts.
In old Cape Town, where the Castle was the centre of most activities for many years, a drummer would be sent up to the Leerdam Bastion near nightfall, where he would beat his drum for half an hour to warn the off-duty soldiers of the Castle garrison that it was time to return to their barracks for the evening parade and guard duties.
In 1682, Gert Visser founded Blaauwklippen in the wilderness of the Cape. Travelling there now, it is a quiet haven amongst the madness that is Stellenbosch traffic. The first thing that catches your eye when you enter the gates are the two Shetland ponies in the paddock and the beautiful gardens. The horses that are bridled up in front of one of the antique gigs, wait patiently in the shade, ready to take you on a tour of the vineyard.
There has been much speculation about the man-eaters of Tsavo with a fair amount of sensationalizing and dramatizing especially in the movie based on the story. "The Ghost and the Darkness" was an entertaining film but definitely a spiced up version.
The land that now known as !Khwa ttu was purchased in 1999. Back then it was registered by the name of Grootwater, a wheat and sheep producing farm owning a number of rather dilapidated farm buildings. Khwa ttu is now the only San-owned and culture and education centre in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is a joint-venture owned by the San people in partnership with the Swiss UBUNTU Foundation.
Lambert’s Bay also known as The diamond of the West Coast is a gem of a seaside village and owes its origin to humble beginnings as a fishing village, like most of the surrounding South African coast villages, but it has become one of the major tourist attractions on the West Coast due to its moderate all year climate. The Sandveld Museum and nearby local farms like Wadrift, will open your mind to the cultural history of this unique place.
This time of year almost everyone have made their plans for the holidays and those who joined the mass Exodus from Cape Town have taken to the road. The shops are horrifically or fantastically busy, depending on your point of view and those who stay behind is looking for something to do.
The Africa Aerospace and Defence event is held every second year at Ysterplaat Air Force Base outside of Cape Town city bowl. Eighty representatives from 35 countries attended this year’s event that was held from the 21-25September. However it was open to the public only on 24 and 25 September.