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South Africa Through My Eyes: A Local's Point of View

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I hope more people get to see my beautiful country. It's filled with so many extraordinary sights, sounds and smells. Be sure to make a stop past at least once in your life! These are the sights my family, friends and I get to see & the experiences we get to share with the world... Hope you enjoy!
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Farm Hollands Drift, R101, Polokwane, 0700, South Africa
I went to Polokwane for a wedding, which was hosted at the Ranch Nature Conservancy resort. Aside from the golf and relaxation, you can also go for a walk with lions! You get to hold their tails and also amazingly not get eaten by them! Haha ;)...
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La Rochelle, Johannesburg South, 2190, South Africa
This statue of Apartheid fighters, Walter Sisulu and his wife Albertina by Marina Walsh, sits watch over their original offices in the background, where Walter was once an estate agent. According to my guide, the statue was designed for people to...
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A few weekends ago I went on a guided inner city tour offered by Tour Operator, Past Experiences. My guide Jo, was very friendly and had loads of information to share about this specific area (Ferreirasdorp), including multi-cultural and...
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Dolphin Crescent, Dolphin Coast, 4420, South Africa
If you ever find yourself in Ballito (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa), make sure you stop in at The Waterberry Coffee Shoppe Restaurant for some AMAZING cuisine, and of course some divine, decadent dessert! While I was there, I had the Orange Twist...
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1, King Shaka Ave, Point, Point, Durban, 4001, South Africa
I recently went to Durban to attend a wedding. While I personally don't consider Durban at the top of list of places to go on holiday in SA, I will say that Durban is great for the sun and the surf. In terms of tourist attractions, Ushaka Marine...
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10 Bedford Mews, Bedfordview, Germiston, 2008, South Africa
A last minute cancellation for a music video shoot had the director and me make our way for a quick bite to eat at a nearby mall. A need for a power outlet so that we could carry on working landed us at Oyo Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. A quick set...
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Erasmus, Bronkhorstspruit, 1020, South Africa
I travelled to the Nanhua Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit, expecting to take a tour around and see something different. Peace, calm and serenity are some of the enlightened characteristics I experienced here. Aside from the main temple, the...
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Kragga Kamma Rd, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
I recently went to Port Elizabeth and having been my first time I had no idea where to go. I was informed by one of the locals that I needed to head to a place called 'Cow's Corner, near Kragga Kamma Road. A busy day had me and my friend making a...
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Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
On a weekend stay at a luxurious 5 star game lodge, the group headed out to the bird hide at Mankwe Dam. This dam is an artificial dam/lake and is the largest reservoir in the the Pilaneberg National Park. It is home to a large variety of wildlife...
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50 - 54 Marshall St & Ferreira St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2107, South Africa
After a long day of filming and shooting, I rushed off to meet a friend and fellow photographer to try and snap a shot of the sunset over the CBD. This day had turned out to be particularly nice as for the past few days it'd had been really...
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Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
I'm very fortunate to have friends who take me with to luxury bush lodges for a weekend break, away from the city. Because my friend knows one of the rangers there we had our own game van and even managed to go to limited access areas of the park....
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Darling, 7345, South Africa
This wind farm is found just outside of a little town in the Western Cape called Darling. The windmills lined up the way they are, remind me of airplanes queued up on a runway waiting to take-off. A little closer to the main part of town, you're...
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Skiathos, Langebaan, 7357, South Africa
I went to a wonderful beach eatery called Die Strandloper (The Beachwalker), in Langebaan on the West Coast of South Africa. Taking a walk out to the cooking area, I was dive bombed by a bunch of sea gulls all trying to get their share of the...
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Tafelberg Rd & Caeleway, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park, which hugs the perimeter of the city, is so popular that the line for the cable car to the top can be longer than a queue for a Disneyland ride. But why stand in line when you can put your feet to use?...
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Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, South Africa
On a random drive out with my cousin one weekend, we decided to venture out to some wine estates in the Stellenbosch area. We happened to stumble upon this gem called the Hidden Valley Wine Estate. Stunning views all around, provided us with an...
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90 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
I took a stroll down to the beach in Seapoint, Cape Town and although it was windy, it was definitely worth the trip, as I got to snap this magnificent sunset by the sea.
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Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Trips to Cape Town find me returning to a quaint little Mexican bistro called El Burro. Fantastic food at perfect prices with superior service have me and my guests always itching for more. Pictured above is a speciality, Prawn and Mango Tacos. My...
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Diepkloof Zone 6, Diepkloof, 1862, South Africa
A great dining experience can be found at the foot of the iconic Orlando Towers in Soweto in the form of Chaf-Pozi. Chaf-Pozi, is a traditional Shisa nyama. Shisa nyama is a Zulu phrase literally meaning "hot meat". It is a term used to describe...
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University Corner, Jorissen St & Bertha St, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
An amazingly curated museum, the Wits Art Museum, fondly referred to as WAM, hosts a stunning collection of contemporary and traditional African art. It's located in a bright and airy space and feels relatively undiscovered. My favorite piece was...
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Fashion District, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Chancellor House, where Mandela and Tambo officed in the 50's is being restored. They were the first blacks to have their own law firm. It hasn't opened yet as of May 2012 but is very close. They already have a lot of great pictures and historical...
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Heartland House de Beers Avenue, Somerset West 7130, Firgrove Rural, Cape Town, 7110, South Africa
Cape Town has a lot to offer from penguins, wine and immaculate views to and from Table Mountain, but our most amazing and rewarding time was spent at the Cheetah Outreach. We were able to handle and play with young cheetahs and watch feeding time...
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Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, Cape Town celebrates its centenary this year. Following a similar idea to that of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew who some years ago built their famous Xstrata Treetop walkway, Kirstenbosch in its 100th...
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Kruger National Park, in the northwest corner of South Africa, spans over 19,000 square kilometers and boasts hundreds of animal and bird species including the "Big Five" -lions, rhinos, buffalo (seen here), leopards, and elephants.
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Soweto, South Africa
Located across from Sakhumzi Restaurant and adjacent to Thali's Snack Bar I encountered wall art that captures the spirit of the people of Soweto and all of the once segregated townships. Walk up the street and you'll encounter vendors, dancers...
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28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Origin roasts and serves some of the best coffee in Cape Town. The roastery is known for their high quality and they provide beans to around 80 city-wide establishments. Their headquarters and cafe on Hudson Street is where locals go to get their...
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38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
You might hear Long Street before you see it—this bustling artery is the heart of Cape Town, home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, bars, and boutiques, all within a few blocks’ radius of the Grand Daddy Hotel....
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V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Victoria and ALFRED waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa has seen virtually every tourist who sets foot in Cape Town. It is a hub of dining and shopping venues on the waterfront of the most beautiful city in the world. A fabulous view of...
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Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Camps Bay, from the peak of Lion's Head. Cape Town, South Africa.
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222 Main Rd, Claremont, 7708, South Africa
When you search for "gardens" and "Cape Town," you will inevitably be directed to the Company's Garden or world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Sure, those are worth a visit, but for something a little more unique and off the beaten path,...
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Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Noordhoek beach is located on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula and, like most beaches in Cape Town, best enjoyed at sunset. Along the road to the beach you'll find several guesthouses, making it a great weekend getaway destination for Cape...
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373 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
This wonderful market features over 100 specialty stalls every Saturday, creating a space for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, young designers and artists to share their...
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5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
The small town of Gansbaai, about an hour and a half from Cape Town, South Africa, is the Great White Shark capital of the world. Every winter scores of these ocean giants descend on the small channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known...
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76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cape Town's Mount Nelson Hotel is a city icon. And who better to preside over the entrance than another icon? Mahatma Gandhi, who had a strong connection to South Africa (he worked in the country as a young man, and developed his political views...
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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa
Boulder Beach in Cape Town South Africa has many little hidden treasures for which you can find. From tiny on the water restaurants to sweet kitschy craft shops. The best find with out a doubt is a secret protected breeding grounds for these...
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Greenside, Johannesburg, 2034, South Africa
I've discovered an affinity for ostrich meat - it's lean and so tasty! Perfect for burgers. At Dukes Burgers in Greenside. This burger had fried rosemary-infused butternut squash and cucumbers as well.
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W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Quite honestly, Victoria Waterfront can and should be avoided as a day trip with tons of better opportunities around the city. But for a hotel, the Cape Grace is a stunning spot w/ old world elegance and modern services and amenities. Not to...
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25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
As time passes and memories fade we all would do well to make the effort to remember. Here at the District Six Museum in Cape Town you can learn about the experiences of one vital neighborhood dismantled under apartheid. Photographs and words...
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Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
One of my favorite walks in Cape Town is the paved pathway hugging the Atlantic Ocean shoreline between Sea Point and finish by the Mouille Point lighthouse. There is a tiny gelato shop near the corner of Surf and Surry, or for a bigger meal, the...
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Cape Point Rd, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Exploring the Cape of Good Hope during a winter storm is quite the adventure. Luckily though towards the end of our hike, right when we got back to the car a beautiful rainbow appeared and made the experience just that more beautiful.
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Main Rd, Cape Town, South Africa
Just south of Cape Town along the Cape Peninsula, Kalk Bay is a picturesque fishing village and offers visitors several antique shops to browse along the main road. You never know what treasures you'll find. Quagga feels like stepping into the...
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Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Muizenberg is a fresh air escape. Locaed on Metrorail's Southern Suburbs line, the train journey there cuts through residential suburbs and wetlands. Eventually, you arrive at your destination - the False Bay side of the Cape and the heart of...
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71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Although English is widely spoken throughout South Africa, so is Afrikaans and it has certainly made its way into everyday language. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, but the influence of other languages and accents transformed it into a...
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2 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Located across the street from each other and owned by the captivating Mark Read, Circa and Everard Read are two of Africa's leading art galleries. Circa's impressive circular structure is art in itself. In addition, you should check out the...
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R400, Mogale, 1911, South Africa
This is one of the richest paleontology sites in the world. These sites team with scientists uncovering hominid fossils aged as old as 2 million years. It's incredible to stand, watch, and reflect as our ancient ancestors are being unearthed....
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38 Canterbury St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Charly's Bakery is a family-run, Cape Town institution that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. The white and pink exterior make it impossible to miss from the road. They're known for their custom, colorful birthday and wedding cakes. While...
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60 Melrose Blvd, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2076, South Africa
Hanging out at one of the many cafes, having a beer and enjoying a beautiful fall day. Very pleasant. Join AFAR Experiences in South Africa this fall.
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Cape Point Rd, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
He kissed me softly and whispered, "I LOVE YOU... Thank you for sharing this journey with me." It was a cloudless day, in the high 20's C, and we just hiked the entire Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This was our resting spot, the place where...
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Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
The oldest winery in South Africa, Groot Constantia has a long history of producing some of the best wines in the world. Groot Constantia is also a rarity in its proximity to Cape Town itself. In the 19th century the European heads of state...
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Thornybush Private Nature Reseve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Remarkably relaxed, the female cheetah lifted her head from the grass as our game vehicle drew near. Five cubs were playing king of the termite hill, pouncing upon each other. Our morning game drive from Tangala Lodge in the Thornybush Game...
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Bloukrans River Bridge, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
This is the ultimate adrenalin rush. I leaped off the side of the bridge and felt like I was floating. Then came the free fall. You have no idea when the cord is going to pull you back up so you look around and take it in. Make sure you get the...
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Canal Walk, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Canal Walk is big mall that feels like a city. Lots of stores, a rollercoaster, a canal and apartments. Such a different atmosphere than Cape Town proper. A little pit stop on the way to the airport.
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108 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The Africa Cafe is a great little spot in the central business district in Cape Town. It's an opportunity to sample many different African dishes in a lively environment, complete with drumming and singing. It's a little bit touristy and pricey...
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
The Robberg Nature Reserve is one of my favorite hiking spots. It takes about 2.5 - 3 hours to walk to the Point and back. Try to go around low tide as this will make some of the areas easier to traverse. There are stunning views on the entire...
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Bellevue Rd, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
No matter how many times you visit Boulders Beach, seeing the African penguin colony in Simon's Town will always make you smile. The park itself is run by South Africa National Park service. There is a long wooden boardwalk on the outskirts of the...
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Robberg, South Africa
Be prepared for a work out while hiking through Robberg Nature Reserve. The views during the entire hike are gorgeous. This picture is right before you go running down a steep incline down to the beach. Sunblock and water is necessary.
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R319, South Africa
Cape Point may be the most accessible "Southern Most Point of Africa" but the real meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans happens at Cape Agulhas, the actual southern tip of the continent. The detour is a 1-2 hour drive off the N2 Garden Route...
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Burg St & Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
This little market is full of treasures (and a few tourist souvenirs). What you get to experience here is everyone's trade and how these crafts help support their family and village. Lots of things to buy...and they're willing to bargain.
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Tafelberg Rd & Caeleway, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Dassies, or rock hyraxes, are often seen sunning themselves on the rocky outcrops at the top of Table Mountain. You might even see them nibbling on the branches close to the pathways of the park. One odd fact fact about these rodent-like animals...
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Oudtshoorn, 6620, Scenic Cape Route 62, Western Cape, South Africa, South Africa
When I was a child, I read a book entitled something like "Amazing Stories from Around the World." It may have helped to inspired me to be the world traveler I am today. I loved the book but somehow only remember one of the stories. It was about...
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Betty's Bay, 7141, Western Cape, South Africa, Broadwith Rd, Betty's Bay, 7141, South Africa
One of the things I wanted to see while in South Africa last year was protea in bloom in its natural habitat. We saw lots of protea growing wild and in bloom all across the country, but we were a little early to see king protea in bloom. However,...
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Boyes Dr, Silver Mine (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Kalk Bay Expresso is just one of several coffee shops in the quaint seaside town of Kalk Bay. The repurposed train car, which dates back to 1914, sets this restaurant apart. The cafe serves both sweet and savory crepes, making this the perfect...
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Rhodes Ave, Devil's Peak, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Rhodes Memorial sits on the foothills of Devil’s Peak and is a beautiful monument to one of Cape Town’s most famous businessmen, Cecil John Rhodes. The view of the city and sprawling suburbs from the Grecian temple-like monument is simply...
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Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, South Africa
Step off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level, and rappel into pure vertical space. Table Mountain Abseil is the world's original highest commercial abseil. You are surrounded by awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet. Lean into...
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4914 Valley Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Located about 20km south of Cape Town in the picturesque town of Hout Bay, the World of Birds is a charming way to spend an afternoon. I love the fact that you can walk through the different outdoor aviaries and be in the same space as the birds....
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Graskop, 1273, South Africa
From the Kruger airport you can take a beautiful drive on the Panorama route north towards Hoedspruit. See the dramatic view from God's Window and take in Blyde River Canyon - the third largest canyon in the world. You might also see the...
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191 Baron Van Reede St, Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa
Ever wonder where flamingos get their pink color? Their diet has a lot to do with their coloring. Typically they get pink or orange coloring from a diet rich in alpha and beta carotenoid pigments. When visiting the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South...
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Paternoster, 7381, South Africa
Fabulous views and the most wonderful guest rooms that also charmed Mr. Mandela. Enjoy !
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Shop 30, Hudson Building, 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
It's a weekend ritual for my cousin and his friends to pop into either The Loading Bay or Origins Roast right next door for breakfast. With a gorgeous view of the mountain, both cafés have coffee to die for and stellar food. This particular beauty...
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7976, 45 Lighthouse Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town, 7976, South Africa
On a short road trip around the tip of the Cape, I'd been fortunate to be shown a lighthouse from the hillside road which runs along the coast. Working my way down to the beach, I eventually found the Kommetjie lighthouse and Slangkop Nature...
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Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
From a hilltop overlooking Simon's Town, along the South coast of the Cape Peninsula, you'll find remnants of the old wartime era. After hiking about the hilltops, make your way down to the water's edge and into town. As you head into town, you'll...
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Dock Road, V&A Waterfront (V&A Waterfront Ticket Office), V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
This is definitely one of the best ways to see Cape Town if you're on a very short stay in the beautiful city. With a few different tour routes, as well as a two day tour option, I'm hard pressed to find a better way for a tourist to get in all...
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Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa
This shot was taken at one of the rest stops along the tour route. It seems like freedom is so far away... The thought of trying to escape that place by many of the inmates must have been dashed whenever they looked out to the mainland. Just...
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Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
If you're ever in the beautiful Cape, check out the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the V&A Waterfront. There are loads of activities for the kids and tons of very useful info for all ages. Once of the highlights for me is the Predator Tank, which...