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The wild horses that freely roam the wetlands of the Rooisand Nature reserve just 5km outside of Kleinmond, in the Overstrand-area, decided to venture closer and closer to the town’s main beach and left many locals surprised this morning (21 May 2020) when they were spotted during the Covid-19 Level 4 exercise time period. The horses who normally don’t come so close to the town looked very at ease when locals gathered around to take pictures of this surreal sighting. These horses are very special and are the only herd of wild horses that occupy a wetland habitat in the

The resort of the month: April/May 2020 Location: Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Western Cape One thing you will enjoy is the pristine campsite with a backdrop of willow trees set in beautifully scenic surroundings. We were blown away on our arrival at Slanghoek Mountain Resort, situated close to Rawsonville, as it is such a beautiful place established in a picture-perfect setting. Surrounded by the Slanghoek Mountains – that looks like a cutout from a landscape in an award-winning coffee table book – the Slanghoek campsite is certainly one of the most picturesque places I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. The main Slanghoek

A leopard with her cubs was recently captured on a camera trap by Geo Parks & Sons Timber Merchants in the Garden Route. Following centuries of persecution, leopard in the Cape area are now restricted to mountain habitat and seeing them outside of national parks has nothing to do with the #lockdown, seeing as leopards have been living in the Cape and Garden Route area long before the lockdown- even long before human settlement. They are among the smallest leopard in the world, with males weighing an average of 35kg, compared to 58kg in Kruger. Many of us have a

A serious dose of cabin fever had built up and I was off on my first adventure of 2020. My escapade began when I fetched the Isuzu D-Max with a rooftop tent in Cape Town and ambled up the N2 to my home in Greyton. This gave me a chance to pack all my cameras and camping gear. After a pit stop or rather a pie stop, in Riviersonderend, I headed on to Montagu to my first campsite of the trip. I love turning left off the N2 at Stormsvlei, for the scenic drive across to Bonnievale and on to

If you want to get away and leave your busy city life behind for a few days, then Rivierplaas will suit you, your whole family and your dogs. Yes, Rivierplaas might be free of electricity but they allow dogs and other non-aggressive animals. The campsite is situated on a working farm on the banks of the Bree River, a mere hour and a half drive from Cape Town, nestled in the area of Scherpenheuwel, south of Worcester. The camping stands are large, grassed and privacy is accentuated by purpose-built hedges of loquat. Large trees offer good shade in the hot

I was on my way to Jackal Creek some four kilometres from the coffee shop on the R364 to Clanwilliam. Jackals Creek is another of those wonderful conglomerations only the West Coast could produce. Firstly, the oversized, big white rondawel is a pub, art gallery, wedding venue, restaurant, or just the home of local character Curnall. Writing a note, I asked Curnall what his surname was. His immediate answer was, “Moneyflower”. Looking a bit puzzled, he gave me what I was to learn was one of his signature laughs, “No man it’s, Gelderbloem.” I liked him from the start. Jackal

The Jongensfontein Caravan Park is the flagship of the Hessequa Municipality, and with good reason. It’s simply wow! This thickly grassed and tiered gem of a campsite is set right on the beach and offers everything you’d want in a holiday location – it’s as safe as houses. What’s more, there is not an electric fence in sight in Jongensfontein. The campsite itself is carefully manicured with power points and water close on hand. The stands are large and, given the surrounding beauty with sea views and blue skies, you’ll need to book early in season as this campsite bursts

Preekstoel is situated about 4km from Stilbaai and borders the clean, white sandy beach and shallow bay that offers a variety of water sports, which include swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, angling sailing, canoeing, boating and waterskiing. If sport is not on your agenda, relax and do a bit of sunbathing on the pristine beach, while the kids frolic in the warm sea. Communal braai areas are available to guests, with power and water available at each stand. Preekstoel Caravan Park has 404 camping stands allowing six people per site as well as 16 self-catering chalets and a youth hostel

We arrived at Witsand Caravan Park in the evening and it was spitting with rain, but that did not put us off, as we were in the well-appointed Discover FunX – with everything we needed within arm’s reach. So there were no tents to erect, no flapping awnings, just a quick plug into the power and the rest was easy. We enjoyed the warm interior of the motorhome, while the bad weather continued outside. We then made a simple snack supper of cheese, liver paté and savoury biscuits, after which my better half fired up her laptop to do some

If you really want to get away from it all, then Gouritsmond Caravan Park should be your destination of choice. It is housed in the perfect coastal setting with the river mouth and the beach converging to form the focal point of this quaint town. If water sports are on your holiday agenda, then you’ve come to the right place, but if relaxing next to a braai fire in the neatly grassed Gouritsmond Caravan Park is too, then you’ll feel right at home. Birdwatchers will find an abundance of birds in the area and they should keep their binoculars on

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