The Darling Stagger Slack Packing Trail


Earlier this month (July 2011) the Cape West Coast Trails were launched within the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR). The CWCBR, with the West Coast National Park at its centre, is one of the 6 UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserves in South Africa.

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Busting the Myth – Saving the Species


Since the start of 2011, hardly a day has gone by without reading about the horrors of rhino poaching. The poaching really has taken epic proportions with the current figure halfway 2011 in South Africa alone standing at 174 rhinos. Kruger National Park seems to carry the brunt of the poaching activities with 120 rhinos killed since the start of 2011, nearly the same number of rhinos as in the whole of South Africa in 2009. The rhino poaching stats make a frightening read, a 2450% increase from 2007 to 2010!

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The wild side of Cape Point Nature Reserve

How ironic that just a few hundred metres from one of the most iconic and heavily touristed locations on the African continent are some of its most deserted and beautifully wild beaches.

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Infecting the City - Public Arts Festival

The Spier Public Arts Festival returns to Cape Town for the fourth time from the 21st to 26th February 2011 to shake up and energise the Mother City. A project of the Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net), this public arts festival places provocative, innovative art in the communal spaces of the city’s Central Business District (CBD). Everything on the festival programme is free and accessible to everybody.

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Harvesting the Seeds of Hope

Last Friday evening I attended the Seed to Table book launch at our local Kalkbay Bookshop. Knowing about the amazing work Abalimi Bezekhaya do, promoting amongst others organic community food gardens as a sustainable way of poverty alleviation in the Cape Flats Townships, I was very keen to find out about this intriguing new cookbook Seed to Table.

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Cape Town Green Map receives a Golden Leaf Award

Announcing the award, Golden Trash Awards state: “Cape Town Green Map has joined the Green Map movement – a community of over four thousand local green living sites around the world. Cape Town Green Map is powered by Open Green Map, an interactive mapmaking tool.”

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Stop Litter Campaign - Kalk Bay & St James

As you know, every festive season our beautiful beaches and tidal pools in Kalk Bay & St James attract many beach users and holidaymakers. Unfortunately the increased number of visitors also means an increase in the amount of litter, plastic bags and bottles that is left behind on our beaches, parks and roads on a daily basis. This waste, if not collected in time, blows out to sea and pollute our oceans, and could ultimately contribute to increasingly growing giant floating garbage “islands” similar to the one that currently exists in the Great Pacific Gyre

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African Relish - the art of preserving


Paul and I were recently invited to join one of African Relish’s weekend cookery courses. Wanting to visit the Karoo town of Prince Albert for quite a while and being intrigued by the African Relish set up, we set off for the 400 odd kilometer journey along the N1. Not the most varied route, but I find the monotony of the Karoo fascinating – endless space and emptiness. Born and bred in the small area that we call Holland space is a luxury.

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Makazi’s - this guesthouse is making a difference

sisonke singenza amalukho - together we can make a difference”

We took a drive out the other day along the stunning coastal road from Muizenberg to Monwabisi Park in Khayelitsha, to visit the remarkable and unique Makazi’s Guesthouse. This little hidden gem is located in one of Cape Town’s sprawling informal settlements, and just a few hundred metres from the False Bay coast (in fact, you can see the ocean from the second story bedroom windows). Makazi’s forms part of the Indlovu Project, a community development initiative of the Shaster Foundation. The project was started in 2005 by Di Womersley and Buyiswa Tonono in order to offer care and empowerment opportunities to the residents of Monwabisi Park, and in the long run establish a sustainable eco-village in the township. The community centre consists of a clinic, a youth centre, an education centre, a skills development workshop, a large community hall that also doubles as a cinema, a small shop and a creche. In order to make the project self-sustainable, a volunteer organisation and Makazi’s Guesthouse was established to bring not only income, but also skilled volunteers into the community.

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Favourite Five - Slackpacking trails in Southern Africa


This is the second edition in our Favourite Five series - a selection of our personal favourite new experiences, destinations, places of interests, and anything fun and exciting that we came across during recent site visits, educationals, holidays or weekend getaways.

Today’s Favourite Five - The best slackpacking trails (with a difference) in Southern Africa.

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