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LandnSand Rover

LandnSand Rover

LandnSand Rover was a Stellenbosch street cat, before he joined the team as an intern roving reporter. Some say that he can be seen late at night, prowling along Dorp Street to the town centre, in search of hot leads (or a bar that won't inspect his ID card too closely). His interests include fishing, wine and mice and his main ambition is to grow old enough to attend wine tastings. He answers all his own fan mail.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:06

The World's Strictest Parents - Western Cape

In case you haven't seen it, here's the episode of British series The World's Strictest Parents where the team of Brit brats visited South Africa's very own Western Cape. Out of control teens get a look at some old school parenting, courtesy of a lesbian couple on a farm in Plettenberg Bay.

The kids (including Hamzah, from a very traditional Muslim family) have no idea. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 27 February 2014 06:44

Wildlife of the Western Cape

If you have 47 minutes to spare, here's a (German made, but English narrated) documentary for you.

 

 

We asked the Volunteer Fire Services to list their 10 favourite things about South Africa's sublime Western Cape. Read on - and enjoy the wonderful photographs they sent us too. You can find out more about these brave people after the list.

Monday, 24 February 2014 08:19

Hollywood Comes to Cape Town

Hollywood is coming to South Africa this week on a tour that could set Cape Town up as one of the most filmed cities and locations.

It could also turn it into one of the premier movie-making destinations on the planet.

Monday, 17 February 2014 10:56

15 Things To Do In Napier

Distance from Cape Town - 170 kms

Napier, in the Western Cape's Overberg region, was established in 1838, when Michiel van Breda and his neighbour, Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl could not agree where the church of the community should be. Resulting in two separate churches, and two separate towns, Bredasdorp and Napier were established. There's plenty to do and see, here's a list to whet your appetite for this charming little town.

Friday, 14 February 2014 11:38

11 South African Nobel Prizewinners

When you think South African Nobel Prizes, a few names will spring as easily to mind as springbok pronking through the veld, but did you know we actually have 11 illustrious prizewinners? 

Thursday, 13 February 2014 19:02

5 Fresh Looks at Western Cape Destinations

At a dead end in the beautiful Cedarberg, is a village called Wuperthal, that time seems to have forgotten. Think thatch and white buildings and you’ll get the picture. Established in 1820 as a Rhenish missionary, some locals were taught to make leather shoes, including the famous South African vellie, velskoen, veldskoen … you know it, right? The things farmers and David Kramer wear. They’re still making them; apparently Nelson Mandela was given a pair when he visited and he put them on straight away.

Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:04

11 Extreme Western Cape Mountain Passes

A really great website for those of us addicted to roads, roadtripping and the stupendous scenery we're privileged to enjoy in the Western Cape, is Mountain Passes South Africa. At this stage they list 129 passes in this province, each with their own fact file and a narrated video. It's very, very tempting to paste the names of the passes on to a checklist and slowly tick them all off.

It's total roadcandy.

The Western Cape features in a few cool lists of stats too. We have the pass with the longest name, Wildehondskloofhoogte, the oldest pass (Franschoek) and we occupy positions 2, 3 and 4 in their list of the most dangerous passes: Sir Lowry's Pass, Kaaiman's River Pass, Hex River Pass. Naturally enough, there's also the southernmost mountain pass - Akkedisberg near Stanford.

The Prince Alfred Pass is the longest in South Africa, at 80.5km; it also boasts the biggest altitude gain of any pass in the province, climbing 837m. Sjoe! The highest pass in the Western Cape is the Swartberg, at 1576m. The province dominates the national list in terms of gradient steepness, occupying the first 3 spots on the list, with Gouna at 8.26, Heights Rd Wilderness at 8.94 and Elands at 9.03.

 

Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:44

Yasigis Beer Garden at the Palms Market

We will be celebrating The Palms Market's 2nd birthday this Saturday (9-2pm) with a great range of beers! From Germany we'll have Paulaner, Erdinger Dunkel & Weiss, Veltins. From Belgian Beers SA Celis Wit, Kriek, Delirium and Carolus Classic and local brews from Cape Brewing Co. and Dragon Fiery Ginger!

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