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Picnic at Hangklip

The unmistakable Hangklip (hanging rock) peak is in the Hangklip Core Conservation Area, one of many such areas in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It is a nature gem wedged between the growing and ugly sprawl of Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay residential areas. The views from the peak are spectacular: north along Kogelberg’s sheer coast, […]

Gantouw Pass

Recently I have been stalking the Cape Town – Elgin heritage steam train on Saturdays to shoot drone video as it winds its way up Sir Lowry´s Pass – sometimes without success either because of excessive wind or arriving either too early or too late for the train. On this Saturday, the wind was howling […]

Paddling to Steenbras mouth

Deon and I had both suffered fairly serious physical injuries during the past two years and as a result our paddling adventures had stalled. Recently we had tentatively ventured back into the sea kayak, and this weekend we resolved to paddle around to one of our erstwhile haunts, the Steenbras River mouth. Now we were […]

Grootvadersbosch and Boosmansbos

At Peter’s suggestion, prior to his annual pilgrimage back to the Cape, we booked a couple of nights’ camping in Grootvadersbosch with the idea of perhaps hiking to the Boosmansbos forest. We had undertaken the 2-day wilderness hike way back in 1999 in mist and rain. I had also hiked down to Grootvadersbosch at […]

Botmaskop

Botmaskop is a 910 m peak near my home and is the first mountain I see when I leave for work each morning. Its form is unique in the Jonkershoek ranges, resembling the prow of a dreadnought. The hike up takes about 2 hours, following a spur through municipal tree plantations before it steepens sharply […]

Western Panorama Trail

Up Swartboskloof and down Kurktrekker, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The last time we ascended Swartboskloof I ended up under the knife to fix a ruptured disc. So this hike, once more with Santie – and Dorette – was something of a rite of passage, a reckoning with past trauma. The going was hot and my […]

Groot-Gouritz MTB Tour 2018

By popular demand we arranged another private MTB tour aimed at occasional cyclists, and not racers. The format was the same: reasonable daily distances, emphasis on touring and taking in the scenery, backup vehicles trailing us, plenty of stops and camping all the way.

Relive ‘Groot-Gouritz MTB tour day 3’

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