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25 Oct


They go by a whole array of common names: Butterfly Lily, Red Root, Spider Flower, Coffee Bean . . . but whatever you call them, the flowers of Wachendorfia paniculata are delightful. They are commonly seen on walking trails on Table Mountaibuy levitra 20mgn and around Cape Town. They are from the Blood Root family, so named because their rhizomes are deep red in colour and can be used to make a dye. If you look carefully at the accompanying photograph you will notice something unique about these flowers. Two of the...

23 Oct

Cape Town’s oldest theatre

St. Stephen’s Church on Riebeek square in central Cape Town is the only Dutch Reformed church named after a saint. But the story runs a little deeper than that. The building was erected during the first British occupation as a theatre which opened onviagra price the 17th November 1800; consequently making it the oldest theatre in South Africa and the only theatre to become a church. Back under Dutch regime for a little while it was called the Afrikaansche Schouwburg or simply the Komediehuis. With the official emancipation of...

20 Oct


Last week when I was walking on Table Mountain I came across this beautiful Rock Kestrel. He allowed me to approach so close that I suspected he could not fly. However when some other walkers approached he flew-off quite capably. These small raptors are fairly common around Table Mountain, where they feed on insects, lizards and small rodents. Apparently they will sometimes also feed on small birds and bats....

18 Oct

JAN VAN RIEBEEK – Before and after The Cape

Most of us are unaware of the fact that Jan Van Riebeek only spent ten years of his life at the Cape. The legacy he left behind however is one of epic proportion. Statues, Street names, river names, school names, suburb nlevitra no prescriptionames, town names, you name it, it’s called Riebeek. But who was the man before and after the Cape? To begin with, he was born in Culemborg in the Netherlands as Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck on 21 April 1619 as the son of a surgeon. Jan grew up...

18 Oct


John & Katy, from Los Angeles chose South Africa for their honeymoon. They also decided to conquer Table Mountain while on Honeymoon. I think that they had a great idea. Walking up the mountain is a slower more social experience than rushing up aorder cheap cialis onlinend down in a Cable Car. Anyway, once they’ve conquered the ascent of Table mountain together, they’ll be better equipped to conquer all future challenges they face together! Congratulations to John & Katy. [caption id="attachment_568" align="aligncenter" width="528" caption="Hiking up Table Mountain"][/caption] ...

11 Oct

Protea mites

In general the bearded sugarbush Proteas are delightful to the touch. They are silky and cushioned. Most of the time it’s fine to stroke these flowers for some sensual indulgence – but beware the protea itch mites (Protolaelaps vanderbergii). Thesbuy cialise small insects hitch rides on birds and beetles from one protea flowerhead to the next. They feed on pollen and nectar obtained from the Proteas. They may well be involved in pollination too. The flowers may have as many as 6,000 of these creatures on them. When a bird...

11 Oct

Close encounters with an itinerant mathematician

Yes yes yes - I know that I have not been posting NEARLy enough for way too long and I fully intend to rectify that. 2013 started with a wonderful walk with a wonderful friend from school days - Steven Bradlow. As soon as we had established a system for avoiding confusing ourselves with the other (we referred to one another by our respective surnames) and I had convinced Bradlow not to talk about any obscure mathematical formulae, we set off. A month ago I had seen evidence of a baby Klipspringer...

11 Oct

Where am I?

What a ride it's been! I finished a wonderful trip around the Cape with the Wijstmas from Holland (we should have a guest newsletter from Anouk) and went straight off to the Okavango, where I watched two unsuccessful lion hunts, Painted Douk viagra onlinegs hunting and eating an Impala, new born elephants, Honey Badger, Sable Antelope and more. I will post photos and video from that trip and we can look forward to a newsletter from a guest writer (Shane Andrews) who took better photos than I. Meanwhile - can you...

11 Oct

Otters in Cape Town!

Otters are amongst my favourite animals. I don't know why, but it seems like many people share my sentiment about these beautiful animals. Not only do I like the animals themselves but I think that the track of a Cape Clawless Otter (Aonyx cbuy generic cialisapensis) is one of the most beautiful things to behold in the wild. Unfortunately, because they are crepuscular (what a wonderful word!), camouflaged and secretive, they are seldom seen. However I see their tracks often enough to keep me satisfied but still hungry for a sighting...

11 Oct

Hangklip floating

I've been chastised for the complete absence of newsletters for the past months and I apologise. What an amazing year it has been. It is ironic that the reason for me not writing newsletters is because I have too much interesting material. I where to buy propeciahave simply been so busy adventuring that I have not had time to do justice to all the photos and wonderful people who have accompanied me to all corners of this beautiful sub-continent. I glanced through my photos and found it impossible to choose whether to...