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8 Oct

God’s winter palette

The Protea family is named after the Greek God Proteus who repeatedly changed his appearance. One of the forms that our Cape Proteas take is that of the Leucadendrons or Cone Bushes. This group of proteas has separate male and female plants, often looking quite different from one another. The female plant produces woody cones which protect the seeds. There are 83 known species of Leucadendron in the southwestern Cape.In spite of their relatively large size these bushes are an inconspicuous green during the summer. However at the onset of...

29 Aug

The monkey beetle and the daisy

It was a glorious winter day - twenty one degrees centigrade, clear sky and not a breath of wind. I was strolling along the spine of unique mountains that stretch from Table Mountain to Cape Point having yet another tough day in the office*! The flower season was definitely beginning and I was delighted by the bursts of colour along the path. Predictably for this time of year there were many Babiana villosula or bobbejaantjies – most of them already past their prime. These gorgeous members of the Iris and...

21 Aug

Wonderful winter weather in Cape Town

We have been fortunate to have wonderful late-winter weather in Cape Town.Earlier this week I was privileged to guide a young honeymoon couple on a full-day Table Mountain walk. John and Sarah Edwards from Oklahoma, USA, came to South Africa on their honeymoon and decided to immerse themselves in Table Mountain for a day.They are a pretty energetic couple so we decided to “make a meal” of the outing and started on The Atlantic Ocean sideWiiunlocker.com - Guide To Unlock The Nintendo Wii *hot Niche ascending through Afro-montane forest onto...

24 Jul

Aloes and winter in South Africa

Aloes and winter. These are synonymous for me. I cannot think of Aloes in flower without feeling the crisp winter air or imagining the chill morning mist. In some parts of the country, when not in flower the vast stands of Aloe ferox appear as an army of warriors marching over the hills, and when in flower their mass of deep red flowers gives the appearance of flames sweeping across the mountains. Most aloe flowers are rich in nectar and provide much-needed sugar to our birds in the lean winter...

10 Apr

Wine & Wildlife Safari

Although I fulfil other functions, I am first & foremost a safari guide. I have led an enormous variety of safaris including vehicle safaris, dugout safaris, walking safaris, backpacking safaris, safaris from fly camps, safaris from lodges, research safaris . . . but in June of this year I will be combining two of my passions and doing the first ever South African wine-safari! I have teamed-up with Peter Finlayson, arguably the best winemaker in South Africa and we will be hosting a superb 4-day getaway in The Greater Kruger...