Garden Route Snakes

Puffadder : Bitis arietans. As the heat of summer settles in in the #GardenRoute, the snake population emerges from their winter shelters. The Puffadder is an ambush predator species, relying on it’s cytotoxic venom to rapidly take down its prey after a strike. Puffadders rely on cryptic disruptive camouflage to blend in and are reluctant to move when disturbed. Research has shown that in their … Continue reading Garden Route Snakes

Table Mountain : Hiking above the Mother City

There are a few signature features that draw visitors to Cape Town. The Mountain, Cape Point, Penguins, Robbin Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Two Ocean Aquarium, the V&A Water Front and the beaches. Kilometers of beaches of white bleached sand. It is a city to be explored, savored and experienced. It is a city with four seasons in one morning. A metropolis with a 24 hour … Continue reading Table Mountain : Hiking above the Mother City

Cast in Stone : The Cradle of Human Culture.

“I think you need to come and look at this again” called Dr Martin Lockley. Dr Charles Helm, his wife Linda and myself were walking away from an overhang of aeolianite with a series of fossilized tracks on the under surface to look at another series of fossil tracks which Dr Helm describes as a work of art. When an ichnologist and paleontologist as renowned … Continue reading Cast in Stone : The Cradle of Human Culture.

Giants and Dwarves weaving between Spotted Ghosts on the Outeniqua Trail.

At 108km, the Outeniqua Trail is one of the longest hiking trails in South Africa. Traversing through forest and fynbos along the southern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountain range, the trail is hiked in a west to east direction sleeping in hiking huts with a capacity for 20 hikers. Mountain Wilderness. It is in the true sense, a wilderness hike, a trail that removes you … Continue reading Giants and Dwarves weaving between Spotted Ghosts on the Outeniqua Trail.

Be Prepared to be Safe when hiking in South Africa.

After the recent mountain rescue on Table Mountain this weekend, it is important to share some salient safety measures when hiking on any mountain, irrespective of experience. • use official foot paths only • carry more that one operational cellphone in your hiking party • plan your intended route in a way that you are off the mountain before sunset • carry an accurate map … Continue reading Be Prepared to be Safe when hiking in South Africa.

72 Hours in Cape Town.

Google Maps warned of a 9 minute delay on the N2 at the bottom of Sir Lowries Pass. After four hours on the road from the Garden Route, cresting the pass and seeing the gridlock traffic snaking down the pass was the last thing we wanted to see. But then, we did need to get to Cape Town and this was our only option. Gridlock … Continue reading 72 Hours in Cape Town.

Whale Strandings – the harsh reality of nature.

In the past 6 months there have been over 10 whale carcasses washed up, including a rare Sperm Whale, in the Garden Route. Depending on where they washed up, their handling varied from leaving them in situ to burying them or removing the remains for disposal elsewhere. Where possible, sampling was performed for DNA profiling and parasite collection. Generally, with the carcasses there is a … Continue reading Whale Strandings – the harsh reality of nature.