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Winter time in Cape Town is no excuse not to go to the beach.

There’s always a beautiful day popping up in between the cold fronts, when the sun is shining and the winds calm down.

 

And as it is with cold water: It only takes a few moments to get over it and then it’s refreshing.

As we had been on the other side of the dunes, the equally beautiful but more tranquil fynbos landscape, I wanted the dogs to get a good wash and in we went, into the icy surf of mellow waves.

 

That’s where I took this picture:

It is so cold, even Table Mountain remains under a blanket of clouds.

 

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When you walk just 1km north from Milnerton Lighthouse you can spot something in the ocean.

No, it’s not a rock and neither a stranded whale.

It’s the shipwreck of the Hermes, a Houston liner of 3500 tons, built in 1899 by J. Blumer & Co, Sunderland, which stranded on Milnerton Beach in 1901.

On a gentle day during low tide you can make out the boilers in the surf.

 

What’s that in the ocean?

During our dog walk from Lagoon Beach to Sunset Beach we pass a landmark in the ocean: It's a shipwreck.

During our dog walk from Lagoon Beach to Sunset Beach we pass a landmark in the ocean: It’s a shipwreck.

 

Looking closely you can see it’s a man-made construction:

The remains of the Hermes shipwreck in the surf of Milnerton Beach.

The remains of the Hermes shipwreck in the surf of Milnerton Beach.

 

It’s a nice landmark to watch out for.

It gives you a good idea of distance: 1km from Milnerton Lighthouse.

You can get a feel for the tides: the lower the tide the more you get to see of the shipwreck.

 

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In an effort to be accessible to all, Indoni Dance Academy are bringing their show to the public.

 

Taking place at 3 different parks around Cape Town, their performance ‘Dancing with Nature’ works with what the location has to offer.

A great way to discover your local park: through music, rhythm and dance!

 

Their first show took place at Nantes Park, Athlone.

We moved from amphitheatre to playground to open field.

Every time we were treated to an energetic extravaganza with powerful and playful acrobatic moves.

The audience, astounded and ecstatic, erupted in loud cheers and applause at the end of each dance act.

 

Check out some of Indoni Dance Academy‘s wonderful innovative and inspiring moves:

 

 

Grace and style dazzles the audience as the choreography focuses on only two dancers pairing up.

Grace and style dazzles the audience as the choreography focuses on only two dancers pairing up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be missed! 💚

You can still catch ‘Dancing with Nature’ at 2 upcoming events:

Saturday 27 April (Freedom Day):  3pm to 4pm at Khayelitsha Wetlands Park. (If this performance is cancelled due to bad weather, the alternative date is Sunday April 28.)

Wednesday 1 May (Workers Day):  3pm to 4pm at Green Point Park.

 

 

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As part of Museum Night Cape Town the Iziko Museum invited to a Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth.

 

Truida Prekel gave a talk on gathering from nature. Together with Sue Kingma she explained the indigenous foods on offer at the workshop:

 

This introduction to indigenous plants was very important, as all this food looked very exotic:

 

But of course, some basic survival skills are needed to make use of edible plants in nature. Dr Wallace Vosloo explains how to test if a plant is poisonous or not:

Dr Wallace Vosloo at the Museum Night Cape Town Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth

Dr Wallace Vosloo at the Museum Night Cape Town Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth

 

 

Then we were allowed to taste the plants we so easily walk by, not knowing how beneficial they are.

 

Dune Spinach:

 

Purslane:

 

Sour fig:

 

Jelly Melon or African Horned Cucumber:

 

Num-num:

 

Prickly Pear in different colours – red, orange and white:

 

With new strength from the snack break, attendees were invited to participate in survival activities.

 

Rope Making:

 

 

Fire Making:

 

 

A fun night out that has taught me to look at weeds around this country with different eyes.

 

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The Zip Zap Circus School performed at the V&A Waterfront. A great opportunity to get a taster of their newest production coming to Cape Town in April.

 

Before the spectacle started they had a little competition for four children to learn and perform some juggling. A lovely start to a great show.

 

Then the energy picked up some notches, as the show began with a dance, demonstrating the infusion of African culture into this circus extravaganza.

The Opening Performance of the Zip Zap Circus School gets everyone into the swing of things.

The Opening Performance of the Zip Zap Circus School gets everyone into the swing of things.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: The show begins with a #dance.

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First up was a high spinning Lyra performance by Inathi Zungula to the sounds of ‘Goldfinger’.

 

Followed by an exhilarating Diablo session.

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#ZipZap #Circus at V&A: #Diablo. 🙂

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To be trumped by even faster paced acrobatics with Aviwe Mfundisi, Silumko Ndulula and Jacobus Claassen.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: #Awesome #fast paced #action!

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Followed by an even more stunning Cyr Wheel performance by Phelelani Ndakrokra.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: Wow! What smooth moves on the #Cyr Wheel. 😮

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Next came such high speed juggling, the yellow juggling balls turned into a blur of moves and patterns. In addition the comedy between Jason Barnard and Jacobus Claassen added an extra bit of amusement.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: #Juggling. :-O

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The creativity of choreography and costumes made it easy to get engulfed in the action when the Lunatricks took to the stage.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: The #Lunatricks are flying around. 😮

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After such breathtaking action, what can possibly come next? Even more breathtaking action with the Juggling Club.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: Club #Juggling. :-O

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Part of the excitement steams from the uplifting music always accompanied by a little boogie throughout the act. And a fun element of surprise. How often do you see someone standing on the head of someone else?

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: Dynamic Duo. :-O

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As the show started with a dance, so it ends: All crew unite in the final act spectacular: The Moyo Dance.

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Zip Zap #Circus at V&A: … and the show ends with a #dance. 😀

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Even if you’ve seen great circus shows before, nothing prepares you for this:

Like a blast of positive energy you will be swept away into the fun and happiness of these extraordinary performers. They clearly enjoy what they’re doing with their passion and good vibes flowing to and capturing the audience.

You will laugh out loud at the slapstick jokes and stare in awe at the head-spinning stunts. And when you think it can’t get any better, the next incredible act will blow your mind.

But no photo or video can recreate the fantastic atmosphere that allows you a true break from everyday hassles and completely submerge in the world of circus.

You just got to see for yourself!

Book tickets for upcoming productions by the Zip Zap Circus School, you don’t want to miss out on this blessing of non-stop feel-good entertainment: Zip Zap Circus on Quicket.

 

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Looking at activities to do around #CapeTownForFree, I thought how can I make the most out of #SANationalParksWeek?

 

During Heritage Month SANParks offers free entry to all of South Africa’s National Parks for the duration of a full week.

The gates are simply open and the ticket office is closed during #SANationalParksWeek at Oudekraal.

The gates are simply open and the ticket office is closed during #SANationalParksWeek at Oudekraal.

 

Entrance fees are pretty low in most cases, so unless you do the big parks further away from Cape Town the savings are minimal.

 

But any reason is a good reason to visit SANParks, so why not take advantage of such a great offer.

 

I’m particularly interested in the places I would not normally visit, so googling the closest SANParks to Cape Town I stumbled across Oudekraal.

 

Oudekraal: A hidden gem in Cape Town

Oudekraal: Perfect for a braai with the whole family.

Oudekraal: Perfect for a braai with the whole family.

 

Oudekraal is not that easy to find, but once you know it you can’t miss it: Drive from Camps Bay to LLandudno and watch out for a turn down to the sea after the 12 Apostles Hotel.

 

Oudekraal is a landscaped braai area around boulders reaching into the sea. It’s quite steep down, but plateaus are levelled into the ground, leaving perfect braai spots.

A lovely braai spot at Oudekraal.

A lovely braai spot at Oudekraal.

 

It’s brimming with history and signs around the park invite to learn more about it.

Interesting: Oudekraal’s history is explained on informative signs.

Interesting: Oudekraal’s history is explained on informative signs.

 

In addition Oudekraal has a quaint little beach, an enclosed bay with lovely sand, shallow waters, perfect for a dip in the sea.

Even when the weather's not perfect, Oudekraal Beach is a sheltered spot.

Even when the weather’s not perfect, Oudekraal Beach is a sheltered spot.

 

 

Oudekraal is perfect for a braai with friends, family, colleagues, offering fantastic views, lots to explore, much to learn, and a beach in reach for a quick refresher.

 

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Participants of the Flower Ramble listen to an interesting introduction to Rondebosch Common.

Participants of the Flower Ramble listen to an interesting introduction to Rondebosch Common.

 

Cape Town is known for its incredible biodiversity, being at the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

 

Out of the six floral kingdoms on this planet, it is the smallest while containing the highest variety.

 

That means in Cape Town you’ll encounter the highest density of different flowers on earth.

 

It’s very easy to accidentally trample on them!

 

So why not go on a Flower Ramble at Rondebosch Common

 

Every other Sunday during spring a botanist takes a group on a walk around Rondebosch Common, identifying special flowers, spelling their names and explaining their habitat.

 

It is an entertaining presentation and informative talk giving so much insight about the endemic plants in Cape Town, meaning they only grow here and nowhere else, some of them even only on Rondebosch Common!

 

For example this pretty iris-like Morea Aristata, which was carefully replanted from the South African Astronomical Observatory to Rondebosch Common by Alex Lansdowne.

 

The beautiful Morea Aristata.

The beautiful Morea Aristata.

 

 

This lovely guided tour is a real eye-opener that lets you look at plants in a whole different way.

 

The fynbos flowers are sometimes really small, but incredibly beautiful when looked at up close, taking in the detail and fragility.

 

Sometimes they’re so inconspicuous that you need a botanist to point them out to you.

 

Alex Lansdowne gives great insight to the plants and flowers on Rondebosch Common.

Alex Lansdowne gives great insight to the plants and flowers on Rondebosch Common.

 

These wonderful Sunday morning strolls are offered by the Friends of Rondebosch Common for free, but donations are welcome.

 

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