Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Slanghoek Valley, Wine Country


Slanghoek Valley is near Rawsonville. It's about an hour's drive from Cape Town and is on the Breedekloof wine route in picturesque wine country. Slanghoek is Afrikaans for "snake corner". I don't know if it's named after snakes in the valley or because the road snakes its way through the with mountains on either side.

We took a drive through Slanghoek on Mother's Day. Most of the photos I snapped while Hubby was driving and the scenery was zipping past. The weather was perfect and we even stopped to have a picnic. The picnic photos are posted on Amanda's Books and More, if you want to take a look.

There are two excellent wine estates with spectacular views in Slanghoek. One is called Jason's Hill and the other is Opstal. I will be sharing our latest wine tasting experience at Jason's Hill next week.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Road Trip and Picnic - Part 3


Our road trip through Velddrif and along the coast brought us to our final destination, the Rocherpan Nature Reserve. There is a small entrance/conservation fee to enter the reserve, but well worth the amazing experience. If you want to come for a picnic like we did, then be sure to bring along an umbrella. The sun can get quite hot even with the cool sea breeze.

The Rocherpan Nature Reserve on South Africa's beautiful West Coast is off the beaten track and a hidden gem. We only saw a couple of other people there in passing and it was during the summer holidays when many wonderful locations are buzzing with people.

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The picnic was my mother-in-law's idea. She does everything with flair, including making sure we had cold beverages and good food. The savory pies we bought along the way at Die Skooltjie Padstal, a little farm stall outside of Velddrif. Mine is featured below and was a bobotie pie, a traditional South African dish with spiced mince (ground beef). I enjoyed mine with a cold Savanna premium cider and my mother-in-law chose to bring a Graham Beck sparkling wine. Visit Summer Drinks in South Africa to learn more about some of South Africa's fabulous beverages.




Dolphin Jumping

Two Dolphins Surfing the Wave


Amanda, Jessica, and Samantha



Jeremiah








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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Road Trip and Picnic - Part 2


Eight of us (our family and my in-laws) went on a road trip to have a picnic lunch at a nature reserve on South Africa's beautiful West Coast. There's a small entrance/conservation fee to the Rocherpan Nature Reserve. It's a coastal reserve teeming with birds and colorful wildflowers. It was established in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988. The protected sand dunes, fynbos (flora), bird life, etc. all contribute to a wild coast experience.

Rocherpan Nature Reserve promotes responsible and sustainable tourism. They utilize low-impact building methods, waterless toilets, and rainwater capture. The eco-cabins and bird hides are also universally accessible.

I was impressed with the steps the nature reserve was taking to ensure responsible tourism. On 22 May is International Biodiversity Day and the theme is sustainable tourism. If you would like to help spread the word for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the sustainable tourism project, then visit ThunderClap.It. This will allow a once-off message, which you can edit, to be posted to your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr on that day. It just takes two clicks! I have already joined the campaign with my Twitter account.

I will share photos of the actual picnic next week. We even saw dolphins in the water and I took photos of them playing in the waves!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Road Trip and Picnic - Part 1


My mother-in-law planned a picnic at a nature reserve on South Africa's beautiful West Coast while were were visiting over the summer holiday. We drove through Velddrif and took the Main Road that goes along the coast up to Rocherpan Nature Reserve.

We passed dry fields with burgundy lichen, white wildflowers and sometimes sheep or cattle. We saw the typical West Coast style homes that are reminiscent of the original fishermen cottages. We stopped on the way at a farm stall and bought wonderful savory pies to have with our picnic. It's called Die Skooltjie Padstal, which means "the little school farm stall," because it used to be a little school.

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