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Posts with tag CapeNature

Leisure Wheels – March 2014 – Garden Route NP and Goukamma Nature Reserve

My montly article for March 2014 in Leisure Wheels focused on Garden Route National Park and Goukamma Nature Reserve. These are two of my favourite spots...the former is much bigger than the latter, but they both have a critical role to play in conservation of the area, especially as they both include important Marine Protected Areas. Check it out!

Cape Times – January 2014 – De Hoop Marine Protected Area

A little article of mine about De Hoop's Marine Protected Area off the southern coast of Africa. One of the most impressive and well-studied ocean environments, this MPA is the site of the longest running fish tagging study in the world. Led by Colin Attwood from University of Cape Town, the study has set the standard for other MPAs around the world, proving to the skeptical fishermen that if we look after our shoreline environments, they will look after us!

YITW 2013-14 – Anysberg Nature Reserve – The mademoiselle, the Karoo farmers and jackals in the night

A lilting French accent broke the silence of the Karoo dusk in Anysberg Nature Reserve.

“I really feel at home here,” said zoologist Marine Drouilly, as we sat on the stoep of one of the cottages in the remote reserve, located between Laingsburg and Montagu. A jackal howled nearby and the Magellanic Clouds hung like blazing chandeliers in the ink-black sky.

Marine told me
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Days 69-70 – YITW 2013-14 – De Hoop’s fish study helping to save SA’s marine life

Most visitors to De Hoop are bowled over by the superb scenery.

Located just to the east of the southern-most tip of Africa, this CapeNature protected area comprises both terrestrial and marine habitats. It's extremely photogenic, with blinding-white sanddunes, turquoise-emerald water, secluded coves, wild beaches, and flowering fynbos. Then there's the De Hoop Vlei, one of the
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Days 59-61 – YITW 2013-14 – Peninsula of paradise

I'm all alone, sleeping in a little cabin situated on the edge of a stormy coast. The doors and windows are wide open, and my ears are filled with the soothing boom of crashing waves. The air is heavy with ocean spray. I can see the stars, bursting through the southern night sky.

This is Fountain Shack in Robberg Nature Reserve, with no electricity, no cell phone reception and certainly no TV or radio. And I'm as close to heaven as I can get. Which is remarkable, given that I'm just down the
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Cape Times – October 2013 – Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

A little article on the little Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, a lekker slice of paradise near the big holiday town of Plett. Once the whole southern Cape looked like this reserve - pristine amber rivers, steep gorges forested with Outeniqua yellowwoods so tall that you could reach heaven if you climbed to the top of them...and the dreamy echoes of Knysna turacos and Fish Eagles calling like archangels of the natural world. This reserve has one of my favourite log cabins...there's only one, and
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