Filed: Cape Town

M is for Mostert’s Mill, Montagu and Monarch

Mostert’s Mill is one of the landmarks of Cape Town, sitting alongside the busy De Waal Drive and within a few minutes walk from where we were staying.

The mill was built around 1796 at the Welgelegen Farm, owned by Gysbert van Renen, and was named after his son-in-law, Sybrand Mostert, after Van Renen’s death.

It ceased operation in 1873, but stayed in the Mostert family until 1889 and was finally sold to Cecil Rhodes in 1891. Read more ›››

L is for Llandudno, Landies and Lions

Rhodes Monument

We didn’t visit too many beaches while we were in South Africa, but one we liked was in Llandudno, on the the Atlantic coast to the south of Cape Town.

The area was once a wilderness, a narrow strip of land between the sea and The Twelve Apostles Mountain range, and for many years was only accessible from Cape Town by a cattle track. Read more ›››

K is for Kirstenbosch, Kid of Doom and Klein Karoo

Ronnie's Sex Shop

K can be one of the tricky letters to fill for ABC Wednesday, but I was actually spoilt for choice in South Africa. For example, I would have liked to have written about Kipling who was an annual summer visitor to Cape Town.

Then there is the Kudu, the ubiquitous African antelope that tastes delicious! Or the beautiful town of Knysna where George Bernard Shaw had an unscheduled stay after he broke his leg in a car accident. Read more ›››

J is for Just Nuisance RN

Just Nuisance

After my ABC post about Bondi the Bulldog, yet another bronze statue of a nautical canine, this time Just Nuisance RN to be found at Simons Town.

Just Nuisance was a Great Dane and the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy, serving on HMS Afrikander from 1939 to 1944. Read more ›››

I is for Iced Tea and Irma Stern

Bahora Girl

It was during a quiet Sunday afternoon in Cape Town city centre that we came across this unexpected scene of traffic chaos outside the government building on Wale Street.

The cars had been carefully positioned to create the traffic jam and the ‘drivers’ sat in the passenger seat to create the impression that this was an American city or someplace else they might drive on the ‘wrong side’ of the road. Read more ›››

H is for Hermanus

De Wet's Huis Photo Museum

Hermanus was the first stop on our trip along the southern tip of Africa. We had left the main N2 to take the coastal road around the Hottentots-Holland Mountain and the views were quite stunning as you can see from the photo on the left.

We arrived in Hermanus around lunch time for a brief visit and to sample some of the excellent local seafood. Read more ›››

G is for Groote Schuur

Groote Schuur is the hidden gem of Cape Town which is rather an odd thing to say about the official residence of the president of South Africa.

We knew that the former home of Cecil Rhodes existed because it is mentioned in the travel guides, but none of the locals we spoke to knew of it. In fact, more often than not, they not thought I was talking about the hospital of the same name where Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart-transplant. Read more ›››

F is for Fynbos, Flowers and Fishermen

Fynbos

Fynbos is the natural scrub or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape, mainly in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate.

The name fynbos is Afrikaans for fine bush and refers to the fine, needle-like leaves of many fynbos species. The example in my photo was taken from Hout Bay and you can see the fymbos leading upwards towards Table Mountain. Read more ›››