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The NG Church Moeder Kerk
The NG Church Moeder Kerk Credits: Freda

The Dutch Reformed Church in Adderley Street is the oldest church in South Africa, constructed on the foundations of the original church built in 1704.

Under the church is a burial crypt that goes back several hundred years and many famous South Africans are buried there. The pulpit is an amazing piece of art comprising 2 hand carved lions on which the pulpit stands and a cantilevered Roof over the pulpit that has stood for many years.


Western Cape - Blue Flag Beaches

The Blue Flag Organisation has released the names of South African Beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag Status for the 2011-2012 season.

The Western Cape tops the list with 15 blue flag beaches. They are


Hermanus – Old Harbour Museum – De Wet’s Huis Photo Museum

De Wets Huis
De Wets Huis Credits: Freda

Hermanus Old Harbour Museum is a collection of several locations that have been restored by local interest groups over the years.

In the Fisherman's Square and facing East towards Voelklip is the De Wet’s Huis Photo Museum. The building was originally the Dutch Reformed Church Sunday school building and it was dismantled piece by piece, numbered, and transported to its present site in 1983. The reconstruction was completed in 1987.


Namaqualand - Two young ladies discover the flowers in Spring

Namaqualand - Two young ladies discover the flowers in Spring
Credits: Tanya Calvey

The Wild Flower Display in Namaqualand in Spring evokes as many emotions as there are people who see this marvel of nature.

Here is the story of two young ladies who toured Namaqualand and the West Coast in 2011.

Samantha and I met in our first year of bachelor of science at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2004. That is when this adventure actually began. First year biology was very general. We studied plant, animal and environmental science,


Hermanus - Old Harbour Museum - Whale House

Whale House
Whale House Credits: freda

Hermanus Old Harbour Museum is a collection of several locations that have been restored by local interest groups over the years.

In the Fisherman's Square and facing Walker Bay is the Whale House. The Whale House is a stunning well presented display of all things Cetacean, which includes Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Included in the collection is the suspended skeleton of a young female Southern Right Whale that washed up onto the rock at Onrus rivier in 2003.


Betty's Bay - Chocolatier at Work - By Appointment

You can watch a Chocolatier at work in his sweet smelling home chocolate factory in Betty's Bay on the Cape Whale Coast. One time restauranteer Belgian born Gaspard Bossut turned to making quality chocolate products in 2001. In a long process of trial and error and much research this gifted chef now creates a range of unique designer chocolates including Chilli, Hawaiian vocanic salt, Biltong, Ginger, Orange Peel and others too numerous to recall.


Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves - Natural Wonder

The Cango Caves outside Oudtshoorn are a must see for most travellers who visit the Western Cape. Formed millions of years ago these vast interconnected caves are now lit up with accent lighting so that visitors are exposed to one of the great natural wonders of Southern Africa. There are two different tours available to visitors. The more popular one is a 60 minute guided tour that most people can do, but there are exceptions.


Ceres - SA's Largest Toy Car Collection

Dinky Austin Van
Dinky Austin Van

What is believed to be the largest collection of miniature scale model die cast toy cars in South Africa is in Ceres. The collection of around 6000 scale model cars belongs to Mitch Jantjies who has been collecting them since he was a young boy. Famous brands like Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox and many others feature in the collection

Dinky Toys first produced die cast models in the 1930’s but from the mid 1940’s quality


Bredasdorp - Shipwreck Museum

Shipwreck Museum
Shipwreck Museum

Bredasdorp is where you will find the unique Shipwreck Museum. Although Bredasdorp is some 30 km from the sea it is the commercial hub of the region and has very strong ties with villages along the coast of the South Western Cape. Ship wrecks off the Cape Agulhas coast from The Breede River in the east to Gansbaai in the west are legend. Ships like the Birkenhead (in 1852) and The Arniston (in 1815) made world news at the time of their wrecking. In all almost


Wellington – Bains Kloof Pass and Mitchell’s Pass to Ceres

The Toll House
The Toll House Credits: Bruce Andrew

The route that was to become Bains Kloof Pass was discovered by Andrew Geddes Bain in 1846, while he was supervising the building of Mitchell’s Pass. On completion of Mitchell’s Pass Bain tackled the Bains Kloof Pass and it was completed in September 1853. The 18km Pass runs from Wellington over the magnificent Limietberg and high above the Witte Rivier. Even today’s road retains much of the original road as its foundation.


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