Join us at Seaforth Beach at 10am and then follow on to Simon’s Town School for a fun-filled festival, in celebration of African penguin awareness.

SANCCOB’s 17th Annual Penguin Festival in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) and South African National Parks (SANParks) kick-starts with a public release of rehabilitated African penguins for all to witness how they waddle back to where they belong. It’s an experience not to be missed as we count down to tip the boxes!
This year Kfm’s mascot, Rocket, will also tip a box.

From 10h30 the festival will take place at Simon’s Town School in Harrington Road, within walking distance from the beach release site and parking is available at the school’s hostel.

There will be educational exhibits with an environmental spin by exhibitors, food vendors, boerewors rolls made with love by the SANParks Honourary Rangers, and a designated craft beer and wine area.

Entry is FREE and children can access the Kids’ Zone at R50 per child. Regrettably, no dogs are allowed at this event.

This annual event is a platform to highlight the plight of the iconic African penguin species and educate the public on how to play their part in supporting SANCCOB’s conservation efforts and those of all collaborators and exhibitors.

Parking:
• Parking for the beach release is available at the Navy’s parking at the end of Martello Road.
• Attendees can walk up Whalers Way to the Main Road’s pedestrian crossing to reach the festival, following the festival signage from the beach release.
• There is a stop and drop option on Harrington Road at the venue’s entrance.
• Event parking is available at the school’s hostels at the top of Harrington Road.

Find out more at https://bit.ly/2ZqWCVu

Source Credit: SANNCOB

It’s almost time to collect and document the trash littering South Africa’s coastline. Yes, on 21 September 2019 volunteers in South Africa will come together as part of SA’s commitment to Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD).

What is International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD)?

Every year, volunteers from more than 100 countries come together (like they’ve done 30 years prior) to participate in a Cleanup event near them.

As Cleanup and Recycle SA Week usually falls within close proximity to ICCD, it is quite fitting that SA should take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day. In fact, it is said to be one of the highlights of the week. Apart from various cleanups over SA, South Africa will join the world in partaking in ICCD by also launching the Source to Sea Programme as well as announcing the new cycle of the Working for the Coast program.

According to the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, the theme for plastics will also be carried through.

“It is thus important and relevant that the department will continue to carry through on the theme to address marine pollution and waste management during the launch of the new cycle of the Working for the Coast program and the Source to Sea pilot project.

“The International Coastal Cleanup Day (WFTC/Source to Sea Pilot Project) will be implemented under the theme and key message detailed as “Nature knows no waste” and “ A litter-free land is a litter free ocean”.

How to get involved:

1.You can start by downloading Ocean Conservancy’s app called Clean Swell to document the trash you collect.

This is done in order for the Ocean Conservancy to collect data on trash in the ocean.

Interesting revelations:

In 2017, the Ocean Conservancy collected data from the combined global cleanup in that year and revealed that 789 thousand people collected 9285 tonnes of waste over 30472 Kilometres of the coastline.

According to Getaway Magazine, in South Africa, the 2017 coastal cleanup saw 16298 people participating in the clean-up, picking up a total of 12694 Kilograms of waste. Of the 16298 volunteers, 4755 recorded what they picked up, providing data that helps with highlight culprit waste materials that are prominent in coastal environments.

The data indicates that food wrappers, especially chip packets, made from multi-layered plastics have been increasing in numbers on a yearly basis. The food wrappers were the fourth highest item collected in 2016 and were the prolific collected item in 2018. Other items include asthma pumps, single-use baby diapers and disposable syringes which were also recorded in larger numbers in the 2017 cleanup.

Here is how you can get involved with the Simon’s Town International Coastal Cleanup Day:

WHEN: 21st September 2019 International coastal clean up day TIME: 0830-1030 🌍🌊🐋
WHERE: 8am Registration at Glencairn hotel, Seaforth and millers point parking. The clean up will be Glencairn beach, Seaforth, Windmill, Frank’s bay, Fisherman’s Beaches and Miller’s Point.
WHAT: Beach clean for International Coastal Clean up day
PRICE: FREE

Bring a hat and gloves. Bags will be provided.

Source Credit: www.thesouthafrican.com

 

Enjoying the perfect sundowner involves a lot more than simply what’s in your glass. You need a view that could melt the ice in your glass, smells of salt and sea to make your mouth water, and the feel of late afternoon on your shoulders as the sun slips slowly behind a mountain or slides into the sea in a show of mango, peach and juicy lemon. We’ve picked five of Cape Town’s best spots to get your sundowner juices flowing this summer.  Enjoy!

#1 Cape to Cuba (Kalk Bay)

Kalk Bay, recently named one of the vibiest neighbourhoods in the world, is where the best of sexy Cape Town and sultry Cuba meet. The restaurant’s Cuban cool is thanks to authentic Cuban décor, its Cuban cigars on sale, and delicious Latino-inspired menu. No need to head off to Havana for a Cuban cocktail. Pop in to the Hemingway Bar, sip a cocktail in the sandbar, looking out across colourful Kalk Bay Harbour.

The restaurant’s atmosphere is super laidback and the cocktail menu extensive, with the old familiars as well as a selection you’ve probably never tried, like the chocolate cake mojito. If you’re feeling peckish, you can order a sharing platter, tapas or a pizza prepared in the outside pizza oven.

Cape to Cuba  |  Kalk Bay  | Mon to Sun 11am – 11pm

 

#2 The Red Herring (Noordhoek)

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The Red Herring is an institution amongst locals in Cape Town’s far-south peninsula. If you still have beach sand on your toes and you’re looking for a place to watch the sun go down, this is it.

The restaurant is famous for its homemade, thin-based pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and there is a selection of other dishes to choose from, from seafood and steak, to several vegetarian dishes and low carb options.

The courtyard area, decorated with mosaics and surrounded by indigenous milkwood trees, is the ideal place to wind down the day on a long couch, sipping locally brewed beer.

Head up to the sunset deck on the top floor. The deck has been constructed to give you a perfect view of the setting sun over Chapman’s Peak, across Noordhoek beach to Kommetjie lighthouse and on to Slangkop Mountain. If you’d planned to stop for a quick cocktail, now’s about the time you’ll want to reach for a menu.

The Red Herring  |  Noordhoek |  Mon to Sun 12 – 11:30pm

 

#3 The Lookout Deck (Hout Bay)

The Lookout Deck places you at the water’s edge overlooking Hout Bay’s harbour with views of local fisherman weighing in their catch of the day and Cape fur seals soaking up the last of the day’s rays. Watching the sun’s pyrotechnic display of tangerine and purple across Chapman’s Peak and the southern Atlantic Ocean is a truly unforgettable experience.

Unsurprisingly, the restaurant specialises in premier seafood, freshly caught line fish from Hout Bay’s local fisherman, live Cape rock lobster, succulent LM prawns, juicy black tiger prawns and fresh steamed black mussels. If you have a craving for sushi, then head to the deck where you’ll find the Sushi Bar to satisfy your carvings. Fancy chucked oysters and Champagne? Then the Oyster Bar has you covered. The drinks menu is extensive with everything from local and international beers, to a wine list honouring the Cape wine growing regions. And then there are sundowners and cocktails, of course.

The Lookout Deck  | Hout Bay  | Mon to Fri 10am – 10pm, Sat & Sun 9am – 10:30pm

 

#4  The Bungalow (Clifton)

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If you don’t think a day at the beach should compromise your quest for going five star all the way, then The Bungalow Restaurant & Lounge is the place to end off the day. You’re at the ocean’s edge – any closer and you’d be able to dip your toes in the cold Atlantic.

If you were to ask the restaurant to describe their décor, here’s what they’d say: “Imagine Donna Karan marooned on an island with nothing but a chandelier and an axe.”

At The Bungalow, how you sip your cocktail or where you choose to relax is up to you. You can curl up on a wide cushioned bench or get the best views from the sun drenched deck. It doesn’t matter which way you go, the vibe is cool and the view’s hot.

If you plan to pair your cocktail with some tasty cuisine, you can expect a selection of seafood and sushi, or beef Carpaccio, loads of vegetables, chunks of bread and piles of prawns. All prepared with a fresh chic spin.

The Bungalow  | Clifton  |  Mon to Fri 12 – 10pm

 

#5  The Grand Africa Café & Beach (Granger Bay)

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Does your idea of the ultimate sundowner experience include the sun on your shoulders, your bum on a plush seat and a waiter serving you thin-crust gourmet pizza and a tall cocktail? At The Grand Africa Café & Beach you get all this and then some.

This beach café, set on a private beach, extends all the way to the shoreline, and gives you magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. You’ll completely forget you’re in the heart of Cape Town’s social mile.

In an effort to deliver the very best sundowner experience, the Grand offers its patrons a choice of five bars, ocean view decks and nine private function venue areas. On-beach dining with tables and chairs on the sand gives you uninterrupted views of the cobalt blue sea lapping at confectioner’s sugar sand.

Grand Africa Café & Beach  |  Granger Bay |  Mon to Fri 12 – 11pm

 

Source Credit: secretcapetown.co.za

When it comes to the Cape’s Spring wild flower season, there’s good news and there’s not-so-good news. The not-so-good news about flower season is it’s never guaranteed: it’s all tied to the amount of rain and winds. If it rains a lot, it flowers a lot.

If there’s an oostewind, a warm wind from the interior, it dries out the daisies, says Rupert Koopman, CapeNature’s Resource Ecologist of Flora. You can never really predict it.

But right now there’s great news: we’re on track for an excellent flower show. And even if the wind blows, there is so much flower abundance from the bulbs, succulents and other Strandveld vegetation, you’ll still be entranced.

More good news: if you’re a late sleeper, this is your ideal travel trip – flowers are best seen in the afternoon sun, when they unfold fully and soak up as much sun as they can get.

FOUR WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE SPRING FLOWERS
The flowers are already in bloom: many are already out, and it will last until the end of October in some areas. There are many ways to experience them.

1. Every year thousands of people drive to see the flowers, but imagine tasting spring instead? You can learn about the medicinal properties of plants in a workshop, or taste fynbos on the tongue in the Company Gardens in Cape Town, and learn how to make flower tea. And doesn’t this sound magical? Making flower crowns and teas and cakes, then drinking botanical gins. Follow our link below for the full list. Why only witness spring when you can taste it.

2. There are flower festivals everywhere and this spring the flowers promise to be extra special. Every year Hopefield, Darling, Malmesbury, Elgin/Grabouw, Hermanus, Barrydale and more. The organisers and local farmers put a lot of effort and creativity into these annual shows. Pick one or two, and plan trips around them because every little town, every community has something to show.

3. You’ll find flowers blooming anywhere in the Greater Cape Floral Kingdom, which is from Port Elizabeth to Vanrhynsdorp. You don’t need to go far – Table Mountain National Park is a good site for flowers, as is Blaauwberg Nature Reserve – but you can also take a road trip up the West Coast to West Coast National Park and the Tankwa Karoo National Park or to the Namaqualand. We asked experts to guide us.

4. Seeing the flowers on foot with an expert guide or by yourself is probably the number one way to get the most out of flower season. We have one tour, plus two hikes to recommend. So why not try any one of these walking tours.

HERE ARE ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST FAQs REGARDING SOUTH AFRICA’S WILD FLOWER SEASON.

Where can I see spring flowers in the Cape Region?
Two of the best spring flower-viewing hotspots in the Cape Region are the Postberg section (only open from August to September) of the West Coast National Park and the western section of the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

When is the best time to view the spring flowers in the Cape Region?
Spring flower season in the Cape Region runs from the beginning of August to the end of September; though, both the West Coast and the Tankwa Karoo National Parks’ best viewing period is from the last two weeks of August until mid-September. Remember: don’t go bloom hunting on a cloudy afternoon, and wait until the sun’s high in the sky (between 10:30am and 3:30pm is best).

Can I join a spring flower tour or follow a spring flower trail?
While neither the West Coast National Park nor the Tankwa Karoo National Park offer formal tours, both have a number of self-drive routes available. It’s also possible to walk out in the veld in the Tankwa Karoo National Park, and in the West Coast National Park, there are two trails that give uber-passionate flower followers an opportunity to get an up-close look at the plant life (booking is essential for both hikes: +27 (0)22 707 9902). These are the Postberg two-day trail, and the Steenberg one-day trail.

Can I make a weekend of spring flower viewing?
Yes, do. Both parks have reasonably priced on-site accommodation. In particular, the Duinepos Chalets (+27(0)22 707 9900 or +27(0)83 704 7067) in the West Coast National Park – each has a fireplace to help weather the cool spring evenings – are perfectly situated to cater to those on the hunt for budding beauties. Similarly, Tankwa Karoo National Park’s units at Elandsberg Wilderness Camp (+27(0)27 341 1927) boast a crackling hearth as well as stunning views of the Karoo plains and the Roggeveld Escarpment. For something more curated, we recommend you book a weekend stay in a luxury West Coast guesthouse and spend the weekend learning about more than 1200 flower species in bloom.

 

Source credit: https://www.capetownmagazine.com

The 24th annual Cape Town Homemakers Expo is themed ‘Raw Comfort’ and features the latest in home, décor, design and lifestyle trends.

The event is a platform that connects home related artisans, manufacturers, specialists, and knowledgeable experts to home and lifestyle enthusiasts and buyers.

Show highlights include Interior Spaces, d’Vine Life, Truly Artisan, Outside, The Home | Tuis Theatre, the Concrete Workshop, the AV Emporium, and The Kitchen.

Room settings, bespoke décor, furniture, and fabrics, as well as handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, and leather goods, are showcased at the event. A range of patio furniture, tools and garden, and entertainment décor are also on display.

The Cape Town Homemakers Expo features a new area, The Kitchen, which offers a programme of demonstrations by well-known chefs, baristas and flaring barmen.

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Time: Thursday to Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 6pm
Cost: Adults R90 | Pensioners R70 | Kids under 16 free.

 

Book your stay at Mariner Guesthouse and enjoy this very exciting event!

 

Source Credit: www.whatsonincapetown.com

 

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