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29 Sep

A New Stanford Market Takes Shape

A New Stanford Market Takes Shape …and that shape is Square. Stanford, known for its historic architecture, meandering river and impressive collection of antique, second hand and vintage stores is now adding another attraction – a brand new market which may well put Stanford on the map as the “village of markets”. Launching on 01 October is the Stanford Square Market where locals and visitors alike can look forward to an “Eclectic array of stalls including food, thrifting, handmade, cosmetics and craft beverages” says Susan Brent, owner of Journey – a boutique clothing...

29 Sep

Taking South African Slow Food to the World

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kleinmond resident chef Gregory Henderson recently visited Italy to represent South Africa at the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2022.  Terra Madre translates to Mother Earth and this festival is the largest international event dedicated to good, clean, and fair food and to food politics.  It is part of a series of initiatives showcasing positive models for transformation of our food systems.  About 30 000 people gathered in Turin Italy to share sustainable food and wine practices.  Gregory was part of 20 South African delegates and the only Western Cape...

23 Sep

It’s time to take a trip to the Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus

Tourism month has opened our minds to many tourist attractions in our own country and across the globe. Whale watching is a popular activity in Hermanus, a small town rich in ‘sea culture’; the Old Harbour Museum, is where you can experience whale spotting with the world-famous Whale Crier and walk along the cliff path to look at the art installations. “The Old Harbour Museum is a treasure trove of wonderful facts and interactive exhibits about whales. The Museum was assisted with funding from the Department of Economic Development and...

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19 Sep

Tourism Tour: A whale of a time in Hermanus

Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, had the pleasure of being joined by the Executive Deputy Mayor for Overstrand Municipality, Lindile Ntsabo, for a tour of the Old Harbour Museum, some whale spotting with the world-famous Whale Crier and a walk along the cliff path to look at the art installations, in Hermanus. “The Old Harbour Museum is a treasure trove of wonderful facts and interactive exhibits about whales. The Museum was assisted with funding from the Department of Economic development and Tourism to upgrade exhibitions which include a...

14 Sep

Bredell highlights CapeNature’s role in support of Tourism Month with Stony Point visit.

Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning visited CapeNature’s Stony Point Reserve outside Betty’s Bay today. “September is recognised as Tourism Month, and I want to invite people to find their way to one of the fantastic CapeNature reserves in the Western Cape where nature combined with tourism offers the perfect escape,” Bredell said. Bredell was briefed on the conservation work CapeNature is doing with a colony of the endangered African penguin who now resides in the historic Waaygat Whaling Station. “In the past, nature...

5 Sep

Grootbos fynbos celebrated in Tourism Month

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s Michael Lutzeyer has a way of constantly imagining new concepts to improve the offering of the luxury lodge situated between Stanford and Gansbaai. Michael’s latest idea had all and sundry scrambling for an explanation of the word “florilegium” which translates directly to “the gathering of flowers”. The Grootbos Florilegium opened on 2 September 2022 with a collection of fynbos illustrations as a first of its kind for Africa. The Grootbos team worked under the direction of Betty’s Bay resident Vicki Thomas and the project took about four...

5 Sep

Flower Power: The Grootbos Florilegium Project, Visi Magazine April 2022

Sean Privett is the conservation director for the Grootbos Foundation and, along with resident botanical artist Chris Lochner and project leader Vicki Thomas, immersed each of the artists contributing to the new florilegium there in the diverse ecology of the local biome in preparation for their work. “I did a presentation for all of the artists, as a background story on Grootbos and the research and conservation we’re doing here. For many of them, it was quite mind-blowing,” Sean says, reminiscing about the start of the florilegium project back in...

29 Aug

Stanford puik plek om te besoek

Hermanus Times 17 August 2022 Dit is ‘n dorpie wat almal bekoor en ook vir menige toeris een van hul gunsteling bestemmings is.  Waar om te eet in Stanford? Birkenhead Brewery | Walkerbay Estate Tel 028 341 0183 Campbells Café Tel 065 626 5456 Ou Meul Bakery & Café Tel 028 341 0101 Searles Garagiste Tel 076 485 9343 Stanford Hills Tel 072 639 6135 Table 13 village pub & eatery Tel 084 827 5658 Union Grocery & Eatery Tel 082 818 0794 Zesty Lemon Tel 028 341 0647 / 072 412 6017 ...

29 Aug

Whale of a time in Overberg

Hermanus Times 17 August 2022 According to whale watchers this year is a spectacular season, and the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit agrees with this.  On 2 August, the MRI conducted their first aerial survey to count southern right whales between Hermanus and Witsand.  Along this stretch of coast, they counted a total of 248 females with calves and 40 adults without a calf. Of these, 60% (155 females with calves) were at the De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve, mainly around Koppie Alleen. In Walker Bay they counted 20 females with...