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Franschhoek Weekend

May 24, 2013

In whats becoming an annual pilgramage for Michelle & I, we hit Franschoek last weekend for the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Mich was more serious about the talks than me, but Franschoek is an awesome destination regardless of the excuse. Especially in Autumn!

Le Motte Wine Estate La Motte Wine Estate



Autumn in Franschoek Autumn in Franschoek


We worked out that for the past 12 years we’ve been living in Cape Town, the place we have gone away to most is Franschoek. Luckily, for the past few trips, we have found a stunning little log cabin to stay in at an awesome spot called Otter’s Bend Lodge.


Otter's Bend Log Cabin Otter’s Bend Log Cabin


At the top of Franschoek Pass is the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in which we’ve done many cool day hikes.


View from Mont Rochelle View from Mont Rochelle


The Franschoek Valley The Franschhoek Valley




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The trip so far:
Part 1
Part 2

Augrabies National park Augrabies in HDR


We had no fixed plans or itinerary (which we’re fast learning is the best way to travel) so we decided on the way home from Kgalagadi to stop over at Augrabies Falls National Park as it was only 28km off the N14.  I had only heard mediocre reports about Augrabies, but after visiting all I can say is that it is a landscape photographer’s Mecca!

Augrabies Falls


Quiver Trees Quiver Trees


More Augrabies HDR More Augrabies HDR


Augrabies Falls 2 Augrabies Falls


From a photographic point of view Augrabies was very HDR friendly. HDR – which stands for High Dynamic Range photography – involves taking 3 pics of each scene – 1 overexposed, 1 underexposed and 1 normal, and then sandwiching them in the post-processing. It is a new technique for me which I totally love and will be blogging about why I love it soon.

On the final leg home we stopped at another quirky little coffee shop cross succulent nursery just north of van Rhynsdorp. These obscure little places are so much more interesting to stop at than the Ultra City plastic. Highly recommended.


VanRhynsdorp Coffee shop View from Coffee Shop


And a final view of the Clan William Dam on the last day of the journey:

Clan William Dam Clan William Dam


And now back to the boring old task of paying the bills. I’m setting my countdown timer to the next trip right now.



KGALAGADI TRIP part 2 – Mata Mata, Nossob, Twee Rivieren

12 May 2013

So after 3 days into our journey we reached The Kgalagadi. You can see Part 1 of my photo essay here.   We spent 8 nights in the Park, and the game viewing was spectacular. Highlights included 7 separate lion sightings, one which was just after a kill.   We also had 4 separate Cheetah sightings, […]

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10 May 2013

Got back a few days ago from my Kgalagadi trip and although the Transfrontier Park itself was the focus of the trip, we always travel with the philosophy that the journey starts from home. We weren’t disappointed.   The 1st night we opted to stay at a reasonably priced private nature reserve in the Cedarberg […]

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My Rastafarian Insperience

1 November 2012

I was invited to go to an Extreme Sports movie festival this past weekend and joked that I couldn’t because I was going away for a weekend of extreme culture. Man, it didn’t disappoint. Nestled in the hills surrounding Knysna in the midst of the township – Khayalethu – is the largest Rastafarian community in […]

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