Your Correspondent



  As a South African, and long time sufferer of cons, tricks, scams and so forth, I like to think of myself as at least a little streetwise. Well pride comes before a fall, and I would like to warn fellow Capetonians and anyone planning on driving our roads of […]

How to avoid getting scammed in Cape Town #1 : ...




It was Sarah’s Birthday this weekend so we decided to try and go to Ratanga Junction for some gut churning and bad pizza, but unfortunately it was closed due to the weather..(it was bright sunshine) This does not bode well for the future of Ratanga Junction, seeing as we are […]

Ice Skating at Grand West Casino, Cape Town


It looks like we are in for a frosty winter. With snow in Soweto?!? and on the peaks in the Drakensberg and Ceres. The nights in winter here can be chilly to say the least, and subzero temperatures are not uncommon. The days however can be lovely, today being such […]

Surf Breaks: Winter’s here bring your surfboard!


The path to the spot starts and the Kaaimans river estuary, where you scramble (with cooler boxes full of beer, bait, rods etc) up the embankment and on to the now defunct Outeniqua choo-Tjoe railway tracks, along the tracks for about a Kilometre, through the now pitch dark tunnel and […]

Fishing in Wilderness: Part 2



We had decided beforehand that this was primarily going to be a fishing getaway. The Indian ocean coastline along the garden route is particularly rich in fish, although not as many species as further (and warmer) north. Elf (Shad), Kob and Bream are bountiful here. Fishing, for my part anyway, […]

Fishing in Wilderness: Part 1



This weekend (well Friday-Tuesday) we are driving up to Wilderness for a little break away. We intend to do as much or as little as we feel like, but on the cards are some fishing (perhaps in my new little inflatable), some surfing and maybe even some golf. There will […]

Into the Wilderness: The heart of the garden route.



We came back to the Kalk bay/Simon’s town area on Monday to have another crack at the Olympia cafe, which was fuller than a minibus, and to fetch Sarah’s cell phone from the kind gent that found it under our table at “Skebangers” in Noordhoek. Who says there is no […]

Kalk Bay and Cape to Cuba restaurant.