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Franschhoek only 50 minutes from St James/Kalk Bay

Franschhoek only 50 minutes from St James/Kalk Bay

On Saturday we decided to spend the sunny winter’s day in Franschhoek. It is an easy drive from Kalk Bay, along the coast with the waves breaking next to the road. Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture.  57 Huguenot families settled in the valley in the […]

Oak Valley Mountain Bike Ride

Oak Valley Mountain Bike Ride

One of the most spectacular rides I’ve done was the day the Foresters’ cycle group met at 8 am to cycle the Oak Valley track. This beautiful ride on the Oak Valley Estate, a wine farm near Elgin, is only 75 minutes’ drive from Kalk Bay. There are 3 grades of track and most of […]

Tulbagh village is 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town

Tulbagh village is 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town

Tulbagh is a village at the end of the road.   We enjoyed a wonderful stay on a farm Schalkenbosch. We cycled into Tulbagh. At the Tulbagh Hotel we met the owner who gave us a map of cycle routes. We plan to return to look for more routes in the nature reserve near the station.

Mountain bike ride in Constantia

Mountain bike ride in Constantia

One of my favourite activities close to Kalk Bay is my weekly mountain bike ride with the Tuesday Tribe in the Constantia valley, between 5 wine farms, oak trees and the Tokai forest. There are green belts with trails between the beautiful houses. My daughter from London enjoys the rides too. The trees are being […]

Cycling the Constantia Valley Winelands

Another perfect summer’s day dawned.  With the sun rising over False Bay, I loaded my bike onto the car to take a 10 minute drive to meet my friends in Constantia Valley. We decided at 7 am to cycle through the wine farms.  Out first call was at Groot Constantia (Great Constantia). Beautiful and of […]

Cycling in Tulbagh valley

Cycling in Tulbagh valley

Last weekend, Jon and I drove in the Volvo to Montpellier to stay in a simple cottage in the vineyard. It was so pretty with the autumn coloured red and gold vines in front of the cottage and surrounded by mountains. We dined on my babotie, yellow rice and salad in front of the log […]