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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 16th century.  Many had skills, associated with the wine industry. Trails...

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 us did the middle one which was 24 kms through wonderful oak trees, then open fields and vineyards. We started on a single,...

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 fire with the dogs curled up at our feet. We slept in a brass and iron bed. After a delicious English breakfast at...

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