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Into Kruger to see elephants, giraffes and other great wild life

We ended our South African adventure with a visit to Kruger National Park for a two day game drive. The first day, we saw a total of 29 creatures - exotic birds such as blue-purple...

Stellenbosch to Knysna with stops to see gardens, caves and ostriches

Stellenbosch is a lovely town with a first class university - one of the top four in South Africa. I got to wander into the campus and talk to students - one studying law,...

Falling in love with quiver trees from Springbok to Clanwilliam

From Springbok, we made our way south to Clanwilliam, stopping on the way to see a magnificent display of quiver trees and other native African plants at the Kokerboom Nursery. The nursery, now into its...

Oh no, Namaqualand has no flowers! This is a big disappointment

Namaqualand, one of the world’s top landscape wonders for majestic spring flower displays, is in the grip of the worst drought in 100 years. As a result, there are few, if any flowers. It is...

From Kirstenbosch to Namaqualand for more spectacular sights

My first visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town was five years ago. It was a fabulous visit and I got to see some spectacular plant specimens - protea, leucospermum, cycads and all...

Up Table Mountain for a sensational, panoramic, top of the world view

Our decision to go up Table Mountain has been in the balance for a few days because of fluctuating weather conditions. The sky needs to be totally blue without a cloud in it for a...

Down the Cape Peninsula to spectacular Cape of Good Hope

For our second day in South Africa, we first headed downtown to visit the Company Gardens in the heart of the city. This was a lovely way to start the day. I told everyone that...

South Africa garden tour begins in Cape Town

Sept 8 - Today, I am in South Africa to lead an exciting 14 day garden tour out of Cape Town with visits to Namaqualand, the Western Cape and Stellenbosch wine areas along the...

Garden Tour Reunion Party was a blast with lots of fun memories

The Garden Tours Reunion Party on Sept 2 - a celebration of the 22 garden tours I have led over the past nine years - was a big success. Eight-two people attended the event at...

How’s retirement? It’s about time and making the most of it

It’s been a few months since I stopped working at the Vancouver Sun after 38 years - although it was closer to 50 years in journalism as I started in newspapers in 1968 in...

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