Category Archives: Outdoors and wild-life

Not long before the streets of Joburg’s Parks region are covered in canopies of purple

Yes .. it’s jacaranda time again and already some of the trees along the streets of the older suburbs of the Joburg have a purplish tinge to them.   My weekly walks in Westcliff  offer glorious views from the top of the famous ‘Westcliff steps’,  so loved by mountaineers training for climbing ‘Killi’.   (My aspirations are […]

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Activities and events thin on the ground at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

It’s really sad that there are so few events and no guided tours at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, or if there are, they aren’t advertised.   Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town has a very active programme of guided walks but there aren’t any at Walter Sisulu.  Also the two upcoming concerts at Walter Sisulu indicate that […]

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Brave the evening chill and check out the winter solstice sky

For the next two weeks Mercury can be easily seen in our skies. Very early this evening, there’ll be a line up in the west of the 3 bright stars: Canopus (on the left), Sirius and Procyon; then the new crescent moon and to the right of that Mercury – very easy to see!  Over […]

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Do you know where Delta Park gets its name from?

Delta Park, 104 hectares of open park land, is just 5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster. The area now known as Delta Park was part of the  farm Klipfontein in the 19th Century. In 1902 it became a grazing area for cows as part of William Rattray’s estate.   Delta Park as we now know it, […]

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Celebrate the warm summer weather by getting out of Joburg for the day

So much to do over weekends in Joburg: Why not head out to Toadbury Hall in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Toadbury Hall offers specially packed picnic baskets to enjoy outdoors under a shady tree or in the warm sunshine. The menu changes with the seasons and includes a range of handmade snacks, […]

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