Enjoy the last of the jacarandas with a walk through Westcliff

In Jacaranda season you have to ‘do’ the Westcliff steps

The Jacarandas are particularly beautiful this year

The Jacarandas are particularly beautiful this year Liz at Lancaster 


Speak to many Jozi-ites and you will hear a common refrain of how beautiful the leafy suburbs are at the moment.  Wonderful warm weather, luscious sparkling green gardens and parks, the white cotton- wool clouds scudding across high crystal blue skies that are so particular to the Highveld,  all make for a lighter spirit.

And perhaps because we haven’t had incessant rain storms and no severe wind or hail, the jacarandas are particularly splendid this year.

Westcliff stairs: a favourite training ground for Killi climbers

Westcliff stairs: a favourite training ground for Killi climbers Liz at Lancaster

On Sunday morning I walked with 2 friends, braving 3 sets of the stone steps in Westcliff.  While mere mortals like us puff and pant our way up at a slow steady pace, others scamper up and down in training for climbing Mount Killie [Kilamanjaro in Kenya]. We chatted to a young woman who had returned from climbing up to Machu Pichu.  To keep her fitness level up, she had just done a cool 8 sets up and down with a further 2 sets to go !


Looking over the purple canopies from Munro Drive north to Sandton

Looking over the purple canopies from Munro Drive north to Sandton Liz at Lancaster


Despite our rather more sedate ascent our reward was the view from the top of the steps. And if you want to get a really glorious view of the purple splashes over the Joburg’s northern Parks suburbs , take a drive up to the top of Munro Drive. There is probably a couple of weeks left before the jacaranda blossoms finally fade.

So my pick of the week is to get out there and climb to a vantage point where you can see their glorious display. It is so worth it !


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  1. Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Liz. I absolutely love all the photos of the Jacaranda trees. I am definitely going to make a point of walking the Westcliff steps soon.

  2. Lesley Mallows
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Beaut pics – no doubt someone else drew attention to fact that the first pic is sideways!
    Lol xxx

  3. Posted November 20, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    It’s weird. When I first loaded it was sideways, I managed to change it and it now shows the right way up on my screen. Computers have a mind of their own!

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