The directions to Sutherland couldn’t be easier: take the N1 from Cape Town and turn left at Matjiesfontein. That’s it. Sheila, my Virgo companion, is convinced that there has to be more to a five-hour journey, so she invests in not one but two maps, neither of which is required. Sutherland is a dry, undeveloped town. The church steeple dominates the skyline and although there are several guest houses offering […]

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With only eight permanent residents, Stormsvlei in the Cape barely qualifies as a half-horse town, yet it has an international profile. Catherine Eden went to find out why it’s on the map. Motorists barrelling down the N2 tend to refuel at Riviersonderend and then push through to their weekend destinations, but if you’re in the vicinity at lunch time, it’s worth taking the Bonnievale/Stormsvlei turnoff, about 20km out of town, […]

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  Cape Town’s Whale Trail is a scenic wonder, but you’ll need more stamina and stouter walking shoes than Catherine Eden had . . .    My energetic neighbour was scandalised when I declined her invitation to join a party of women walking the five-day Whale Trail. ‘People fly to Cape Town from all over the world to do it,’ she told me sternly. ‘Do you know how rare it […]

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