It is no coincidence that Alzette Mocke of Le Bonheur Croc Farm looks more like Beatrix Potter than Crocodile Dundee.

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Madelein Roets and Carine le Roux have what could be referred to as a “run-of-the-mill” occupation!

These two women, and their business partners, Adelle du Plessis and Pieter Venter, have turned a 90 year old mill in the Swartland into a successful function venue, restaurant, and art gallery.

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Father Time and Mother Nature joined forces to unite two trees from Van den Berg Garden Village in marriage on a fine summer’s day at Klein Joostenberg recently.

The unusual event took place on the lush lawns of Klein Joostenberg Bistro & Deli at Muldersvlei, and was witnessed by over 130 guests.

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Henk Nel and his twin brother, Frans, work as a team in Henk’s glass blowing studio at Backsberg Estate Cellars on the Klapmuts/Simondium Road. (Between Paarl and Franschhoek.)

The small studio is alive with all the vibrant colours of the rainbow in hand-blown glass art pieces, décor items and jewellery. No two items look alike and neither do the 28 year old brothers! (Henk has dark hair and brown eyes and Frans has fair hair and blue eyes.)

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There is a belief that if you kiss enough frogs, you will eventually find your prince. Many restaurants leave you disappointed after a visit. Out of pocket, out of patience, and out of Eno’s!!   The Lilly Pad restaurant at Anura Vineyards, between Paarl and Stellenbosch, however, is a prince of a find!

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"What is Clara Anna Fontein all about?" I asked Justin Basson, the owner of this beautiful private game reserve and country lodge which is situated just outside Durbanville, 20 minutes from Cape Town.

"Well, what do you think we are all about?" he countered.

I enthused on about the scenic setting of the farm, the game drives,  the largest free roaming herd of Wildebeest in Cape Town, the 5 function venues,  the team building events, the Tented Camp, the African Huts and popular film shoot location, the self-catering farm cottages and more.

As I spoke, I watched the light die in his eyes.  Clearly not the right answer!

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For over 300 years, the signal gun on Hooggelegen Farm has been sounding out across the Durbanville valley. It was originally part of a signal chain installed by the Dutch East India Company to call the Burgher Militia to defend the Cape.

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The N7, which peels off from the N1 just outside Cape Town, is a busy road with trucks and cars speeding along in a great hurry.   Just a kilometre or so past the Durbanville, Visserhok turn-off, about 20 minutes drive from the V&A Waterfront, a sign board for The Ostrich Ranch points up Van Schoorsdrift Road, a quiet gum tree lined avenue. 

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