And whilst savouring good coffee, peace was made with the fact that we soon had to say goodbye, until another time, to this grand wilderness - the Groot Winterhoek.
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A young female Klipspringer pauses on the rocky ridge, listening and watching cautiously before bouncing off down the mountainside.
Table Mountain forest scene on a wet and moody day.
I followed individuals of the harvesting team around the Muscat vineyard block, adjacent to the historic old Groot Constantia gates, observing just how delicately they handled each bunch...looking for the perfect grapes.
Hike to the summit of the iconic Simonsberg in the Cape Winelands!
How has the Twelve Apostles range of Table Mountain changed over the past year and a bit since the big fire of October 2017?
As expected the mountain is looking spectacular and a new wave of colour has hit these parts.
Dominant species across the spine include Cape Anemone, Star-eyed Aristea and the striking Witmagriet. In damp areas you'll find Bulbinella nutans and Sterretjies in abundance. A seriously impressive sight.
The silver hairs on the leaves of young Conebushes, standing just about 10 cm high, shimmered in the gentle sunlight. Vibrant yellow Spiloxene littered the damp plateau, with a splash of purple and white from flowering Romulea and Cape Anemone.
At our somewhat sheltered lunch spot a Klipspringer kept its eye on us while we enjoyed multiple cups of tea that got cold faster than you could sip it finished.
The regeneration up on the Apostles Spine is remarkable! Well, although it is rather expected, one can still get excited when thinking back 8 months when the area was a typical post-fire moonscape.
Immediately the blue of Aristea capitata caught the eye in among the intense greens on the south facing slopes where recovery is incredibly fast.
These slopes are rocky and steep, but slowly the vegetation is reestablishing itself.
The striking yellow inflorescence of Bobartia indica is unmissable as these tall Irises flower abundantly across the burnt slopes of the southern Twelve Apostles.
Watsonia tabularis is in flower and it is an absolutely spectacular display up on the Apostles spine. These geophytes (of the Iris family) thrive after fire.
The Fire Lilies had finished blooming, but the emergence of Watsonia tabularis ensured that there were still splashes of orange on the mountain slopes.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Fire Lily blooms along the 12 Apostles!
The contrast between burnt fynbos and unburnt forest is striking...and was expected!
After 5 days of burning the Twelve Apostles Fire finally abated.
The fire line crept closer to Hout Bay on the second night of burning.
A fire breaks out on the lower slopes of Table Mountain's Twelve Apostles range...
Bird watching, spring time wildflowers and a wonderful short nature trail make for the perfect weekend away!
After winter rains Namaqualand explodes into colourful displays of wildflowers!
Celebrating 333 years of wine heritage at Groot Constantia!
From Roosterkoeks to game drives, the West Coast has it all!
A mini portfolio of my adventures through work and play in December 2017.
Snow covered sidewalks, cozy fireplace & a steaming cortado!
!Khwa ttu is a must experience when travelling the Cape West Coast region, pop in!
Spend a day exploring absolutely breathtaking trails in pristine mountains at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.
A work trip took me to London where I managed to squeeze in a little city exploring at the end.
One of the most picturesque day hikes to do in the Western Cape!
A selection of 10 fantastic mountain trails in the Cape!
The incredible natural phenomenon occurs in specific conditions.
Story behind the "Snowfall on Table Mountain" video which went viral!
Chapman's Peak features as a must do hike!
Justin Hawthorne is interviewed by Pippa Hudson of CapeTalk radio, talking adventurous hikes!
A great weekend awaits in the Cederberg!
Route Guide to one of the Cederberg's most iconic rock formations!
Seeing Cape Town from the air!
This winter, explore Kirstenbosch at sunrise and stroll the Tree Canopy Walkway during golden hour!
My TOP 10 highlights at the finest garden on Earth!
Walking Amsterdam in search of their best coffee!
An adventurous ascent of Table Mountain via a classic scramble!
Hiking Mt Pulag in the Philippines!
Satyrium coriifolium is a real late-winter treat in the southwestern Cape of South Africa.
Hiking to snow-capped mountain peaks in the Western Cape of South Africa!
Does it really snow on Table Mountain in Cape Town? Yes! Yes it does!
A Cape gannet, its piercing blue eyes unmistakable, swoops in, causing a raucous, in some degree of organised chaos.