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The Forgotten Valley: Tesselaarsdal

Herman van Bon Photography

Hidden between the wine producing ‘Hemel en Aarde Vallei’ (Heaven and Earth Valley) and the Klein Rivier Mountains and only accessible by sloppy maintained back roads is one of the most beautiful valleys of the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. Unspoiled by tourism (so don’t ask me road directions) and others. Most people in de surrounding areas have heard (but never been) of ‘Tesselaarsdal’; the valley named after the Dutch settler Johannus Tesselaar.   The farming community of around 2000 people thrives mainly on sheep farming, olives,  and lavender. The village has one little shop for basic groceries and (it’s South Africa 😉 ) a liquor store with a wide variety of spirituals.

During my first visit I did not picture the village but just the landscape. One petty detail I need to mention: The source of the Klein Rivier is just outside the village, 5 km…

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Swim safely in the sea …


NSRI Rip currentThere is an excellent article titled “Beware of rip currents” on the NSRI website that is well worth reading and sharing.


Every year there is news of swimming accidents and tragedies over the holidays – a lot of previous incidents could have been avoided if people had know of some of the dangers or what to do.

Please share this information with family and friends, and especially visitors from inland areas who might not be aware of the dangers of swimming in the sea.

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A tourist’s images of Africa …


View from the dining carI recently met an Australian and his wife touring in South Africa. We were enjoying the train journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg on the Premier Classe at the beginning of June – we spoke about many things, but one of the things he was happy to take away from his African experience was the wonderful images he was able to capture during his time in the country.
He was fortunate enough to experience seeing all the big five on his first trip to South Africa – His images are wonderful and Robin Dodd was kind enough to share some of them with me and I pass them on to you to enjoy …

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