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Houw Hoek Farm Stall

The Houw Hoek Farm Stall is all to easy to fly past as it sits in a fairly tight bend on the N2 as it heads through the Houw Hoek Pass and down to the Overberg.

There is a wine shop that features an impressive range of all the local wines from Elgin and other surrounding areas. There is also a coffee shop. (more…)

Prince Alfred’s Pass

The Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge takes the brave from Uniondale in the Karoo to Knysna on the Coast. Its an epic journey. It is also the same epic journey that the characters in Dalene Matthee’s book, “Fiela se Kind”, make on foot.

The pass starts at Avontuur with Knysna or Plettenberg Bay your destination on the coast, passing over the Langkloof Mountains.

It is listed as being 80,5 km, making  it the longest mountain pass in South Africa as well as being the second oldest unaltered pass (more…)

Tanagra Wine & Guest Farm

Tanagra is a boutique wine cellar and forms part of the Robertson Wine Route and Route 62.

Facebook: Tanagra-Wine-Guestfarm

Tanagra was one of the first things we noticed as we approached McGregor on our Boesmanskloof Trail hike weekend. We were on our way to Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary when we passed it and I made a mental note to pop in to the upmarket looking estate afterwards.

I absolutely love their “Heavenly Chaos: a Merlot blended (more…)


We were lucky enough to visit the KykNET Outdoor Expo and got to saw some pretty cool outdoor stuff. This set of Braai-Jacks “clip on feet for braai grids” were being demo’ed by the manufacturers.



These metal legs clip simply onto your braai grid allowing it to stand above the ground over the coals without having to balance the grid precariously on assorted stones and or half-bricks.

“But you already have a Bri-pod that does that even more effectively, so why buy these” you ask? OK so I (more…)

LK Dop Stok

The LK Dop Stok is one of those massively simple entirely successful solutions to a global problem: where to put your bottle of beer when you are in the outdoors.

Coffee mugs in the LK Dop-Stok

Coffee mugs in the LK Dop-Stok

We used ours for the first time this weekend and it won Camping Gizmo of the Weekend Award! Simply press the metal stake into the ground and you instantly have place to put two beer cans / bottles / soda tins / mugs / glasses etc.

Another one of those (more…)

Nalgene Easy Sipper

So I really like my Nalgene 32 Ounce Wide Mouth canteen, mainly as it is easy to fill with big ice cubes as well as easy to clean. Some people may be put off by drinking from such a wide opening though, and admittedly there is an increased opportunity for spillage.

Nalgene Easy Sipper

Nalgene Easy Sipper

Enter the Nalgene Easy Sipper Drink cap. Designed specifically for the Nalgene 32 Ounce Wide Mouth canteen, the Sipper clips easily into the (more…)



I have a multitude of running packs and belts, mainly for hydration. But often I am off on a short road run and I just need a few essentials, and not all of my running shorts have pockets. Enter the CAPESTORM Stash Pack! […]

TRAIL 48 LED Tent Light

TRAIL 48 LED Tent Light

This handy LED light looks a bit like a shower head – and clips to your tent roof and showers you with light!

TRAIL 48 LED Tent Light

It has 2 modes allowing either all 48 or only 24 of the LEDs to be on. It has a simple carabiner-style clip for hanging […]

parkrun Big Bay

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parkrun Big Bay is our home parkrun so you will excuse me for being a little biased!

Website: Facebook: Twitter: @bigbayparkrun

I have run the Green Point and George parkruns and encourage you to try them all too — its heaps of fun experiencing other courses and realising just how widespread […]

Harkerville Blue Route

Pick ‘n’ Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna MTB Tour 2013

A quick outing on the Blue Route and all the Harkerville MTB routes are in the bag!

Where: Garden of Eden on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Distance: 10km Difficulty: Cost: R38 permit from SANParks