Cape Point Peninsula Tortoises

Cape Point Peninsula Angulate Tortoise
The weather is changing into autumn here on the Cape Point Peninsula, something that always seems to surprise us Capetonians. A decidedly chilly South Easter meant that our usually Saturday morning trip to Fish Hoek beach was replaced by a walk up the bridal track around Black Hill (above Glencairn- click this link for a guide to this walk). This is one of my favourite w...
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Shark Nets At Fish Hoek Beach

shark nets at Fish Hoek beach
I guess that it was inevitable that the negative publicity surrounding a recent shark attack would lead to shark nets at Fish Hoek beach. Tourism is in a general slump in the area which is inevitably having a knock effect for the rest of the economy. Certainly the portrayal of Fish Hoek beach as being a place that you will get eaten by a great white shark will not have h...
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Cape Point Peninsula Tortoises Under Threat

Poachers Now Targeting the Cape Point Tortoise Population I have received a most disturbing press release from the  Minister of Local Government,Environmental Affairs and Development Planning  (in full below). Apparently the humble tortoise is now the target of poachers. Luckily we live in a very busy, built up area so there are a lot more eyes and ears available than in rural...
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Chapmans Peak Toll Plaza and Office Complex Demonstration

I recently haven't had too much spare time to get involved in issues such as the Chapmans Peak Toll Plaza and Office complex, and only know as much as I have seen on the news, but it seems that the people of Cape Point Peninsula are very upset about the building of this development. Tyree Shannon has sent me some photographs of the demonstration held on 22nd January. As I...
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Air Jaws in Fish Hoek

Things have been a little busy with work so I havn't been out and about much recently, and I can't imagine that you would like an account of the inside of my workshop. With that in mind I have to admit that I wasn't there for what happened in this account, it is second hand information, but still, I wish I had seen it and I will probably spend the rest of my life watching out f...
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Shark Attack off Fish Hoek Beach

Shark Attack off Fish Hoek Beach
This morning there was a tragic Shark Attack off Fish Hoek Beach, at the Clovelly end,  and although at present facts are dependent on who you talk to it seems that this is going to have to go down to one of those things. All the reports that I have read point to the fact that the shark watch was in operation, that the correct flag was flying and that spotters were working ...
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Shark joins Fish Hoek Beach Heritage Day Fun

Early Summer for the Cape Point Peninsula What a glorious Heritage day weekend on the Cape Point Peninsula, perfect Saturday to light the coals and Sunday is set to be a scorcher! You can't go wrong! Being that it was a perfect day, and the missus wanted us out of the house, my daughter and I took the slow, and familiar walk down to Jaegers Walk in Fish Hoek. I was hoping t...
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NSRI issue shark warning for False Bay coastline

The NSRI have issued their annual shark warning for False Bay. Generally the sharks are in False Bay all year round but tend to stay in the deeper water, patrolling areas around Seal Island. Towards spring however the sharks can move inshore in larger numbers (you will always get the odd character patrolling inshore waters all year round). They are searching for fish and ray...
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Good News For Cape Point Peninsula Residents

Cape Point Peninsula
Introducing the Cape Point Peninsula Green Card There is some great news for the residents of the Cape Point peninsula from the Table Mountain National Parks, with the introduction of a new residents card- called The Green Card. This is essentially a Wild Card with a limited number of entries per year and is solely for the benefit of local people. Enjoy the beauty of Cape Poi...
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Nature on our doorstep- A day out at Cape Point

Close up of a Dassie at Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point Peninsula
Following my post last week about the birth of a Mountain Zebra in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, at Cape Point, we decided to take a family day out and see if we could find it. Despite knowing the general area that the herd was located we had no luck, however, it was a wildlife feast. A baboon encounter well before arriving at Cape Point After a recent trip to Durban ...
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