Shipwrecks in the Western Cape

Whenever the word “shipwreck” is mentioned, many of us immediately think of Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, two star-crossed lovers aboard a doomed ship, with Celine Dion’s dulcet voice screeching in the background about how her heart will go on. As much of a masterpiece as we all believed Titanic to have been (although watching it again almost 15 years later may really change your opinions on the matter,…

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Discovering Danger Point Lighthouse

Named by Bartholomeu Dias in 1488, Danger Point (so called because of the rocky seas known to steer ships off course and onto a path of peril) is home to one of South Africa’s most historical lighthouses. 1895, it was decided that this area of Gansbaai’s coastline was to have a lighthouse, placed there to guide ships safely to their destinations. These days, Gansbaai is a world famous great white…

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Fynbos Kingdom

Fynbos; the name given to a group of plants indigenous to South Africa, translates directly as “fine bush”. This fynbos group can be split into four subdivisions, namely geophytes, proteas, ericas and restios. These plants are an essential component of the country’s eco-system, as they provide food and shelter to many small animals, such as dassies and birds. However, as generous as they are in their multitude of uses, one…

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