Tag Archives: South Africa

West Coast Winter – South Africa


Mykonos mayhem (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mykonos Yacht Club (photo – worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo - worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo – worklondonstyle)

Early Spring flowers in Laaiplek. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Early Namaqualand Daisies in Laaiplek. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo - worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo – worklondonstyle)

'Die Hel' Strandfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

‘Die Hel’ Strandfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Water Wise a Gardening in Doringbaai(photo - worklondonstyle)

Water-wise Gardening in Doringbaai (photo – worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo – worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland's Mykonos (photo - worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland’s Mykonos (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo – worklondonstyle)

Churchhaven – West Coast National Park South Africa


On the drive to Kraalbaai, part of the Langebaan Lagoon, you pass a signpost for Joanne’s Beach Cottage. This is the entrance to the sanctuary that is Churchhaven; a hidden, beautiful little fishing village with white washed fisherman’s and restored holiday cottages.

The lagoon is one of only three in the world that is fed by the sea and not by a river. (photo - Hendrika Blignaut)

The lagoon is one of only three in the world that is fed by the sea and not by a river. (photo – Hendrika Blignaut)

The Flamingoes at Churchhaven are protected birds. Joanne’s Beach Cottage is a fully equipped self-catering cottage near Churchhaven within walking distance of the lagoon.

The signpost to the hidden village of Churchhaven.

The signpost to the hidden village of Churchhaven. (photo-worklondonstyle)

The village is just outside Postberg Flower Reserve, a part of the park that is only open between August and September. Only 120km outside of Cape Town on the R27 it provides a beautiful glimpse of the magnificent Namaqualand spring flowers. Daily guided walks depart from Abrahamskraal Waterhole at 10am and 1pm.

Churchhaven (photo-worklondonstyle)

Churchhaven (photo-worklondonstyle)

The area forms part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) designated by UNESCO in 2000.

The unspoilt lagoon teems with wildlife.

The unspoilt lagoon teems with wildlife.

Only descendants of the original inhabitants of Churchhaven are allowed to own property here. It does not appear on the official map of the West Coast National Park. This adds to its desolation, mystery and beauty.

Churchhaven is a holiday destination to the chosen few descendants of the original inhabitants.

Churchhaven is a holiday destination to the chosen few descendants of the original inhabitants.

More information on the West Coast National Park is available at http://www.sanparks.org.

Blue Sky Thinking – Enjoying South African Hospitality


Early Morning  - Langebaan Lagoon

Early Morning – Langebaan Lagoon

Fun Friends - Steve Hofmeyr

Fun Friends – Steve Hofmeyr

Getting There Is Half The Fun.

Getting There Is Half The Fun.

Blue

Blue

Jacobsbaai - Wilde Magrietjie

Jacobsbaai – Wilde Magrietjie

Winelands Marathon – Making A Run For It!


It was a last minute decision to take part. It would be the 36th Winelands Marathon and the 16th Half Marathon. It would be a difficult and hilly route, undulating through the vineyards and strawberry farms of Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape of South Africa. One international phone call later my plane ticket and place were booked for the race. I am a keen walker but had not done any running in my London lifestyle in the past few years. It sounded like fun.

Winelands Marathon Stellenbosch (photo Runner's World)

Winelands Marathon Stellenbosch (photo Runner’s World)

The race serves as official qualifier for the 2014 Comrades and Two Oceans marathons. The cut off time for the marathon is 5h30 and 3h30 for the half marathon. There would be medals for all finishers.

The Langebaan West Coast team consisting of myself, my sister and her running partner Shoneen.

The Langebaan West Coast team consisting of myself, my sister and her running partner Shoneen.

The route started in rain near my old Alma Mater, Bloemhof Girls’ High and crossed the Eerste river taking us down towards the Strand and Somerset West. So far so good. Then we hit the gravel stretch. The road turned up towards the mountain, with the next 7 km a corrugated, muddy gravel road.

Happy, but exhausted medal winner. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Happy, but exhausted medal winner. (photo-worklondonstyle)

From here it was almost all down hill. I finished in a respectable well under 3 hour time, just ahead of my team mates, which enabled me to grab a West Coast Team photo finish.

Bravehearts-Hendrika and Shoneen

Bravehearts-Hendrika and Shoneen

Langebaan Running Club. West coast marathon taking place 15 March 2014. Entries open December 2013 at Weskusmaratjon.co.za. (Photo worklondonstyle)

Langebaan Running Club.
West coast marathon taking place 15 March 2014. Entries open December 2013 at Weskusmarathon.co.za. (Photo worklondonstyle)