Big Bay Beach – Cape Town

Big Bay beach is quite close to Blouberg Beach.  It is a long stretch of beach to the right, which makes it perfect for walking the dogs and having the kids run around.  To the left of Big Bay Beach you will find Small Bay Beach.  These two beaches are very popular amongst surfers, kite surfers, paddle boarders, families walking dogs and kids playing in the water.  When it’s windy in Big Bay, it’s very windy, so it’s best to go when it’s a lovely summers or winters day with no wind.  The kite and wind surfers will fill up the water when the wind pick up.  Mostly you’ll find the surfers in the water early morning before it’s too windy and the waves are still good, but once the wind picks up you’ll see the surfers coming out of the water and being replaced by wind and kite surfers.

It’s the perfect beach should you want to take your dogs for a long walk.  This is one of the view dog friendly dogs where you can take your dog(s) for a walk at any time during the day and year.  Most dogs on this beach are socialised and play with each other.

You will also find loads of children running around on this beach playing cricket, soccer or beach tennis and learning to surf and doing some body boarding.  This is really the perfect family beach.  The only important thing to know is that the water is very cold and it’s advisable to wear a wetsuit when surfing, kite surfing or wind surfing.

Just off the beach, on the beach front you will find Eden on the Bay, which is a lovely little shopping centre with loads of nice restaurants and some surf shops.  The surf shops here also offer surfing lessons and you can hire a wetsuit and surf board, so you don’t have to go out and buy everything in order to go for surfing lessons.  If you are anything like me, first try it out and see whether you enjoy it before heading out and spending loads of money on a surfboard and wetsuit just to discover you might not enjoy it that much.  You can also hire SUP (stand up paddle boards), so if you are a surfer but the waves calmed down too much for your liking, you can always hire a paddle board and try that out for some fun.

On beautiful and clear days you will have a stunning view of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head as well as Robben Island which is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 km west of the coast of BloubergstrandCape Town, South Africa. The name is Dutch for “seal island”. Robben Island is roughly oval in shape, 3.3 km long north-south, and 1.9 km wide, with an area of 5.07 km².  It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. The island is composed of Precambrian metamorphic rocks belonging to the Malmesbury Group. Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheidKgalema Motlanthe, who also served as President of South Africa, spent 10 years on Robben Island as a political prisoner, as did current president Jacob Zuma.  There are daily tours to Robben Island which will take you to the museum and give you a more indepth history of the island.  You can go to http://www.robben-island.org.za/ to learn more about the tours on offer.ImageLoads of kite surfers here.  You will see they come out by the dozens as soon as the wind picks up a little bitImageWind surfers also enjoy the waves at Big BayImageYou will find the water filled with surfers, kite surfers and wind surfers when there’s wind and still good wavesImageBeautiful view of Table Mountain and Lion’s HeadImageThis beautiful couple asked me to photograph them and they ended up printing this photo on Canvas and put it up in their bedroom.ImageLoads of guys on the beach selling ice cream, perfect for those warm summer’s days.  Kids love running around with their ice creams.ImageSo many surfers on this beachImageImageThere is a surfing school at the centre “Eden on the Bay” by the beach front and they teach young and old to surf.  I believe that no one is to old to learn how to surf.  Definitely something on my bucket list.ImageOn clear days like this, you will have a beautiful view of Robben IslandImageDogs love playing in the water and running around at Big Bay – one of the last few dog friendly beaches in Cape TownImageImageEven crazy Harper is allowed on the beach and plays with everything and anything.  He absolutely loves the beach and playing in the water.ImageImageEven little kids enjoy surfing hereImageImageYou will even find some paddleskis at Big BayImageImageImage

Newlands Forest – Cape Town

Newlands Forest is a conservancy area on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, beside the suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. It is owned and maintained by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, and includes a Fire Station, Nursery and Reservoir.

The forest itself is a popular walking and jogging destination, close and easily accessible from the city’s southern suburbs. Due to its location on the mountain slopes, there are impressive views eastward over the Cape Flats.

Newlands Forest is just off the M3 in Cape Town.  It’s a beautiful forest nestled in the hustle and bustle of city life.  So if you feel like getting away from the busy city life, whether it’s going for a nice family walk, trail running, hiking or taking the dogs for a run or walk, this is the perfect place.  There are loads of pathways, so you can choose whether you want to be adventurous and explore all the little rivers and bridges or whether you just wanted to get the dogs out of the house for a nice afternoon out.  It is imperative to take poo bags with you and to clean up after your dog.  The forest is full of doggie poo bins to make it easy for you to dispose of the bag with poo.  ImageAbandoned old building – beautiful for photosImage

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ImageLooks like an old broken down shed in the middle of the forestImageDoggie Poo Bin – this is the place to dispose of your dog’s pooImageWhat looks like parts of a broken down shed, full of GrafitiImageSigns are up in the Forest to remind dog owners to have their dogs on their leashes and to pick up their poo.ImageOne of many little streams and rivers in Newlands ForestImageEven Scruffy enjoyed a nice walk in the ForestImage

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Newlands Forest is suitable to walk and sit somewhere and have a picnic.  The scenery is beautiful, it’s quiet and serene.  The perfect break away from the rush of every day life.

Woefie Wandel – SPCA Cape of Good Hope Fundraising Event

On Sunday, 24 March 2013 approximately 1200 people arrived with their tail wagging friends at D’Aria Wine Estate in Durbanville to partake in the annual Woefie Wandel.  There was approximately 971 dogs who participated in the Woefie Wandel and was taken on a beautiful scenic walk by their owners and families.  The SPCA organised the annual event in order to raise funds against Animal Cruelty and together with generous sponsorships from PURINA and MySchool/MyPlanet, they raised an astounding R176 000 for the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA.

There were families from all sizes with all kinds of dogs of all sizes and breeds.  The Woefie Wandel is a wonderful day out for families and dog lovers and the dogs love this outing just as much.  There was two distances, a 2km walk for families with prams, small children and elderly dogs and then the 4km walk with a beautiful scenic route through the Wine lands.

It is such a great cause and after the walk, many people stayed on to enjoy wine and delicious eats while their dogs cooled off in the numerous water baths specially provided for the delight of the furry participants.

All owners and dogs had such a great time and what a great cause to get your dog out of the house and to walk along with many others.  Definitely a worthy cause to support.

Below you will see multiple dogs, big dogs, dressed up dogs and really dogs to suit every family!

If you would like to donate money or just a little something to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, please follow the following link: http://www.spca-ct.co.za/

You can even adopt a pet, if you are looking at expanding your family.

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