Author: Nanje Lourens

I am from Somerset West and just finished my Postgraduate Diploma in Translation at Stellenbosch University. I love travelling, camping, reading, the Afrikaans language and singing in my car when no one can hear me. My biggest dream is to explore the English countryside and to visit a Scottish castle. And lastly, I have a lot of time for my family, my friends and my cat.

Fun-filled Family Outings in Somerset West

by Nanje Lourens on 11 January 2018

Somerset West is probably best known for being home to Vergelegen ─ one of South Africa’s oldest and most renowned wine estates. However, there is so much more to this town. With the towering Hottentots Holland mountain range, excellent views over False Bay in the distance, and the Mother City only a short drive away, … Continue reading “Fun-filled Family Outings in Somerset West”

Spring Festival 2017: Discover the Magic of Magoebaskloof

by Nanje Lourens on 14 September 2017

Spring has officially sprung and what better way to celebrate the beautiful blossoms than with a fun-filled festival! Thanks to a creative collaboration between the garden club and other clever locals, the annual Spring Festival was born to celebrate the joys of spring while showcasing local produce, foods, arts and crafts. Although this is a … Continue reading “Spring Festival 2017: Discover the Magic of Magoebaskloof”

A Throwback to Last Year’s Wildflower Season

by Nanje Lourens on 3 August 2017

If it’s August already, it means the wildflower season is officially upon us. Around this time of year, the first wild flowers start to show off in the Northern Cape in Namaqualand, then spread southwards through Nieuwoudtville until they reach the West Coast at the end of August. Although this year’s flower season seems to … Continue reading “A Throwback to Last Year’s Wildflower Season”

The Why and Where of Private Game Reserve Getaways

by Nanje Lourens on 8 June 2017

It’s June, which means winter is officially upon us. I don’t know whether it’s the chilly weather or the drive to work in the dark, but this time of year I tend to long for the holidays of my childhood where we would wake up extra early to be the first ones out of the … Continue reading “The Why and Where of Private Game Reserve Getaways”

Explore these lesser known South African caves

by Nanje Lourens on 23 March 2017

There is just something about caves. When I see one in the side of a mountain, I can’t help but wonder what it looks like inside ─ Are there animals residing inside it? Did people ever live there? Are there any traces of their presence? If you are half as interested in caves as I … Continue reading “Explore these lesser known South African caves”