September is officially here and with it comes the beginning of spring (although, as Capetonians, we know never to trust that winter is over until at least November). However for the glorious days to come we have compiled a list of five things to do outside on the greater Tygerberg area. Enjoy!

  1. Hiking in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve: Hiking is a great activity for spring because the heat has not yet arrived. The Tygerberg Nature Reserve is comprised of 309 hectares. The reserve is home to the critically endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld and a spring visit will be rewarded with an abundance of flowers. There are eight trails within the reserve all ranging between easy and moderate difficulty. Pack a picnic, bring the kids and have fun spotting the 137 species of birds and the occasional rodent. Don’t forget to bring some cash to pay the conservation fee (R12 for adults and R6 for children, pensioners and students.)
Photo courtesy of  CapeTownMagazine.com

Photo courtesy of CapeTownMagazine.com

  1. Visiting the Happy Gardener Play Park at Stodels: This outing is great for the whole family. The children will have a wonderful time on the trampolines, in the sandpit and playing with the farm animals. The Play Park boasts bunnies, goats, piglets and even tortoises. The grownups can join in (why not?) or take a seat on the restaurant deck and keep an eye on the activities below. Enjoy a meal, have some fun and pick up a few plants while having a great day out in the sun.
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Photograph courtesy of www.sa-venues.com

  1. Take a whizz around the Cool Runnings toboggan track: This is the only toboggan track in Africa and it is seriously fun. You can regulate your speed but the adrenaline junkies out there need not worry. You can reach speeds of up to 40km/h around the 17 corners, S-bends and through the tunnel. Enjoy some sunshine and speed this spring.

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  1. Stop and smell the roses at Durbanville Rose Garden: The rose garden is spread out over 3.5 hectares of land and boasts 500 varieties and 4500 rose bushes. Take a stroll through the gardens, have a cup of tea at the tea garden and discover a few things you might not know about roses.
Photo courtesy of www.capetown.travel/

Photo courtesy of www.capetown.travel/

  1. Take a tour of the street art in the Parow Station Arcade: GTP is about to launch the murals created during the Art in Action project. The street art features work done by talented artists like Freddy Sam, Chris Auret, Jack Fox and the wonderful people at See Saw Do. Walk around your city and soak up the sun and the art.

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