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October 13, 2009

Visit Cape Town’s green treasures in October

The start of a hike up Table Mountain, photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe

Cape Town Tourism is celebrating green living and responsible tourism during the month of October in support of the City of Cape Town’s declaration of Cape Town Green Week from October 19 to 23, 2009.

Green October was prompted by the City joining the United Nations Environment Programme and Cape Town tourism industry leaders signing the Charter on Responsible Tourism. 

Here are some of the ways you can get into the green mood:

  • Walk, climb, cycle, abseil, hang-glide or be whisked up the 1 086m (3 562ft) of Table Mountain. Aside from seeing Cape fauna and flora, visitors can enjoy the viewing decks, use the telescopes, take some photos or have a bite to eat in the restaurant.
  • Visit Intaka Island, a 16ha (40-acre) wetland conservation area at Century City where keen birdwatchers will find more than 120 bird species.
  • From a multitude of birds to mostly enormous ones, visit the West Coast Ostrich Ranch off the N7 in Philadelphia for a guided tour and the opportunity to sit on an ostrich!
  • Take the family to SANCCOB to learn more about the conservation and rehabilitation of sea birds.
  • Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville offers game drives – you can see blue wildebeest, springbok, bontebok, zebra, eland and many more animals just 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
  • Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre houses a baby giraffe and other animals and its activities are geared towards the education of pre-school and school groups, with tours and daily animal encounters.
  • Drive out to the Durbanville Rose Garden for a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll or picnic among the 800 varieties of roses in bloom.
  • City girls or serious shopaholics can spend their green bills in an environmentally friendly fashion by dropping in at the Sustainable Mall on Long Street and choosing some hand-crafted jewellery or hemp creations.
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