Better weather today meant we could take the 4×4 trip through the fynbos clad slopes of the Grootbos nature reserve. They are doing a wonderful job here conserving unique vegetation made possible by the four soil types they have – six flower species are only found in Grootbos. So many of the flowers have medicinal value as well as great beauty. Most of the proteas had finished flowering, unfortunately – they are at their best in October usually.

We went up to see the vegetable garden and farm that supplies the fantastic food they serve at Grootbos. This was really interesting – they offer 8 local women the chance to work in the farm for a year, training them in useful skills which equips them to get jobs.

There are pigs here (their living accommodation is better than some of the people have to put up with – no joke); free range chickens, honey bees orchards and greenhouses where all the fresh vegetables are grown. Finding employment is even harder for women than for men here. They keep in touch with all their former employees – I really like the philanthropic approach they have.

It took 3 and a half hours to get back to Cape Town in the end – much longer than we had anticipated because of heavy traffic. It looked very different from three weeks ago – Christmas had arrived here while we had been on our travels!

Glad we booked a hotel with good facilities for our last night in South Africa – lovely swimming pool and complimentary hot spa facilities. No more sightseeing – it’s time for a dip …

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