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The Guide’s Perspective #4| Summer 2019 1 of 2

March 20, 2020 -Cape Nature

 The guest experience from the guide’s phone.

 

A note from the director’s desk…

The past 10 days have been incredibly challenging. Not just for us in the travel industry, for all of you I am sure. Our thoughts are with you. However, besides the avalanche of cancellations, postponements (thankfully) and a clear void in new enquiries, I am feeling rather ok. Maybe positive, in light of the circumstances. African Lynx will ride out this storm. We are going to make some big sacrifices, but we will be here when this ends, stronger than before. The fact that our planet is having the chance to breathe and that this may change human behaviour going forward is certainly the biggest contributor to my positivity.

So while you are isolated at home, we thought there is no better time to send you our latest Guide’s Perspective which focuses on our bumper summer here in Cape Town. We had so many incredible guest experiences that we have two editions for you. The second to follow in a couple of weeks time.

Once this is all over, we will be here to welcome you. Cape Town and the surrounding countryside will continue to be as beautiful and enchanting as always!

Take a look at the latest African Lynx experiences from our recent Summer and allow your mind to wander…from the guide’s perspective.

– Daniel Sheard (Co-founder and MD)

A superb new landing spot discovered for guests exploring the Deep South. Our flagship vehicle awaiting their arrival. Combing a scenic flight together with exploring by road makes the Peninsula experience unbeatable.

Once you learn to love something, you will conserve it forever.
Our guides take immense pride in passing on their knowledge of the natural world to little ones! To children, the world is enormous and their curiosity into how it works is inspiring. Now, more than ever, teaching them how to take care of it is one of the most important life skills they could have. Pictured, Head Guide @rodgerbowren, shows a keen guest a fingerling (baby fish) found in the shallows at Boulders Beach. 

Buffel, an affectionate name that has been given to this southern elephant seal who has returned to our shores for his third time to moult! Pictured here on the sand of Buffels Bay, a stunning beach within Cape Point National Park. He is a local, recognisable by his damaged right eye. Said to have been birthed here by his mother who was lost (about  2000 km lost!). This is where his internal GPS has been set and he has now become fairly resident. 

Probably the bluest and clearest (read coldest) we have ever seen the waters around the Cape. The small strip of road visible in the photograph is Chapman’s Peak Drive. One of the most scenic drives you are ever likely to take. 

One of our favourite and off-the-cuff pastimes with guests. A sundowner served from the tailgate café from a quiet spot overlooking the city. Evenings like this in Cape Town take stunning to the next level.

A cape fur seal of the Kalk Bay harbour in no rush whatsoever. These colourful fishing boats add to the character of one of the coolest suburbs in the world (rated by Forbes).

The most inaccessible picnic spot in the Cape. There are a number of elements which need to align (stopping just short of your lucky stars) for this to be even possible. However, on the odd occasion that it does, it is simply un-rivalled. We are proud to say we have been able to deliver this twice to guests (which is always a surprise as we can’t set the expectation in the itinerary) and this is probably twice in history. Ocean access only and literally no-one else.

From the inside looking out. The same incredible spot but from the reverse perspective.
Note the current picnic underway on the bottom left.

Freshest produce in town. The light sneaking into the fruit and veg section of the Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market. By popular demand, the fanciful weekend market was extended to Wednesday evenings in summer.

How is that for a piece of driftwood? Strolls on the beach with personable chats, sharing of life experiences and a few good laughs. Jumping onboard a family holiday is a privilege our guides deeply appreciate and one that never gets old. 

The end of Africa. The bird’s eye view of Cape Point. Above the crowds and a far-reaching appreciation of the peninsula on a near-perfect day. 

Taking in all of the intricacy found in the work of William Kentridge. We dodged the wind and spent a few hours entirely enthralled by the four decades of works on display at the Zeits MOCCA. 

The conspicuous silhouette of Lion’s head. Illuminated by the lingering hues of a perfect summer evening. 

The sandstone layers of the Cape peninsula have been beaten by the ocean for millennia. It has sculpted areas which are perfect for a picnic or a quick swim protected from the open ocean. This spot is a favourite of ours. An isolated rockpool filled with life about a 1km walk from the car. 

Seemingly endless exploration on the wine farms of the Cape Countryside. So much on offer, it’s not only about wine. The Spice Garden at Babylonstoren is a new dining experience inspired by the ancient spice trade with the East.

After days of the south-easterly wind battering the Cape, it ceased to blow. The positive side effects of the wind is beauty created by the water clarity. This shot was captured through the guides polarized sunglasses. 

The rugged slopes of Table Mountain on a cool early morning. Get out early, beat the heat and have the paths to yourselves for a while. 

You can never get tired of views like this. The top of Table Mountain.
Honeymoons in Africa.

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The Guide’s Perspective #4| Summer 2019 1 of 2

 The guest experience from the guide’s phone.   A note from the director’s desk… The past 10 days have been incredibly challenging. Not just for us in the travel industry, for all of you I am sure. Our thoughts are with you. However, besides the avalanche of cancellations, postponements (thankfully) and a clear void in…

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 The guest experience from the guide’s phone.   A note from the director’s desk… The past 10 days have been incredibly challenging. Not just for us in the travel industry, for all of you I am sure. Our thoughts are with you. However, besides the avalanche of cancellations, postponements (thankfully) and a clear void in…

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