zandvlei

Zandvlei from the mountain

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I took this photo from Muizenberg Peak, just above Lakeside. I see this mountain from my bedroom window, but it as a magic peak for a trail-run destination. My house is in the little suburb on the bottom left, just below the grass in front of the lake. The lake is actually an estuary that is fed from many of the rivers the flow off the mountain. It empties into the sea on the right, at Muizenberg beach.

Here are a few more pics from the run.

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False Bay

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Part of the trail

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I saw this written on the trail. Just something nice, and in a zen way – impermanent.

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At the top of Muizenberg Peak

Labyrinth on Park Island

Park Island is a small island on the Zandvlei, the vlei (lake) at the bottom of my road. The only way to access the island is from a walkway on the other side of the vlei, and while I have paddled around it in my kayak many times, I have never been on the island. This changed last weekend, when I had to do a recon on the island (to look at a possible site for a memorial bench for a friend), so while I was there I took Eccles for a walk.

Labyrinth

To my utter surprise I found a labyrinth on the island, just 600m from my house (in a direct line – about 3km if I take the road). It was only created last year, and in the dry weather it has been struggling to get established, but I’m sure that it will be wonderful once it gets more established and teh paths become more clear. Watch this space for an update…

Canoe Regatta at Zandvlei

I love living on the Vlei – there is always something interest happening there. Last weekend I took the dogs for a walk on the vlei, and I saw a canoe regatta in full swing. So of course after walking the dogs I popped back down to the vlei to take a few more pictures.

I have no idea what the rules were, but it seemed to be some sort of time-trial between sets of two boats.

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neck to neck

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giving it their best

Kayaking on Zandvlei

This time of year is amazing for going out on the Vlei for a paddle in my Kayak. It is warming up, and you still get a lot of wind-free afternoons to enjoy the water.

And for the first time in years, the Flamingo’s are back. They are in just about every river and lake in Cape Town at the moment; it is great.

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Flamingo’s on Zandvlei

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In the middle of the vlei

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A floating bird’s nest in the waterways

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The houses across the Vlei in Marina da Gama

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