Roushanna Gray lives and works in the Deep South, close to Good Hope Gardens Nursery. Roushanna hosts seasonal and sustainable wild food foraging workshops and experiences in and around the Veld and Sea kitchen classroom cabin.
My favourite green space is Cape Point Nature Reserve. There are so many beautiful beaches, hikes, walks and picnic areas in the reserve, it takes ages to get to know them all. Entry is pricey for us locals at R135 per adult and R70 per child, but you can also get a My Green Card (not available at the gate, you have to purchase from one of their offices beforehand) for R135. It is exclusive to residents of Cape Town and provides you with 12 entries to any of the Table Mountain National Parks entry points.
Around the corner in Simon’s Town there are loads of gorgeous little beaches scattered around the rocky False Bay coastline, a slightly warmer option for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Windmill Beach (next to Boulders Beach) is a sheltered little cove – picture postcard in its beauty and a family favourite. My kids love the calm waters, boulder hopping and discovering a whole new rainbow-coloured underwater world and sometimes you will even get a visit from a curious penguin or three.
For all the eco-friendly fashionistas and green goddesses, I highly recommend Rummage at Imhoffs Gift in Kommetjie. The creative women who run the place carefully hand select each item themselves. This little shop sells a colourful eye-catching array of good quality second hand and vintage woman’s clothing, accessories, some bric-a-brac and there is even a small section of kiddies clothing. I love going there for interesting gifts and some affordable conscious consumerism.
Rodgers Fruiter’s is an institution in the deep south – a proper Mom and Pop fruit and veg farm stall, now taken over by their children who have introduced a few delicious new additions without losing the old-school charm. A seasonal selection of fruit and veg, breads, farm eggs, fresh juices, pizzas, curry and samosas, honey, incense and spices, eco-friendly cleaning products and more. Once a week cheesemaker Clere Lapree (above) has a little pop-up stand there selling her award winning artisanal homemade cheeses.
Soetwater Resort is an overlooked gem – nestled inbetween Witsands and Kommetjie, this holiday-feel coastal conservancy offers camping, two tidal pools, an expanse of intertidal rock pools, three well-preserved ancient fishtraps and shell middens, a variety of habitat types for nature lovers with widlife in the form of sea birds and small animals such as tortoise, dune molerats and grysbok. A small entrance fee of just R12 includes braai facilities and gets you in for the day to enjoy one of the last remaining undeveloped Atlantic coastline areas.’