Robyn Smith, the founder of Faithful-to-Nature, lives in Kommetjie with her husband, and sons Cassie, who’s five, and three-month-old Kojo Viljoen. Robyn shares her aqua-green route with us.
Faithful-to-Nature founder Robyn says: ‘I don’t just love where I live – I absolutely adore our little seaside village and most days have trouble deciding where to walk because there are so many beautiful spaces on the beach, wetlands and mountains.
The first stop on my green route is Long Beach Kommetjie. It must be one of the finest vistas in the world with the turquoise waters and mountains of Hout Bay and Cape Town in the distance. I am an aspiring surfer and so it is a treat to have waves like this on our doorstep.
We share the beach with seals, otters and sometimes even dolphins and it is one of the few natural eco-systems still remaining on the Cape Town coastlines because the kelp is not cleared.
The Whole Earth Cafe in Scarborough is a much-loved and regular breakfast spot of ours. They serve delicious whole food meals, great smoothies and get a special thumbs up for me for moving to reusable bamboo straws as soon as they became available on the South African market. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Noordhoek common is always a special treat for us and the dogs. Apart from its stunning natural beauty, it is a very special place for my son as members of the community have taken it upon themselves to build little fairy homes in the trees for the kids to enjoy! It is abundant in frogs, birds and other tiny creatures.
Imhoff Farm Village is a family favourite. The Blue Water Cafe uses a fair amount of organic ingredients and the views are ‘out of this world’. You’ll find artists, reused vintage clothes stores, a stunning deli and much more on the farm.
A little further afield, near Constantia Nek lies the very protected Orange Kloof Reserve. This can only be accessed with a booking and a permit from the Table Mountain National Park. You can contact the Mount Pleasant office on 021 6894441, at least two weeks in advance. Permits can then be collected at their office between 08h00 and 15h30 Monday to Friday, or faxed or emailed to you by Beulah or Tina upon request. It is totally worth the admin – the reserve reveals untouched natural splendour and is water abundant.