Find­ing par­adise in Cape Town

Kirsten­bosch and the Sea Point prom­e­nade soothe au­thor Casper Gre­eff’s soul

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rest of us would only dare to read about. Now that he’s back in his Sea Point flat for a while, here are some of his favourite lo­cal places. In his own words.

Kirsten­bosch: “Walk­ing in the gar­dens of Kirsten­bosch I some­times get the feel­ing that I have died and gone to par­adise. Kirsten­bosch is a piece of par­adise in Cape Town, and I love strolling in the shady, mag­i­cal dell; looking at the dap­pled sun­light in Colonel Bird’s Bath, ad­mir­ing the amaz­ing stone sculp­tures, and gorg­ing my eyes on the fyn­bos gar­den, the rep­til­ian cy­cads and the mag­nif­i­cent yel­low­woods. It’s a place of peace and beauty.”

Muizen­berg: “It’s where I learned to long­board, and where I spent most of this year prac­tis­ing walk­ing on wa­ter. When the light north-west­er­lies blow and the big south­ern swells roll in, there’s no place I’d rather be than rid­ing waves at Muizen­berg, rain­bows and pur­ple clouds in the sky, the sea the colour of quick­sil­ver, and moun­tains all around.”

The Prom­e­nade: “It’s where I walk ev­ery morn­ing, from the swim­ming pool to Mouille Point beach where the poet In­grid Jonker drowned her­self. Some­times the sea is wild and crashes over the prom- enade wall in gi­gan­tic ex­plo­sions of white spray. Other times it’s placid and un­rip­pled like a mir­ror. There’s al­ways an in­ter­est­ing bunch of peo­ple and their dogs on the prom­e­nade, some real char­ac­ters, walk­ing, jog­ging or lolling on benches.”

La Perla: “A Sea Point in­sti­tu­tion, it still re­tains an aura of 1970s glam­our, and at­tracts beau­ti­ful peo­ple and dodgy char­ac­ters. Huge win­dows look out on to the At­lantic Ocean, the din­ing room is filled with taste­ful art, the bar is one of the finest in Cape Town, and on a warm sum­mer’s af­ter noon or evening you can dine out­side.”

Long Street: “Clubs and bars and restau­rants and fash­ion bou­tiques and book­shops and tat­too par­lours and gor­geous girls to gaze at while savour­ing a cool mo­jito. Long Street rocks, day and night.”

The Brass Bell: “Griz­zly Kalk Bay char­ac­ters in the up­stairs bar, the whole world in the down­stairs bars and restau­rants and you’re next to the sea, watch­ing some of Cape Town’s best board­rid­ers surf Kalk Bay Reef, a world-class break.”

The Ayahuasca Di­aries is avail­able from The Book Lounge, cor­ner of Roe­land and Buitenkant streets, Cape Town, and other dis­cern­ing book­shops.

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