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Farai Kidney Recovery & Skills Fund

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We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign for our dear friend and part of the Green Elephant family, Farai. Farai currently works as a cleaner at the Green Elephant Backpackers in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s been challenged with kidney failure and has been on dialysis, a life-support treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful […]

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Green Elephant traveller seeks South Africa’s hidden riches

Relieved of my last five hundred rand, I boarded the train, relaxed and enjoyed some of South Africa’s finest scenery on my way home to Cape Town from Musina, at the Zimbabwe border. Three days may be slow to eat the two thousand kilometre stretch of country-side but being affordable, friendly and safe, locomotives are […]

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Oasis thanks Green Elephant for donation

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In December 2014, Green Elephant made a donation of R1500 to Oasis, a Cape Town-based association that assists people with intellectual disabilities. The donation was meant to help Oasis put together food parcels as part of their annual Christmas drive. Oasis Executive Director, Gail Bester, sent Green Elephant letter thanking us for our contribution.

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1-year with Ellie the Elephant Doggie

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Exactly one year ago, Ellie came into our lives! When we found her on Lower Main Road, she could barely walk, had a wormy belly, and was covered in ticks and fleas. Now you should see how fast she is swimming Liesbeek River chasing ducks and exploring the beautiful Capetonian terrain with our guests!

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Observatory Celebrates The Arts

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The arts are booming in Observatory this weekend with The Obs Family Festival 20- 24 March and Vintage Obs Day 23 March. Our evening receptionist, Kalume, went with his family to see Tree/Boom/Umthi, an animated and interactive production following the life of a tree, faced with the changing seasons, and a hungry human. Afterwards all […]

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Guests help our garden grow!

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Helping hands from guests like Matilda from Sweden are wonderful contributions that will last for a long time. Thank you Matilda (she is also our resident songbird, and shares her beautiful singing voice around our lovely home)! Now we have herbs, veggies, and fruits growing for guests and staff like rosemary, basil, chillies, nasturiums, granadillas, […]

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110km wiser ;) congrats Nyasha & Michael!

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Team Green Ele included Nyasha and our wonderful guest from Germany, Michael. Congratulations to both of them for completing the 110km cycle tour WOW!!! Yoh! It was windy that day! As all of us onlookers were pretending to fly from those dramatic Cape winds, cyclists during ‘the Argus’ were challenged by winds recorded as fast […]

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Action sports in Cape Town

Cape Town is full of amazing sports, water, land and air, so make the most of our natural beauty and scenery to enjoy the outdoors. Abseiling off Table Mountain Try this awesome abseil down the front face of Table Mountain with the professionals at Abseil Africa. Bungi jumping Jump the world’s highest Bungi at 216 […]

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Kloofing in Cape Town

For some, it’s an adventure. For others it’s madness. Kloofing is a unique South African term for a combination activity of walking, swimming and jumping. It involves following the course of a river, usually from the top. The major excitement is jumping off cliffs into the fresh water from huge heights! If you mention kloofing […]

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Baz Bus

The Baz Bus is a hop-on hop-off bus that takes you door to door between backpacker hostels. The route is from Johannesburg to Durban to Cape Town and return. The Baz Bus service is good for people travelling alone, those looking for company and those who can’t drive or just don’t want to drive in […]

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