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Bradclin Portfolio Bradclin Portfolio offers quality Self-Catering Accommodation in the Cape Town suburbs of Pinelands, Newlands and Blouberg. Our motto is "Home Suite Home "
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Bradclin offers Self-Catering Accommodation in PInelands, Newlands and Blouberg. Ideal for both Leisure or Corporate Travellers.

Bradclin offers Self-Catering Accommodation in PInelands, Newlands and Blouberg. Ideal for both Leisure or Corporate Travellers.

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#TravellerReviewAwards2021 @booking.com We look forward to welcoming many more guests during 2021. Our Cape Town beaches...
02/02/2021

#TravellerReviewAwards2021 @booking.com We look forward to welcoming many more guests during 2021. Our Cape Town beaches are open again! We offer quality Self-Catering accommodation in Pinelands, Newlands and Blouberg. All the above Cape Town suburbs offer easy access to major tourist attractions. Our apartments are ideal for all travellers: Leisure, Corporate, Singles, Families, Contractors. Local and Overseas guests - everybody is welcome. Whether you are at work or at play, we know that you will enjoy the comfort and convenience of a Bradclin Self-Catering apartment.

After a really tough 2020 due to Covid-19, we are proud to have achieved good guest feed-back.

We are currently offering really good rates so come and stay soon!

Simon's Town Boat Company
26/01/2021

Simon's Town Boat Company

A day of science & discovery!
A lone killer whale was sighted off Fish Hoek at around 07h00 this morning. The image that was posted on the whale sighting group instantly confirmed it as an adult male.
As always, we sprung into orca mode and had scientists and crew on-board within record time.
The day that unfolded delivered our complete wish list – Photo ID’s, a biopsy and certainly the most exiting was capturing the first ever acoustic recording of a killer whale in South Africa!!
We left the animal at around 16h00 and it was not showing any signs of leaving, which is hugely intriguing as we’ve never had a killer whale remain within a mile radius for over 9 hours. My thoughts are possibly the abundance of squid in the area & perhaps its vocalization was calling the rest of the pod.

26/01/2021
Cape Town Etc

Cape Town Etc

WATCH: The first video in our TAKE A HIKE series will lead you on a moderate hike around Lion's Head. The highlights are, without a doubt, the spectacular views from both sides of the mountain. Find out more...

Video: Maxine February

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06/01/2021

Come and stay with us in Pinelands!
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A Piece of Cape Town ♥️

Many are unaware of the significant place Pinelands holds in South Africa’s history, being the country’s first ever garden city. The suburb is a unique place with natural beauty that has been protected throughout the years along with its heritage!

If you’re frequent in the Pinelands area, you may have come across a sign that says, “Welcome to Pinelands South Africa’s first Garden City”, but do you know what the definition of a garden city is and when it first became a thing? 🤷🏻‍♀️

In 1898, the first idea of a city based on economic and scientific principles was pioneered by a Gentleman, in his book Garden Cities of Tomorrow.
This was the first time a town was considered as being planned around public buildings and with a park in the centre surrounded by shops and other commercial activities and services.

The name of Pinelands itself was suggested by the first Secretary of the Garden Cities Trust as they planned to preserve the pines planted in the area many years before. This name was officially adopted the same year as the first section layout was completed.

#apieceofcapetown

01/01/2021

Happy New Year to all - may 2021 be a safe year so that travel can once again be a fun and exciting experience.
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I just have to share this - such an interesting overview and stunning photography! Our amazing #SouthAfrica
18/12/2020

I just have to share this - such an interesting overview and stunning photography! Our amazing #SouthAfrica

It's that time of year when I get to spend nearly a month in my personal slice of paradise on the Overberg coast near the Breede River mouth. Apart from a small mountain of diving and camera gear (not to mention wife, kids, surfskis, bicycles, etc) I also usually fly my gyrocopter up to it's farm strip for the holidays. Despite the howling southeaster and overcast skies, yesterday was my gap and I was joined by Crispin Russell for his first ever flight in one of these tiny open cockpit aircraft.

We climbed up to 5,500ft to cross over the mountains at the Franschhoek Pass and even at this altitude the wind gave us a bump or two that had my pax holding onto the side rails with a white-knuckle grip and he was uncharacteristically silent for a couple of minutes. But once on the other side we dropped down again through the clouds to a VFR altitude and had a smooth ride for the rest of the flight as well as a proper headwind!

We routed over the Overberg farmlands past Caledon, Napier and Bredarsdorp, watching from above as the farmers completed their harvests for the summer before reaching the coast at Arniston. Sadly as we headed into the De Hoop Marine Protected Area the first thing we spotted was a large group of poachers walking brazenly down the beach in broad daylight, dressed in dive gear, sacks of abalone slung over their shoulders and shucking tools dangling from their belts. They have slowly been working their way eastwards and are now targeting one of SA's oldest, biggest and most important MPA's.

Soon afterwards we saw several large great white sharks patrolling the shoreline and a biggish pod of bottlenose dolphins. The sea was an almost unbelievable shade of aquamarine blue and we were tempted to spend more time here but fuel limitations meant we had to carry on. After rounding Cape Infanta and photographing the cape fur seal colony nearby, we landed near the Breede River mouth after nearly 3 hours in the air.

Holiday time...!

A trip to #capepoint is always a must no matter what the weather. A rare sighting was a #steenbok grazing on beautiful p...
05/12/2020

A trip to #capepoint is always a must no matter what the weather. A rare sighting was a #steenbok grazing on beautiful pink fynbos! Both kite surfers and wind surfers were out having fun. The seagulls were huddled on the rocks after fruitless attempts to fly. The scenic views are always stunning - even the #Braai places are awesome. Hiking trails are numerous. A fun day! #summertimevibes
www.bradclin.com for accommodation in #capetown #southafrica

Cape Town Big 6
04/12/2020

Cape Town Big 6

Get an insider’s view of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden by joining a #free, 90 min guided walk in the Garden, Monday to Saturday at 10h00 (garden entry fees apply).

If exploring on your own is your thing, simply get a map at the Ticket Office and go your own way. Choose the Garden Guide if you are going to explore the Garden, and the Walks and Trails Map if you plan to venture into the wild side of Kirstenbosch. To begin your adventure, start with the Conservatory – a desert house with a majestic baobab tree in its centre, succulent treasures and weird welwitschias, also known as tweeblaarkanniedood. Then take a walk on the tree tops on the Tree Canopy Walkway (aka ‘The Boomslang‘) and be on the lookout for birds and dinosaurs (well, life-sized sculptures of them anyway!) lurking behind giant cycads in the Cycad Amphitheatre. Walking further up, along the Fynbos Walk, you’ll spot many different kinds of flowering proteas. Near Gate 2, you can see some healing plants in the Useful Plants Garden and appreciate the beauty of African art in the Sculpture Garden.

🙋Remember Children 0 yrs and up; until Matric get FREE access on Mondays to Fridays until 15 December 2020.
#DiscoverCTBig6Safely #KBadventure #Nature #Picnics

We are always happy to offer suggestions for travel in South Africa. Mossel Bay is a seaside town that offers Blue Flag ...
03/12/2020

We are always happy to offer suggestions for travel in South Africa. Mossel Bay is a seaside town that offers Blue Flag beaches, lots of activities, interesting history, an historic pavilion right on Santos Beach and much more.
View our Blog for more info
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Book with us directly on:
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We love to hear about our guests travels so it was great hosting Peter and Colleen McNulty this week. This couple have c...
03/12/2020

We love to hear about our guests travels so it was great hosting Peter and Colleen McNulty this week. This couple have cycled thru Europe and all the way from Cairo to Cape Town. If not cycling, they drive their beloved "ET" through Africa to revist the friendly folk they met on their travels.
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For the divers out there!
28/11/2020

For the divers out there!

Home again after 17 days and 5200km on the road enjoying some of South Africa's most amazing underwater scenery and natural events. After leaving Durban we decided to overnight once again at St. Francis and spend the even in the company of our friends who had carried on diving and filming the chokka spawning aggregation while we enjoyed the much warmer and cleaner waters up north. Our planned 8am departure to Cape Town the next morning did not leave much time but with the chokka fishing season opening the following day and after hearing stories about much improved visibility on the egg beds it was impossible to leave without trying to squeeze in an early morning final dive. By 5:30am Barry and I were already on the bottom of the ocean!

The visibility turned out to be only slightly better than usual at around 4m but since this was Barry's first time diving on the chokka beds he was super excited by the predator action. For me it was more interesting to note the differences since I last dived here two weeks previously. Plenty of the eggs had hatched and the tiny chokka could be seen swimming just above the egg beds. Hundreds of catfish were shoaling over the beds and I can only assume they were there to eat the newly hatched chokka. The adult squid were still mating and laying but quite a few of them were now looking decidedly worse for wear with visible skin lesions and those dying off were quickly attacked and consumed by the other more healthy individuals. Both the sharks and the stingrays had shoals of tiny fish hitching a free ride on their pressure wave and I would guess that the hitchhikers were also enjoying a meal of newly hatched squid.

All too soon our time was up and we were on the road as planned for our 8am departure. Massive thanks to Marc White for gifting us this final opportunity to witness one of South Africa's more special underwater events!

'Angel' cloud on Table Mountain stuns viewers
17/11/2020
'Angel' cloud on Table Mountain stuns viewers

'Angel' cloud on Table Mountain stuns viewers

If you turned your gaze to Table Mountain at midday on Saturday [November 14], you would have witnessed an incredible scene. They say every cloud has a silver lining, and this one was pretty special.

Huge congrats to one of our most amazing guests, Doreen on reaching the milestone of 100 years young today! Happy birthd...
09/11/2020

Huge congrats to one of our most amazing guests, Doreen on reaching the milestone of 100 years young today! Happy birthday Doreen, may you be blessed with a happy and healthy year ahead! Enjoy the celebrations with your family and always stay smiling! From all of us at Bradclin House. 💙💚💛🧡💜

The 10 Best Wine Farm Destinations in the Cape
29/10/2020
The 10 Best Wine Farm Destinations in the Cape

The 10 Best Wine Farm Destinations in the Cape

A world of their own, these Wine Farm Destinations have everything you need for a day trip filled with food, tastings and outdoor adventures.

Jean Tresfon - Marine Conservation Photographer
22/10/2020

Jean Tresfon - Marine Conservation Photographer

With a big swell pounding Cape Town's western seaboard yesterday (and a fresh southeaster blowing at Cape Point) the conditions were not ideal for spotting marine life around the Peninsula from the air. Quick change of plan and I decided to see what was happening in the waters around SA's two biggest "local" islands. After a thorough pre-flight inspection, engine warm up and donning lifejackets, I lifted clear of the ground and turned out to the west.

First up was Robben Island. Arriving at the coast overhead Big Bay I could already see the white water around Whale Rock and the island, a clear telltale of the wild seas. Climbing up to 2000ft we crossed the 7.5km gap of ocean and almost immediately spotted several small baitballs with gulls, cormorants and fur seals in the mix. Rounding the island on the west side the waves were properly impressive! Hopefully the conditions settle somewhat for my paddling buddies doing the Freedom Paddle race around the island on Saturday (take a wide line!). On the south side the swells were detonating on Whale Rock with the white water stretching far towards the Blouberg coastline. We crossed back to the mainland and followed the coast to the north.

Along the 17km stretch of beach between Grotto Bay and Yzerfontein the combination of giant waves and high tide was super impressive, creating huge rip currents and stirring up the sediment for a long way out to sea. I didn't spot a single dolphin along this normally busy feeding area. Arriving at Yzerfontein I checked into military airspace, obtained clearance for a flight out to Dassen Island and once again we climbed up to 2000ft for the 10km open water crossing.

I wanted to see if any humpback whales had moved as far south as the island but with the wind blowing hard out at sea and generating plenty of whitecaps on the sea surface spotting was not going to be easy. Luck was on my side... when the sea gets wild the whales love to play! From a long way off I could already see several large patches of white water that looked too big to be caused by the wind alone. Arriving at the north end of the island we found around 15-20 humpbacks spread over a wide area, all breaching and leaping repeatedly. I spent a few minutes circling overhead, inconveniencing more than a few electrons as I abused my camera shutter with the motor drive on full burst mode.

After crossing back to the mainland we routed south over the farm fields, some with the last spring flowers still blooming, passing high over Atlantis dunes on the way back to Morningstar airfield. Another magical two hours in the logbook and big smile from my young passenger, Melissah after her first ever flight in a light aircraft. #weskusbeskus

A great day trip from Bradclin House. See also our Blog on www.travelsnippets.co.za
20/10/2020

A great day trip from Bradclin House.
See also our Blog on www.travelsnippets.co.za

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Learn more 👉https://winetram.co.za.

📸 Franschhoek Wine Tram #meetsouthafricaLATER

Jean Tresfon - Marine Conservation Photographer
17/10/2020

Jean Tresfon - Marine Conservation Photographer

Another week, another flight around the Cape Peninsula. Although not quite as incredible as last week's flight (which admittedly set the bar very high!) it was still pretty amazing. With Don Hunter in town I had my arm twisted for a flight and with a strong southeaster forecast for further south we set off towards the coast. Whale Rock was breaking hard just south of Robben Island and it was clear that a biggish swell was running. The water in Table Bay was already turning chocolate brown with the typical bloom that follows a strong southeaster and the resultant nutrient rich upwelling process.

At Camps Bay we spotted a small pod of dusky dolphins and circled for a shot. Some surfers were out in the crystal clean and icy cold water at Sandy Bay and a group of hikers exploring the coastline at Oudeschip near the wreck of the Harvest Capella. Rounding the Karbonkelberg I spotted a blow out to sea in the vicinity of Vulcan Rock and we went to have a look. Two humpback whales surfaced almost on top of a flurry of fur seals which took great delight in playing with their giant friends. As we turned back for the relative safety of the shore Don spotted a brydes whale surfacing. And another, and another, and another... Four big beautiful sleek hunters all circling and feeding on something deep below the surface.

From there we routed over Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak and along Noordhoek beach where more surfers were enjoying a session at Dunes. Rounding Slangkop the wind was blowing strongly and we pushed our way down to Cape Point with the ground speed bleeding away. With the sea like a washing machine we couldn't really do any spotting and turned into False Bay routing north along the shoreline to Simonstown, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg. All that was left was to head home over the southern suburbs and back to Table Bay to complete a very pleasant couple of hours in the air. Even the Durban boy had to admit the the #MotherCity is a remarkable place!

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15/10/2020
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A lovely walk from the lighthouse at Kommetjie to Long Beach. The beach  stretches all the way to Noordhoek. Have a swim...
11/10/2020

A lovely walk from the lighthouse at Kommetjie to Long Beach. The beach stretches all the way to Noordhoek. Have a swim at Long Beach or catch a rest at the numerous Memorial Benches along the path. #birdlife #slangkoplighthouse #kommetjie #capetown #southafrica #walkingpaths

For now that awful "Day Zero" remains a memory. So grateful for the rains this winter.
28/09/2020

For now that awful "Day Zero" remains a memory. So grateful for the rains this winter.

Cape Town has 6 major dams providing the bulk of its water supply. In order of size they are:

1. Theewaterskloof Dam (53.5%)
2. Voelvlei Dam (18,3%)
3. Berg River Dam (14,5%)
4. Wemmershoek Dam (6,5%)
5. Steenbras Lower Dam (3,7%)
6. Steenbras Upper Dam (3,5%)

As per my previous post, it’s now almost 2.5 years since the drought and the time when Cape Town approached a “Day Zero” scenario, almost becoming the first major metropolitan city to effectively run out of water. These six major supply dams hit a record low of 21.2% of total combined storage capacity despite drastic increases in water tariffs and major water restrictions being implemented. With plenty of good rains over the last three winters the dams are now sitting at a combined 98.5% of total storage capacity and thankfully, despite having slowly increased, water usage levels are nowhere near the pre-drought levels.

I’ve been flying and photographing the dams on an occasional basis during the drought and beyond. It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so for interest’s sake here is a visual representation of the 6 major supply dams at both low and high levels during the past 3 years.

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20 Margaret Avenue, Pinelands
Cape Town
7405

General information

All units offer Self-Cartering options and are fully equipped. Bradclin House has 3 units - our Feathers apartment is well suited to long stays - very spacious and comfortable for overseas guests or long stay Corporate Guests.. Bradclin Sport, Newlands sleeps 2 and is close to rugby and cricket grounds! Bradclin Beach, Blouberg is perfect for that well-earned holiday - a stone's throw from the famous Blouberg Beaches.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Bradclin Portfolio offers Self-Catering accommodation as follows:

Bradclin House: https://book.nightsbridge.com/10039 Bradclin @ York: https://book.nightsbridge.com/17891 Bradclin @ Mutual: https://book.nightsbridge.com/19452 Bradclin Sport Newlands: https://book.nightsbridge.com/10083 Bradclin Beach Blouberg: https://book.nightsbridge.com/10086

Our units are all private and range from a cozy studio to our large family unit, all with their own entrances. Families are welcome as are Singles, Couples, Corporate Guests. In Newlands we offer a self-contained apartment in a small block with secure parking - this is very close to Newlands Rugby, SA Breweries, Sports Science, Baxter Theatre, Cavendish Square etc. Our Blouberg unit, Bradclin Beach, Blouberg offers a family of 4 a modern, fully equipped apartment within walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants! All units offer comfort and easy access to all of Cape Town's numerous attractions.. Whatever your accommodation needs may be, we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Well worth a visit!
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