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Cactus farm, a thing of beauty…

In the small town of Robertson, 170km outside Cape Town, only an hour and a bit by car, there lies a cactus farm called the Sheilam Cactus and Succulent Nursery. For those who love thorny plants, plump leaves and cycads, this place is a little bit of paradise. Actually even if cacti do nada for you, you'll find yourselves being amazed at the vast collection of bizarre looking vegetation. Sheilam has been around for ages- since 1954 – and is owned and operated by the Schwegmann family. You can walk through the nursery rows where about 2000 species are neatly laid out out – plants of all heights, widths, shapes and colours, creating a bizarre and beautiful landscape. And they have weird names like the The Old Man of Peru, Mother-in-Law's-Chair, Horses' Teeth, Elephant Feet, Klipplante (stone plants), Bushman's Grape… take a drive into a stunning part of the Cape and have a wander amongst the pricklies….just don't touch…

By the way there are fab wine farms in the Robertson area too, so make a day or weekend of it.

http://www.sheilamnursery.com



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A former ballerina, I am now a Cape Town based publicist specialising in the entertainment industry. One of my major passions is travel, in my city & around the world, keeping an eye on ethical tourism as I go. Explore more. That's all.



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