“Cape Doctor” the creator of slanting trees

slanting trees
slanting trees
These slanting trees are definitely a first for me

Cape Doctor” or “die Kaapse dokter” in Afrikaans is the local name for the strong, persistent and dry south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer. Although the wind smites a wide area of the sub-continent, it is notorious especially in and around the Cape Peninsula, where it can be unpleasantly strong and irritating. My first encounter with this strong wind I lost my umbrella and nearly got blown over while walking along the coast. All of these trees I found in Sea Point.

slanting trees
Cant believe these trees actually grow this way

This wind is known as the Cape Doctor because it has long been held to clear Cape Town of pollution and ‘pestilence’ and is the reason for the slanting trees found all along the coast. It is quite unique to see all the trees along the coast slanted inland as they now grow away from this fierce wind that would kill them if they didn’t adapt. 

These trees are the most severe I have seen up to now and maybe the wind is just worse in this spot or these trees are not as strong as the others along the promenade.

slanting trees
They do provide excellent shade though

Author: janaline's world journey

I am addicted to travelling and have been exploring the world for nearly two decades. Here I share my travel stories and pictures so that you can share in some of the amazing experiences I have along the way. When you travel you experience the culture and get to know the people of a country. Once you step out of your comfortzone you get to know the real country and experience it in a different way than ordinary tourists. My camera usually accompanies me everywhere I go so you can "see" and read about my journeys.

26 thoughts on ““Cape Doctor” the creator of slanting trees”

    1. I always thought people over-reacted when they said that the Cape wind will blow you away. But it actually does and when it rains it is the worst, it then feels asif the rain is coming from the side and am umbrella is useless. Well mine is now as it got blown to bits the first time I used it here in Cape town.


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