Archive for January, 2010

African sunset by Ndaba Ncube


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Wonderfull Winelands

Culture, wine and whales

Please note that this is a suggested itinerary only … if this does not suit your needs, then we can tailor an itinerary that does.

Day 1

You will be met at Cape Town airport and transferred to one of the accommodations that we recommend in the Waterfront.

Spend 4 nights in Cape Town immersing yourself in the many cultural attractions on offer: take a soccer tour, where your guide will provide intimate insight into the history and future of soccer in Cape Town; join the ‘stortytelling’ route which takes the visitor into the homes of two local Capetonians who will share their stories allowing you to discover more about the local way of life; or visit the many museums Cape Town has to offer, including Robben Island.

Day 4

Your car will be delivered to your hotel and you can make your way to the Cape winelands, taking in the dramatic mountain scenery along the way (+- 1 hr drive). You have the choice of spending your 2 nights in either Stellenbosch or Franschhoek; both areas are famous for producing some of the best wines in the world.

We offer a choice of charming boutique hotels or guesthouses in these areas, all of which offer a selection of guided tours of the wine route. Alternatively you can explore the wine route on your own.

Day 6

Your next stop is the whale watching town of Hermanus, famous for the Southern Right whale that breeds in Walker Bay from July to November each year (+- 45mins drive). Spend 2 nights in Hermanus at one of our recommended guesthouses in this picturesque coastal town.

Your days can be spent hiking in the nearby mountains, taking a scenic drive to the surrounding area, cage diving with the great white sharks or, in whale season, joining a boat based whale watching tour.

Day 8

Make your way back to Cape Town airport where you leave your car in time for your onward arrangements.

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Ironman South Africa

The Ironman 70.3 South Africa is due to take place on Sunday, 17 January 2010 and one of or very own African Travel Experts– Lucinda will be participating in this spectacular event.
The race begins with a 1.9km sea swim off the beautiful Orient Beach and then heads out onto the freeway for a 90km cycle where you will enjoy full road closure before completing the 21.1km run along the beachfront with spectators cheering you on.

The city of East London opens their arms to the athletes and spectators come out in their thousands to support them from start to finish. The South African Ironman 70.3 is the only 70.3 on the African continent and boasts a truly African vibe that can be found no where else in the world.

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The Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands is a scenically enchanting region of dramatic mountains and fertile valleys, planted with vines stretching across rolling fields.
It is a wonderful combination of small historic towns, beautiful scenery and wine estates producing delicious wines and brandies. There are literally hundreds of wine estates, all offering the chance to sample their unique blends in a picture-perfect setting and 5 star Accommodation.

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Which late famous Musician celebrates his 75th Birthday today:

A) Elvis Presley

B) Ray Charles

C) Frank Sinatra

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The answer to the last Quiz– C-South Africa

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This lazy lion was spotted in the Kapama Game Reserve in the Kruger national Park

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A Taste of Namibia

Today we are featuring an Itinerary in Namibia and Sandy Soussusvlei

A taste of Namibia – two nights Swakopmund, three nights Sossusvlei

Please note that this is a suggested itinerary only … if this does not suit your needs, then we can tailor an itinerary that does.

Day 1
From Windhoek Airport in your hire car you have an easy 4 hour drive to Swakopmund. When arriving in Swakopmund check into the Villa Margherita for your two night stay in the coastal town.
There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied here as you take in the huge contrasts between the land and the sea.

Day 3
If you do not want to drive to Sossusvlei – about a 6 hour drive – then you can take a small charter flight down one of the most scenic coastlines in the world.

From the airstrip you will be transferred to Little Kulala where you will enjoy three nights of luxury in this acclaimed desert retreat.
Being in close proximity to the Dunes you get to see them at all times of the day in all their glory, you get the opportunity for game drives and walks in the private Kulala Reserve, super activities like balloon safaris and horse riding and also the ultimate luxury of just spending time at Little Kulala, enjoying the personalized attention of the staff and your beautiful private suite and surroundings.

Day 6
A scenic charter flight back to Windhoek will get you there in time for your afternoon connection to your next destination.

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Nederburg in the Western Cape of South Africa is all geared up for the warmer weather and the start of the picnic season, running from the beginning of November until the end of March.

Allow the surrounding mountains, verdant vineyards and magnificent gardens to relax and revive you, while sipping on a glass of wine and feasting on the delicious foods packed in Nederburg’s gourmet picnic baskets.

Brimming with freshly-baked bread, a selection of top-quality cheeses, cold meats, pâté, pasta, salads, preserves, coffee and a sweet treat, the picnic baskets are offered at a cost of R140 a head.  You’ll receive a complimentary bottle of wine per couple from our Foundation or Winemaster’s Reserve range if you order a picnic basket during November!

Nederburg offers visitors a range of experiences all year round, from cellar tours, wine tastings and food-and-wine pairings to seasonal events including the picnics and harvesting breakfasts.

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Sossusvlei means ‘the gathering place of water’ and in good years seasonal rains succeed in reaching the vleis. Sossusvlei has the highest sand dunes in the world, perhaps Namibia’s most outstanding feature, approximately 1000 feet in height; a 300km by 150km dune expanse stretching from the Khoichab River in the south to the Kuiseb River in the north. Perfectly shaped, blown into razor sharp ridges and peaks by the wind. “Big Daddy”, one of the world’s tallest dunes, can be climbed for incredible views of Dead Vlei below and the entire area for miles. Aside from the spectacular scenery and geological fascinations at Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, the area is ideal for observing some of the dune life for which the Namib is so well known. Geologists believe that this magnificent desert, that covers most of the Namib Naukluft National Park, is the oldest desert in the world. The older the dune the brighter the colour from slow iron oxidisation and a zillion tiny fragments of garnets. These dunes refract spectacular colours with the changing light and turn from burnt orange through reds to deepest mauve.

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